Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Walsh: That Was A Trick Question!

Left-wing blogger Joan Walsh made a fool of herself on Tuesday’s Morning Joe when she couldn’t think of a single left-wing extremist comparable to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. (Hint: Mike Malloy or Keith Olbermann would have been acceptable answers). In her blog yesterday, she defended herself by explaining that, not only is there no one on the left like Limbaugh or Beck, but that she was also referring to extremists and terrorists (which she claims are mostly right-wing).

I'm the one who posed the question: Scarborough suggested that reasonable folks on the left (that's me) and the right (that's Joe) ought to denounce the extremists in their own camp. I asked him whom he thought I should denounce, because I don't think there's anyone on the left as consistently cruel, divisive and wrong as Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. But my question wasn't merely about media: The problem on the right includes extremists who've made death threats against Democrats like Patty Murray, Bart Stupak, Nancy Pelosi and, of course, President Obama. There's no one on the left posing the same threat to leaders on the right -- or if there is, I'd like to know about it. (The whack job who threatened the folks who made the movie "Babe," along with Obama and GOP whip Eric Cantor, doesn't count.)

Sigh. Where do I begin?

1) If you want examples of left-wing pundits who are “consistently cruel, divisive, and wrong,” look no further than Mike Malloy, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, and Bill Maher.

2) There have been plenty of examples of left-wing extremists threatening (AND committing) violence against the right.


After reading her blog post, i decided to peruse the rest of Walsh’s blog. Turns out the woman is notorious for spewing nonsense. In two recent blog posts, she has used a questionable survey to further malign the Tea Party protestors as nothing more than racists, and used an appeal to authority argument to defend congressman John Lewis (“Lewis's word on the confrontation is good enough for me.”) Gee, no wonder this woman has been laughed at.