Many of my facebook friends have been posting stories (from the NYT, the WaPo, NPR, etc.), about the incredibly violent, dangerous, racist, and homophobic tea partiers. I countered this morning with a very neutral post to the effect that, in a two party system, citizens will always challenge the president, and that there will always be those amongst the challengers who take things too far. I then included this video, from Evan Coyne Maloney:
The silence has been deafening. I suspect two things: One, my liberal friends are refusing to watch the video, and, two, if they’ve watched it, they’re struggling to defend what is, for them, an indefensible position.
As to the refusal to watch, I continue to find it fascinating that people who boast about listening only to NPR and reading only the NYT and the New Yorker as their information sources, routinely castigate me for being ill-informed, despite the fact that, in addition to those sources, I get my news from dozens of other outlets, including a lot of original source material. As to the latter, that’s an especially interesting one, because NPR, the NYT, the New Yorker, etc., always carefully intersplice their own editorial bias into the source material. Unlike Rush or Sean Hannity, where you may get to listen to the entire ten minute or forty minute speech or interview, the MSM, especially the “intellectual” branch of it, only presents soundbytes, all of which the “reporter” carefully explains.
To a true liberal elite, once who has attended Ivy League schools and works in one of the traditional professions, the more you know, the less you count as informed. Strange world.