Once again, the mainstream media covers for the unhappy Barney Frank, reporting his arrogance as a principled reaction to a troglodytic Republican. In an article for the AP, a reporter neglects the many times the cranky Democrat condescended to his constituents to focus on an exchange with an unhinged left-winger:
Rep. Barney Frank lashed out at protester who held a poster depicting President Barack Obama with a Hitler-style mustache during a heated town hall meeting on federal health care reform.
“On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Frank asked the woman, who had stepped up to the podium at a southeastern Massachusetts senior center to ask why Frank supports what she called a Nazi policy.
“Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it,” Frank replied.
Now, I agree with those who consider it inappropriate to compare the President to Hitler, but wonder whether, during the first eight years of the current decade, Mr. Frank ever faulted his ideological confrères for making such comparisons to the previous president. (I’ll link any examples readers can provide.)
Now, first, let’s address one thing the AP reporter left out and one fallacy he let in. He did not tell us that the woman asking the question is a LaRouche Democrat. And the unnamed journalist identifies Sheila Leavitt as a physician when she is anything but.
The reporter, well, maybe the editor writing the headline did get something right, the mean-spirited man from Massachusetts did lash out — as he often does — and not just against left-wing loonies.
Left-wing extremists do have a habit of comparing American Presidents and their policies to the Nazis and theirs. If it is wrong to compare Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler (and I believe it is), then it was wrong to compare George W. Bush to that murderous tyrant and thug. It would be far easier to take seriously those leveling the complaints today if they could provide evidence that they, in the previous eight years, made similar criticisms of those agitating against that Republican.