The World-Herald writes/deceives:
Politically interested Americans are privileged to live in the current era, when technology and cultural habits provide unprecedented opportunities to discuss and debate public issues.
Why, then, do so many on the left and right furiously indulge in character assassination against those on the other side of the ideological divide?
Right-wing columnist Ann Coulter casually brands liberals as "traitors" and Arabs as "savages." In addressing one college audience, she said that to produce a U.S. Supreme Court majority against abortion, "We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice (John Paul) Stevens' crème brulée."
The fervent left has its own poison peddlers. One is Markos Moulitsas, who churns out hard-left screeds on the DailyKos political blog.
Recently, Moulitsas offered these thoughts to readers of his highly popular site:
"Let's not forget that ultimately, Osama (bin Laden)'s vision for the Arab world is far more akin to the right's vision of America. On homosexuality, on militarism, on women's rights, on religion in school, on capital punishment, on free speech, on curtailment of civil liberties and on a million different other issues, Islamic fundamentalists don't share many disagreements with the ideologues running our country.
"The reason we hate Islamic fundamentalists is pretty much the same reason we're fighting to take back this country from the Republicans. They are two peas from the same pod and (are) diametrically opposed to everything we liberals stand for."
"Two peas in the same pod" - that phrase certainly applies to extremists on the left and right who would rather focus on worsening America's political divisions than on finding common ground.
Wow, they want to compare Coulter's calling for the murder of a Supreme Court judge to Kos' making a reasonable (even artful) analysis of the Right-Wing's parallels to Al-Qaeda. In what kind of world are those remotely similar or deserving of joint classification and criticism?
In fact, Coulter's remarks do not stand in contrast with Kos' theory - rather, they stand in testament to exactly what he was saying. Calling for the murder of a Supreme Court judge to advance one's political agenda is an extremist and evil notion fundamentally similar to the "rule by terror" approach of Al-Qaeda and its ilk with which we now find ourselves at war.
For the World-Herald to equate Coulter's insulting, undemocratic, and borderline insane hate speech with a reasoned argument, even one the World-Herald may not agree with, is sickeningly indecent and misleading to readers. Yet, this is how they do things - without principle, without any regard for the truth. No argument is too specious so long as it is convenient for their conservative agenda.
"Poison peddler," indeed. Thanks to the World-Herald for providing a phrase that so accurately (though unintentionally) describes its own slanted reporting. I couldn't have said it better myself.