Are Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh to blame for left-wing vulgarity from the likes of blogger Amanda "%$@#" Marcotte, late of John Edwards presidential campaign blog? That's the argument from Time senior writer and columnist Joe Klein, now writing at Time's Swampland blog.
a newcomer to this blogging business, I've been interested in the
Edwards dust-up. As readers know, I've been critical of the tone of the
left-wing blogosphere in the past. But I think that Yglesias raises an
important point here
and anyone reading the comments section of any Swampland post knows
that troglyditic right-wing cavedwellers fester there, in a vomitously
vile manner, too.
"And I'd add this: Radio. I was driving into Springfield, Ill
last night for the Obama festivities and caught the ever-vile Sean
Hannity 'interviewing' the even-more-vile Dick Morris about Hillary.
Just disgraceful...and they were mild compared to the crap I've heard
from Rush and others over the years.
February 10 post didn't blame the left for its own nasty behavior,
portraying the inflammatory lashing out of lefty bloggers as some kind
of battered-child syndrome caused by years of abuse from Big Daddy
obvious that the current level of vitriol on the left is a reaction to
nearly twenty years of sewage emanating from Rush et al. It's also a
product of the times: There's a whole generation of people who believe
that serious political discourse consists of Pat Buchanan and Eleanor
Clift screaming at each other. The intemperance on the left has three
other sources (1) justifiable fury over the Bush administration (2)
justifiable fury over the way the media treated Clinton and, to a certain extent, Bush and (3) ideologues of any sort tend to be obnoxious."
Clay Waters is director of Times Watch, where he keeps track of the liberal bias of the New York Times.