Charles Blow advocates public flogging, screeches at hyperbole

posted at 11:38 am on April 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe you haven’t heard of New York Times columnist Charles Blow until now.  There’s a good reason for that.  In the same week, Blow has screeched at the hyperbole of conservatives while advocating the public flogging of a Detroit executive.  Hypocrisy much?

Here’s Blow today shaking in his boots:

Lately I’ve been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right. My read: They’re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their “leaders” seem to be trying to mold them into militias.

At first, it was entertaining — just harmless, hotheaded expostulation. Of course, there were the garbled facts, twisted logic and veiled hate speech. But what did I expect, fair and balanced? It was like walking through an ideological house of mirrors. The distortions can be mildly amusing at first, but if I stay too long it makes me sick.

But, it’s not all just harmless talk. For some, their disaffection has hardened into something more dark and dangerous. They’re talking about a revolution.

Some simply lace their unscrupulous screeds with loaded language about the fall of the Republic. We have to “rise up” and “take back our country.” Others have been much more explicit.

Aaaaaand here’s Blow on Tuesday:

Yesterday President Obama threw General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner under the Buick, and forced Chrysler into a shotgun marriage with (F)ix (I)t (A)gain (T)ony. Apparently, GM and Chrysler didn’t do a good enough job on their homework assignments.

Something doesn’t feel right.

I’m not saying that the Despots of Detroit deserve a break (Wagoner should be flogged in the streets for the Hummer alone), but the use of the guillotine could be a tad more egalitarian.

According to Blow’s standards, he’s apparently vying to become the Robespierre of the nascent populist movement.

No, I don’t think that Blow meant that Wagoner should be dragged out of his home and beaten by angry mobs, but that’s what he wrote.  Neither do I think that the people quoted in Blow’s column today are suggesting that Americans form militias and take to the streets in armed rebellion.  They’re talking about political action through the electoral system, the same way the Left used “take our country back” during the Bush administration.

Maybe Blow needs to take a deep breath, and maybe the New York Times needs to find a columnist who can keep from beclowining himself in a single week.

Update: Rick Moran says Blow ought to get out more often.


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