We have seen how ready left-wing pundits (and Democratic politicians) are to brand conservative activists as racists. We have seen gay activists label anyone who disagrees with their agenda as haters. And yet, despite their rhetoric, they never manage to acknowledge the bile and bitterness on their own side — or in their own hearts.
At least not in public.
But, in what they assumed was the privacy of their own peers, they have begun to ‘fess up. One liberal journalist admitted that she would delight if she saw a certain conservative suffering from a heart attack:
But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio,* that isn’t what you’d do at all.
In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.
Emphasis added. She would delight in the pain of another. Not Osama bin Laden, but Rush Limbaugh, a man who offers a different political perspective than she does–and draws a considerably larger audience. A man whose radio program doesn’t rely on a federal subsidy to maintain its operations.
Remember Ms. Spitz draws her salary from a corporation which derives its income from our tax dollars. If a conservative were working for NPR (well that political viewpoint would be enough to disqualify hrt from appointment in the first place) and said such a thing about a prominent liberal, she would be vilified in the media and fired from her job.
For the record, let’s repeat what she said. “I never knew I had this much hate in me.” She never knew she harbored such hatred.
Let’s get one thing straight–as the e-mails from Journolist seep out–liberal laments notwithstanding, their side harbors far more hate than does ours. Their “smart set” hold their ideological adversaries in contempt, wanting to deprive them of media platforms and unwilling to engage them on an intellectual level.
Via Dan Riehl.
*UPDATE: Mark Hemingway reports:
Interestingly enough, NPR’s statement and quick response on the matter shows that they’re taking the ethical problems of Journolist seriously:
Anna Christopher, NPR’s senior manager of media relations, says that, since The Daily Caller posted its piece this morning, just after midnight, she has been in touch with organizations that have misidentified Spitz. Many of them, including The Daily Caller, have corrected the error.
NPR News has established social media guidelines, which are available on NPR’s website.
Employees are asked to “recognize that everything you write or receive on a social media site is public.” They are advised to “conduct yourself in social media forums with an eye to how your behavior or comments might appear if we were called upon to defend them as a news organization.”
I hope other media outlets whose reporters are implicated in the Journolist scandal — even tangentially — see this as the serious ethical issue that NPR does.