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Goldberg Exposes Fellow Liberals' Hate Speech

Wednesday, 02 January 2002 12:00 AM

Bernard Goldberg begins by quoting an unnamed former colleague as saying, "If arrogance were a crime there wouldn't be enough jail cells to hold all the people in TV news."

He goes on to cite examples of that arrogance as expressed in the kind of hateful comments made by some of TV's leading news celebrities they would never tolerate if similar remarks had been made by conservatives.

He leads off with this gutter remark by PBS's ultra-left-wing Nina Totenberg: "[I]f there is retributive justice [Sen. Jesse Helms] will get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it." (As if Jesse Helms is one of those spreading AIDS!)

"What if," the longtime liberal Goldberg asks, a conservative such as Fred Barnes had said: "If there's any justice in this world, Teddy Kennedy will drive off a bridge late at night and kill himself. Or one or two of his kids."

He'd be branded as a "contemptible hatemonger," Goldberg answers, noting that from then on every word he wrote or uttered would be "scrutinized for traces of venom ... ."

USA Today's Julianne Malveaux, whose leftist sympathies makes Karl Marx look like a right-wing kook, spat out this crudity about Justice Clarence Thomas, a fellow black: "I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease."

Instead of being driven out of town after that classic example of hate speech, she "gets invited back on TV talk shows all the time," Goldberg reports.

He wonders what would have happened to Robert Novak if he made a similar remark about Jesse Jackson, guessing he'd be "compared to the grand wizard of the KKK."

Newsweek's Evan Thomas, who no doubt comes by his elitist Marxist views as a result of being the grandson of the granddaddy of all American socialists, Norman Thomas, a serial candidate for the presidency, had this to say about Paula Jones, one of the many women victimized by Bill Clinton: "some sleazy woman with big hair coming out of the trailer parks ..."

"Can you imagine him saying that about a not-too-sophisticated, not too-educated, young black or Hispanic woman, as someone 'with big hair coming out of the ghetto'?"

This is the same Evan Thomas quoted in an earlier chapter as remarking about Ronald Reagan that "he had a kind of an intuitive idiot genius."

Goldberg recalls former NBC Radio reporter Bonnie Erbe telling Linda Chavez that she had a greater chance of being struck by lightning than being raped "at her age."

He wonders what would have happened if Brit Hume has said anything "so incredibly insensitive and so downright stupid."

"NOW would have screamed that, like so many men, he just didn't get it, that rape is not about sex, but about 'power and control,' and then just to set an example, the president of NOW would have led a contingent to hang Hume in effigy."

But when a liberal such as Bonnie Erbe mouths such hate speech on PBS, Goldberg notes, "it's no big deal."

Of course, the so-called women's group NOW doesn't even care if a Democrat president commits rape, as long as he's pro-abortion.

Other examples of liberal venom he cites include Eleanor Clift's remarks about the impeachment of her adored William Jefferson Clinton: "That herd of managers from the House, I mean, frankly, all they were missing was white sheets."

Along the same lines, the Arkansas Times wrote that "Kenneth Starr is cunning, ruthless, and about as well mannered as Heirich Himmler." Then there was Los Angeles Times "frequent contributor" Karen Grigsby Bates, who said of Sen. Trent Lott: "Whenever I hear Trent Lott speak, I immediately think of nooses decorating trees. Big trees, with black bodies swinging from the business ends of nooses."

Wrote Goldberg: "This is vile. Maybe it went over big with what they like to call 'the creative community' in Los Angeles, but it's vile hate speech no matter how you cut it."

He concludes his chapter by noting that the liberal media "can even hear whispers of what they consider hate speech fifty miles away - whether they imagine that it's coming from conservative talk show hosts or rightwing religious fundamentalists or just about anyone opposed to affirmative action."

"But," he adds, "they can't hear it dripping off their own nasty tongues ... and probably think 'liberal hate speech' is an oxymoron.

"It's a good thing arrogance isn't a crime."

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