Over. The. Top.
by bobswern, Thu Apr 03, 2008 at 03:52:38 PM EDT
Any doubts I had about saying: "Markos' has continually displayed a total lack of responsibility to the welfare of the Democratic Party this year," are now gone.
The big orange ugliness known as the "leading progressive blog" has done it. That vitriolic, vile excuse for a "community" is completely over the top, as is now clearly evident by their commentary--in no less than nine diaries today and counting--with regard to the Randi Rhodes episode. If ever there was a clear case of just how twisted "community sentiment" really is there, all you have to do is make a quick review of that community's reaction to this incident. Case in point...
At first, as far as the matter was concerned, there was nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Not "hardly a word," but nothing at all, yesterday on the Daily Obama about the Randi Rhodes' comments.
Almost as if the entire community was hoping: "If we don't acknowledge this outrage, maybe it'll go away."
Wrong! (I checked at the time. Did a search. Not one word in a comment, not to mention a diary about it all day and night, Wednesday, April 2...yesterday.)
Then soon after midnight, the diaries there started to appear, finally (after the story had played just about everywhere else on the planet).
Anyone with any sense of civility would expect there to be at least some semblance of outrage there about the matter. After all, here was a situation where a public media figure, doing a standup routine at an event sponsored by her employer, Air America, just out and out called one of the two leading candidates for President in our party a "fucking whore." (Oh, yeah...and she also said the same thing about the only female candidate that's ever run on a national ticket for a major party, Geraldine Ferraro, too.)
But, that was not the way it played on DailyKos, once folks (the ones remaining) there started writing about it.
Here's what played over at the largest progressive, Democratic blog...the "reality-based community for Democrats:"
(Here's some Democratic party reality circa April 3rd, 2008.)
"Randi Rhodes suspended from Air America"
--by firefilynw 98 comments; 7 rec's
"Her suspension is just temporary, and I want her voice back on the radio as soon as possible."
Randi Rhodes and Bill O'Rielly
--Collinn McDonnell 48 comments; 4 rec's
"When I watched the video of Randi calling HRC a whore for selling out, I agreed with her larger point, but saw how others would be deeply offended."
"I will proudly stand up for Randi Rhodes"
--AHiddenSaint 249 comments; 17 rec's
"We must make a stand and defend Randi Rhodes!"
Randi Rhodes - SUSPENDED (w/poll)
--spicecakes69 480 comments; 12 rec's
Personally ... I feel like she is being punished for saying what many think. "Whore" in the vein of willing to do or say anything to garner the votes and/or superdelegates to get the nomination.
One of the more "redeeming" and ironic diaries about this on DKos is excerpted in the next blockquote, IMHO.
Reject and denounce Randy Rhodes
--skool 191 comments; 9 rec's
"Let me say first that I am an Obama supporter. This is the first time I am posting here. I posted a couple of times at MyDD last week until they banned me (username: ges69) and now Jerome Armstrong does not even respond to my emails. I posted there because I honestly wanted to engage in some dialog with Clinton supporters. But this is not what I want to write about. I want to write about a recent video of Randy Rhodes that surfaced in which she calls Ferraro and Clinton whores."
[Editor's note: In fairness to "skool," the diarist goes on to condemn this in the diary, and says it must stop. Still, pretty ironic, huh?]
Air America Suspends Randi; John Hancock to Follow (Edited)
--ProfJonathan 209 comments; 9 rec's
"Shame on you, Air America, for silencing (hopefully temporarily) one of the strongest media voices for progressive ideals. You may be within your rights, but it is certain, what you did wasn't by any means right. "
We reap what we sow
--sam2300 40 comments; 2 recs
"Well, we only have to look to ourselves to understand why the MSM doesn't present the context. Because we don't give people the same benefit we expect others to give."
All I can think about is my favorite line from Pacino in Scarface. (It's not the one everyone repeats from the movie: "Say hello to my leeetle frenz.") My favorite line from Scarface is when Pacino's driving up to the U.N. with one of the other bad guys sitting next to him in the passenger seat. Tony Montana calmly takes out his gun and blows the other guy's brains out against the blood-spattered window of the car and says, slowly and calmly: "Look at you now."
I'm very happy to be spending a lot more time here than there!
Thank you, Jerome, for standing up and doing what you do. I, for one, am not taking it for granted.