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October 06, 2005

'Progressive' coward - redundant phrase? with UPDATE

Dennis Prager writes about the decent and the indecent in the Bennett kerfluffle. He points directly to Air America Radio talkshow host Ed Schultz and some of his deliberate lies.

On his show, Ed Schultz said the following:

"Racism is not a virtue; and this is the guy who wrote the book on virtues!"

"The Christian right in this country considers abortion murder; this is not about abortion -- this is about extermination."

" . . . He's out there advocating the murder of all black babies so that we can bring down crime."

And finally, Schultz compared how Bennett views blacks to the way Nazis viewed Jews.

What has gotten Eddie's progressive tidy whities in a bunch is Prager's concluding line after examining all the calls for Bennett's head after being libeled by people like Schultz:
Here is a chance to find out if your liberal brother-in-law is a leftist without integrity or simply a decent guy with different values. Just ask him, "Will you condemn the libel of Bill Bennett?"
Ed Schultz said on air he would debate Dennis Prager. But when Prager's producer called to follow up on the challenge and make arrangements, the Schultz show refused.

Dennis has made a definitive statement on air today he'll go to North Dakota, on his own dime, to debate Schultz live, no tape editing.

Email Ed and ask him why he says one thing on air and another thing off air.

UPDATE Dennis Prager points to an example of a decent liberal

Actually, it is Reid and the others who should apologize to Bennett. They were condemning and attempting to silence a public intellectual for a reference to a theory. It was not a proposal and not a recommendation -- nothing more than a possible explanation. But the Democrats preferred to pander to an audience that either had heard Bennett's remarks out of context, or merely thought that any time conservatives talk about race, they are being racist. The Democrats' obligation as politicians, as public officials, to see that we all hear the widest and richest diversity of views was suspended in favor of partisan cheap shots. (The spineless White House also refused to defend Bennett.) Because I came of age in the McCarthy era, I have always thought of the Democratic Party as more protective of free speech and unpopular thought than the Republican Party. The GOP was the party of Joe McCarthy, William Jenner and other witch-hunters. Now, though, it is the Democrats who use the pieties of race, ethnicity and gender to stifle debate and smother thought, pretty much what anti-intellectual intellectuals did to Larry Summers, the president of Harvard University, when he had the effrontery to ask some unorthodox questions about gender and mathematical aptitude. He was quickly instructed on how to think.

Posted by Darleen at October 6, 2005 09:26 AM