Monday, October 17, 2005

Fratricidal Battle Among Conservatives over Miers Continues

Howard Kurtz, in his "Media Notes" column in today's Washington Post, offers this humorous and perhaps enlightening anecdote regarding a tussle between National Review columnist and former Bush speechwriter David Frum, and "Fox News All-Stars" Brit Hume and Fred Barnes.

The battle is over -- what else -- the fight among conservatives over Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. Kurtz writes:

Former Republican Party chairman Ed Gillespie says he's detected a whiff of sexism in the opposition to Miers. Fox News anchor Brit Hume has noted that many critics of the Southern Methodist University graduate went to elite Eastern schools.

This prompted Frum -- a proud graduate of Yale and Harvard Law -- to fire back at "Brit Hume's and Fred Barnes' embarrassing repetition of Ed Gillespie's talking points: 'Brawwwwwk-sexism; brawwwwwwk-elitism; brawwwwwwwwk-Harvard; brawwwwwwwwwk; brawwwwwkk; brawwwwwk.'"

Barnes, the (Weekly) Standard's executive editor, says that he thinks Frum's opposition is legitimate but that it is unfair to challenge the motives of those who disagree. "The notion that Brit and I are merely tools of Ed Gillespie or the White House is insulting and wrong," says Barnes, adding that he hadn't talked to Gillespie all week. "That's the kind of thing liberals do."

Hume says it was obvious that his jibe "was considerably tongue-in-cheek, and some of the responses have been notably humorless. Lighten up a little bit!"


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Isn't it funny how some people can dish it out, but they can't take it?

I mean, do we really need to produce a list of all the times that Barnes has questioned the motives of a Democrat? For example, how many times has he questioned the motives of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). "Sen. Clinton's moves should be seen in light of a 2008 campaign," he wrote in a Wall Street Journal article -- before the 2004 presidential campaign!

And then there's Hume's comment that he was just kidding. Seems that whenever some conservatives get in trouble, they respond with that bit of spin.

When former Bush Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association a "terrorist organization" last year, people took him seriously. A day later, he told the Associated Press: "I was making what I now know was a bad joke; it was a poor choice of words."

On his radio show, Michael Savage sounds serious enough when he calls Muslims "bomb-tossers," but in interviews after the fact suggests this is an example of his "wit." Rush Limbaugh labels women's rights activists "feminazis," then says female listeners shouldn't take him so seriously.

E-mailers can stick a happy face or an "LOL" at the end of a joke. Television journalists -- even "All-Stars," LOL -- don't have that lucury, especially the ones who decide, after the fact, that they were just kidding.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Xipe Totec said...

Fratricidal? I object to the use of the term! These creatures have no mother. Therefore they cannot be siblings.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The talking-heads you cite nothing more than a bunch of elitist, Nazi, sexist, terrorist dick-heads.

LOL :-) Just kidding -- except for the "dick-heads" part, that is true.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Snoop said...

Ok folks I’m confused. What specifically is the point of this particular post.
So, Republicans are fighting, who cares, more importantly why would you liberals care?
A couple of your examples puzzle me:

When former Bush Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association a "terrorist organization" last year, people took him seriously. A day later, he told the Associated Press: "I was making what I now know was a bad joke; it was a poor choice of words."

The NEA IS a terrorist organization, in the political sense.

On his radio show, Michael Savage sounds serious enough when he calls Muslims "bomb-tossers," but in interviews after the fact suggests this is an example of his "wit."

THEY ARE BOMB TOSSERS in the politically incorrect sense.

Rush Limbaugh labels women's rights activists "feminazis," then says female listeners shouldn't take him so seriously.

Anyone who has listened to Rush’s show for any length of time, know exactly what he means by that.
Rush has won numerous broadcasting awards and STILL has 600 plus radio stations.
One fact that people who don’t like him nor listen to his show keep forgetting is almost half his audience is made up of liberals and people who DON’T agree with him.
There is a reason why Air Ameriks sucks, because liberals in the media are not credible to most Americans.

This is what amazes me about you libs, do you think that people who come and read this blog are that stupid and are incapable of deciphering between toungue in cheek comments and or humor vs serious commentary.

Does this not apply to the Bill Mahrer’s of the world, Louis Black (both who I love listening to) yes they are comics, but they do make commentary on today’s issues.

“E-mailers can stick a happy face or an "LOL" at the end of a joke. Television journalists -- even "All-Stars," LOL -- don't have that lucury, especially the ones who decide, after the fact, that they were just kidding.”

Just like any good joke there is a touch of reality on what they say, for those who CHOOSE to understand it.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snoop, could you be any more of a conservative apologist?

2:12 PM  
Anonymous ash said...

Howard Kurtz admits he doesn't get it. That's refreshing. Maybe he would get it if he read more and wrote less.

Meanwhile along comes Snoop, the best reason for an "ignore list" ever to hit this website. S/he he doesn't get it either, but at least Kurtz pretended he did get it after admitting he didn't.

PS. I didn't finish reading either of them. Didn't read them, didn't miss them.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Snoop, you are the only one here who doesn't think conservatives eating their own is funny. You ask what's the point? What happened to your sense-of-humor?

Lighten up Snoop, you're too serious.

7:16 PM  

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