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Friday, January 14, 2011

On False Equivalence...

Jan 14th, 2011

As conservative writers from Malkin to Erickson have not only refused to address the merits of having a discussion on hateful rhetoric and weaponized language but have doubled down by accusing the Left of being "worse," it's notable how very easy it is to poke holes in their arguments of equivalence.

For the record, none of the defeated Democratic candidates in the last election marched their supporters into confrontations with Republican victors while their supporters shouted the word "JEW!"

I figured that responses from the mainstream Right to this video on Lawrence O'Donnell's Last Word would have at least a trace of disavowal. I was wrong. Over at NRO, Jim Geraghty makes excuses for the racists. "We hear no threats on the tape," he writes. 

It's notable that one of the Popaditch supporters who was in the crowd is a white supremacist so extreme he has even been disavowed by Stormfront. Is it a stretch to suggest that there was something in Popaditch's rhetoric that this man found attractive?

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