Howard Dean: 'It's time . . . to stop this cycle of vitriol'

Tuesday, January 11, 2011; 8:46 PM

For too long the dangerous propagandist tactic of mixing of truth, half-truths and lies has been used to inflame popular sentiments and fear. It was therefore disappointing to see The Post contribute to this cycle of vitriol in our public discourse with a column by George F. Will that erroneously claimed I called the Tea Party racist ["Charlatans' blame game," op-ed, Jan. 11]. In fact, as Post blogger Greg Sargent pointed out by fully citing my comments, I specifically said that I did not consider the Tea Party to be racist.

It's time we each do our part to stop this cycle of vitriol.

Howard Dean, Burlington, Vt.

The writer was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.

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