Audio: Camille Paglia rips the Fairness Doctrine to shreds

posted at 3:17 pm on February 14, 2009 by Allahpundit

Ever been to one of those Brazilian restaurants where they bring out plate after plate of nothing but red meat? Steaks, chops, sausages — all you can eat, until you’re glassy-eyed from the sheer red-meatiness of it all. This clip is that restaurant.

Oh, here’s the latest Democrat to come out in favor of Fairness. Remember, just your imagination. Click the image to listen.

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I remember liberals like Paglia. They were formidable political adversaries because of their principle and logic. Been gone quite a while, now.

Jaibones on February 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a liberal talk like that. Even my Dad, who is a very logical person, when he talks politics, he doesn’t make sense. Listening to her and the way she reasons, she sounds more like a conservative than a liberal. Does she get harassed and smeared by her colleagues?

4shoes on February 14, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Camille’s been missing her Kool-aid injections for some time now.

baldilocks on February 14, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Good stuff, medium rare, Allah! And Fogo de Chão is my favorite Brazilian steakhouse!

Zorro on February 14, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Is there one in Houston? I’d LOVE to go to a Churascaria again!

And yes, I think Camille rocks! She knows that taking away freedom of speech for some leads to taking away freedom of speech for all.

newton on February 14, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment.

unclesmrgol on February 14, 2009 at 4:33 PM

I’m late getting to this, but I just got the kids in bed…

THIS is exactly how I feel about Sarah Palin, this liberal woman nailed it!

4shoes on February 14, 2009 at 7:54 PM

glad to see that you’ve got a handle on the left’s cynical obfuscation on the issue. the “figment of your rightwing paranoia” strategy is in force at the relevant wikipedia article, where it was being asserted by a user named “rewinn“.

to follow those exploits, click here and cycle forward through the edits. it’s a good example of nutroots information control in action.

i don’t know if rewinn is a blogger, but the current edit-warrior is someone calling itself “shakescene” which i presume to be affiliated with the no-name, grade d gropupblog of the same name, notable only as the credulous rebroadcaster of arlen parsa’s and “martin eisenstadt’s hoaxes.

the whole thing of course bears a resemblance to the progressive left’s cold war era stance of “communists? what communists?” in which anticommunists were said to be “tilting at windmills” and so forth. and we know now why they adopted this posture of course.

eh on February 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM

THIS is exactly how I feel about Sarah Palin, this liberal woman nailed it!

4shoes on February 14, 2009 at 7:54 PM

+10

newton on February 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM

“Those Brazilian Restaurants” are called “Rodizios” which means rotisseries and they fire grill spits of meat and bring the spit to your table nd cut it off for you. there are a LOT of them around but only a few are authentic. MMMMM it is an Atkins dieters best friend believe me!
The garlic speared lamb is so dang good!

…also audio was good :D Kicks some nonsense HINEY Ms. Paglia! Thank you for keeping it REAL!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 14, 2009 at 8:03 PM

oh oops or they are called “Churrascarias” which means Hmmm…well its the closest word to Bar-b-que in Portuguese That I know of LOL.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 14, 2009 at 8:07 PM

oh oops or they are called “Churrascarias” which means Hmmm…well its the closest word to Bar-b-que in Portuguese That I know of LOL.

Heh, whatever it’s called, your description of it sounds awesome!

4shoes on February 14, 2009 at 8:13 PM

For those of you in Atlanta, try the Fogo de Chão in Buckhead.
I designed it.

carbon_footprint on February 14, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Democrats should be all over a number of pro America issues but the left agenda isn’t controlled by office holders.

Speakup on February 14, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Democrats should be all over a number of pro America issues but the left agenda isn’t controlled by office holders.

Speakup on February 14, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Dems in national politics aren’t proAmerica any more. They are proDem power.

Office holders today are either eager to implement the Left agenda because they’re in full agreement with it or are subservient accomplices to it.

