Pew: Liberals most intolerant online

posted at 11:00 am on March 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s a well-known fact that liberals are more tolerant than conservatives or moderates.  Superior liberal tolerance is such a fact that they will scream at you if you dare to disagree or debate them, demand that your advertisers bail on you, and pressure the FCC to get you banned from the airwaves.  Does that sound like tolerance to you?  A new survey from Pew confirms that liberals are the least tolerant of differing opinions, at least on line (emphasis mine):

Politics can be a sensitive subject and a number of SNS [social networking sites] users have decided to block, unfriend, or hide someone because of their politics or posting activities. In all, 18% of social networking site users have taken one of those steps by doing at least one of the following:

  • 10% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on the site because that person posted too frequently about political subjects
  • 9% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on the site because they posted something about politics or issues that they disagreed with or found offensive
  • 8% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on the site because they argued about political issues on the site with the user or someone the user knows
  • 5% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on the site because they posted something about politics that the user worried would offend other friends
  • 4% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on the site because they disagreed with something the user posted about politics

Of course, that means that 82% of SNS users have not taken any steps to ignore or disconnect from someone whose views are different – or have not encountered any views that would prompt such a move.

Liberals are the most likely to have taken each of these steps to block, unfriend, or hide. In all, 28% of liberals have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on SNS because of one of these reasons, compared with 16% of conservatives and 14% of moderates.

It’s not even all that close, as their chart shows:

Andrew Malcolm has some fun with the implications:

Not exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of opposing views than regular Americans.

In a new study, the Pew Center for the Internet and American Life Project confirmed what most intelligent Americans had long sensed. That is, whenever they are challenged or confronted on the hollow falsity of their orthodoxy  — such as, say, uniting diverse Americans — liberals tend to respond defensively with anger, even trying to shut off or silence critics. (i.e. photo above of President Obama reacting to Boston hecklers.)

The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That’s double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that.

For some full disclosure, I’ve blocked more than a few people on Twitter.  I didn’t do it for disagreements, but for being unpleasant about disagreements.  I consider Twitter to be a true social network; I don’t hang out with unpleasant people in real life, and so I see no need to do so in virtual life.  Twitter is my water cooler, my hangout in slack time between bursts of writing.  I’m happy to have a debate, but when it gets insulting, unpleasant, and intellectually dishonest, I take a pass.

Even if that counts in the Pew poll (and I’d argue that it doesn’t), I’d be in a small minority among conservatives — and to be fair, it’s a small minority among liberals too.  It’s just that it’s a statistically significant larger minority among liberals.  While Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda demand that the government act to silence Rush Limbaugh for challenging their orthodoxy, Forbes’ Dave Serchuk points out the irony, the hypocrisy — and the unintended consequences:

Imagine this scenario: you are a lifelong liberal. You pretty much hate everything Rush Limbaugh stands for, and says. You are really glad that the times have finally seemed to have caught up to him, and that people are outraged by his callous, gross comments. So what do you do next? You do theone thing that will make him a sympathetic figure. You call on the FCC to remove him.

Think this is just not-very-good satire? If only. Nope, I draw from this example because in an opinion piece just published on CNN.com Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan did exactly this. In the process they seem to have played into the exact stereotype of the thin-skinned, hypocritical liberal. One who supports the First Amendment and freedom of speech … except for when they don’t.

Here is the lame excuse they offered for why the heavy hand of government sponsored censorship should come down on Limbaugh, a guy who seemed to be doing a pretty good imitation of a man hoist on his own petard anyway.

“Radio broadcasters are obligated to act in the public interest and serve their respective communities of license. In keeping with this obligation, individual radio listeners may complain to the FCC that Limbaugh’s radio station (and those syndicating his show) are not acting in the public interest or serving their respective communities of license by permitting such dehumanizing speech.”

Umm, okay. But isn’t there something called ratings that are a truer indication of what these respective communities already want? And shouldn’t that count the most? Don’t ratings (i.e. “popularity”) in fact tell the FCC just whom the public thinks serves their interest? Whether we like it or not?

Why do they go for the block rather than provide an alternative?  Michael Medved says they can’t compete — and need government to intervene:

Limbaugh’s critics seem unable to accept the fact that many of their fellow citizens actually appreciate the opportunity to listen to his opinions on a regular basis, so rather than persuade those poor benighted souls to listen to something else, they mean to take away the broadcast that they enjoy.

Why not try to build an eager new audience for liberal opinion leaders and steal listeners from Rush and the rest of us who host right-leaning shows? How about recruiting the most outrageous and opinionated voices on the left, syndicating their shows in major markets, and promoting these fresh, progressive voices with a catchy moniker like “Air America”?

Oh wait, that’s been tried, starting in 2004 and proceeding (intermittently) till 2010 when chronically low ratings and bankruptcy court performed a belated mercy killing on the ill-fated experiment. It’s true that some of the Air America “stars” ultimately found their way to other opportunities—with Rachel Maddow hosting a successful TV program on MSNBC, and the insufferable Al Franken enjoying an unlikely career in the U.S. Senate.

But attempts to create viable radio alternatives to Rush and other right wingers have never gained traction, so rather than continuing to compete in the open market place, lefties merely yearn to shut down the other side with sponsor boycotts, public pressure or, most obnoxiously, the so-called Fairness Doctrine. Fortunately, Barack Obama has consistently opposed the Fairness Doctrine, but many of the Democratic colleagues have promoted it for years, with Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and—most adamantly—that heroic public servant John Edwards providing support.

