Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Media's False Equivilences

During the HRC debate and its subsequent passage many threats and intimidation tactics have been used against Democratic members of Congress. They were right to call them out and admonish their behavior. It is striking to me that the Republican leadership is cheering them on.

Yesterday we learned that a deranged individual posted a threatening video to Republican Congressman Eric Cantor and has since been arrested. Good. Violent threats to anyone are not to be tolerated. However, this morning on MSNBC's Monin' Joe all Mika Brzezinski wanted to talk about was this example of how the left is just as bad as the right on this subject. She nor anyone at the table ever said that this person also threatened many other people including Barack Obama. How can Ms Brzezinski claim that he is from the "far left"? Because he threatened a republican? This makes no sense.

I would bet dollars to donuts that by the evening news hour this guy is "far left" and that the right can now make the claim that both sides do it.

Thanks Mika. Great reporting there.


UPDATE: The Rude Pundit has to be quoted here:

"'Cause, see, whenever anyone tries to make some kind of moral equivalence between the actions of leftist protesters in the 1960s and 1970s and those of the teabaggers (or, indeed, the militia movement), they are forgetting context. And context, as we know, will take your sad little rhetorical point and spank its ass until it begs context to stop."

I just love the last sentence.

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