INC on February 14, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Exactly why as a conservative I’m passionately against censorship! If the first amendment is banned for one, it’s banned for all. I would look forward to conservatives on NPR which is stealing my tax money to promote communism and socialism. She’s absolutely correct, you can’t ban free speech and be an American. The fairness doctrine did not bring fairness, it brought censorship and everyone of these Dems know that. They want to silence all opposition, first by the revocation of the second amendment and then the first.

flytier on February 14, 2009 at 8:28 PM

“Fogo De Chão” = (literally) “Fire From Floor” or “Fire Pit” Now THEY are Authentic! (I’ve eaten at these type of restaurants in Brasil so I do know.(Yes BRASIL is spelled right.) Please support your local Currascaria!
Caramba! Falando disso faz muita agua na boca!
(Dang! Talking about this is making my mouth water!)
…and its getting close to Carnival! I’m a native born American but sometimes I miss me some Brasil!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 14, 2009 at 8:29 PM

I love Paglia, and not only when I agree with her. Disagree with her on lots of issues, but she’s actually more respectful to those who disagree with her than those on her own side. She’s always worth reading, and there are really only a few on the Left that are. (Hitchens is another, my love for whom is also not a fair-weather one. Best guy on the Right is probably Steyn.)

Remember, just your imagination.

Ugh, that Stabenow woman looks like a snooty school administrator. Can’t stand it.

Tzetzes on February 14, 2009 at 8:38 PM

I’ll read liberal Paglia over panty-waist Noonan any day of the week.

bilups on February 14, 2009 at 8:41 PM

I’ll read liberal Paglia over panty-waist Noonan any day of the week.

bilups on February 14, 2009 at 8:41 PM

I give anything to see the two of them debate. The topic: Sarah Palin, Strictly on The Merits.

Pags would fry Piggy faster than you could say “bacon”.

SuperCool on February 14, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Texas de Brazil around my way. Haven’t been there since I started my “regimen”. The filler buffet is for suckas!

Kid from Brooklyn on February 14, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Texas de Brazil around my way. Haven’t been there since I started my “regimen”. The filler buffet is for suckas!

Kid from Brooklyn on February 14, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Never ate there. Everyone that I have talked to that has, swear by it.
Protip: if you are going to eat at a churascarria, refrain from eating for at least a day before.

carbon_footprint on February 14, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Paglia hits the right notes, and I like much of what she has to say.

The day will soon come when she realizes that her loyalties are misplaced. The Dem party is not the Dem party she identifies with. It doesn’t exist. They are now socialists and fascists.

Cody1991 on February 14, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Paglia is a liberal Democrat, but she has it right that trying to silence conservative voices is un-American and just plain stupid. The Dems own the MSM TV news media and print media (Whats left of it at least). AM radio is ours.

simkeith on February 14, 2009 at 10:40 PM

Confirmed: Laurie Anderson is to Camille Paglia as Andy Kaufman is to Tony Clifton.

BHO Jonestown on February 14, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Good stuff, medium rare, Allah! And Fogo de Chão is my favorite Brazilian steakhouse!

Zorro on February 14, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Is there one in Houston? I’d LOVE to go to a Churascaria again!

And yes, I think Camille rocks! She knows that taking away freedom of speech for some leads to taking away freedom of speech for all.

newton on February 14, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Churascaria is awesome! I’ve been to Brazil about eight times now with my wife and I love getting my dose of red meat at half the price of American steak houses. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Fogo de Chão Baltimore!

shick on February 14, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Paglia is great because she’s intellectually honest. She may be a liberal, but she is true to the roots of the 1960s and the social and political freedoms for which so many agitated. To our benefit, conservatives are now taking the mantle of truly free speech.

I am a Wisconsin grad from about 10 years ago; it’s a hotbed of 60s liberalism, and I had many professors who were just like Paglia and on campus in the 60s. The professors could be liberal in the classroom, but if you wrote a paper and made a good conservative argument, it would be graded fairly. I finished my undergrad there with honors, never having made a liberal argument just to suck up for a grade. I appreciate liberal honesty, and for that reason give Paglia’s columns as much time as many conservatives.

alflauren on February 14, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Camille Paglia has always swam against the current. Good For Her, I wish she would be on talk radio more. Let’s see who would I rather listen to Jeanine Garofalo or Camille Paglia no contest.

Dr Evil on February 14, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Is there one in Houston? I’d LOVE to go to a Churascaria again!

newton on February 14, 2009 at 7:53 PM
Yes, there is one on Westeimer.

Johan Klaus on February 14, 2009 at 11:56 PM

I’d like to see her beat Ariana Huffington’s ass.

