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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Pee-Wee Herman Defense : Pt. 648

Conservatives love to use the "I know you are, but what am I" approach to socio-political debate, so it's not a surprise to me to read a laughably predictable piece over at NewsBusters that insist that conservative talk radio isn't full of hate - it's liberal talk radio that's the real villain.

The so-called “news” media have spent much of the past two decades demonizing the rhetoric of conservative radio talk show hosts as mean-spirited, divisive or a menace to civil discourse. But these same journalists — who gleefully castigate Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and other conservatives — are silent about the vile and vicious rhetoric that spews from the Left’s leading radio talk show hosts.

Since late 2007, the Media Research Center has collected numerous examples of the outrageousness of left-wing radio hosts. And, unlike the Left — which attempted to smear Rush Limbaugh with phony quotes — readers can find an audio or video of every one of these quotes (46 in all) posted at our Web site:

So places like Media Matters, Think Progress, and Crooks And Liars, or Daily Kos have no audio or video of conservatives being - well - conservatives? Apparently the fine folks at the Media Research Center don't know much about media or research.

Let's take a look at some of these 46 "hate-filled" examples.

1 - Ed Schultz

“I really think there are conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out.” – August 11, 2009.

This is all too easy, as Fox"News" let one of their contributors openly and unblushingly wish that Obama be "taken out".

And while Trotta offered a pretty poor apology and clearly knew she had to offer some form of explanation in order to make it seem like Fox"News" was displeased with what she had said. It really wasn't an apology, outside the fact that she used the words "I'm sorry".

2 - Montel Williams

“If, in fact, the GOP doesn’t like any form of health care reform, what do we do with those 40 to 60 million uninsured?...When they show up in the emergency room, just shoot ‘em! Kill them!...Do we have enough body bags? I don’t know.” – July 21, 2009.

I'm reminded of the fact that conservatives fought tooth and nail against healthcare reform, and also the fact that they had no alternate plan that would remotely come close to what the remainder of Congressional members knew had to be done. And when you are an tasked with representing the people of America - many of whom don't have health insurance or can barely afford the coverage they do have - ignoring the issue is almost as bad as letting people die.

3 - Randi Rhodes

“They just come town to town, and they stand there with their stupid signs screaming and yelling about corporations need to be protected. It’s the sickest movement I’ve ever seen in my life!”

The continued documentation of how ill-informed and outright ignorant the Tea Baggers are is something that conservatives will deny until their last ounce of strength leaves them.

In all the examples listed at the MRC's website, you get the sense that this is more of a personal score to settle with Mike Malloy, as more than half the quotes are from him. But not only that, the MRC knew that they would ultimately have to defend the blatant racism of Rush Limbaugh, so they fall back on the tried and true "out of context" talking point. I noticed that they didn't bother to defend Micheal Savage at all.

But here's the exit question: why would conservatives, who continually espouse the preposterous notion that the higher your audience share the more factually accurate your show is, even be remotely worried about what liberal/progressive radio hosts have to say?

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