Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Levin Latest Conservative Pundit To Hypocritically Attack Durbin


Radio clown Mark Levin isn't afraid to offer opinions. Too bad he sometimes forgets to provide facts to back those opinions up.

On yesterday's edition of his conservative radio show, Levin blasted critics of controversial conservative pundit Ann Coulter, then asked where those critics were -- he assumes they are liberals, although that isn't true -- when Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) made questionable comments last year on the Senate floor about Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.

Ironically, a minute later Levin praised Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), calling him a good man and a friend.

And thus, the latest example of fact-challenged hypocrisy by a conservative pundit.

Let's review. As JABBS wrote last June, conservatives were quick to jump on Durbin after a June 14, 2005, speech on the Senate floor, in which he quoted from an FBI agent's report on the deplorable conditions at Guantanamo, then said: "'If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings." Durbin later apologized.

By comparison, conservatives did not roar after Santorum speaking on the Senate floor May 19, 2005, said that Democratic complaints about the "nuclear option" to ban judicial filibusters are "the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying: I'm in Paris, how dare you invade me, how dare you bomb my city. It's mine." Santorum also apologized.

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Amazing that Levin -- a year after Durbin's apology -- continues to reference his Senate floor speech, but fails to note that his "friend" Santorum made a similar Nazi comparison during a Senate floor speech less than a month earlier.

And what about that "liberal media" that Levin harps on incessantly. Did they collectively fail to write about Durbin? Of course not. But

The media covered the story, and the apology. In fact, some newspapers were extremely critical of Durbin's comments, while others criticized Durbin for the apology, too. The Washington Post provided an overview of why Durbin was the latest politician who failed to realize it's nearly impossible to make a Nazi comparison without stepping on toes -- a point the Daily Show with Jon Stewart also offered

So, in fact, the media was all over the Durbin saga -- in its collective news coverage and via a host of editorials.

Levin doesn't tell listeners that, because it goes against the myth he and others push daily -- that the media is liberal and unfair in its coverage. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a quest for ratings?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Beelzebud said...

Durbin never should have apologized for his comments.
He should have stood tall, and spelled it out in English, for these cretins exactly what he meant. Instead he tucked tail, almost cried, and apologized like a little sissy...

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

Levin a HYPOCRITE! Why am I NOT SURPRISED???

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Gen Patton said...

You're right, Durbin shouldn't have apologized. After he made his comments he should have been arrested immediately for Treason and shackled to the hull of a Navy ship until the War on Terror is over. America doesn't need that kind of mindless rhetoric from quizzlings like Turbin Durbin. As for the other guy: Sorry but know one really cares what he said.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Patton, isn't that the point? Durbin incurs your wrath. But you give Santorum a pass for saying something similarly offensive.

If Durbin should be in trouble, then so should Santorum. Hyperbole is hyperbole, regardless of which side of the aisle it comes from.

5:02 PM  

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