Black Adam on February 14, 2009 at 6:23 PM

That makes two of us BA! This American of full Greek-origin Hates The **tch!

You can also add Steffi to that list! I’d like to kick George’s ass myself, but Camille could probably kick the ever-lovin’ … out of him too! And That would be even more satisfying! Little wussy-boy punk.

Camille and Tammy have been favorites of mine for a long time!

They’re the only ones that I can think of with any moral courage, patriotism and common sense!

Tammy is every Saturday, 5PM PST for me.

Teddy on February 15, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Gov. Palin ripped the scales from Paglia’s eyes concerning modern-day liberals.

SouthernGent on February 15, 2009 at 2:43 AM

“Every true liberal Democrat should be speaking up in defense of talk radio.”

But how many of them are “true liberal” any more?

Entelechy on February 15, 2009 at 2:46 AM

Hmmm. Interesting observation. Perhaps that is why many comics are liberals? You can be snide in comedy. And you have to think you are superior to stand up there and make fun of people.

terryannonline on February 14, 2009 at 6:57 PM

When it comes to comics, people pay for the priviledge of being insulted, that is, buy tickets. To liberals/progressive, AM rado is insultingly free.

RickZ on February 15, 2009 at 4:32 AM

Paglia hits the right notes, and I like much of what she has to say.

The day will soon come when she realizes that her loyalties are misplaced. The Dem party is not the Dem party she identifies with. It doesn’t exist. They are now socialists and fascists.

Cody1991 on February 14, 2009 at 9:30 PM

One of my favorite comments I read/heard somewhere when it comes to the Democrat Party’s seismic shift left is regarding one their Presidential heroes: If JFK were alive today, he’d be a Republican.

RickZ on February 15, 2009 at 4:40 AM

Camille and I are in the same boat. Her party left her to become a fascist/socialist/communist enterprise. The Republican party left me when they became Talibangelist. Social Conservatism is as unconstitutional to me as the New Deal, The Great Society, and the current “Great Fraud”……A center needs to be found in both parties for the good of the country..Extremes are tearing this country apart and turning brother against brother………

adamsmith on February 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Is there one in Houston? I’d LOVE to go to a Churascaria again!

newton on February 14, 2009 at 7:53 PM
Yes, there is one on Westeimer.

Johan Klaus on February 14, 2009 at 11:56 PM

Is it closer to 610? To The Galleria? Or to Downtown and 59?

I’ve only been living in the area for three months. A former Corpus Christi area resident, still looking at Houston maps and all…

newton on February 15, 2009 at 7:22 AM

The Republican party left me when they became Talibangelist.

adamsmith on February 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Then, it left you in 1980 when Reagan said to them, “You cannot endorse me, but I can endorse you.”

Sorry. I can only pity you.

newton on February 15, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Camille and I are in the same boat. Her party left her to become a fascist/socialist/communist enterprise. The Republican party left me when they became Talibangelist.

adamsmith on February 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM

maybe. i don’t think there’s any solid evidence that she is or ever was anything but a conservative democrat, and the democrat party has always been, since the mid to late 19th century, a fascist/socialist enterprise and, since the 40’s, solicitous of communists.

the odd thing is that the talibangelicals, or palinstinians if you prefer, were partisans of that progressive movement, and have only moved over to the gop in recent decades. their adoption of conservative features is correspondingly shallow and tenuous. this is why they always seek to divide conservatism into “social” conservatives and “fiscal” conservatives. these categories aren’t particularly meaningful to genuine conservatives, but they do allow christian socialists to apply the label “conservative” to themselves without obligating them to actually be anything but theists seeking corporeal powers to assert their theistic mandates on the secular space of public life. you see, that’s just their emphasis, and the rest? a bunch of “yadda, yadda yadda” superfluousness. as for genuine conservatives, with their classical view of human nature, minarchism and skepticism of orthodoxy and ideology, well, they’re free to emphasize all that “yadda yadda yadda” stuff – lets call it “fiscal” stuff – and they can stay in the coalition and all that, but who really cares?

the irony is that paglia is truer conservative on non-economic matters than any palinstinian.

eh on February 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Rep. Paglia, may not be of the same political persuasion as I or other Hot Air members, but she is spot on in her view of the Fairness Doctrine. She does, what others on her side of spectrum should do when confronted with the subject, “Think”.

