Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pat Robertson's Free Pass

If someone in public life says anything the least bit unusual, especially if they are a liberal or a Democrat, the media are all over it. But if you happen to be Pat Robertson, you get a free pass.

This past Sunday, on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopolis, Pat Robertson, founder of The Christian Coalition, claimed that the threat posed by the federal judiciary is "probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings."

Does Robertson really believe, as he had written in his recent book, Courting Disaster, that judges pose "the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400 years of history, more serious than al Qaeda, more serious than Nazi Germany and Japan, more serious than the Civil War?"

Robertson: "George, I really believe that."

The Christian Right's propaganda campaign is coming to a cresendo, as Christian Right political and religious leaders, "whip-up," as put in a letter to members today, "an intense fear and hatred of American judges -- including comments from Republican congressmen and senators intimidating, threatening and even justifying outright violence against judges."

MoveOn wants to take out television ads demanding that House and Senate leaders disassociate themselves from Robertson's demagogic and crackpot claims. Sounds like a good idea.

But isn't it amazing how the punditocracy, or for that matter, religion and political reporters are so silent when Pat Robertson says kooky and truly extreme things, even on a national public affairs program? Why does Robertson get a free pass?

Imagine what would happen if a progressive political and religious leader, let's say Rev. Jesse Jackson, said something like that.

I think its time to confront the news media on thier double standard.

[Crossposted from]


Blogger Sunfell said...

I got that Move On letter. And I wondered, how the heck do people like Robertson and his cronies get away with saying things like that, or like DeLay, threatening judges?

Maybe it's fear fatigue. "Yawn...looks like ol' Pat is on a roll. Who blew what up in NYC today?"

Or maybe it's their Lunatic License. People who are not on board with these folks give them a little leeway because of their consistently loony statements. Ordinary people would be led away in cuffs if we were to threaten judges in a public forum. Loonies get an eye-roll and a polite chuckle from the mainstream, who then ignores them. "Oh, listen to that loony Pat Robertson, comparing federal judges to Al Quaida. What'll he spew next?"

That's how they're getting away with it. Hopefully, with careful education, blogs like your own and Talk2Action will shake off that layer of ennui and get people to start taking these licensed loons seriously. When such people do the 'perp walk' as the seditionists they truly are, I will cheer.

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