GOP Bullies 1, Civilization 0

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Another Reicht Wing Arbiter of Decency

Knuckling under to one of the most hypocritical headlines in the history of Faux Nooz* (plus the yowling and gibbering of the feces-throwers of the Right Wing M0nkey Haus):

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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Makes Tearful Televised Apology To The Romney Family
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry opened her Saturday morning show with an apology for last Sunday’s segment about about a Romney family photo that, in her words, “proceeded in a way that was offensive.”

Showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment. so without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family. Adults who enter into public life, implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits. For that I am sorry.

Mitt Romney will be appearing on Fox News Sunday and it is expected that he will comment on the controversy ….

How special. And lookie at the “civil” Rightie response to what was, at best, an innocuous joke about the UTTER LACK OF DIVERSITY in the KKK GOP.

Donald Douglas / American Power: Depraved Melissa Harris-Perry Sheds Crocodile Tears in On-Air Romney Apology to Save Her Job
Dan / Riehl World News: She Lies! Original Video Indicates Melissa Harris-Perry’s Tearful Apology Is Bogus

[No links: sorry. There are some cess pools to which we shall not give directions. You can find them easily enough.]

Awww. These are the “civilized” Right Wing pundits whose sensibilities were offended?  Right.

But we must begin with the quisling Howie Kurtz, who was the “Go To” mainstream weasel before he was rightly kicked loose by the Washington Post and CNN for the kind of factless, holier-than-thou and yet clueless opinion “journalism” that he excels in:

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Back when silly people actually believed
that Howard Kurtz was a ‘journalist’

Rude and Crude: Why MSNBC keeps getting into trouble
By Howard Kurtz
Published January 03, 2014
FoxNews.com

Is there something in the water over at 30 Rock?

Whether you love or detest MSNBC, the network has had a rough few months, and I’m wondering whether a series of embarrassing episodes is more than a coincidence.

First, this is not some sort of Fox attack on MSNBC. It does a lot of politics, and I like politics. I have friendly relations with a number of people who work there. I think “Morning Joe” does a fine job of dealing with policy issues in more than short sound bites. And MSNBC President Phil Griffin has every right to position his outfit as a liberal network, a perceived counterweight to Fox News, in search of an audience.

But has the channel developed a culture in which harsh personal attacks are encouraged, or at least tolerated?

Insider baseball? Naw. More like insider gestapo.

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I told you about how the “talking point” was disseminated by The Faceless Masters/Monsters —  who run the GOP —  last week (“First they came for Bert and Ernie” – featured on Crooks and Liars).

Sarah Palin and Reince Priebus, all the radio haters, and of course, Rupert’s Rectal Rangers, who were on this like a fly on  … well, you get the point.

Harris-Perry apologize, but, as with Martin Bashir, an apology to these thugs only increases their thirst for human flesh. And, once the apology is given, based on THEIR bogus accusations and NOT on what was actually SAID, it isn’t GOOD enough. Howie continues for his Foreign Master:

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Now comes Melissa Harris-Perry and her MSNBC panel, mocking a Mitt Romney family photo because, amid a sea of white faces, Romney’s adopted black grandson was on his knee. This falls more in the category of racially insensitive jokes than personal attacks, but why shouldn’t the family be praised rather than ridiculed for the adoption? Instead a defenseless baby was made into a symbol of the GOP’s lack of diversity.

Harris-Perry later said that she herself had been born into a white Mormon family and that “without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family and to all families built on loving transracial adoptions.”

Go back a bit further and there are more transgressions. Ed Schultz apologized for calling Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” and was suspended for a week. Chris Hayes said he was “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes” because that could be seen as justifying more war. He apologized:  “As many have rightly pointed out, it’s very easy for me, a TV host, to opine about the people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile in their boots.”

J’Accuse! screeches the vile weasel Kurtz, as he begins his specious and phony moral ratiocinations. (Or, as Joseph Conrad wrote prophetically in Heart of Darkness: “Mistah Kurtz, he dead.”)

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And here is the most un-self-conscious statement of sheer hypocritical idiocy that I have seen in TWO years (2013 AND 2014, and that’s saying something):

MSNBC is now 85 percent opinion, according to a recent Pew study. The channel doesn’t have its own reporters and has no problem having such commentators as Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews anchor news events, including conventions and election nights.

With so many opinions being flung around, perhaps there is subtle pressure to push the boundaries of acceptable commentary in an effort to break through the static.

Personally, I hope things settle down at MSNBC. It’s good for the country to have three healthy cable news networks and a vigorous debate that doesn’t descend into offensive bile.

This from a “news” channel that has NOT YET BROKEN A SINGLE NEWS STORY, EVER in its existence since 1996!

And, “offensive bile”? Seriously?

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“Judgment at Nuremberg”: Defending the indefensible

The Black Woman has now been spanked, smeared, belittled, bullied and forced to grovel in sackcloth and ashes before the imputed vicious, patrician pretensions of Mitt Romney and his dancing horses, none FROM Mitt or the Horses, but entirely on “Moral” arbiters who have taken to being offended on Mitt’s behalf in a coordinated attack on Ms. Harris-Perry that looks a LOT like their latest attack on a person of color, Martin Bashir.

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Getting Bashir fired. Is Harris-Perry next?

And yet, what Harris-Perry said and what Bashir said are trumped each and every day in almost every vile, white supremacist hate outlet in GOP media land.

In other words, in every outlet in GOP media land.

And yet we sit silent and mute, disparaging our own To Be Assassinated media talking heads for not holding out their pinkies while being disemboweled with the dull machetes of the professional character assassinations.

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GOP/FOX Business as Usual
Another day, another MSNBC host

But at least one moral point in this is crystal clear: the feeble quisling arguments condoning professional assassination, and the notion that no Democrat or Progressive can ever be defended for any reason unless they are PERFECT should be converted into a pithy aphorism suitable for engraving on these invertebrate graves.

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Republican business as usual

For the Bullies win again, and no one is willing to stand up for them.

And I am more disgusted by the cowards than that haters, because the cowards had the CHANCE to behave as free men and women in a land formerly governed by democratic principles and NOT Gestapo tactics.

Screw the silence of the cowed, and voices NOT raised in Harris-Perry’s and MSNBC’s defense.

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Howie Kurtz knows better

You have damned yourselves by your silence.

I would remind you of the old Klingon Proverb: It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

Take it to heart.

Courage.

Mr. Williams has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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2 Responses to GOP Bullies 1, Civilization 0

  1. SpkTruth2Pwr says:

    This was a good read. So on point.
    ““Moral” arbiters who have taken to being offended on Mitt’s behalf in a coordinated attack on Ms. Harris-Perry” was the best point in the piece in my opinion.

    I think this speaks to a broader issue with liberal minds and personalities being generally seeming more docile than their conservative counterparts. I think the status quo of conservatism is to confuse caustic, bull-headed, attacks as principled analysis, and this is being accepted by society in this package. Liberals, on the other hand, are often judged as opinionated, or short-sighted when they appear strong-willed and confident. This response to Harris-Perry is just another indicator of that.

  2. Thank you for this, SpkT.

    Sorry about the delay, but we get so many troll comments sometimes it takes me awhile to check for real ones.