Listening to this debate, in which Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity decry incivility from the left while either justifying or shrugging off as humor or part of the First Amendment the incivility from the right, is enough to make me cry for my country.
There was one unintentionally funny moment from Hannity but it was funny in the same sad way as the rest of the discussion: Hannity, responding to liberal Sally Kohn's example of the right calling President Obama a “socialist” as part of their inflammatory rhetoric, said: "He is a socialist but that shouldn’t be viewed as a pejorative."
All I can say is, I hope Kohn and other lefties keep it up. It’s long overdue for hatriots like Malkin and Hannity to be called on their rhetoric and good on Kohn for doing it. Malkin can squeal and sneer and scoff but if the pressure keeps up, sooner or later, she’s going to have to face herself.
Audio at Mediaite.
Literally, “shitmouth” , meaning someone who talks a lot of shite.
Gobsmacked means, literally, “smacked in the mouth” ie stunned speechless.
Both words derive from the Irish word for beak, “gaibh” pronounced “gob” and used as slang in Ireland and the UK for "mouth.
So one might say, for example, “I don’t know why Sally seemed so gobsmacked at Michelle Malkin’s venom; everyone knows Malkin’s nothing but a gobshite.”
The saddest thing is that appears to be the only reason their fans like them—their hatefulness to the other tribe.
Sally is 100% correct about this little self-hating cowardly woman.
It’s time to call this hypocrite self-hating broad out!
NOTE TO MALKIN
Your so-called, right-wing extremist “fans” hate minorities, including Filipinos. Want evidence? Go on Fox Nation.
- Hannity tried to distract from the issue of personalized attacks to demonizing Obama. Over and over throughout the interview.
- Michelle Malkin didnât want to accept Sallyâs apology for any time she might have âcrossed the lineâ because it would make her look bad by comparison because she doesnât know the words âIâm Sorry.â
- I just heard Hannity groan when Sally said she believes in America and thinks we can disagree with each other. WTF!
-Michelle Malkin makes her living being snarky and bitchy and would lose 99% of her followers if she wasnât. Sheâs psychologically and financially trapped in that persona.
- My own experience is that the radical right see anything other than all out attack as weakness. I too have been accused of being smug, coy and fake when trying to reign in my anger and be reasonable and rational.
Sally’s page about this: http://sallykohn.com/2012/06/2665/
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It is not a requirement to agree with everyone in order to discuss important topics. When trying to make a point, digressing into negativity and name calling is neither helpful, nor healthy. This holds true when responding to someone else’s name calling, too. While many people may agree, pointing out that Hannity and Malkin are “idiots” or “ugly” just perpetuates the problem of incivility.
We are free to believe whatever we want, and as Americans, we have the right to free speech. We should speak out, be heard, be passionate and be honest. And, we should feel free to disagree. However, our right to express those thoughts does not come with a license to insult, demean, degrade, intimidate, or bully those who feel differentlyâeven if the other guy did it first!
âTreat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you â not because they are nice, but because you are.â ~Author Unknown
Now, Ellen — don’t go all Glenn Beck on us! ;^)>
“Not sure what put her into this state of mind, but one has to wonder what itâs like to live at that level of constant negativity.”
Knowing she’s an Anchor Baby may be part of it — though I think at least part of it may be her disappointment every time she looks at her reflection in the mirror, and fails to see a blue-eyed blonde . . .
That said, I thought Kohn came off looking far classier than the vindictive, mean-spirited, hypocritical Malkin.
Or better yet, why did you condemn the left for saying X but not the right when they said Y?
I got the feeling she was gobsmacked (to borrow a British term) by Malkin’s venom and she was trying not to get riled. But I also think this is where liberals being on Fox payroll compromises you no matter what. Kohn probably couldn’t or wouldn’t want to say anything that would suggest Fox was being unprofessional or hypocritical. And, since Hannity is a big cheese at Fox and Malkin is a fellow contributor, Kohn had to be careful not to look like she was shooting inside the tent, as Ailes says.
Still, that was no excuse not to have examples ready. Either she was so floored that she couldn’t think of a one – and there’s really no excuse for that coming from a supposedly professional pundit who knew what kind of argument she was walking into and from people who are nothing if not consistent – or she pulled her punches. And there’s no excuse for that, either.