Professor Jacobson just took the mainstream media to task for being “hypocritical sycophants” when it comes to President Obama and his agenda.
Now, Canada’s University of Fraser Valley student Luke Stibbs provides an example of why conservative pundits should not trust the elite media.
Conservative writer/commentator S. E. Cupp made a big splash this week, when she spoke out in the New York Times Magazine about Rush Limbaugh.
“And we can’t be afraid to call out Rush Limbaugh,” said Goodwin’s fiancée, S. E. Cupp, a New York Daily News columnist and a co-host of ”The Cycle” on MSNBC. “If we can get three Republicans on three different networks saying, ‘What Rush Limbaugh said is crazy and stupid and dangerous,’ maybe that’ll give other Republicans cover” to denounce the talk-show host as well.
To me, what she said didn’t actually sound that bad. What it sounded like to me is that the NYT took her extremely out of context. The whole second half of the quote sounds like Cupp was talking about what the media already does; not necessarily endorsing it. I was unimpressed, and attributed the furor to the cannibalistic wing of the conservative blogosphere.
Then Cupp responded, and I had to eat crow.
Okay. Let’s talk about this seriously.
Cupp stated in the NYT Magazine that Limbaugh is “crazy and stupid and dangerous.” Last time I checked, that was fairly fiery rhetoric. Innocuous is saying that you thought Marco Rubio’s water bottle moment was a mistake. Innocuous is saying that the right can’t forget how much it needs to win Florida.
A comment that is innocuous, by definition, doesn’t kick up a fuss.
While Rush occasionally goes too far, he is still an excellent broadcaster and an effective spokesman for conservative values. Comparing Rush to Todd Akin, which the interviewer does directly after Cupp’s remarks, is insulting. Implying that the majority of conservatives LIKED or AGREED with Todd Akin is asinine. Claire McCaskill, one of the politicians in America most reviled and disliked by her constituents…WON, because of conservative dislike of Todd Akin.
What they don’t agree on is Reagan’s 11th Commandment. It is fine to disagree, dislike, and even hate people who are generally on your side. But don’t go talk to the New York Times or MSNBC about how “crazy and stupid and dangerous” they are. …
Ms. Cupp, you need to learn the lessons of John McCain and Mitt Romney. Until they won the primary, the media trumpeted them as the only possible choice. The media called them leaders with kind hearts and a sense of moral fiber. Then they won the primary, and were all that stood between Barack Obama and the Presidency. Then the very same media destroyed them.