"The Real Debate Wisconsin Money Quote" is an occasional series highlighting the nonsensical and offensive statements made at Fred Dooley's blog of that name.
A number of conservatives are very vexed about the firing of Don Imus for showing his true racist, sexist, bigoty colors. Not because Imus is a conservatve--he's not, at least not one in the mold of most media conservatives these days. Rather, conservtives are vexed because they have now seen what a concerted, concentrated effort on the part of a few powerful new and old media voices can do. Imus was not fired because he said something stupid and offensive (if that were all it took, he could have been fired dozens of times, notably after the 1996 White House Correspondents' Dinner--scroll down a while); Imus was fired because enough people, and enough of the right people, spoke out against his offensive remarks.
Last Monday, Media Matters for America reminded everyone that Imus is not the only media personality who regularly dabbles in the offensive:
But as Media Matters for America has extensively documented, bigotry and hate speech targeting, among other characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity continue to permeate the airwaves through personalities such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson.Conservatives saw that post--a post which doesn't even mention the word "conservative," though all the people it names could be considered so--as a kind of a "hit list." Including Fred, who can't believe both that "Big Brother" has such a hit list and that Media Matters is a non-profit outfit.
Anyway, Fred's ginned-up outrage is not the reason for my post. "Big Brother" doesn't even compare to what RDW regular commenter "James" gets up to:
So let me get this straight. Glenn Beck calls Jimmy Carter a "waste of skin" and he should be strung up at the highest tree in the land (probably literally if liberals had their way). But everoyone [sic] who couldn't wait to convict the Duke Lacrosse players and called them all sorts of vile things, that's fine.And there you have it. Anyone who documents the bigotry and hate speech of a conservative is the equivalent of Stalin or the KKK. I'm also still trying to figure out how calling President Carter a "waste of skin" is "a non-liberal point of view." Maybe James can stop by and clarify for us.
I see it now. If you expose a non-liberal point of view, you must be eliminated. Bring on the black bag squads and fire up the gulags. Thanks for clarifying that.