Usually it is easy ignore the commentary from that great bastion of cultural insight, known as the gossip Web site Gawker. But every now and then, even Gawker steps over the line.
In a Sept. 11 post by Alex Pareene that was allegedly meant to reflect on the passing of eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pareene launched into a hate-and-expletive-filled anti-President George W. Bush, anti-conservative and anti-Glenn Beck attack in his post. His first assault was on the prior administration.
"Shortly after (or maybe during) that day, our president at the time, a little [expletive] no one liked, handed over the reins to the most psychotic elements of his administration," Pareene said. "In the vast national wave of jingoism, paranoia, dread, and fear that followed, he and his friends led us into an unrelated war they'd been planning beforehand, allowed the CIA to wiretap and torture anyone they liked (and encouraged the CIA to wiretap and torture even more than they were comfortable with!), and regularly insisted that our memory of that day should not be sullied with critical thinking or expressions of anything other than still-palpable fear."
In Pareene's next page of the playbook, he praised President Barack Obama for not engaging America's enemies "in 9/11 rhetoric."
"Barack Obama is the president now. Regardless of what you think of him as a politician or a man, he admirably refuses to engage in 9/11 rhetoric," Pareene continued. "He does not operate from the cynical assumption that his audience believes that America Can Do No Wrong, that to criticize a war is to be a literal traitor, that to not worship the president is to spit on the graves of soldiers, that the correct response to a tragedy is to create a thousand more. He doesn't talk like that. And so, [expletive] finally, the anniversary belongs to the latte-sipping out-of-touch coastal elites who witnessed it."
However, he saved the most egregious for last. He took a shot at Fox News host Glenn Beck and those participating in tomorrow's 9/12 March on DC.
"On 9/12, people in New York (and DC) did not feel as ‘great' as Glenn Beck," Pareene wrote. "They just felt like [expletive]. They felt scared and confused and depressed. Many of them were drunk. And only an idiot or an actual terrorist would want to always feel like it was 9/12/01. And eight years later, normal people, with brains and souls, have decided that some emotional distance from that disaster is healthier and wiser than trying to recapture the dread. So thank [expletive] Christ that the Commander in Chief is no longer subjecting the nation to death porn."
Pareene and other left-wing critics of Beck's 9-12 Project have totally misunderstood Beck's intent. It's not to create euphoria, but as the Web site explains, it "is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001" and overcome political divides.
Nonetheless, Pareene hurled more insults at 9-12 Project participants and capped it off by referring to them as "al-Qaeda in America." (Emphasis added)
"No, this year it's limited to a nutty little cult leader on basic cable who is encouraging his radicalized band of fanatical followers to invade the cities where the tragedy actually happened in order to shock the populace back into fear," Pareene continued. "Glenn Beck is an actual terrorist, and the people attending his rally in DC tomorrow are al-Qaeda in America."