Thursday, November 12, 2009

Going Down


Oh, you should see the reaction I'm getting over at HuffPo for the "6-year-old with Down Syndrome" line in today's Hannity piece.

The Huffington Post: Act of Neo-Contrition/11.12.09

And here I thought I was being uncharacteristically appropriate because I didn't say retard.

23 comments:

Alex said...

I think it's once you get specific that people get touchy.

Chez said...

Certainly a mildly rude line, but in the context of, oh I don't know, everything else I've ever said...

Now I'll have to issue an official apology to the 6-year-olds-with-Down-Syndrome community. This could take awhile.

SteveR said...

Actually, the Down Syndrome community was upset that you compared one of its members to a network intern.

VOTAR said...

Just wave something bright and sparkly.

Anonymous said...

yes, any and every six year old with down syndrome could run circles around probably any and every staffer at fox. that's the insult.

Laura said...

It was a great article. You are awesome. Don't let the politically correct pieces of boring shit get you down.

BenoƮt from Ottawa said...

It WAS a good article. Cogent.

VOTAR said...

Whats funny is the feigned outrage over politically incorrect (but ultimately accurate) analogies, and not quite so much over the infuriating revelation that FOX DELIBERATELY FABRICATED A NEWS EVENT (and a really EASY one to discover), got caught doing it, and will likely go unpunished.

Which leads to an obvious question, one you might want to write more about: is this kind of thing (not just media bias, but the willful falsification of facts by an institution of journalism charged with providing accurate information to the public) punishable, and if so, by who/what?

Maybe another way to put it: this is no longer (if it ever was) an industry that appears to be policing itself. Sure MSN makes it their mission to lampoon Fox and vice versa, but what oversight is there to deal with situations where a media outlet is creating, and warping the perception of, actual events?

Matt Osborne said...

Another fine one, sir! Much enjoyed.

Sheriff Bart said...

Jesus. Who let the retards on HufPo?

Deacon Blue said...

Sheriff Bart, that is a totally inappropriate comment, as it suggests that retards are incapable of locating the Huffington Post on their own.

Also, you used the name of the Lord in vain.

Double jeopardy. You are so screwed now...

Lord Benne said...

Way to reinforce every "whiny PC liberal" stereotype in the book, HuffPo commentators.

Burns said...

@VOTAR

Although I haven't spent a great deal of time looking into it, it appears that it is not punishable at all - at least not as of last May. It seems several years ago, Fox won itself a nice lawsuit that basically says there is nothing wrong with reporting false news. The FCC has a policy against it, but that's all it is, a policy. There's an article or blog or whatever here that has some basic information about it

http://ceasespin.org/ceasespin_blog/ceasespin_blogger_files/fox_news_gets_okay_to_misinform_public.html

I sent that to Chez a few weeks ago, but failed to realize the date on the suit was from like 6 years back. Nothing I've seen so far has said otherwise though. The FCC cowers behind the first amendment to prevent itself from having to upset anyone - but really, is it so hard to say "broadcast whatever you like, but if you deliberately spread lies and misinformation, we will fine you. It's called Fact Checking - DO IT."

Ah well.

abu said...

Come on Chez you know in your heart the reference to the six year old with down syndrome was out of line, you should be ashamed of yourself for dragging an innocent to add some spice to an otherwise excellent article. Clearly you should have exercised a tad more journalistic integrity and got you analogy right, what you should have said was:

"aside from the fact that it would take a BLIND 6-year-old with Down Syndrome to mix up file footage with brand new video"

Stephen said...

Retards. Huh. Politically correct pieces of boring shit. Great.

It was a good article, yes, which included an insensitive remark. I'm not going to be able to protect my kid from all of the crap he's going to have to face as he grows up, but I can call out a writer and a couple of commenters who should know better. We're trying to make the world a better place, people.

Girl With Curious Hair said...

You know you're going to have to issue an apology to Sarah Palin and her son now, don't you? I'm sure she's shocked and hurt that you would say such things about her young child.

marija said...

I agree with Votar, you laid out a perfect argument against morons (ups!) over at Fox News and all that everyone sees is an insult to kids with Down syndrome. Who are the only ones who have a right to be insulted. If a 6 year old with Down's posts a comment, please do appologize. Otherwise tell the idiot commenters to fuck off!

Anonymous said...

You should apologize immediately for this inadvertent mistake of yours.

Anonymous said...

this blog is boring without the personal stuff.
oh and Votar you are a boring, stupid tool

kanye said...

Dude...you should follow this up with a post on why PC's are superior to Macs.

It'll look like a Scanners convention over there.

drater said...

Jeez. I've called out Chez before for mocking the disabled, but that crack barely blipped on my radar. Could be I've been hanging out here too long.

And I'd like to nominate Anonymous 5:13 for Quote of the Week. Of course, after you apologize, you should thank your detractors for reading your post.

Stephen said...

A 6 year old with down's syndrome isn't as far removed mentally from a normal 6 year old as say a 30 year old with down's syndrome is from a normal 30 year old.
So in reality you were actually tempering your insult.

That and fuck them if they can't take a joke.

Unaffiliated with the previous Stephen.

Sheriff Bart said...

It's so easy to troll PC activists, a 6 year-old with Downs syndrome could do it.