She highlights the greatest hypocrisy. The Fairness Doctrine is about free speech, but they view that those who simply state the truth are in violation of their idea of what ‘free speech’ is about.

MSGTAS on February 15, 2009 at 9:26 AM

How refreshing is that! The need to start including Glenn Beck when they mention Rush and Sean….he is becoming my favorite!

Eyvonne on February 15, 2009 at 9:51 AM

the odd thing is that the talibangelicals, or palinstinians if you prefer, were partisans of that progressive movement, and have only moved over to the gop in recent decades. their adoption of conservative features is correspondingly shallow and tenuous. this is why they always seek to divide conservatism into “social” conservatives and “fiscal” conservatives. these categories aren’t particularly meaningful to genuine conservatives, but they do allow christian socialists to apply the label “conservative” to themselves without obligating them to actually be anything but theists seeking corporeal powers to assert their theistic mandates on the secular space of public life. you see, that’s just their emphasis, and the rest? a bunch of “yadda, yadda yadda” superfluousness. as for genuine conservatives, with their classical view of human nature, minarchism and skepticism of orthodoxy and ideology, well, they’re free to emphasize all that “yadda yadda yadda” stuff – lets call it “fiscal” stuff – and they can stay in the coalition and all that, but who really cares?

the irony is that paglia is truer conservative on non-economic matters than any palinstinian.

eh on February 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Well, here’s what you who are disgruntled with those filthy socon Plainistas should do” form your own party. I’m sure it will catch on like wildfire. Maybe you could run Pawlenty or one of the Nor’easters. In other words, put your money where your oh-so-sophisticated-and world-weary mouths are.

ddrintn on February 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM

ddrintn on February 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Very well put. I find commenters who use $10 words to mask their $1 political philosophy very tiresome and boring. Effective communication is not measured by the length of the words you use or the elitist and condescending tone you
write with.

Regarding the Fairness Doctrine, any attempt to bring that back would be met with very steep resistance.

kingsjester on February 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

……A center needs to be found in both parties for the good of the country..Extremes are tearing this country apart and turning brother against brother………

adamsmith on February 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM

You had your candidate in McCain. If it only weren’t for that extremist Palin, he’d be president right now. Yep. Of course.

I think “moderates” are just liberals who don’t have the nerve to admit it.

ddrintn on February 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Remember, just your imagination.

Since it will push Rush off the air, it is AP’s wet dream.

You had your candidate in McCain. If it only weren’t for that extremist Palin, he’d be president right now. Yep. Of course.

I think “moderates” are just liberals who don’t have the nerve to admit it.

ddrintn on February 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Exactly.

TwinkietheKid on February 15, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Here is why no facts, reason or logic will sway Liberals (read: facists, socialists, communists) from their pursuit of the Censorship Doctrine:

ENVY.

Montana on February 14, 2009 at 4:49 PM

We are talking about a liberal, Camille Paglia, on this thread. Liberals aren’t some monolithic object, just as we aren’t. One must work hard so that the majority of people would prefer that the Government not interfere with free speech. It’s bad enough with government funded liberal outlets like NPR already (even if they do bring some number of jobs to my beloved Culver City, wherein they have their west coast studios).

unclesmrgol on February 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Camille and I are in the same boat. Her party left her to become a fascist/socialist/communist enterprise. The Republican party left me when they became Talibangelist. Social Conservatism is as unconstitutional to me as the New Deal, The Great Society, and the current “Great Fraud”……A center needs to be found in both parties for the good of the country..Extremes are tearing this country apart and turning brother against brother………

adamsmith on February 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM

And where do you think this central point should be located? I see a lot of words here, but no ideas. If you’ve stuck your head out this far, why not go a little further?
The issues might be abortion, the poor, the sick, the old, illegal immigration, war. There are others, I’m certain

Name the issue, and it is a coordinate axis in a multidimensional “unit sphere” grid.

Political parties stake out “volume” in the n-space of ideas. You can see which volumes they stake out in their platforms. Looking at the Democrats and Republicans, for example, there is considerable overlap, but there are large areas where they do not. Those volumes of non-overlap are what we call “wedge issues”.

Few of us remember that the Republicans and Democrats were united in the 1860’s in the effort to build the Transcontinental Railroad, but most of us remember where their respective viewpoints stood on the most divisive “wedge issue” of that day.

