Liberal use of the term 'civility'

Be civil toward everybody -- except conservatives

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The "mainstream" media have fallen in love -- well, as much as they can be said to love any Republican -- with new GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

They love him because 1) he's worked for President Obama and 2) he's promised to run a civil campaign -- translation: He'll go easier on Mr. Obama than the others will.

What's not to love?

Of course, by "civil" Republicans, what the media really mean is "docile." Don't much care for them uppity conservatives!

It's rather humorous, though, that the media crouch like hidden tigers waiting for the first "uncivil" word, in their view, from a Republican or conservative -- but if you're liberal, anything goes.

Consider just a couple of examples.

Comedian/liberal activist Jon Stewart of the Comedy Central network recently mocked conservative Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain using what some are calling an "Amos and Andy" voice -- a stereotype we thought had been relegated to America's racist past.

Ah, but if you're a liberal, even a white liberal, you can attack a black man with racist stereotypes -- as long as he's conservative.

The conservative black, you see, is the New Negro.

It's despicable. But in liberal media, it's perfectly acceptable.

It's interesting that there's been no outcry whatsoever in the "mainstream" media about Stewart's blatantly racist insult -- but there was hell to pay for conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh some time ago when he used a stereotypical dialect to lampoon Chinese President Hu Jintao.

So a foreign leader deserves more respect than a black American presidential candidate?

But of course, if that candidate is a conservative!

Meanwhile, liberals -- who plaintively called for civility from conservatives after the Tucson shootings, while desperately trying (and failing) to pin the crime on a conservative -- have continued to be most uncivil themselves.

But it's important that they poison the public when it comes to any conservatives, not just blacks. The media also need to target 1) conservative women and 2) religious conservatives.

How convenient that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is a two-fer! Rolling Stone magazine calls the GOP presidential candidate "bat---- crazy" and a "political psychopath" with a "gigantic set of burnished titanium Terminator-(male genitalia) swinging under her skirt."

Remember all that the next time a liberal calls for civility.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/27/11 - 01:18 am
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Be that as it may, it's up to

Be that as it may, it's up to candidate Cain to speak for himself, particularly about his time at Aquila, his tenure with the Federal Reserve and his support of what would be a very regressive tax scheme.

albertoli
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albertoli 06/27/11 - 01:46 am
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stick to the point.

stick to the point. obfuscating the point is a liberal trick. the point isn't about Mr Cain, it's about the duplicity and the hypocrisy of the liberal agenda and it's tody's.

albertoli
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albertoli 06/27/11 - 01:52 am
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btw, jon stewart is not

btw, jon stewart is not funny, and is not someone to look to for political insight. he is an unmensch

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thewiz0oz 06/27/11 - 02:24 am
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Liberals remind me of cute

Liberals remind me of cute monkeys on a lease attached to the music maker. They preach individual choice but heard together in bands of ignorance making fun of those who think for themselves. They are so predictable &consistent in their defense of social justice not realizing they are being led over the clift of economic destruction by the most extreme liberal since Karl Marx- Obama.

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rmwhitley 06/27/11 - 04:43 am
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Cain need explain nothing.
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Cain need explain nothing. obama owes this country explainations and apologies. his resignation would do nicely!

copperhead
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copperhead 06/27/11 - 04:59 am
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CIVILITY??? We don't need no

CIVILITY??? We don't need no stinking civility!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/27/11 - 05:18 am
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PALIN AND BACHMAN are

PALIN AND BACHMAN are examples both self-made women unlike ms. clinton yet are constantly attacked..they would be darlings of the media if they were liberal..my granddad told me that there is nothing more closed minded than a self proclaimed open minded liberal...if you dont the tout the liberal line your are a racisct or uncle tom..

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 06/27/11 - 06:29 am
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You should hear the other

You should hear the other voices Jon Stewart does. Jon is a comedian, and Rush Limbaugh (the voice of the right, the reason god made radio, and excellence in broadcast) has a history of saying racist and other insensitive and disgusting remarks (I'll never forget the mocking of Parkinson's disease.).

