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Thursday, December 30, 2004

              Liberal Hate Speech
At the end of every year Jeff Jacoby compiles a list of liberal hate speech over the past year. This being an election year there was more material than usual.
So began another year in which liberals engaged in, and mostly got away with, grotesque slanders and slurs about conservatives -- the kind of poisonous rhetoric that should be beyond the pale in a decent society. Once again, too many on the left -- not crackpots from the fringe, but mainstream players and pundits -- chose to demonize conservatives as monsters rather than debate their ideas on the merits.

As in years past, Republicans were almost routinely associated with Nazi Germany. Former Vice President Al Gore referred to GOP activists as "brown shirts." Newsday columnist Hugh Pearson likened the Republican National Convention to the "Nazi rallies held in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler." Linda Ronstadt said that the Republican victory on Election Day meant "we've got a new bunch of Hitlers." Chuck Turner, a Boston city councilor, smeared National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as "a tool of white leaders," like "a Jewish person working for Hitler."
Undoubtedly there have also been outrageous statements from the Right, and Jacoby acknowledges it. But the point is that inevitably the Left is never taken to task for its asinine and malicious statements.
|| Nudnik 11:41 AM
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