I enjoyed your column “Patriot Games” so much I had to write a response. Like you, I am a recovering patriot gamer. Though I never stooped to name calling, I just don’t feel it necessary to wear my politics on my sleeve any more.
I just got tired of it; the arguing and going back and forth, and then getting mad because the opposition doesn’t see your point of view as relevant.
But, sometimes people in recovery slip up, and, in this case at least, write a letter.
I think you generalize right wing pundits in the same manner they generalize “liberals.” As someone who watches Bill O’Reilly from time to time, I really wonder if you’ve heard/seen his radio or TV show.
While not as flippant with the “un-American” criticisms as Sean Hannity (and again, you’ve failed to mention that Hannity has a liberal counter-point in Allen Colmes, or doesn’t his opinion count for anything just because he’s on Fox?), O’Reilly hardly attacks people “night after night......” You make it sound as if his entire show were a replication of the McCarthy hearings.
While I’m no fan of Ann Coulter, the media has made her a scapegoat over one sentence taken out of context because of her on-air argument on MSNBC (I think that was the station). Regardless, in her book, she did not say that the widows wanted their husbands to die.
What she did say was that she “has not seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much...”, referring to the Jersey Girls’ (as they are called media wide) celebrity status within the media and their “absolute moral authority” (a Coulter-ism, if you will) as experts on the Bush Administration’s lacking in Homeland Security simply because their husbands died on 9/11.
While Coulter’s statement may ruffle feathers, she has been completely misquoted on this point. Don’t believe me: look it up on Wikipedia.
Regardless, you’re right to say it’s all media hype that drives this mess. The aforementioned people and others in TV and radio have to stir the pot or lest we forget what they do. I don’t think the average citizen is quite as critical of those they don’t agree with because our opinions aren’t paying the bills.
Editor’s Note: Far be it from me to argue with a man brave enough to wade through Ann Coulter’s drivel sifting for a stray nugget of rational thought. I’d only make the general point that due to its ever-mutable, open-source nature, Wikipedia is hardly an authoritative source.
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