That Rolling Stone article (And there are more) about how crazy Michelle Bachmann is, is true. No one is denying anything in the article. So telling the truth isn't the problem. It's when people lie, saying a person isn't an American, or hates America, or is a celebrity (One of my favorites since Sarah Palin and family are a bunch of reality stars now), that's the issue. Jon Stewart was making fun of the fact Herman Cain doesn't want to read, or have complicated bills, less then three pages long or else they'll be vetoed!

Civility... the right is amazing at their ability to set the narrative in this country, act like it doesn't have a voice while bragging about fox news having more rating then all cable shows combine, and seemingly complain they are always the victim. Kudos to the right, always talking about taking up arms, and how anti-American our President is- yet the mean liberal lefts are the bad guys! Poor, downtrodden conservatives...

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/27/11 - 06:36 am
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Indeed. However, 1. No one

Indeed. However, 1. No one needs to make fun of Herman Cain. He makes fun of himself every time he opens his mouth. 2. There is no excuse whatsoever for racist comments by anyone. 3. I'll take the ACES seriously on this issue when you condemn Rush for his "Barack the Magic Negro" bit, which was appalling in every respect. There is far more history of right wing racism than left wing racism, and please clean up your own house before you complain about somebody else.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/11 - 06:44 am
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The Jon Stewart-Chris

The Jon Stewart-Chris Matthews interview was revealing. It certainly wasn't a hostile one as has been portrayed. Stewart admitted a lot of incivility is directed at conservatives and said he had done it himself, though he feels uncomfortable with it.

Rhetor, you do understand "Barack the Magic Negro" was not Rush's bit. It was written by a liberal LA Times writer. Rush used it to show the double standard of what liberal writers get away with. At times he is an entertainer just like Jon Stewart.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/11 - 06:49 am
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By the way Keith Olberman has

By the way Keith Olberman has a new show on some miniscule network and on his first show he ranted about how MSNBC had done him wrong by cancelling him. So they had obviously had enough of his over the top vitriolic, spitting and obscene rhetoric, too. Yet, the interesting thing is they never admitted why they fired him to the public. They played the whole matter down instead of apologizing for his incivility.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/27/11 - 07:07 am
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I agree that there should be

I agree that there should be no place in politics for the stereotypical "Amos and Andy" voice. It's disgusting--and racist--whether coming from the political left or right. As some posters have already mentioned, MRyan and ACES conveniently "forget" Limbaugh's use of mock black dialect, and not just for the deplorable "Barack the Magic Negro." I would add our own local conservative radio voice Austin Rhodes, whom I have heard use 'Amos and Andy" inflection on several occasions, usually in casting aspersions on Augusta's black officials. Of course by now AC readers have no reason to expect fairness and truthfulness from Mike Ryan. His "selective amnesia" on many issues is what marks him as a conservative political hack rather than a thoughtful and respected journalist.

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 06/27/11 - 07:08 am
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Riverman: Paul Shanklin wrote

Riverman: Paul Shanklin wrote the song. He is not a liberal LA Times writer, but a conservative speaker, and a conservative political satirist. And Rush did not use it on his show as a an example of liberal double standard. He used it because he liked it, just like the Republican National Committee did when putting the song onto some cd for fund raising. But don't let these facts get in the way of anything.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/27/11 - 07:16 am
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Riverman1: Your description

Riverman1: Your description of Paul Shanklin as a liberal didn't sound right to me, so I checked. Guess what? You're wrong. Here is the wikkipedia entry: "Paul Shanklin (born 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American conservative political satirist, impressionist, comedian, and conservative speaker. Shanklin writes most of, and voices the characters for, the songs and satirical comedy segments used by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh." Beck Tears is right about "facts getting in the way." Will you retract your posting now and admit your error, or change the subject?
in the face of

john.q.publius
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john.q.publius 06/27/11 - 07:26 am
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Rhetor-like most

