Sunday, March 23, 2008

When will Glenn Reynolds renounce hateful rhetoric?

By Libby

There's a bit of a kerfluffle going on in Blogtopia (yes skippy named it) today over Glenn Greenwald's post. The good Glenn noticed that Insty Glenn linked to a racist blog for Easter. I think Insty is an atheist so there's no religious hypocrisy involved, although one might question the tastefulness of linking to such hateful rhetoric on a day that many religious people celebrate as a time of joy. That aside, the wingers seem to think they scored some big point because the good Glenn identified the wrong author of the post. Insty himself gloats, "I know it’s hard to get your mind around the idea that multiple pseudonymous writers might actually be different people, but..."

Probably about as hard as it is for Insty to get his mind around the fact that Obama might actually be a different person than Rev. Wright, or Louis Farrakhan or any other black man that has made radical statements. Neither is Obama promoting these speakers by repeatedly linking approvingly to their websites. Yet Insty has no problem demanding Obama denounce, renounce and reject those speakers while he feels free to promote many blogs that frequently post racist and/or otherwise hateful screeds.

Perhaps Dr. Professor Reynolds could try to wrap his mind around his own duplicity. Is it only unAmerican when a black man gets angry at white people or is it equally unAmerican when a white man gets angry with black people? Where does same race hate against different ideologies fit in? It would seem that Insty excels at passing judgements but fails to live up to the standard he demands of others.

That's ceased to surprise me, but it still disappoints that a blogger with his reach would so willingly, and irresponsibly, turn civil discourse into a cesspool by promoting hatefilled rants and then pretend his hands are clean because all he did was send hundreds of people to read them.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share


Blogger Kathy said...

Libby, I'm so glad you wrote this. I couldn't agree more.

8:54:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks. I usually try to ignore the SOB, but this one really tripped the disgustometer. In any event, I thought your post was much better Kathy.

I saw in checking the updates later, the good Glenn thought so too. You deserved that link for sure. Great job.

9:11:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home