November 7, 2008

Bias Illustrated

Justin Katz

Granted, Bob Kerr is a columnist, but it would be difficult to concoct a more striking example of the mentality behind the media's liberal bias. Indeed, it's difficult to believe that he's not a right-winger and parodist.

His basic premise is that the Era of Mean is over. Liberals have borne victory better than blustering conservatives did four years ago. "We did a good thing Tuesday." Ah, sublimity!

I did make the mistake of turning on the radio to see if even the really hard core hatemongers had been softened by Obama's inspiring victory. They hadn't. They were still taking about Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright and sounding pathetically trapped in their own foul juices. They will probably continue to feed strange needs in those conspiracy fans who spend a lot of time indoors. But I have to believe fewer and fewer people will bother to listen.

And so continues the liberals' practice of defining those who disagree with them outside of consideration. Yeah, no bluster here, from the man calling the losing side "pathetically trapped" and waning. No bitterness in the column that derisively calls Bush The Decider (without noting the President's grace and professionalism in preparing for the transition). Kerr's sure to highlight the "boorish boos" among some of McCain's supporters during his "classy concession"; had he been in the room with me and a few hundred Rhode Island Democrats, he'd have heard plenty of boos — and hisses — when McCain first appeared on television to offer it.

Then, having just scorned the famous Joe the Plumber by comparison with a friend who "really is a plumber. He has a license," Kerr proves his utter inability to rise above his own perspective:

And I want one of those bumper stickers Richard just ordered. He ordered 30 of them. They say "Joe the Plumber, Meet Barack the President."

That is so good. It's clever and funny and not mean-spirited. That's the difference now. We can have fun again without mocking and ridiculing and howling.

Not mean-spirited? The sticker is as much as saying, "Hey Mr. Plumber (even though you're not really a plumber), you ain't nothing compared with our President." The difference now is that Democrats — they of "Shrub" and "Bushitler" and assassination fantasies — can posture as if the cuts are merely good-natured jabs.

All the way from Rhody calling conservatives in the Republican primaries "the Taliban" in our comment boxes to the president elect, himself, mocking Nancy Reagan out of nowhere (another glimpse of the conversations he's used to having), the evidence is clear that the New Tone is little more than scorn offered from a position of power. Just so will the New Unity likely prove to be enforced conformity with the declarations of the powerful. Compromise will mean that the opposition folds.

Sincerely, I hope I'm wrong, but too many appear too anxious to interpret the world according to a preferred storyline, rather than reality. In such an environment, it becomes a simple matter to silence those "hatemongers" on the other side under the bylaws of irrelevance.

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Thanks for the shoutout.
I was referring in particular to Mitt Romney, obviously, but why let the facts get in the way of a good jihad? Limbaugh and Hannity don't, and they appear to be in good physical health.
We been there the past eight years. Done that. Lived it. We survived with our sanity and sense of humor intact. So can you.

Posted by: rhody at November 7, 2008 11:15 PM

Now is a real good time to say-okay,you guys have the White House and both houses of Congress-just leave us out of it and go repair the world-let us know how things are going in three years or so
Kerr is a miserable individual-he actually sounds like he has clinical depression-sometimes I can't follow what he's talking about in his columns

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 7, 2008 11:36 PM

Time for Bob to board the bus he writes about periodically .

Posted by: Joe at November 7, 2008 11:49 PM


I don't see how it changes the import of my point in the slightest to change "conservatives" to "a conservative" or "Mitt Romney."

Posted by: Justin Katz at November 8, 2008 8:05 AM

Kerr, is just an old fool!
A leftover from the sixties.

Posted by: RiverFox at November 8, 2008 12:10 PM

The guy who started his career by making fun of Fall River ought to look within before he labels others as mean spirited.

Posted by: George at November 8, 2008 3:50 PM
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