George Tiller and the hypocrisy of the left.

2 June, 2009

I think we can all agree that violent video games and horror films have no culpability when some 15-year-old lunatic decides to pick up a gun and kill somebody. It’s a game that right-wing blowhards like Glenn Beck like to play in order to boost ratings. Of course, now they are getting a taste of their own medecine with the assassination of George Tiller. Suddenly only idiots would make such outrageous accusations. Can’t have it both ways, you silly fuckers.

But what of the left-wing blowhards making the accusations? Are they not guilty of the same kind of hysterical ramblings leveled at things like Grand Theft Auto? The answer, of course, is yes. Last night, Keith Olbermann not only pinned the blame on Fox News and Bill O’Reilly in particular for Tiller’s death but even had the nerve to suggest he be taken off the air.

Typical partisan attitude. Freedom of speech for all…except for anyone who disagrees with me.

You better believe I love freedom of speech. But I want everyone to have the right to freedom of speech, and that includes bigots and racists. Unless they are explicitly inciting violence, I’m fine with all of it. Now, some on the left maintain that Fox were doing exactly that, but does anyone have evidence of this? When did Glenn Beck say it was okay to kill George Tiller? Show me the link and I will retract this blog post. Character assassination is not the same thing as actual assassination. If Bill O’Reilly is assassinated, will it be Keith Olbermann’s fault? He, too, has invoked Nazi imagery to smear his arch-nemesis.

Of course, we know what this is really about. It has nothing to do with moral accountability, but it has everything to do with the ratings war. George Tiller was not killed by Fox News, he was killed by a raving lunatic who couldn’t tell the difference between fearmongering and reality. This kind of attitude is dangerous to freedom of speech and anyone who actually believes in freedom needs to knock it off. Either everything is okay, or nothing is. End of discussion.

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