Do any of us remember how the Whigs felt about that same “wedge issue”?

I posit to you that the reason your party left you is that you have a position on a wedge issue with which they disagree — Talebangelism (whatever that is).

unclesmrgol on February 15, 2009 at 11:47 AM

The Republican party left me when they became Talibangelist.

adamsmith on February 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Talibangelist? Such a clever analogy; you must be a troll. So just when did social conservatives do anything akin to stoning, beheading, or tossing acid?

Disturb the Universe on February 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM

She says “ok” and “you know” a lot.

Dash on February 15, 2009 at 12:13 PM

She says “ok” and “you know” a lot.

Dash on February 15, 2009 at 12:13 PM

But unlike Caroline Kennedy, there’s some substance in between.

Disturb the Universe on February 15, 2009 at 12:24 PM

eh on February 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Did you happen to notice that the three R’s who went with the generational theft act are all pro-choice?

Just a thought.

INC on February 15, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Although there are few items about which Professor Paglia and myself agree, I have tremendous respect for this woman. She is one of those, rare almost mythical creatures, an honest liberal. I disagree with her (a lot), but I read her column faithfully. I admire her honesty.

oldleprechaun on February 15, 2009 at 1:43 PM

So just when did social conservatives do anything akin to stoning, beheading, or tossing acid?

Disturb the Universe on February 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM

During the Reagan Era to labor unions.

sethstorm on February 15, 2009 at 2:37 PM

During the Reagan Era to labor unions.

sethstorm on February 15, 2009 at 2:37 PM

And then the economy boomed , go figure.

the_nile on February 15, 2009 at 2:54 PM

And then the economy boomed , go figure.

the_nile on February 15, 2009 at 2:54 PM

…then the whole card game collapsed in 2008 when Wall Street couldn’t play their games anymore.

sethstorm on February 15, 2009 at 2:56 PM

…then the whole card game collapsed in 2008 when Wall Street couldn’t play their games anymore.

sethstorm on February 15, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Nice, so now Obama wont blame bush , he’ll blame Reagan.

the_nile on February 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

If the fairness docturne is put into effect will they have to fire Matthews.Oby and Steph and the rest of the Leftest in yhe MSM?

Rick007 on February 15, 2009 at 4:36 PM

I’ve never been to a Brazilian restaurant, but I got a hankering to do so now.

How astute of a liberal to speak the obvious.

Kini on February 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM

I love Camille. <3

She rocks. She’s the “Liberal” that I aspire to be at times. And what she said was absolutely true.

Summer on February 15, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I love Camille. <3

She rocks. She’s the “Liberal” that I aspire to be at times. And what she said was absolutely true.

Summer on February 15, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Well, she does seem to have a concern for truth and honesty, rare among liberals nowadays.

ddrintn on February 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM

A liberal and pragmatist.

Kini on February 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM

I guess it has never occurred to Camille that her party has been taken over by Marxists and Alinskyites. These are the types of people that are all for free speech until they get into power.

Kafir on February 15, 2009 at 6:54 PM

I love her. Is she married? She is the only intellectually honest liberal that could really make it on talk radio.

Imagine if the Bush White House moved the control of the census to the inner circles of the White House?

SC.Charlie on February 15, 2009 at 7:38 PM

For those of you in Atlanta, try the Fogo de Chão in Buckhead.
I designed it.

carbon_footprint on February 14, 2009 at 8:13 PM

The one in Philly is Great. I was there a few months ago on a date. She and I were both impressed.
I took my daughter to see my mother in Delaware over the weekend. My older brother was there when we arrived and he was watching ABC news. Thats all he ever watches. I sat and watched for about a few minutes then I made a comment on how the “news men” acted like school kids when they talked about Obama and how they never covered Bush that way. Well my brother looked at me and just said ” Bush was an @sshole” within 3 minutes we were in a shouting match so loud our mother had to step in between us before it came to blows. I looked at my daughter who is 10 and could see she was scared. The scary thing to me is that she could have debated him on the subject and made him look like a fool.
There is no “fairness” in this doctrine,only censorship. They voted for hope and change not knowing (or caring) what that really was going to mean. I’ve said this before in other threads,and I really mean it when I say that I fear for my country.

Paco on February 15, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Camille Paglia is the last liberal in the Democratic Party.

