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Posted at 1:18 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Black Squirrel owner defends blog post

By Katie Rogers

Updated 1 p.m., Jan. 13

Black Squirrel owner Tom Knott has responded to a Twitter backlash about a blog post on his restaurant's website.

In an e-mail to The Post, he wrote that the blog post "has taken on a life of its own" in ways he hadn't meant.

"I merely broached the issue of comedic taste," Knott wrote. "I liken the taste issue to those comics who used to crack on our city when it was the nation's murder capital a generation ago."

(Original post, Jan. 12):

 The Black Squirrel, an Adams Morgan bar, is taking Twitter flack for a blog post on its web site that says illegal immigrants come to the U.S. "to ply their illicit trades, take up with gangs and live in the shadow of polite society."

No author is listed on the blog posting, but some angry tweeters in the Washington area are commenting on the post. The Post has a call into the bar owners; we'll keep you informed.



What's your take on the blog posting?

We're watching the Black Squirrel's twitterfeed and blog for a response. Meanwhile, tweets are sending the @thblacksquirrel higher and higher on the list of local trending Twitter topics.


By Katie Rogers  | January 12, 2011; 1:18 PM ET
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Not exactly defending the theme of the blog posting, but shame on your lack of ability to comprehend and accurately report the context of someone else's words.

You are implying that the posting is stating that all illegal immigrants come to the U.S. "to ply their illicit trades, take up with gangs and live in the shadow of polite society."

What the posting actually says is:

"The Levys are hardly the only U.S. family to discover that not all illegal aliens come here to work and eventually enter the mainstream. Too many come here to ply their illicit trades, take up with gangs and live in the shadow of polite society."

HUGE difference and you should be ashamed for your lack of reporting skills or your politically driven attack on an opinion with which you do not agree in a report that purports to be impartial news.

Posted by: thebossman | January 12, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting how this story broke! Also check out Slurp140 for a Twitter feed and leaderboard:

http://www.slurp140.com/thblacksquirrel/

Posted by: BivingsGroup | January 12, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Also, it's sad that in this day and age one can't even begin a serious discussion about the negatives of illegal immigration without being vilified as "insane" and "racist." By stating "not all illegal aliens come here to work and eventually enter the mainstream," the author of that post is clearly implying that many do come here to work and eventually enter the mainstream.

In addition, the statement "Too many come here to ply their illicit trades, take up with gangs and live in the shadow of polite society" is also a fact. No one can argue against the fact that even one illegal alien who does come here to engage in illegal activities is too many. And again, if you use your head and think through this statement in context with the one above, you'd realize that it clearly implies that not all aliens come to engage in illegal activities.

Finally, the statement "They are a menace who eat up tax dollars and terrorize neighborhoods," immediately follows the above two statements. This implies that "they" refers to those who engage in illegal activities, not all illegal aliens.

While you can (and should) argue all day long about the merits of this argument, and the whether the actual figures of illegal aliens and associated crimes warrants such a posting on the blog of a restaurant/bar, all of shill name-calling makes the detractors of this posting look like the bad guys here.

Reading comprehension and actual civil discussion defeats shill name-calling any day, folks.

Posted by: thebossman | January 12, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Headline: "Viral blog post attacks immigrants"

No, it specifically attacks the illegal ones for the specific reason of being illegal.

Your headline is like saying "Anti-rape program seeks to discourage sex"

Posted by: WmarkW | January 13, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the real problem here is that the author of this post (Katie Rogers) has not clarified any of the original (Black Squirrel) blog posting in how the "Twitter flack" is merely a factor of individuals not reading the whole post and instead just seeing the one quote out of context that paints the Black Squirrel as a racist establishment.

These types of selective contextual reporting are something I would expect of a partisan blog, not the Washington Post.

Posted by: cmm479 | January 13, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

When you have "journalists" purposefully taking words out-of-context you are certain to have small-minded people who will rally for a non-existent issue. Some of you are delusional...I read the post on their web site and saw nothing racist about it. They simply presented some facts that hurt some *feelings* I guess.

I've eaten at the Black Squirrel many times; excellent food and beer. Will certainly be back.

Posted by: bcaricofe | January 13, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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