So the king of the travel guide racket, Arthur Frommer, has come out against Arizona.
After seeing that protester carrying a rifle outside a building where the president was speaking, Frommer says he'll no longer visit the state and suggests "tourists should safeguard themselves" by avoiding the crime-ridden hell-hole that is the Grand Canyon.
After I read about this, I decided to do a search to see if Frommer ever made similar pronouncements about other places. I wondered if he had ever told people to avoid Washington D.C., which according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics 2004 report, topped the entire country in crime.
Nor could I find any such commentary regarding Detroit, Memphis or Miami — the only large cities in the U.S. with more than 950 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to FBI's 2008 crime report.
And what of President Obama's very own Chicago — a city experiencing more bloodletting than a typical "True Blood" episode? Did Frommer warn travelers away from that bullet-ridden borough?
Fact is, Frommer went after Arizona because it's an easy target. It's just a bunch of white rednecks with guns — even if one of the white rednecks is, you know, black.
And it feeds Frommer's ego: Voicing an opinion in sync with the like-minded, smirking media provides him — for a brief moment — an elevated sense of self.
But I sympathize. All Frommer does all day is make travel guides. Maybe he should get out more.
And if you disagree with me, then you sir, are a racist.