Another liberal attack on little kids

posted at 9:06 pm on October 14, 2007 by Bryan

Previously, we noted that the left claims to hold to ethical standards in political discourse that, upon closer inspection, they don’t in fact hold at all.

Now, with that in mind, who said this, and about whom?

That appears to be a Catholic school plaid.. which I’m sure Mr. S’s kids attend. never saw a doll to match tho. My favorite is the brother…. He has an impressive look of Fear — maybe Darth Cheney is lurking nearby?

Here’s your answer.

And check out the whole post while you’re at it. And then read the comments. Not one editor or blogger at Wonkette, and not one liberal commenter, ever saw fit to ask anyone to stop viciously attacking the children in the photograph. Here’s the 5th comment in the thread.

Did Santorum’s kids get switched at the hospital, or did he adopt? I mean, he’s a dipstick and all, but he and his wife aren’t as homely, say, as Bob Barr and Lynne Cheney, just to name two Republican lens -busters – but those kids – Jesus, Mary, Joseph – they all look like they got smacked with the ugly stick.

Nobody busted that commenter’s chops for attacking Rick Santorum’s kids for crying the night their father lost his senate race and along with it, his job.

Here’s the comment that immediately followed the one above.

For a while now, I’ve felt for the oft-overlooked older but less pouty daughter. Her Jay Leno chin is in reverse proportion of the chinless sobbing girl in the foreground, who’s hogging up all the limelight. Anybody even know the story of the silent older sister?

Again, no one busted the commenter for attacking the girl’s appearance. A few comments later, we get a prediction that Santorum’s son will grow up to be a mass murderer.

Jesus, look at his son. Talk about uptight. $10 says he winds up on top of some tower at a Texas university with a high powered rifle.

No one took that commenter to task either.

A few comments later, a prediction for the Santorums’ older daughter.

FishbowlDC has learned that former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum’s (R-Penn.) pouty older daughter has signed on to be a stripper on the Fox late night Channel.

And again, no rebuttal, no condemnation for attacking a child.

And a few comments later:

Oh shit. My avatar is going to be completely obsoleted by this little slut’s new and exciting faces.

No rebuttal. No warnings to stop attacking the kids. Of course, having set the tone in the post and with Ken Layne’s own comment, how could Wonkette warn anyone for doing something they were already guilty of?

That’s how the lefties at Wonkette and all of the liberal commenters who chimed in on that post, which attacked the children of Rick Santorum one after the other, treat the children of their political opponents.

Classy. Ethical. Keep those boundaries tight, Wonkette.

The libertarians at Reason aren’t much better, fwiw.

What did the Firedoglakers say about the left and attacking kids, again?

The difference between the far right wing and the far left wing: the far right will do anything — anything — so long as the ends justifies the means. The far left folks have ethical boundaries that they try very hard not to cross: things like attacking other people’s minor children is bad form . . .

They must really hate the fact that all their sites have archives.

More: To answer your question, no, obviously not. This post is addressing the Firedoglake assertion that bloggers on the left place attacking minor children outside their ethical boundaries. To wonder if by posting this I’m comparing Wonkette to michellemalkin.com completely misses the point. Let me spell it out a little more clearly. Wonkette is owned by Nick Denton and edited by Ken Layne, both men of the left. That site was the career starter for Ana Marie Cox, currently a bigwig at Time.com. Did anyone on the left ever offer up a peep of criticism for Wonkette’s attack on the Santorum’s children? No. Did Ms. Cox ever offer any criticism of the attack linked above? No. Did Wonkette itself ever stop or even slow down the attack on Santorum’s children that occurred on its own site? No. So this isn’t just about Wonkette, but about the people who own and edit Wonkette and the people who read it, comment on it and link to it approvingly. How did they react to Wonkette’s attack on Rick Santorum’s children? Calling Wonkette a “gossip blog” doesn’t absolve it or its owner or readers or commenters of the attack that Wonkette launched on minor children, and pointing out the facts of that attack is in no way comparing that blog to another that’s entirely innocent of similar conduct. Apples and oranges.

Also, Wonkette is one of about 7 or 8 large leftwing blogs whose archives prove that many leftwing bloggers don’t regard attacking the minor children of political enemies as out of bounds. They seem to regard it as perfectly acceptable, except when they believe that they can score points by saying otherwise.


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Geez,despicable comments from the likes of them.Sadly,too predictable.
This is waht comes form people who have no shame whatsoever,no moral compass to guide them.

bbz123 on October 14, 2007 at 9:12 PM

In other words, the sun rises in the east

to quote one of those Wonkette posters

Again its fairly obvious that the left thinks they are so right, that they are so righteous that anything they do is justified because it means defeating those republicans. And frankly when you’ve demonized your opponents to the level republicans are to liberals, then you can attack and defame your opponents family to reprehensible levels.

