Stupidity is something unshakable

Talk show host apologizes for faulty report of NYC mugging

“I shouldn’t have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction,” he said in a written statement.

Something or someone did knock Rhodes down. The story says that she needs dental work. Once he gathered himself and got more facts Air America’s Jon Elliott apologized. A momentous event in these times when Republicans have created a culture of denial. Both by word and deed the Right from Bush to Limbaugh has tried to teach America to never admit your mistakes and never ever apologize. In normal times Elliott’s apology and correction would be a non-event. An ordinary person doing the right thing. But these are not normal times. Elliott’s admission that he jumped the gun and then apologizing is a near revolutionary act. Unlike Michelle Malkin or Rush Limbaugh, Elliot didn’t dig a deeper hole for himself and start lashing out with incoherent scatter shot attacks on others. Elliot made a mistake and then acted like an adult.
We seem to be on a running narrative the last two weeks. A stark contrast has emerged between the infantile hate, lies and smear campaigns of the rabid Right against more moderate Americans that keep exposing the Right’s vicious political tactics. Those attacks are more then partisan differences they are personal with Republicans such as Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Malkin, who unlike Elliot would rather drown in their own venom then admit they have both lied to defend their position and used brutish attacks for no other reason then to advance an agenda of hate. That bastion of Conservative values and high toned right-wing rhetoric that passes for intellect on the Right, The National Review writes

While the debate around the Frost family at least initially centered around their relative wealth, the issue really at hand is one of bad behavior. […]

For Dara and Brian Wilkerson, the fact that they don’t have health insurance is less about falling through the cracks than the decisions they’ve made.

The Right with Larry Graig, Mark Foley, Jack Abramoff, Bob Ney, George Bush, Iraq, Yellowcake and the 16 words, Anal Cyst Limbaugh, Falafel O’Reilly, the Walter Reed Vets Scandal, Blackwater+Amway, The Department of Justice and vote caging, the biggest deficit in U.S. history, Scooter Libby and dozens of other humiliations thanks they have the moral authority to lecture America on responsibility and making better decisions? Maybe the National Review should rename itself the National Review of Bad Right-wing Comic skits. What Digby said,

Oh, and while you’re at it, you’d better be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep that job no matter what, especially if your kid gets sick, because if you find yourself without health insurance for any reason it will be because it was your choice. This is what Republicans call “freedom.”

In the earlier Frost family smear, this attitude was manifest with the criticisms of Mr and Mrs Frost for working “intermittently” and failing to get a “real job.” Implicit in all of this is that every parent in this country has an obligation to either work for someone who provides health insurance for their families —- or be rich. The alternatives — entrepreneurial risk taking, working for retail employers like Walmart or restaurants which fail to provide health insurance, is something that no responsible parent would do. Therefore, that sector of the economy is completely off limits to middle class families. And that is the only sector of the economy that’s actually growing.

The New Republic notes the creepiness factor by The National Review , CASE STUDY

As it happens, Bethany’s award came not as the result of being a budding Jon Benet Ramsay, but rather status as a photogenic baby was bestowed on her as part of a children’s hospital fundraiser. (The National Review’s Mark Hemingway)

The “as it happens” is priceless. After invoking images of those creepy kid beauty pageants and comparing Bethany to JonBenet, Hemingway passingly mentions that the photogenic award was actually given to her in order to raise money for a children’s hospital. But hey, why let a little detail like that get in the way of some good old fashioned character assassination?

The rest of the piece is just as bad. But what’s truly remarkable is that this article isn’t on Michelle Malkin’s site; it’s on the National Review’s. The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.

The Carpetbagger Report thinks that the Right just can’t help themselves. They’re addicted to sadistic attacks, On S-CHIP families, some conservatives can’t help themselves

Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant. ~ Gustave Flaubert