While I’ll be among the first to acknowledge that members of the radical (and not-so-radical) left produce their fair share of questionable if not detestable rhetorical moments, it seems the members of the radical (and not-so-radical) right are, of late, churning out more than their fair share.
Granted, that is not a unique observation, nor is it without bias. Regardless, these latest examples seemed egregious enough to warrant a particularly critical spotlight:
- Michelle Malkin’s hyperventilating fear of President Obama manipulating the pliable minds of young students.
Ken Boehm’s shock-and-awe mischaracterization of the White House doing what every, even-half-competent corporation in America does, i.e., monitor public dialogue on the Web.
Get a grip, people.
Note: The link to Boehm’s transgression may be slow loading. It appears the site publishing his diatribe was not prepared for the attention it would generate. You might gain faster access to the summary offered by TMV’s Michael Stickings at his blog, “The Reaction,” using what I can only assume is purposefully (and, some might argue, justifiably) immoderate language.
Update: At least one right-wing pundit, Ed Morrissey, is drawing a line. He reviews Ken Boehm’s claims, explains why they are misguided, and concludes: “There are a lot of good reasons to be worried about the Obama administration, but this doesn’t appear to be one of them.”