Note how in this transcript of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s exchange on NBC’s Meet the Press with Rachel Maddow and David Gregory, the latter presses the Republican to repudiate the Nazi imagery at a Tea Party rally, but Gregory and she fail to answer whether they repudiated “it when MoveOn.org did it to George Bush” (i.e., compared that good man to Hitler).
It will be interesting to see if anyone can come up with comments from media voices eager to link the various T-party movements to Nazi imagery demanding that Democrats repudiate left-wing groups whose members (and sometimes leaders) compared Bush to Hitler and Republicans to Nazis.
Why must Armey repudiate them? Does he belong to a group which made such a comparison? Did he encourage members of that group to do so? Did he countenance such comparisons? Did Gregory ever press any prominent Democratic activist to repudiate the antics of moveon.org or International A.N.S.W.E.R. which organized the anti-Iraq War rallies? Or the name-calling of the Bush years? Did Maddow claim a left-wing group promoted violence because of an imaginary video on its web-page?
Yes, in the course of the countless rallies and protests at various townhalls across the nation, some of the opponents of the Democrats’ health care overhaul have behaved in a boorish manner, waving signs saying “mean things” and attempting to shout down their opponents. They hurt their own cause when they behave that way.
And yet, the overwhelming majority have only done what the First Amendment to the Constitution allows us to do,”peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Despite that, all too many in the mainstream media have focused on the boorish behavior and have determined that it defines the movement. Recently, a friend of mine, a decent, civil liberal and supporter of the President, asked me if I supported the rallies, assuming they included primarily mean-spirited protesters insulting the President. He had no idea how diverse they really were.
It seems that all too many assume the worst of the protesters as represented in two different columns in the Washington Post. Richard Pearlstein, as we recall, called us “political terrorists,” while Robin Givhan thought the protesters’ failure to don suits and ties, cost them some respect. (Well, at least Ms. Givhan paid attention to what the protesters were wearing, rather than assume they were dressed in Brooks Brothers attire as did Ma’am Boxer.)
It is sad that all too many in the MSM deign to demonize any who dare disagree with the President some of their number deify. They seem to have ben caught unawares by non-leftists speaking their minds and taking to the streets to protest. And they choose to find the worst elements among those protesters to define a movement.