The Democrat Party is no longer a party of liberals. Long gone are the days the Democrats would hail the philosophy of Adam Smith over John Maynard Keynes.

The Democrat Party is now an amalgam of socialists, fascists, and totalitarians who seek further government control at the expense of every liberty except abortion.

BKennedy on February 15, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Took the words out of my mouth, BKennedy. I love her work. When will she go Independent?

PattyJ on February 15, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Took the words out of my mouth, BKennedy. I love her work. When will she go Independent?

PattyJ on February 15, 2009 at 8:49 PM

She has been independent for a long, long time. Like myself she is homosexual, and will take on the radical gays, lesbians and feminists ……….. she is intellectually honest.

SC.Charlie on February 15, 2009 at 9:39 PM

………….oh, and she will take on her own Democratic Party with vicious enthusiasm when it is due.

SC.Charlie on February 15, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Like myself she is homosexual, and will take on the radical gays, lesbians and feminists ……….. she is intellectually honest.

SC.Charlie on February 15, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Kudos.

Disturb the Universe on February 15, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Right, I know, but she’s still a Democrat!

PattyJ on February 16, 2009 at 12:37 AM

I’ve always been fond of Camille and enjoy reading her column over at Salon. She has a healthy libertarian streak and I appreciate that about her. Her characterization of Gov. Palin is one of the best I’ve ever read — exactly spot on.

NoLeftTurn on February 16, 2009 at 3:28 AM

Absolutely the only liberal democrat I can read/listen to and actually enjoy. I learn some things from Camille. Wish there were many more like her. But there aren’t.

zeebeach on February 16, 2009 at 7:48 AM

I just don’t get people who rave about Paglia as some sort of oracle because she makes a statement or two that sounds “conservative”. Come on, people! This woman is a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist! Regardless of what she says, her statements are mendacious at the root and reflect a deep intellectual confusion. How can any sane person close the circle of being for freedom, yet vote for Democrats time and again. She was an Obama apologist from the very beginning! And she most certainly knew the true nature of the guy!

ALL Democrats are fundamentally crazy! Anything they say that might make sense is like a stopped clock being right twice a day, or a blind hog digging up a truffle. Paglia’s positions are nothing more than aesthetic poses, and just as ephemeral. She has no commitment to liberty. Wake up and smell the coffee people! Paglia and her ilk are not allies in any way, shape, or form! She does what she does to confuse and undermine the true lovers of liberty! She is not in your camp!

blackelkspeaks on February 16, 2009 at 9:29 AM

She even gets the free market!

Shocking, but tasty.

mankai on February 16, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Hello Michelle. This is a new registration from Escondido/Mexico, California, USA I think !
I’m 23 miles away from the Mexico border. We’ve been trying to tell you about the invasion for the past 25 years. Glad you finally caught on…

I hope Ms. Paglia is happy she was so successful in moving her feminist movement forward. However, she should of thought to ask herself : Should I be careful what I ask for ?

MALICIOUS DISORDER on February 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM

While I find some of Paglia’s positions offensive (she is very pro-pornography and believes the age of consent should be lowered to 14), I can’t help but admire her willingness to put principle over partisanship and speak her mind regardless of whether it helps or hurts her home team. That’s something so rare in politics these days, left or right.

frank63 on February 16, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Say what you want about the democrats ( and there is nothing nice to say about them) but they got the American people where they want them. First you get the liberal media to make sure the perception is what they want. “Rush is evil, Hannity is nuts – no one is giving us a chance”. Then all of a sudden, the same people who drank the “hope and change” message start walking around muttering to themselves “We need to be fair – fair is good – we need to be fair – fair is good”. And they win – cause this no longer becomes about censorship – oh, no – it is about fairness and Americans are nothing if not fair. This is by far the worse attack on the foundation of America then anything that has come before. We might as well move to France – at least they have great pastries to take away the bitter taste of socialism.

marnes on February 16, 2009 at 10:38 AM

What she said about when she’s appeared on NPR, she has had to “slow down and tone down” (paraphrase) her conversation, and, conversely, talk radio having a more lively cadence, was very interesting. She attributes this to NPR being the voice of the (stuck-up) self-annointed aristocracy, and talk radio representing working America.

