Contrasting the way “Comedy Central cower[ed] in the face of a murder threat/warning against ‘South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker“, Glenn Reynolds opines:
Don’t want things you treasure satirized? Just issue a “prediction” and — voila! Meanwhile, note how entirely real radical Muslim threats and violence are treated as just part of the weather — something you have to adapt to — while nonexistent Tea Party violence is an existential threat to the Republic.
But, it’s all part of the narrative. Those in our media élites have been taught to see “the other” as the victim of Western cultural hegemony, hence they excuse the violent posturing (and actions) of those deemed spokesmen for (or representatives of) the Third World and/or the “oppressed.” By contrast, any attempt to stand up for the ideas which made this nation great are seen as retrograde, reversion to their perverted image of what our nation’s past was. (Perverted because they define our past by its worst aspects, oblivious to the fact that at least since Reagan, conservatives don’t want to turn back the clock.)
They seem to only have one lens with which to view conservative activism: as a vestige of white supremacist movements which darkened our nation’s history.
It’s fine and dandy to attack those folks, but beyond the pale to satirize those who supposedly speak for the “other”, particularly when they threaten violence. And yet, all too few condemn those leveling the threats in order to drown out debate and suppress satire.