Defector01 on October 14, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Classy. Ethical. Keep those boundaries tight, Wonkette.

What a cesspool.

Zorro on October 14, 2007 at 9:18 PM

That won’t last long. Or they’ll be mysteriously edited by the vast right-wing conspircy. Same old liberal jive… ‘when in doubt lie.’ Because it’s always easier to cover up a lie than to justify the truth.

Griz on October 14, 2007 at 9:28 PM

sorry for got the quote for above comment.


They must really hate the fact that all their sites have archives.

Griz on October 14, 2007 at 9:29 PM

I’m sorry to say that this just does not matter. The leftists will continue to believe their pissy lil platitudes just as they will keep believing that Bush did not ever win, 9/11 was an inside job, Hillary is the goddess mother of Earth, Christians are bigger terrorists than Al Qaeda, and Cigarman is honorable. They will also believe that conservatives are mean spirited when commenting about how the lefts belief system is wrong for America.

DannoJyd on October 14, 2007 at 9:31 PM

The far left folks have ethical boundaries that they try very hard not to cross

That statement–plus the fact that it was apparently made seriously–just makes me laugh uncontrollably, because it shows catastrophic levels of dishonesty and self-delusion even for the Alternate Reality-Based Community. It’s like Ted Bundy saying that he tries very hard to be respectful and considerate to women.

ReubenJCogburn on October 14, 2007 at 9:33 PM

Hypocricy? From the Left? Never has there been such a thing…

JetBoy on October 14, 2007 at 9:34 PM

What I said on this issue of left vs. right morality below (see comment #26 in the earlier discussion of this topic) still applies in spades.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on October 14, 2007 at 9:36 PM

To liberals, children are just a concoction of cells that happened to get past the abortion doctors. Why shouldn’t they demonize the little mistakes of nature?

csdeven on October 14, 2007 at 9:40 PM

Bryan,

You think this is bad? Ha!!!

While reading this post, I recalled hearing a radio interview with Rick Santorum back in the 1990s where he talked about the fact that one of his children had died shortly after birth, and how his family was grateful that the child was able to die a natural death surrounded by loving family members.

I tried to use Google to find the details. This is the story I wanted to find.

This is the vile blog where I found it. This thread is entitled Santorum, fetus fondler.

Buy Danish on October 14, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Here’s what you see if you try and register at wonkette:

Audition to become a commenter. To become a registered commenter on this site, you first need to be approved by our team. We’re looking for comments that are interesting, substantial or highly amusing. So write a comment, polish up your words and choose a username and password below. Your comment will only appear once (or if) you’re approved.

In other words, there’s a vetting process. No diversity of thought will be tolerated.

flipflop on October 14, 2007 at 9:44 PM

He shoots, he scores.

Bryan, you sir=rock.

safarial on October 14, 2007 at 9:53 PM

He shoots, he scores.

Bryan, you sir=rock.

safarial on October 14, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Yes, in USAF terms, “shack”.

Excellent post.

flipflop on October 14, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Morality and civility is not the liberal dictionary or vocabulary

Kini on October 14, 2007 at 10:03 PM

The libertarians at Reason aren’t much better, fwiw.

Perhaps, but they don’t really claim to be better in this respect. I think most Libertarians would acknowledge a childish streak, and there’s an update to the post you link disclaiming any intent of a personal attack on the child. However unconvincing, it is at least a nod in the direction of civilization’s standards.

The outlier is not the juvenile viciousness of the lefties attacks on children, nor the failure of any other commenters to condemn those attacks. It is that strange, strange statement from FireDogLake, which appears to be a mirror image perfect exact opposite of the truth.

You’ll note that FireDogLake was somehow not able to quote any horrible right wing personal attacks on a child. Funny, that, especially when contrasted with what Bryan has gathered here.

Splunge on October 14, 2007 at 10:22 PM

And check out the whole post while you’re at it. And then read the comments. Not one editor or blogger at Wonkette, and not one liberal commenter, ever saw fit to ask anyone to stop viciously attacking the children in the photograph. Here’s the 5th comment in the thread.

Maybe I’m not understanding Wonkette’s format, but I think you missed an even larger point. The story is on Santorum himself being hired by Fox, yet the post explicitely lies, saying that his daughter has anything to do with… anything.

Further, they use “blockquote”, and say the quote is coming from Fishbowl DC, that again makes the claim that his daughter was the one hired. But all you have to do is follow the link, and Fishbowl said nothing about the daughter at all.

