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  •  Martin Bashear was fired from his show (22+ / 0-)

    Ed was suspended. And both of them said things far less inflammatory AND they both sincerely apologized.

    They say these things because they can. At most, one group is outraged and demands an apology — which they may or may not get — and the whole thing blows over. On the right, they never let it go, never. I still read criticism of Bill Maher from his comments about 9/11. There's no outrage too small or too long ago for the rightwing to let go.

    Sarah Palin spent weeks screaming about Rahm saying "retarded" but never breathes a word about Ann Colter. I know IOKIYAR, but it would be nice to create enough of a stink so they start filtering their hate, even if no one gets fired... (Although I think a lot lf people at Fox needs to start losing their jobs...)

    “Poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity.” Mother Teresa

    by theKgirls on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 11:07:02 AM PDT

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    •  The reason she won't get fired. (1+ / 0-)
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      Because in the American media context, what she said isn't out of bounds. Saying all Muslims should be shot is ok. Hell, at Fox News that'd probably earn her a promotion.

      On the other hand, leftist commentators often have to tiptoe to avoid crossing the line between what's acceptable to say & what ins't. For example, speaking out against a U.S. war while deployments are underway & the government is calling for patriotic unity is unacceptable. That's why MSNBC fired Phil Donahue during the lead-up to the Iraq War, in spite of his show earning the network's best ratings. The network stated pointblank that he was let go because of the fear that he'd be "a difficult public face for NBC in a time of war."

      Impugning the conduct of the American military is always grounds for firing, & truth is no defense. That's what got Eason Jordan fired as president of CNN - he said at Davos, Switzerland, that there was evidence that American troops in Iraq were deliberately firing on journalists.

      Making moral equivalency between the U.S. & its adversaries is absolutely out of bounds. That's what got Bill Maher's show taken off the air by ABC. He was commenting on the trope of referring to the perpetrators of 9/11 as "cowards", saying that whatever we called them, "cowards" isn't the right word because they were willing to die for their cause, however evil that cause may be. "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2000 miles away. That's cowardly." In addition to getting him taken off the air, those comments prompted Ari Fleischer's chilling warning that in these times we all need to "watch what we say".

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