Sunday, September 06, 2009


One Difference Between Left and Right

People who listen to Fox News and read the blogs know about the radicalism of now former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones. Those who read only the NYT and WaPo, and watch only the alphabet networks were less aware. Indeed, after not covering the controversy until yesterday, here is what the Washington Post finally said today about Mr. Jones:

White House environmental adviser Van Jones resigned late Saturday after weeks of pressure from the right over his past activism.
That means that for weeks, as the controversy swirled, as the Post admits, it didn't deign to cover it. But that's not the real story. That's normal for the press to refuse to publish stories damaging to leftwing politicians while immediately jumping on the peccadilloes of Republicans. The real story involves what exactly has caused the left to be so aghast at the "attack" on Mr. Jones, perpetrated by Gateway Pundit Mr. Hoft, and radio and TV political commenter Glenn Beck. Here are but a sampling of leftwing sites and organizations decrying the so called attack. Jones himself, as he resigned, called what had happened to him "a vicious smear campaign" using "lies and distortions" to hound him from his appointed office.

And what has been the form of attack from Misters Hoft and Beck, et al.? Why, they have accurately quoted Mr. Jones and shown unaltered, fair length video of him speaking. Showing accurately what a person believes and says constitutes, for the left, an attack.

By contrast, here is what the NYT said about a 50 second comment Mark Steyn made as he guest hosted (oxymoron) the Rush Limbaugh radio show:

Mark Steyn, a Canadian author and political commentator, speaking on the Rush Limbaugh show on Wednesday, accused Mr. Obama of trying to create a cult of personality, comparing him to Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-Il the North Korean leader.
Here is what Steyn actually said: "Obviously we’re not talking about the cult of personality on the Saddam Hussein/Kim Jong-Il scale."

The left generally attacks people by lying about them, by libeling and slandering them. Or at least that's my perception; perhaps my memory is in error. If I had any commenters, I'm sure they could correct me.


I don't know if this is the common way that lefties go about their business. Proving a negative is always such a difficult thing.

However, I can tell you that it certainly isn't limited to the left. Rove is an expert, and if you need me to cite examples I can.

To compare the two sides involves way more effort than either of us is in a position to commit to.
Of course I'm putting it in the best light to my party, but Swiftboating is telling the truth about a politician to ruin his chances and/or career in politics. Borking is telling lies to do the same thing; and apparently Becking is playing old clip after old clip of a politician until he or she has to leave. Which side swiftboated? Borked? Becked? Give me some Rovian examples if you have the time and desire. Thanks for the comment. I did kinda beg for it.
This is a decent summary
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