Dennis Prager explains in regard to evils such as Nazism, that evil stems from a place unrelated to right, left, or center. It is therefore wrong of either side to call one another Hitler for seemingly acting in a manner which may be similar to that of an evil ruthless mass murderer. So too, is it incorrect to say that evil dictators such as Hitler are people who belong to either the right or the left, since while some of his actions have resembled liberal policies and others appear identical to conservative ideology, the evil atrocities he’s committed stem from neither of the two.
How and why is all this relevant?
There are many biased reporters on both sides of the aisle. Although being biased is incorrect and non-journalistic, acting upon personal blinding hatred results in far worse.
Janet Maslin, of The New York Times is a biased journalist whose work is often tinged with her personal support of liberalism. However, although she disagrees with conservatism and may have even chosen to disregard certain facts at times when it wasn’t in sync with her goals, she is aware of the line which one shall not cross. Same for Colbert I. King of The Washington Post. He’s no Palin-lover, yet understands that when a trash book loaded with lies and discrepancies is released, it is unrelated to liberalism or conservatism. Claiming that a mother of a child isn’t its mother and that a supposed bigot and racist had an affair with a black individual amongst other ridiculous fabrications, is an act of hatred spiraled out-of-control. Anyone who reported and repeated it as though it is factual and newsworthy is guilty of giving credibility to this outright liar who, by the way, was only capable of compiling these falsehoods several yards away from his prey while snooping and staring through their windows.
Unfortunately, conservatives such as Alex Pappas and Steven Nelson of The Daily Caller treated the author as though he’s a regular and “fair” journalist, and not the fabricator and hater he truly is. Alex then argued on twitter that the author might not have written all that hateful lies if Palin hadn’t posted a Facebook post against highlighting his rude behavior. Yeah. Such thinking surely explains his unfitting behavior even before her Facebook post, such as staring down her every move as she mowed the lawn. With this senseless claim, Pappas revealed his own underlying hatred towards Palin. Who else, but another hater, would gobble up the trash McGinniss has dumped on the streets?
The Daily Caller’s despicable actions of posting three articles which gave credibility to utter falsehoods can be understood after glancing at the matter from a seemingly unrelated angle.
Tucker Carlson, owner of the Daily Caller, had caused a storm of reactions last December while filling in for Sean Hannity, when he expressed his desire for Michael Vick to have been executed because of his cruelty towards dogs. Although he later retracted his comments saying he got “too emotional,” he “over spoke,” and is “uncomfortable with the death penalty under any circumstances”, his true view on the topic was clearly stated the first time around. When a person gets excited, one’s hidden emotions usually surface to the top and slips out.
Many eyebrows had shot up over his original comment. Although conservatives support the death penalty in certain scenarios such as when hard evidence is available against a serial killer etc., Carlson’s comments were considered by many as over the top. Despite having a strong and deep bond with their pets, they are nonetheless aware of the differences between a human and a non-human.
This also explains why countless conservatives who own and love pets disagree with PETA on many issues, since they understand that human life comes first while PETA often sides with animals at times when it’s detrimental for humans. Conservatives have protested the protection of a 3-inch long fish named delta-smelt, an endangered species, which has come at the expense and destruction of the livelihood for thousands of farmers in California because the water has been redirected away from their farms.
As a Jew, I’ve read and researched extensively about the Holocaust and have discovered this related piece of info. While the Nazis cruelly and gleefully slaughtered millions of humans, they were extremely overprotective and respectful of all pets and animals. When one’s respect for animals overrides the respect for humans, it can lead to the treating of humans as mere cockroaches. Of course there are many other aspects which caused the Nazis to commit their vile deeds, and by no means am I comparing Carlson or anyone else to Nazis.
However, consider the following. What is the harshest form of punishment in places the liberals haven’t yet outlawed it that can be meted out against a criminal? The death penalty. Vick’s cruelty deserved punishment. No one disagreed. But should a human life be snuffed out because of his cruelty towards animals? Or should the death penalty be reserved for heinous crimes against humanity? Carlson’ comments came from someone who officially opposes the death penalty at all accounts. Yet, he wished to see an animal killer executed because his love for his dogs had blinded him to think rationally, as he later admitted having been swept up with his emotions. Understanding Carlson’s tendencies to be blinded by his emotions which then results in illogical and irrational thought and behavior, explains somewhat the shameful and surprising behavior of him and his website the past week.
When a book chock full of lies is released, most people including many who don’t support Palin for the presidency and dislike her ideology and policies have been capable of remaining factual, logical, rational, and human. Carlson, however, allowed his blind hatred towards Palin to overtake his emotions and threw his support and belief behind a definite liar. Not satisfied, they then went on a hunt for a trash bag and found it in the form of a former rapist and criminal whose vile language is utterly inappropriate for any news site. They honored him with direct quotes of his dirty language having headlined the website for over twenty four hours.
When Dan Riehl called him out on his horrible behavior, several Daily Caller members threatened Riehl with a lawsuit. Only after a complete day passed, and Greta Van Susteren and others having joined Riehl in calling out the Daily Caller for their shamefulness, did they respond somewhat. No, the offensive material was not removed. Instead, an editor’s note was posted warning of vulgar and coarse language while continuing to defend the post as newsworthy. How despicable.
Carlson’s actions have at last clarified Prager’s words of wisdom; that hatred and evil is unrelated to party affiliation and includes people of both sides of the aisle. Until now I’ve thought of personal hatred such as against Palin and other conservatives to be owned by liberals. I couldn’t understand how a conservative can fall into the same category. The conservatives I listen to such as Limbaugh and Levin disliked liberalism with a passion yet never stooped to slandering them or their families personally. The same is true for many on the left such as Janet Maslin of the New York Times who haven’t crossed the line between disagreeing in philosophy and hating someone personally. Why, even Keith Olbermann whose hatred for Palin is old news and will never be mistaken for having the slightest bit of respect for her, had declared the book to have crossed the line and admitting he was on Sarah’s side this one time.
Tucker Carlson has illustrated the stark contrast between personal hatred and disagreement of philosophy. It doesn’t matter that Tucker Carlson is a conservative and not a liberal. As Greta had point out, there are times one must call out one’s friends. Quite a few conservative sites have remained silent in face of the Carlson’s wrongdoings and they too are thus guilty of crediting these shameful smears. Credit must be given to the handful of sites which have called out Tucker, though I won’t list them for fear of omitting someone, so here’s a general thank you to all who have refused to stoop as low as Carlson, and that includes many of the left.
This article has been cross-posted at Conservatives4Palin