Instapundit reader, Elliott Davis: “The best part about Eric Alterman’s participation in Journolist is his authorship of What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News.”
Dave Weigel, formerly of the Washington post, reacting to “ACORN Ratf*cker, James O’Keefe’s arrest:
Weigel’s response: “HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.”
“He’s either going to get a radio talk show or start a prison ministry. That’s was successful conservative ratf*ckers do for their second acts,” Weigel wrote, likely alluding to Nixon aide Charles Colson who converted to Christianity after a stint in prison for obstruction of justice and founded Prison Fellowship.
Weigel on Matt Drudge:
This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.
Spencer Ackerman, of Wired: On how to deal with the Rev. Wright controversy:
What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.
“I’m not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don’t think he’s worthy of defense, don’t defend him! What I’m saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable,” Hayes said.
Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA on yanking Fox News off the air:
“I hate to open this can of worms,” he wrote, “but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”
Sarah Spitz NPR on her wish that Rush Limbaugh would die of a heart attack:
Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
Josh Berman, LA Weekly on Obama’s 2008 victory:
11 months ago I burst into tears by myself on a plane while watching Hardball when my mind wandered to the image of President Obama being sworn in. I’ve been fighting it ever since.
Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window. I’ll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the f*ck up, as with most bullies.
Sarah Spitz has issued a tepid apology for her comment about Rush Limbaugh, which she claims does “not represent the values by which I conduct my life.”
I think she shouldn’t have bothered. She apologizes to anyone I may have offended? When she was spewing out her bile, she had no trouble aiming it quite directly at Rush. But now that she’s been found out and feels the need — for entirely self-serving reasons — to say she’s sorry, she can’t bring herself to apologize directly to Rush. Apparently, even after all this, there’s still too “much hate in me,” as she told her colleagues. The best she can do is apologize to “anyone” who “may” have been offended by her statement that she gleefully imagines Rush Limbaugh having a fatal heart attack so she can “laugh out loud like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out.”
We all say stupid things from time to time — maybe not that stupid, but pretty darn stupid nonetheless. Is it really that hard to address the person you’ve directly offended, even if you don’t like that person, and say you’re sorry? And if you’re too consumed with spite to do that, wouldn’t it be better to just zip it?
See Clarice Feldman at The American Thinker for a list of 65 Known Journolisters