Wednesday, February 07, 2007

It's either a non-issue or Pot vs. Kettle

How can anyone take this Edwards - blogger issue seriously? These reports of "provocative and often crude language" come from Michelle Malkin and Bill Donohue, for crying out loud! FYI, Donohue is the guy who said: "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, okay? And I'm not afraid to say it." As Glenn Greenwald says Donohue is "an excellent arbiter of bigotry and impropriety".

The complainants in this case are hypocritical, partisan, hysterics who make their living spewing this sort of crap (oops, I said a naughty word and someone might be offended). Laugh at them.

We've all made statements out loud and on our blogs which were intemperate and which we might regret if we were running for office... but we're not! We're bloggers not politicians. This isn't an issue and if someone wants to make it an issue, then perhaps they should have a look at what bloggers working for other politicians have written. Judge them by the same standards and see how they fare.

This is just a typical right-wing "bitch-slapping" and a candidate (Edwards in this case) who acts guilty and apologetic is just making himself the right-winger's bitch. The appropriate way to deal with these bozos is to laugh at their antics and say: go look in a mirror. And then , if you do choose to pursue it, say something like: let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Digby:
Now they've got Bill "anal sex" Donohue working the NY Times like it's a cheap whore, braying in faux outrage that he's "offended" by something that Marcotte wrote in the past about Catholicism. Please. This game has gone on long enough.

Republicans write books calling Democrats traitors and calling for the internment of all American Muslims. They have hate radio shows with listeners in the millions, in which they call liberals cockroaches and compare them to terrorists and child molesters. These same radio show hosts are invited to the white house for strategy sessions and are feted by the conservative press as if they are heroes.

The press has let this go on for over a decade now without ever raising a peep. Indeed, it took Rush Limbaugh making a blatantly racist remark on national television before anyone even noticed that he is a bigot of the highest order. All ESPN ever had to do was listen to the hypocritical blowhard's show for a hour to know that. And it didn't stop George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from both appearing on his show last fall.

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Perhaps you would like to help the NY Times with their research on this matter. The reporter didn't seem to be inclined to check into similar problems with Republican campaigns. Apparently, they were even too busy to check whether William Donohue is a trash talking political hitman and whether or not this is an organized takedown coming from the right blogosphere. So it appears that only Democratic bloggers are deserving of stories in the NY Times sniffing about their "inflammatory language" and alleged anti-catholic blog posts while Republican bloggers who lie about their campiagn affiliations and openly preach religious intolerance are given a pass. I'm sure that's not what they intended.

4 Comments:

Blogger liberal journal man said...

It's unfortunate that he got rid of the bloggers. Strategically, however, his campaign recognizes that stupid accusations like this carry legs. As it is now, it's hard for the Right to make him look like an 'evil liberal,' so he's going to try to keep it that way if he wins the nomination.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I hate to disagree with you, LJM, but the Right will characterize any Dem as an 'evil liberal' no matter what he/she does. They attack without evidence, so you can't defend yourself with evidence. All he has done is make himself look weak to right and disloyal to the left.

Edwards is an 'evil liberal' simply because he's not GOP. It doesn't make any difference what he is, does, says or whom he hires or fires, he will be smeared by the right-wingers.

What Edwards and all proud liberals have to do is stay true to their principles and ignore the criticism (or helpful suggestions *snark*) from the right-wingers. He will fail in his attempt to appease the wingers and he runs the risk of alienating the people who are predisposed to support him.

1:22 PM  
Blogger liberal journal man said...

Actually I was wrong, I just read that Edwards is keeping the bloggers...

3:44 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Yes, I heard that too and I much relieved. I think they've handled it well. Here's a link to some more detail including statements from the Edwards' campaign and the two bloggers.

9:38 PM  

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