When you use blockquote, it’s because you’re quoting someone… thus the word “quote”. Knowing this, THEY (WONKETTE) LIED!

Again, perhaps I’m unaware of the format… but I don’t know that that Wonkette fancies itself a The Onion-style site, but maybe they do?

Whether they decided that they’re a “fake news” blog now or not, it still doesn’t matter… if you’ve hung around any liberal blogs lately, you’d know that the swarms of moonbats take the headlines at face value, so they can launch their attack in comments and be gone, without having to think. I just battled some idiots at Think Progress this week… I couldn’t believe how dishonest they were, and how they refused to acknowledge that the headline of the post was a lie, and if they’d actually watched the video and thought about it honestly, they could literally not have anything to complain about.

RightWinged on October 14, 2007 at 10:25 PM

It makes you wonder how they get to that point. Empty-headed nothingness.

Sue on October 14, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Might I suggest that everyone send a link to this post for Bill Maher to cram up his a$$?

http://www.hbo.com/apps/submitinfo/contactus/submit.do?title=Real%20Time%20with%20Bill%20Maher&questiontype=realtimewithbillmaher

That POS attacked Malkin and others for attacking that kid (something she never did). Let’s see if he cares about this.

RightWinged on October 14, 2007 at 10:27 PM

They must really hate the fact that all their sites have archives.

Probably so, but it’s not like a majority of US citizens who vote are going to know about this. I work with people, I know what they think, and it is not looking good. I tell them about Hot Air, and few other sites that have great info, but they do not seem to get it…depressing.
I mean I get it, they hate George Bush. Can we move on now? Apparently not.

kahall on October 14, 2007 at 10:36 PM

Bryan,

I emailed you.

PRCalDude on October 14, 2007 at 10:44 PM

Wow, this is bottom-feeding of the worst kind. Finding random commenters who make despicable remarks? This is the internet. You can find people from any part of the spectrum who say terrible things. The better way to make your point is to highlight prominent bloggers and, better yet, MSM columnists like Maureen Dowd who consistently engage in lower levels of discourse than their counterparts.

tneloms on October 14, 2007 at 10:55 PM

I’m not surprised at all. Actually, it’s exactly what I would expect from them.

sMack on October 14, 2007 at 11:03 PM

tneloms on October 14, 2007 at 10:55 PM

They’re not random commenters. See flipflop’s comment above, and my update, plus consider that Wonkette itself set the tone and Ken Layne chimed in as well.

Bryan on October 14, 2007 at 11:07 PM

I’ve given up a long time ago expecting decency or anything from the left. Happy.Rats.In.The.Latrine.Period. I can’t come up with a better analogy.

Wonkette has always been overestimated from any which angle. She is a perfect Decameron character of our time. Giovanni Boccaccio would just love her.

Entelechy on October 14, 2007 at 11:10 PM

Takes a lot of character to find a crying child “hilarious”.

Speakup on October 14, 2007 at 11:20 PM

Wow, this is bottom-feeding of the worst kind. Finding random commenters who make despicable remarks? This is the internet. You can find people from any part of the spectrum who say terrible things

That’s not what the Left says. They claim that the Right side of the Blogosphere will do anything…say anything.

Pointing out the plank in their eye is kind of the point of this post. It doesn’t keep us from picking at the splinter.

Asher on October 14, 2007 at 11:41 PM

Liberals only lie when their lips are moving fib when they’re typing.

T J Green on October 14, 2007 at 11:46 PM

Two words: Dull surprise. The fact that lefty blogs attack children should shock me. It should utterly surprise me. Wouldn’t that be appropriate? In fact, it should be, but it isn’t. This is exactly the behavior I expect from them, and I’m not at all surprised to see it when it rears its’ ugly head.

thedecider on October 14, 2007 at 11:55 PM

Two words: Dull surprise. The fact that lefty blogs attack children should shock me. It should utterly surprise me. Wouldn’t that be appropriate? In fact, it should be, but it isn’t. This is exactly the behavior I expect from them, and I’m not at all surprised to see it when it rears its’ ugly head.

thedecider on October 14, 2007 at 11:55 PM

It would be insulting to children to say that the left is composed of nothing but children who have never grown up.

The reality is, most liberals know that they are being indecent, dishonest, willfully naive human beings but they just don’t care. The entire left is like “Breasts not Bombs,” they think the supposed indecency of other people [GWB is their favorite scapegoat] gives them a blank check for them to be indecent.

Children, at least, are innocent. These are amoral monsters.

