Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A little MoveOn hypocrisy

With the Limbaugh-Fluke controversy remaining a top story in punditry world, as Limbaugh continues to be roundly condemned and his apology brushed off as insincere, I thought it might be a good idea to remember how hypocritical people can be. Ed Schultz's comments about Laura Ingraham--when he called her a slut--have been cited by various pundits, of course. Schultz apologized for them and many of the people still attacking Limbaugh were satisfied with that apology.

Currently, MoveOn is sending around a petition to get ClearChannel to drop Limbaugh's show.
Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University who was advocating for health insurance plans to cover the cost of contraception, became the target of a series of attacks by Rush Limbaugh. Besides calling her a "slut," he also called her a "prostitute," said that he wanted her to make sex tapes and post them online, and speculated that she only had a problem paying for contraception because she was having "so much sex." We who support Ms. Fluke find that this is a serious offense committed by Mr. Limbaugh, and we ask that his radio show be terminated.
The Ed Schultz incident? MoveOn didn't have much to say about that.

But wait, there's more. Limbaugh's comments have also ignited a debate about the GOP's so-called "war on women." Obama touched on it in his press conference today, though he tried to pretend that he's above the fray. Kind of weak, his appeal for not ridiculing people because they're being good citizens and expressing their opinions in the public discourse, given his own mockery of the tea party crowd:


But let's get back to MoveOn and the "war on women." Last year, that org ran this fundraising piece. Entitled "Stop the Republican War on Women," it lists the top ten attacks by the GOP on women, noting that "Republicans are on a rampage attacking women's health and rights this year." Heavy stuff: attacks, war, rampages. And not attacks on ideas or policies, but attacks (and war) on women, themselves. Yet, last year MoveOn also sponsored a petition. The text of that petition:
"I call for an end to all overt and implied appeals to violence in American politics. We must debate, not hate."
I guess it's okay to constantly use violent rhetoric to characterize your political foes, though. Somehow.

Personally, I have no problem with this kind of rhetoric. After all, I'm an adult and am fully capable of recognizing hyperbole, metaphors, and the like when I see them. But it amuses me to see people throw hissy-fits about the language choices of others, only to turn right around and employ the same kind of language, themselves.

Cheers, all.

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