Media Insanity of the Week Winners

It’s time to announce the winners of my “Media Insanity of the Week” competition.

So grab a snack, slip on your MSNBC “Got Ratings?” T-shirt, and get ready for what some of the best in left-wing media loonyville had to offer.

Bronze Medal

On August 10, Media Matters asserted that “conservative media figures have used extreme and violent rhetoric to drum up support for the GOP in the midterm elections and have warned of the consequences of continued Democratic majorities in Congress.” They went on to cite numerous quotes from the likes of Erick Erickson, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Napolitano, and others.

Their goal? To paint the conservative media at large as a violence-inciting bunch of right-wing nut jobs. Darn, I wish I would’ve known about their article in advance. I could’ve lent them some photos of my friends and I going gun shopping while wearing baseball caps that read “I Was Anti-Obama Before It Was Cool.”

One of the best “extreme and violent rhetoric” quotes cited by Media Matters is by Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins in an Investor’s Business Daily op-ed titled, “Will Washington’s Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?”

“A President Obama intent on achieving his transformative goals despite the disagreement of the American people has powerful weapons within reach. In one hand, he will have a veto pen to stop a new Republican Congress from repealing Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank takeover of banks. In the other, he will have a fistful of executive orders, regulations and Obama-made fiats that have the force of law,” Investor’s Business Daily said.

 “A fistful of executive orders”? I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time someone calls security on those writers. Not to mention that President Obama must be immediately disarmed of his “veto-pen” weapon. He’s liable to poke someone’s eye out with that thing.

Bottom line: Extremists exist on both the left and right. But to paint a picture of the conservative media as violence-inciting because it’s easier than accepting that this center-right country is displeased with its far-left President, is a big, fat joke.

Silver Medal

Obama-enthusiast Oprah Winfrey has signed Rosie O’Donnell to host a television talk show on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. Now I know what you’re thinking – that’s just what this country needs. More Rosie O’Donnell.

O’Donnell said in 2006 that “radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam.” Those suicide-bombing Christians must be running amuck.

In 2007, Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked O’Donnell, “Do you believe in a conspiracy in terms of the attack of 9/11?” She replied, “No. But I do believe that it is the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center Seven. World Trader One and Two got hit by planes. Seven, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.”

To quote Jonah Goldberg’s 2007 response to O’Donnell, “For the record, fire can melt steel, and buildings also collapse when heat weakens steel. But that misses the point. The point is we shouldn’t have to argue with crazy people.” Amen.

O’Donnell declared, “Seize their assets today” with respect to BP in 2010, as well as “Take over the country, I don’t care. Issue an executive order. Say, BP, guess what? Call it socialism, call it communism, call it anything you want. Let’s watch Rush Limbaugh explode on TV when he talks. Seize the assets. Take over BP.”

Enough said.

Bottom line: I give a lot of props to Oprah. She’s a successful businesswoman, has an inspiring sense of ambition, has devoted so much of her time and money to charity, and is incredibly talented. But the decision to sign O’Donnell leaves me wondering – has the 2008 election Kool-Aid damaged her brain?

Gold Medal

Drumroll, please!

Newsweek – a.k.a. Lefty Loon Central – got all hot and bothered this week in a blog piece in “The Gaggle” titled “Sarah Palin Gets Snarky on a Schoolteacher.” Ben Adler zeroed in like a hungry hawk on Palin’s conversation in Homer, Alaska, with Kathleen Gustafson, who had been holding up a “WORST GOVERNOR EVER” sign near the location where Palin was filming her documentary.

Adler talked about “her bizarre decision to quit the governorship in the middle of her term.” Yeah, it’s downright “bizarre” to step down when faced with frivolous ethics charges that cost you and your state countless hours and tons of money to refute. That’s almost as “bizarre” as cutting taxes to boost the economy.

He talked about “the ruckus caused by her massive speaking fees” and “that her speaking contract comes with a list of requirements worthy of Spinal Tap.” That Sarah Palin is a regular Wasilla diva. Now quit reading and fetch her a bendy straw.
He wrote that “her famous Facebook postings often have the tone of a nasty, snotty, slightly dense but popular high-school girl” and spoke of her “tone of nasal condescension” during her exchange with Gustafson. Palin’s Facebook posts are just “dense” enough to spark a whirlwind of policy debate. Death panels, anyone?

Bottom line: The media’s Palin-hating is nothing new, but its entertainment value never gets old. And her reply to it – you know, that “nasal condescension” – is absolutely priceless.

So, there you have it. To the many that didn’t make the list – don’t worry. Your insanity probably just missed the mark.


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