Some of our readers seem to have misunderstood the point of my post earlier this morning, supposedly suggesting that Democrats needed to “differentiate themselves” from the hateful anti-Breitbart rhetoric some left-wingers have spewed in the past twenty-four hours.
Through the title and the inclusion of the post in the category “Liberal Hypocrisy,” I intended to make clear I was mocking Democrats like Barney Frank and liberal commentators like the editors of the New York Times for holding Republicans accountable for the mean-spirited rhetoric of a handful of right-wing extremists, yet so unwilling to apply the same standard to Democrats and holding them accountable for hateful rhetoric coming from their side of the aisle.
No, Democrats don’t need to differentiate themselves from this bile. But, at the same time, they shouldn’t be demanding that Republicans differentiate themselves from hateful rhetoric spewed by their supporters.
As Ed Morrissey reminded us this morning, there were indeed liberals who conducted themselves responsibly in response to yesterday’s sad news:
Some of his [Breitbart’s] opponents did handle the news in a professional and classy manner, including Media Matters for America, which gave a surprisingly humane response, much to their credit. However, that was hardly the norm yesterday, as the Post would have its readers believe — and the fact that they had to premoderate comments gave them a big clue as to what the actual reaction was.
(H/t Instapundit.) Read the whole thing.
At the same time, as Ed noted, some of our friends in the legacy media focused on those of Breitbart’s political adversaries who responded civilly to the new media mogul’s passing — while all but ignoring the hate. Had conservatives responded in a similar manner the passing of a liberal icon, one suspects the reaction would have been reversed, with a focus on the hate.
There is nastiness of both sides of the political divide. Yet, people like Barney Frank and his associates in the chattering classes do seem to dwell on that of their political adversaries while ignoring that of the ideological confrères.
And conservatives, like yours truly, do delight in reminding them of that bile — and their selective outrage.