BKennedy on October 15, 2007 at 12:12 AM

Wow, this is bottom-feeding of the worst kind. Finding random commenters who make despicable remarks? This is the internet. You can find people from any part of the spectrum who say terrible things. The better way to make your point is to highlight prominent bloggers and, better yet, MSM columnists like Maureen Dowd who consistently engage in lower levels of discourse than their counterparts.

tneloms on October 14, 2007 at 10:55 PM

Random commenters? Look at the post!!! The post is an attack on Santorum’s daughter, and as I explained here:

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/10/14/another-liberal-attack-on-little-kids/#comment-734327

She literally had NOTHING to do with the story, and Wonkette actually LIED with their blockquote. If you took the time before commenting, you’d see the only ACTUAL story, was that Santorum was hired to work at Fox. All the other stuff, and digging up of that old picture was a pure attack on the girl, nothing more. She wasn’t set to host anything on Fox, and is not involved in the story in the least.

As I said, I kind of have to fault Bryan for not making that bit clear, too.

RightWinged on October 15, 2007 at 12:30 AM

The far left folks have ethical boundaries that they try very hard not to cross

What an absurd thing to claim, considering the far left denounced ethics a century ago.

infidel4life on October 15, 2007 at 12:33 AM

In other words, there’s a vetting process. No diversity of thought will be tolerated.

flipflop on October 14, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Try registering at DKos and not walking lock step on their boot heels… isntaban!

SilverStar830 on October 15, 2007 at 1:20 AM

*instaban

/bleh

SilverStar830 on October 15, 2007 at 1:20 AM

Pointing out here that Firedoglake & Co. are complete phonies will have zero impact on the fact that left-wing blogger memes will continue to percolate into the MSM. Why? Because the MSM reads left-wing bloggers — and sympathizes with their viewpoint — while the MSM hates conservative blogs and only read them in order to verify Media Matters reports.

So, when the Democrats employ Graeme Frost as their Official SCHIP Poster Child, the Frost family’s three SUVs are not news by MSM standards.

But when liberal bloggers accuse conservatives of “smearing” the Frosts? That’s big news, and the story reads as if it were edited by Media Matters.

Ali-Bubba on October 15, 2007 at 5:25 AM

Just to play devil’s advocate here, I sometimes find Wonkette funny, and it’s not as if they never make fun of Democrats. I remember when Cynthia McKinney and Patrick Kennedy were running wild, Wonkette savaged them pretty good. Ditto Rep. William Jefferson (D-La).

On the other hand, Wonkette and the Left have that whole “hip urban single” thing about being deeply hostile to pretty much anything that represents traditional “family values.” The Ozzie-and-Harriet/Father-Knows-Best/Leave-It-To-Beaver image, especially when associated with the GOP, produces a reflexive hostility from that sort of leftist. Picking on Santorum’s kids is an example of that attitude — just by showing up in public with his family, he’s trying to “impose his values” on them.

Ali-Bubba on October 15, 2007 at 5:37 AM

The one commenter said something about her “catholic school girl” dress with matching doll. I can’t see the doll’s face, but from the back she looks like “Nellie” the American Girl Doll. My daughter has the same one. The ironic thing is that the American Girl Doll company and it’s culture is very liberal.

pullingmyhairout on October 15, 2007 at 9:17 AM

Wow, just reading the title made my blood boil, those are some sick f*cks.
It probably shouldn’t surprise me, but it always does when anyone targets a child.

4shoes on October 15, 2007 at 9:59 AM

This in kinda O/T

I RARELY watch Meet the Press, but Bill Cosby was on Sunday promoting his new book, “Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors”.

WOW. Bill is the new straight talk express! Here’s just one of the money quotes:

“If you say that “my black child is going to do more time for selling crack cocaine than your white child for selling cocaine, then I’m going to tell my black child, ‘Don’t sell it.”

I can just see the liberal slaves owners with their fingers in their ears chanting “lalalalalalala”.

What a stark difference between the way Bill see’s children and the liberals see children. Scum. Absolute scum!

The transcript is 5 pages long, or you can go to their main page and watch the entire show. It’s worth every second.

csdeven on October 15, 2007 at 1:57 PM

That awful man who insulted Rick’s daughter at Reason once made a snide comment on one of the blogs I maintain; I later decided to delete it. Now I see that he certainly is a hate-filled creep. Check out this older topic I once wrote in which I discovered an older attack he made on a 17-year old boy five years ago, and what for? Because the kid turned in his crooked dad who was growing and profiting from cannabis plants! I just can’t believe Reason is actually hiring people like that to work for them, and if they’re a printed magazine, I don’t think I’ll want to plunk down any money on them until they do some housecleaning.

I once took part in a bloggers conference with Santorum. I’m sorry he lost his job as a senator, but I’m especially sorry his children had to be subjected to this awful verbal assault.

Avi Green on October 15, 2007 at 5:18 PM