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Old 08-08-2010, 02:11 AM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
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Default Re: The Week in Blog: Boorish Miscreant Edition (Bill Scher & Conor Friedersdorf)

Originally Posted by bjkeefe View Post
This boundary straddling is key to how the whole right-wing noise machine works. While I am not going to dismiss respectable conservative opinionators out of hand, it is true that, frequently, the real foaming-at-the-mouth types serve as the initial assault (upon reason), and that after they have softened up the ground a bit, others who have drier chins -- or at least who are seen that way by too many -- come along and repeat the same messages.

Case in point: Newt Gingrich following the path blazed by Andy McCarthy. [...]
Another case in point: Pamela "Atlas" Geller:

Threshold Editions, the imprint upon which megapublisher Simon & Schuster dumps books it’s too ashamed to release under its own name, made a ballsy bet: that Pamela Geller -- a deeply unhinged blogger who famously claimed that Barack Obama is the bastard child of Malcolm X -- has an audience sufficiently large and loyal to justify a six-figure advance.


Mary Matalin, the head of the imprint, is making a play for a crowd that can’t spell “niggar” but won’t mind reading a book about a man they see as just that -- so long as it confirms their half-baked theories. What better way to siphon off Tea Partiers than through a lady who cheerfully befouls the Upper West Side with a toxic brew of rotating hatreds? On days ending in Y this includes Muslims (“The motor of this presidency is submission to Islam”), transgenders (“Does [Obama] chill with anyone who is normal?”) and health care reform -- or as she calls it, “rape.”

This is bull goose loony territory, but it happens to be the language of modern conservatism. William Buckley’s body had not been in the ground 10 minutes before the National Review embraced Geller, happily laundering stories they wouldn’t publicly touch with a 10-foot noose. Here’s how it works: A couple weeks prior to the last presidential election, a Review editor linked to Geller’s blog and asked, “What is the deal with Obama's birth certificate and citizenship status?” (Sort of like Seinfeld, but Catholic!) This, in turn, gave the magazine license to spend 4,000 words answering the question.
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