It seems that when one Republican says (or is perceived to have said) a nasty thing about a Democrat, the editorialists at the New York Times and the left-wing bloggers go into high dudgeon.Â Â They’ll level accusations againt McCain of “inciting more division, anger and hatred” while ignoring the very record of their fellow Obama-supporters.
They have so twisted his campaign to fit into their narrative, we’re no longer reading about the campaign as it has played out, but as the Times would like it have played out in order for their writers to more easily badmouth it.
Yet, when it comes to hatred on the left, the Times, like many mainstream media ignores, feigns ignorance.Â While, to be sure, a number of people on the right have said some pretty offensive things in the course of this campaign. the hatred has become endemic on the left, particularly in the nation’s two largest cities.Â Now, there is a story worth covering, yet one which neither Times, the one in Los Angeles or in New York, is likely to cover, even though they’re happening right around them, indeed, perhaps among the very set with whom the papers’ editors and writers regularly socialize.
At least, the Hollywood Reporter has looked into this.Â In a piece Sunday on entertainment industry intolerance of views opposing the prevailing orthodoxy, screenwriter Andrew Klavan comments on attitudes toward his fellow conservatives:
It’s not easy being different. . . . The liberals aren’t all that liberal. We think they’re wrong, but they think we’re evil, and they behave like it.
In a recent post on the Corner, Jay Nordlinger provides an example of such behavior in the nation’s major East Coast metropolis:
Have a friend who was in Riverside Park (Manhattan) with his baby daughter. A woman came up to him and said, â€œAre you a registered Democrat?â€ He said no. She said, â€œWell, you can register right now â€” it will just take a second. I have the necessary paperwork here.â€ He said, â€œNo, actually, that’s not it â€” I am registered. It’s just that I’m a registered Republican.â€ He said that the woman gave him a look of hate such as he had seldom seen â€” sent a shudder down his spine. She walked away, still glaring, bitterly, without a word.
In the wake of 9/11, maybe the reason so many on the left wondered what it was about Americans which made Islamicists so hate us was because they really believe some hate is justified. To them, the problem must always be the object of the hatred, not the feelings of the hater.