Hate speech alive and well on the pages of the NYT

Posted by: ST on April 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

There’s been a lot of talk lately, mainly amongst left wing hypocrites and Beltway conservative uptight types about how the right has supposedly engaged in “rampant, uncontrolled hate speech” since Barack Obama has been elected. Will they start examining their own backyard now that one of their most prominent spokespeople, Frank Rich, has taken the ‘torture’ memos and used them as a springboard to compare Bush/Cheney to … Columbine killers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris?

WE don’t like our evil to be banal. Ten years after Columbine, it only now may be sinking in that the psychopathic killers were not jock-hating dorks from a “Trench Coat Mafia,” or, as ABC News maintained at the time, “part of a dark, underground national phenomenon known as the Gothic movement.” In the new best seller “Columbine,” the journalist Dave Cullen reaffirms that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were instead ordinary American teenagers who worked at the local pizza joint, loved their parents and were popular among their classmates.

On Tuesday, it will be five years since Americans first confronted the photographs from Abu Ghraib on “60 Minutes II.” Here, too, we want to cling to myths that quarantine the evil. If our country committed torture, surely it did so to prevent Armageddon, in a patriotic ticking-time-bomb scenario out of “24.” If anyone deserves blame, it was only those identified by President Bush as “a few American troops who dishonored our country and disregarded our values”: promiscuous, sinister-looking lowlifes like Lynddie England, Charles Graner and the other grunts who were held accountable while the top command got a pass.

This is the second left wing knucklehead I’ve seen in the last two weeks refer to the “evil” allegedly engaged in by the US as “banal” (Andrew Sullivan was the first – are we detecting a talking points pattern, here?). Regardless of the facts – like the fact that the Obama administration deliberately redacted out of the release of the memos the notes about the results from the EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques), the fact that other former adminstration officials, like Clinton-era appointee George Tenet, has said that the use of EITs helped us more in our battle against AQ than any other interrogation technique – something echoed in a recent WSJ piece by Mukasey and Hayden, the fact that in his piece, Rich ignored that info and only quoted Bush’s FBI director Robert Mueller as saying the EITs haven’t helped in order to imply that most in the Bush admin agreed with him, and completely ignored his own paper’s reporting of how Obama’s own DNI said that they did aid in the fight against AQ, the fact that the record clearly states that the use of EITs against KSM stopped the second plot on the LA Library tower – these clueless idiots persist in the myth that not only did the administration authorize “torture” but that furthermore the enhanced interrogation techniques they did use did not produce any results whatsoever, when the evidence indicates otherwise.

Sullivan, Rich, nor other left wing blowhards are able to get beyond their ridiculous, still-burning hatred for President Bush and it’s obviously impacted their judgment here. Not that they had much good judgment begin with.

Write the NYT and let them know what you think of Rich comparing Bush and Cheney to thug killers like Klebold and Harris. Whatever people think of Bush and Cheney, to view them as deliberate and calculating murderers on the same level as Klebold and Harris is both despicable and contemptible, and shows a complete lack of common sense, perspective, and decency. Not only that, but the omission of several key facts counter to his “argument” suggests Rich deliberately lied to advance an agenda.

Gosh. This happened on the pages of the NYT? Imagine that.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

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8 Responses to “Hate speech alive and well on the pages of the NYT”


  1. Great White Rat says:

    Compare Rich’s spittle-flecked rant with Kevin Ferris’ calm and rational approach to the same subject in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: The real shock to the conscience should be 9/11, not the efforts – however harsh – to prevent such attacks in the future.

    Had (KSM) been obliterated in a Predator strike, no one would have cried “war crime.” Since he was captured, given the level of destruction he’d caused and the lives he’d taken, it was legitimate to learn what he knew in an attempt to prevent further attacks. Had his own conscience been shocked by the enormity of his crimes, perhaps he’d have given the information freely. Since he declined, coercion, though troubling, seems only right. If that coercion saved lives, prosecuting interrogators for war crimes would be a shock to the conscience.

  2. MarkJ says:

    Frank Rich: a living example of what happens when you spend too much time attending “all the right cocktail parties,” hanging out at all the trendy restaurants, and carousing with Off-Broadway chorus boys.

  3. Bosslowrider says:

    If we’re lucky and the dims don’t bail them out, we may witness that fish wrap aka the NYTrash fold. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to see those scumbag writers out hunting a job.
    Heck, I may even get a tingle or something else up my leg.
    I’m feeling kinda tingly now.

  4. yo says:

    Who does the left consider more dangerous? Republicans or radical islam?

  5. Bear1909 says:

    The Left will not survive the coming economic tsunami that is the whirlwind fruit of Barry Soetoro’s first hundred days in office. That will be their karma. Ruin.

    All of this torture memo stuff is a trial balloon to see how far they can go before this buffoon is impeached for treason.

    What Soetoro and his trusty pit bull Rahm “The Bomb” Emmanuel do not realize is that they have sunk the Dhimmicratic Leadership who are all complicit with the so-called torture.

    However, I am still waiting for some media type, with the skills to make a simple power point presentation, to show a comparison of what the US did to get the info from KSM and others, with what real torture looks like.

    Case closed. The interrogation techniques used by the pussies at the CIA (sorry i believe in old school intelligence gathering) compared to what happens in Saddam era Iraq, and throughout present day eastern europe (Romania anyone), Pakistan, Syria, Iran…et al….. is child’s play.

    REALITY CHECK PLEASE. Frank Rich is a boorish fop with a platform. Boycott the NYT. Drive them into the ground for good.

  6. Carlos says:

    ST, ya’ll outta know by now that when a conservative says something, almost anything, it’s hate speech simply because of its source. When a lib or tinfoil hatter says exactly the same thing its fois de gras and pink champagne, and that’s all there is to it.

    In reality, leftists are like blind men trying to umpire at a baseball game: they occasionally get one right, but only because in anything the law of averages says they must. But always their calls are based on nothing more than whim, on banal perception, and not on reality. The same with leftists.

    We on the right have recently been accused of being the radical extreme right. A perfect example of perception vs. reality, because the reality is we’ve not moved much at all, and in most cases those moves have been centerward. It is the left that has moved radically left, and in an attempt to make themselves seem the stability of the universe they have accused us of the moving.

    Typical projection, typical lies, typical use of the sycophantic media and typical use of perception over reality.

  7. gus says:

    My brother was SWAT at Columbine. He has suffered far more than any ISLAMOFASCIST TERRORIST that got DUNKED.
    Liberals don’t fear TERROR. They fear the END OF THEIR GUBMINT PAYCHECK AND BENEFITS.

    It’s really that simple.

  8. Brian R. Higgins says:

    When the New York Times gets on my nerves, I click Yahoo Finance, and check the going price for a share of NYT. Somebody is feeling the pinch, even if Frank Rich doesn’t.