Sunday, September 06, 2009
One Difference Between Left and Right
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.
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.