Rhetor-like most conservatives I am cursed with a work ethic, so I'm at work when Rush Limbaugh is on the air. However, I do catch him during vacations and whatnot and have found him to be entertaining. I did hear the Barack the Magic Negro song one day and was appalled until I heard the explanation of the song and did some research. In this case, at least, Limbaugh was ahead of the curve. The "Magic Negro" is a reference to an LA Times editorial by an unabashedly liberal commentator who was writing about then-candidate Obama's appeal to a wide spectrum of voters. Limbaugh's pastiche of the comments is not only an excellent comment on media hypocrisy; it is an example of it. I have probably heard about that song parody more than about any other Limbaugh "bit," real or invented, and it is always cites as an example of Limbaugh's "racism." Nobody ever points out that Limbaugh is making fun of the liberal commentator who was using that term in all seriousness when referring to Obama. Again, this is an example of the media simply enabling "progressives" to perpetuate the myth of conservative racism by ignoring the many instances of actual racism displayed by liberals. Apparently, the media have gotten so obsessed with "covert" racism and racism hidden in "code words" and whatnot, that they have failed to notice actual, overt racism like:

  • the aforementioned LA Times editorial calling Obama a magic negro
  • Harry Reid's "negro dialect" comment
  • Joe Biden's appreciation for Obama's being "clean and articulate"
  • The too-many-to-list editorial cartoons depicting Secretary Rice with huge lips, monkey features, etc.
  • Jesse Jackson's "hymietown"
  • Al Sharpton's "white interlopers"
  • Robert Byrd's leadership of the Democrat Party
  • As Yul Brynner once said, "et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!"

Y'all have a good one :)

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/27/11 - 07:57 am
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Liberals are quick to pounce
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Liberals are quick to pounce on conservatives for "racial" or "inappropriate" speech. They conveniently forget about Jesse Jackson's discription of jews as "hymies" and NYC as "hymietown." Or how about Al Gore describing conservatives as people with an extra chromasome. Or how about our brilliant VP Biden saying you couldn't go into a 7/11 without seeing an Indian or Pakistani behind the counter. Somehow, those never get mentioned. Yeah, I'm laughing.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/27/11 - 08:06 am
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john.q.publius: astounding,

john.q.publius: astounding, really. Are you a "Birther" too. Claiming white is black in the face of undeniable facts seems to be a determined goal of righty posters today. Here is Paul Shanklin's own website: http://www.paulshanklin.com/aboutpaul.html. He makes it very clear that he is a CONSERVATIVE satirist. He has appeared frequently on Fox News and other conservative media outlets. There was NO irony in Limbaugh's use of Shanklin's ditty; it was just typical Limbaugh racism and political vitriol. Now, a simple request. if you are a person of honor, please post a recantation of your patently untrue claims about Paul Shanklin's politics.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/27/11 - 08:19 am
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A liberal calling for
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A liberal calling for civility reminds me of nazi claiming, "Gee, the world sure made a big deal of our bombing a few cities."

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 06/27/11 - 08:23 am
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Let's not forget Al Sharpton

Let's not forget Al Sharpton and his "army" of the New Black Panther Party coming to Augusta chanting gems like "kill a cracka cop."

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/27/11 - 08:39 am
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I think there is confusion.

I think there is confusion. The whole Barack Magic Negro started with a column in the LA Times by David Ehrenstein.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/27/11 - 08:58 am
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Liberals have used the racist

Liberals have used the racist accusation so much they have turned it into a non-issue. Liberals sling the word, well......liberally, like slinging crap out of a bucket and they haven't realized that folks are starting to notice where the stink is really coming from. It amazes me how the liberals will absolutely crucify any female or minority who dares stick their head up on the conservative side of the fence while calling conservatives racists. We are wise to your hypocrisy liberals, and glue has worn off of the racist label. It no longer sticks. You have maginalized the word racist until it is now pretty much ignored. We know where the racists are nowadays but you can just keep on sticking your hand in that bucket and slinging away. That odor you smell is you.....not me.