Very astute observation, and clearly demonstrates that the battle for the “fairness doctrine” is part of the liberal war on working class America.

gwood on February 16, 2009 at 10:52 AM

The whole notion of the Fairness Doctrine gives us a clear vision of the modern liberal mind:

‘Faux’ news and talk radio spew lies and hatred and misinformation and cause lots of people to be misinformed and blindly led to believe in lies. What greater injustice could there be than to allow lies to flourish and people to live and think and act/vote according to these lies – it threatens the very core of democracy! We should entrust this issue to the bureaucrats who can regulate this and ensure everyone has access to the truth. How could anyone be against this?

This kind of thinking comes from the same minds that squawk when Gonzales fires attorneys for ‘political reasons’ yet they want the government to stifle free speech based on political ideologies. It’s curious that the modern liberal doesn’t want to apply the Fairness Doctrine to all forms of media – Why doesn’t Keith Olberman EVER give voice to a conservative viewpoint on his show? How often has he, the New York Times, CBS, NBC, ABC been wrong about political stories? How often are their news stories laced with the liberal perspective (e.g., find a mainstream news media story about the current economic crisis that highlights the influence the government had on creating it…)? If it was conservatives who were proposing the Fairness Doctrine be imposed on the mainstream media then the liberals might see the horror of it.

gwelf on February 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM

This one could be a powerful ally if she could be turned.

Jerricho68 on February 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I believe Paglia is better off where she is. Were she more conservative, she would be “preaching to the choir.”

bw222 on February 16, 2009 at 1:15 PM

This one could be a powerful ally if she could be turned.

Jerricho68 on February 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM

True, but she’s likely more powerful helping from the other side. Thanks, AP. It’s refreshing to hear an honest and intellectual liberal. Her analysis of Palin was beautiful, but her ripping on the Fairness Doctrine was sublime.

She’s earned a fan.

Many of you would be impressed checking out her wiki page:

Paglia describes herself as a feminist and as a registered Democrat whose 2000 presidential vote was “Ralph Nader. Because I detest the arrogant, corrupt superstructure of the Democratic Party, with which I remain stubbornly registered.”

she criticized Clinton for not resigning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which she says led to America being “blindsided by 9/11.”

Paglia has broken with liberal orthodoxy by taking controversial stances such as rejecting the idea that homosexuality is an inborn trait and being skeptical about global warming.

Gloria Steinem compared Sexual Personae to Mein Kampf, and likened Paglia to Adolf Hitler. In response, Paglia called Steinem “evil” and equated her with Joseph Stalin.

Paglia criticized leaders of the American feminist movement. Paglia claimed that they were ignorant of art, science and history, were hostile to men, and were harming young women by teaching them to see themselves as victims.

Esthier on February 16, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Paglia is like a Rorschach test for lefties. If they like her in spite of her independent streak, you can reason with them. If they hate her and think of her as an apostate in spite of her general agreement w/ traditional leftist principles they are not worth spending any amount of time with (sort of like our trolls here).

The woman is a great intellect, and by all accounts a fascinating and decent person. It’s too bad most lefties are bottom-feeding scum like Steinem.

PimFortuynsGhost on February 16, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Vive La Paglia! Always have loved her – in agreement or diagreement. She’s strightforward, intellectually honest and curageous in telling the Left what they should hear but refuse to.

Strangely enough, Camille WOULD succeed as a Left-of-Center radio talk show host. She’s one of the few on the Left with solid integrity that conservatives would listen to.

harry flashman on February 16, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Has anyone confirmed whether the Dems have thrown Camille under the bus, yet?

I seriously doubt that any of current Liberal will be influenced by this. Instead, they’re more likely to chastise her; and then send out their brigade of snoops to uncover any/all dirt possible on Ms. Paglia… a la Joe the Plumber.

Mick Psyphon on February 16, 2009 at 7:33 PM

It would appear that some Liberals are beginning to realize that they have indeed lost their “religion” to the Communist/Socialist.

Pole-Cat on February 16, 2009 at 11:57 PM

I remember liberals like Paglia. They were formidable political adversaries because of their principle and logic. Been gone quite a while, now.

Jaibones on February 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM

She may be the last one standing.

INC on February 14, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Christopher Hitchens.

And Tammy Bruce used to be quite the liberal. I believe, though, that Tammy–like Camille–are really libertarians, and that’s just fine with me…

eanax on February 17, 2009 at 4:04 AM