Saturday, March 03, 2007

Who's Got Integrity?

Here's former basketball star John Amaechi, the first NBA associated player to come out of the closet and author of recently released book, Man in the Middle. Hate talk at the high public level leads to violence against persons from the slurred group at the local level.

Here's Elizabeth Edwards responding by writing about hate words in the public discourse and offering those of us who are truly offended by the odious public speech yesterday a chance to get back at the evildoer in the way that will hurt the most -- contribute to the person she smeared.

And on the other hand, here's the mainstream media ignoring these fire-up the fascism words, with the leading political reporter from the news organ one might think most responsible, The New York Times, equivocating the evildoer to, of all people, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Does reporter Adam Nagourney think they're functionally equivalent because they both have only X chromosomes? As one is elected and the other is not, as one spew death threats at U.S. judges and the other does not, as one merrily brandishes hate language and the other does not, what the hell does Nagourney get off?

Lastly, while campaign staffers for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani were quite clear in their denunciations of the evildoer (perhaps glad to do so, considering her scathing comments about them in her endorsement of Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican Presidential nomination), Mitt's campaign only offered the following weak sauce:
Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mr. Romney, said: “It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.”
From hereon in, I call bullshit on any reporter who doesn't ask Former Governor Romney if he distances himself from the evildoer, will cut all ties, will reject her endorsement.

Romney wants to play with the big boys. Then act like a man.

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