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 06/27/11 - 09:04 am
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Sigh.... from Wiki: In March

Sigh.... from Wiki: In March 2007, Ehrenstein wrote an opinion piece on Barack Obama, in which he used the archetype of the magical negro (Which is basically a saintly, respected or heroic black protagonist or mentor) to describe Obama, who was then an Illinois senator and candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for President. The title of the piece, "Obama the 'Magic Negro'", was later used in a musical parody called Barack the Magic Negro by conservative satirist Paul Shanklin.

I've provided a link where you can read the editorial from Ehrenstein.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0...

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/27/11 - 09:08 am
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justthefacts: You are right,

justthefacts: You are right, there is some confusion on this issue, but it is confusion easily dispelled. In 2007 , LA liberal columnist David Ehrenstein wrote an opinion piece in which he discussed the phenomenon of Barack Obama in the context of the "post-modern" mythic stereotype of the "magic Negro," an African American whom white voters feeling guilty over racism could feel good in supporting. The piece was serious and insightful. Paul Shanklin, a conservative satirist, picked up on Ehrenstein's column and wrote the "parody" which was aired by Limbaugh. The tone of Shanklin's piece is almost totally different from Ehrenstein's column. Shanklin moved well beyond Ehrenstein when he incorporated blatant racial stereotypes of "home-boy" blacks. Had Limbaugh intended to raise the issue of Obama's appeal in a serious, thoughtful way, he'd have used Ehrenstein's column. Then, his implied irony about a liberal viewing Obama's popularity in even a slightly less than adoring way might have had a point. But of course that was not Limbaugh's intent. For the purposes of the exchange here, however, it should be totally unarguable by now that those posters who claimed Shanklin is a liberal satirist are completely wrong. I am still waiting for one of them to admit it....

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/27/11 - 09:16 am
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EEL, noted. For the record, I

EEL, noted. For the record, I do not care for Rush at all. But, if you are honest, you will admit the double standard that exist in the MSM today.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/27/11 - 09:17 am
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By the way, you conservatives

By the way, you conservatives have your own version of the "Magic Negro." Herman Cain. He assuages your guilt over past conservative racism. You can say to yourselves, "Well, finally, a black man I can support. He's not hanging around with terrorists or smokin' crack in an alley. He's been a successful businessman and a banker, a real white guy!" Of course you couldn't vote for Clarence Thomas, but he's a bona fide "Magic Negro" too! Thomas does complicate things a bit for you conservatives since he clearly got into Yale Law School and got his SC appointment through affirmative action, but he at least has had the conservative political savvy to repudiate "selective promotion" every chance he's had.

cparker
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cparker 06/27/11 - 09:19 am
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The funniest thing I have

The funniest thing I have ever heard is when white racist Conservatives seem to know what's best for black people. Can you imagine the state of black Americans if the Messiah Rush Limbaugh stopped using drugs, lose a little more wieght, and used his pathetic Conservative commentary to make decisions for black people?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/27/11 - 09:19 am
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jtf: I will, if and when you

jtf: I will, if and when you admit the double standard on cable news, on Fox, and in the blogosphere where so many conservatives get their "news" today.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/27/11 - 09:29 am
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Sure, but does "cable news"

Sure, but does "cable news" include MSNBC? Joy Behar? Real Time? Jon Stewart? Colbert Report? NPR? Please clarify. Thanks. I will certainly concede Fox News's entertainment shows such as Hannity, etc. But, their actual "news" cast? Maybe, not sure. I would like to see examples. Blogosphere? Do not spend much time there, but, I am sure there are plenty representing each side. Huffington, Democracy Now. I can't really comment much on that.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/27/11 - 09:30 am
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cparker, could it be much

cparker, could it be much worse?

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