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Media Whores Online

Once upon a time there used to be a very popular liberal weblog called Media Whores Online that mocked conservative talking heads, but it's long since vanished. The liberal blogosphere loved it so much they couldn't help but link to it often, especially the Media Whore Of The Year awards.

Today Erick Erikson at RedState wrote on the Cindy Sheehan media circus. It that piece he called her a "left wing media whore" (later amended to the less inflammatory "willing pawn of the media"). That set off a storm of faux outrage from the left, which is becoming a common spectacle these days. Of course they had to do a little rewrite of their own to make it more incindiary...

Steve Gilliard (who apparently can't or won't read) decided he could improve on Erikson's "left wing media whore" line and just shorten it to "left wing whore," whereupon he read him the Riot Act for slandering Cindy Sheehan as a "whore." Given how often the left calls folks like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin "media whores," it would have been pretty disingenuous to get outraged at that term, given that Sheehan sure looks to have traded in her amateur status as John Cole so forcefully demonstrates.

Duncan Black (better known as Atrios), who also couldn't be bothered to read, repeated the Gilliard misquote, and then threw in Erickson's IM address for good measure - just to make sure none of his readers would try to harass him via IM. DailyKos got into the act (including deleted links in the comments to his contact information, and next thing you know Erick was getting threatening phone calls at work and at home.

As Josh Trevino points out at Red State, just because Cindy Sheehan an lost a son in Iraq does not mean she's not a media whore in the sense that bloggers have come to know. Doubt me on that? Check out all the bloggers who announce their media appearances with the term "media whore alert" Whether you blame her or the media, that's really besides the point. Sheehan has become a cable news and Internet version of a reality TV star with a few more weeks on her run. She'll have to keep amping up the dramatics to retain the media spotlight, meanwhile her family has literally fallen apart due to her newfound cause.

Back to the "media whore" designation... You'd think some of those liberal bloggers who are so fond of the word (Atrios Google results) might have more of a clue, but that's expecting too much from them in light of their Bush Derangement Syndrome. Given the lefty outrage over the "media whore" label this Eschaton post (recapping a comment from Digby meant to mock the right) turns out to be far closer to the truth that the liberal blogosphere would like to admit.

Liberals still don't get it.

The good Americans of the rural red states are so highly sophisticated that they are very familiar with the subtle irony and satire Coulter employs. They know her mildly inflammatory rhetoric is pretty much a (screamingly funny) joke and they see it as no more than poking harmless fun at a bunch of liberal New Yorkers.

This is so very different from what MWO does when they irresponsibly call members of the press "whores." They are inciting the many violent politically active liberals of the urban blue states who take such terms literally and believe that the members of the media are actually turning tricks in the seedy areas of Washington DC. They are incapable of understanding that "whore" used in this context is a metaphor (something which is much too complex a concept for the parochial big city libs.) They might feel compelled to act out some vigilante justice and hurt some of these journalists because they think MWO wants them to. They're that suggestible.

I've found that when speaking to liberals you need to speak very slowly and very literally. Many of them weren't Christian homeschooled and spent an unfortunate amount of time in public universities. Unlike the worldly creationist intellectuals who enjoy Coulter, liberals just aren't well educated enough to be able to distinguish rollicking good humor from an incitement to violence.

This debate just points out, once again, that radical liberals just don't understand the difference between cosmopolitan red staters and the provincial inhabitants of blue state America. Until they do, they will never have a governing majority or a political mandate like the one George W. Bush currently enjoys.

No one doubts that Sheehan's grief is real, but that doesn't mean her obsessive media driven agenda isn't fair game for criticism. She and her media enablers have forced it on us. Most people see it for what it is - an opportunistic stunt.


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Comments (12)

It's Sheehan, not Sheen. Le... (Below threshold)

It's Sheehan, not Sheen. Lefties will take this as a huge sign of fascistic disrespect, so I'd amend it soon. :)

Damn spell check... Fixed.... (Below threshold)

Damn spell check... Fixed.

I found a pic of Cindy in f... (Below threshold)

I found a pic of Cindy in full 60's peacenik regalia, posted it at my blog here and got featured (tada!) at demoncraticunderground... with full contingent of flying monkeys from there piddling all over my comments.

It was amazing... not one can say anything original (or even within the realm of reality).

Wow. just. wow.

Malkins link is broke.... (Below threshold)
Darby:

Malkins link is broke.

Vacation -- what vacation?<... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

Vacation -- what vacation?

Go drink a fruity drink with an umbrella in it and let the inmates run wild for a few days.

Beyond that, I hope that you are right.

The progressives of the lef... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

The progressives of the left have had a double standard at least since 1960. It seems to be alive and well in 2005. It is ok for them to call patriotic Americans names but do not call one of them the same name.

Sheehan's grief is real<... (Below threshold)
John:

Sheehan's grief is real

She may have some 'grief'. But true 'grief' doesn't last forever, it starts subsiding. And my experience with grief is that it is something you work through on a personal level, not a public one. Something else is driving Sheehan now, imho.

Read Darleen's post. She's... (Below threshold)

Read Darleen's post. She's absolutely correct in how the most important thing for these fringe groups to do is to isolate her from her family and friends and make her dependent on them.

I had to laugh at the one commenter there who said that Casey's father and siblings were "100% supportive" of her.

Her husband's words were, "...we try to continue to support her." ... "Some times I am not sure if it is helping [the grief process] It might be delaying some of her grief, but it’s also a very good reason to get out of bed, get up and get moving."

This sounds more like a man at wit's end. His concern about her does not indicate support for her "cause".

I thought you were supposed... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

I thought you were supposed to be on vacation.

I don't buy the "she is a grieving mother so you can't criticize her" meme.

When she chose to take her grief public and turn it into a crusade to impeach Bush and stop the war, she opened her views and her actions up to criticism.

FloridaOysterI'd s... (Below threshold)

FloridaOyster

I'd say her husband is moved beyond wit's end... he's divorcing her.

RE: Just Me's post (August ... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: Just Me's post (August 13, 2005 10:44 AM)

I don't buy the "she is a grieving mother so you can't criticize her" meme.


Exactly. I had sympathies for her initially, and I still reserve some for distraught people in crisis; however, she has turned this personal loss into a media circus and seems to be reveling in the spotlight. Her son knew what he was doing, performed heroically, and gave the ultimate sacrifice after reenlisting. It would appear that he thought his actions and the mission were noble from the start. Further, there seems to be strong evidence that much of Casey Sheehan's family continues to support that same mission or at least maintain a vastly different public position to Ms. Sheehan's.

Her crusade is not representative of the entire family and it would be appropriate to debate the motives given the divergent positions. It would have been preferable to leave this family in peace to deal with their tragic loss. Alas, Mrs. Sheehan will have none of that, which is her perogative. Now it is the public's perogative to criticize her advocacy since the story has escalated to the point of political grandstanding. She is no longer an untouchable and probably should not have been given such a pass long ago. Her most recent stridency, while possibly sincere, smacks of extreme activism and one that endangers other soldiers in harm's way. I figure critics of Mrs. Sheehan have an obligation to voice their contrarian opinion to minimize that risk.

Ann Coulter is a performanc... (Below threshold)
Biggus Diggus:

Ann Coulter is a performance artist, probably a liberal, who is wildly exaggerating what it is to be a GOP talking point parrot. Believe me, when it's all over, Ann will confess and write a book about how Hannity had her on his show with a straight face.

Pat Buchanon -- now there is a quality Republican pundit.




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