The past few days has seen some serious internet action over Phil Robertson’s GQ interview and subsequent suspension/firing from A&E, the network that airs Duck Dynasty.
Social media sites were blowing up. Twitter was a treasure trove of rumor & humor, conspiracy & theocracy, conjecture & grandstanding. Everyone has a take and thanks to social media everyone gets to put their take in a public forum. Some takes are crazier than others. But since this isn’t AYSO Soccer and there are no trophies for participation, we have picked a winner in the craziest take on the Robertson issue. Observe:
Richard Grenell is a Fox News contributor. I guess this is an attempt at fair and balanced. Who knows. I do know this comparison is ridiculous. My podcast partner will attest to my despise for one Sarah Palin and all she claims to stand for. But Martin Bashir of MSNBC, or should I say formally of MSNBC, espoused violent acts against Palin simply because she said the national debt will be like slavery to future generations. She may even be right about that. Broken clocks are right twice a day. But that’s not the point. She expressed her opinion and Bashir said someone should defecate in her mouth because of that.
Here is Bashir for your viewing pleasure.
Somehow Grenell of Fox News equates that with this:
“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty
Of course Robertson said some other stuff, a lot of it pretty offensive to some, but the Robertson defenders cherry pick this quote so I will too. It serves the point. No matter how idiotic Robertson was in the entirety of his speech, it in no way rises to the level of what Bashir did. Robertson never incited violence against anybody, Bashir did. The wackos on the Left froth at the mouth just as much as the nut jobs on the Right.
This is where Grenell comes in. He not only equates the two actions but goes on to say to me and others that we need to toughen up if we think what Bashir said is violent. Really Rich?
Can you non-violently defecate in a person’s mouth? I don’t want to know, but I’m guessing it’s a violent act. And not for nothing, but Palin was a Governor and a serious candidate for vice president. Serious in that she had a good chance of becoming such. Which is to say it’s a little strange that a guy, Bashir, who always bemoans the disrespectful tone toward President Obama, would be so disrespectful toward Palin.
Of course if you watched Bashir’s show I guess it’s not strange at all. The guy runs his pompous pie hole like that all the time. But this instance was the first time he took to suggesting actual violence toward another person that I can remember.
Bashir resigned. He should have been fired. Robertson was suspended and probably will be fired and he really should not have been.
Both men are no longer on TV. That’s where the equivalency starts and stops.
Maybe they can open a bake shop together.