Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mallick-induced explosions at NatPo

Heather speaks:

"I assume John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential partner in a fit of pique because the Republican money men refused to let him have the stuffed male shirt he really wanted. She added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn't already have sewn up, the white trash vote, the demographic that sullies America's name inside and outside its borders yet has such a curious appeal for the right.

So why do it?

It's possible that Republican men, sexual inadequates that they are, really believe that women will vote for a woman just because she's a woman. They're unfamiliar with our true natures. Do they think vaginas call out to each other in the jungle night? I mean, I know men have their secret meetings at which they pledge to do manly things, like being irresponsible with their semen and postponing household repairs with glue and used matches. Guys will be guys, obviously."

Barbara Kay: BANG!:
"But a new low in Palin-targeting journalistic sewage – and that is saying something – fetched up on the CBC’s online shores on September 5, written by Heather Mallick. Her VIEWPOINT blog post, “A Mighty Wind blows through Republican convention” Is so beyond the ethical pale that it comes close to hate speech.

Not that I want Mallick reported to a Human rights Commission. I just want the CBC to fire her and I want to see her blackballed from Canadian media altogether."
Jonathon Kay: BOOM!:
"Mallick’s column — “A mighty wind blows through Republican convention” — advances two theses: (1) That John McCain’s selection of 44-year-old Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his VP nominee was a crass gesture meant to appease the party’s “rural,” “unlettered” “white trash” base; and (2) that Palin herself is a tacky, badly dressed redneck who looks like a “porn actress.”"
Did we really need two columns on the same day about the same topic... another columnist? Christ, what a couple of freaking crybabies. Oh, boo hoo hoo, yes, it's the terrible truth: during election campaigns, people sometimes say mean things. Waaaahhh! SHRIEEEK!

Mama Kay was especially outraged, though she did stop short of demanding Mallick be burned at the stake. She contends that those who write for the taxpayer-funded CBC should be fired when some taxpayers don't agree with what they write. What about those of us who also pay taxes and do agree? Apparently in Wingnuttia we don't count. (Good -- then I want all that money back.) But Ms. Kay goes a lot further than taxpayer issues with her disturbing demand that Mallick be "blackballed from Canadian media altogether". Sorry, but that sounds an awful lot like censorship to me.

Most of Barbara Kay's screeds are barely worth reading, with their addlepated nitwitticisms and indignant, self-righteous scolding. But I can't imagine wanting her "blackballed from Canadian media", and if it ever came to that, I'd fight for her right to speak her mind (however feeble I might think it). Amazing how little it takes to make the "free speech" mask drop, and how little these douchebags really care for the principle.