Well, it’s not exactly news that the Intolerant Tolerance Hysterics are all about choices that they want to dictate to people, too, even if (or especially if) it involved the use of “an oppressive, invidious authoritarian relic” like the Fairness doctrine.  Don’t expect them to understand that irony, Mssrs. Serchuk and Medved, but thank you for pointing it out.  They can unfriend and block all they want on social networking, because those are personal choices not to listen to differing opinions, and every American has that choice.  The problem is when they want government to unfriend and block so that no one has that choice — and that’s the kind of intolerance that’s much more dangerous than humorous.


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I disagree. Cultish or clannish or xenophobic would all work better.

Doomberg on March 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Another word being thrown around a lot these days is very apropos: tribal.

In fact, what did all those OWS encampments resemble as much as some weird nomadic enclave, poaching along the borders of civilization?

de rigueur on March 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Captain Renault to the red courtesy phone, Captain Renault to the red courtesy phone please…

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Can we please stop referring to the anti-liberty Left by That label?

Chip on March 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Sorry to hear. You take good care and I’m glad you are an annoying little twerp. It could help the heart :)

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

He’s assuming that conservatives think like he does because there are no other rational viewpoints

mintycrys on March 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Which explains the irrationality of this post.

Pew: Conservatives most annoying online, can’t find ‘unfriend button’

shocking results.

sesquipedalian on March 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Bingo.

itsspideyman on March 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Liberals; most intolerant and least intelligent!

Kat_man on March 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

There is no such thing as debating a liberal. You win one point, they change the subject to something completely irrelevant to the last point. Or they call you a racist or something.

Or they say refusing to provide free contraception to a promiscuous woman is “trying to control her sex life”.

tommyboy on March 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

One of my liberal acquaintances posts frequently about OWS on Facebook. Last week she posted that she’s boycotting not just Rush and his advertisers, but all things associated with Clear Channel. To begin she’s boycotting Madonna because her concert is being promoted by Clear Channel.

I asked her if she’s planning to boycott NBC, Ryan Seacrest, Rihanna, and major airports — all of which have an affiliation with Clear Channel (based on Clear Channel press releases.) She answered angrily “Yes,” and lamented the huge media conglomerations that were difficult to boycott. Then she changed her mind and deleted my comment from her thread because “there’s no point in arguing with dittoheads.” (My comment didn’t mention Limbaugh, and I don’t typically listen to his show.) Since she doesn’t want my feedback, I have now hidden her posts from my feed.

aunursa on March 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

It’s a well-known fact that liberals are more tolerant than conservatives or moderates.

Yep, all one has to do is read the comments at HA.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Boy! You would never guess that here! (Unless you are a conservative who starts pissing back at them…than the screams start!)

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I used to attend the Chicago Academy for the visual and Performing Arts during the early-mid 1980′s.
I have been friended-and then quickly defriended- by former classmates(maybe a dozen) who refuse to associate with a conservative.
The NERVE of me actually thinking for myself.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Been there, done that… (B.F.A in Music) didn’t even get a tee-shirt… :sad:

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Here’s how lefties think:

“We are proud the number of those on welfare is highest under Obama”, while the same nitwits “…don’t feed the wild animals because they might get dependent on us”.

Erudite? Logical? Reasonable?

They are the lazy bloodsuckers of the world. Destroy them at every step.

liberal4life spends hours here during work. Her employer is being exploited, cheated, while she propagandizes here all day long and agitates for Obama.

She is a perfect example of what moochers do, without realizing that she is self-destructing her future.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Lanceman is a disgusting guy saying stuff like this to intimidate those he disagrees with:

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM

I looked at your FB page today.
Do you have any white friends?

Lanceman on March 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

To which you had lovely comments like this:

If that’s liberal4life’s Facebook page than she probably doesn’t have a lot of friends as that woman is obviously from an African nation.

libfreeordie on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I’m hoping that libfree meant she obviously doesn’t have a lot of white friends because she’s African, not the way it reads above. If that’s what libfree says, it makes sense in context and I’d give the benefit of the doubt.

libfreeordie then says this, showing that, unlike the disgusting Lanceman, his/her heart is in the right place:

WTF?!? Are y’all just going to random African women’s facebook pages and using them as some kind of way to disparage liberal4life?

libfreeordie on March 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Lanceman, though, is awful, as are his defenders, such as MadCon.

freshface sees the problem with Lanceman’s outing of a commenter he dislikes’ identity, as well as asking racist questions about if she has any white friends based on his finding the wrong damn profile; freshface understands what a creep Lanceman is, unlike reprobabe madcon.

creepy sh1t.

think you losers trolling facebook and twitter looking for peoples rl info are scumbags.

not just ‘haha i disagree with you scumbag’, but real deep down pig fu4king a$$hole scumbags.

go brietbart yourselves. [[oh no -- death threat -- actually not, just an expressed emotional wish based on someone's reprehensible immoral behavior]

freshface on March 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Believing he’s successfully intimidated a commenter by outing her and embarrassing her including with a racist crack, and possibly causing harm to her job prospects, real life, or safety for all I know by outing her, our hero Lanceman then turns his sites to the real problem:

! Now, what about that DBear? He’s annoying, too. Can you make him disappear? ;-D

cynccook on March 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Harder to make gay men like him and Kenin disappear. Since they have zero shame, nothing fazes them.

Lanceman on March 13, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Yeah, Lanceman is a real prince. Tolerant as all get go. A real credit to the right.

And if that was a “joke”? A real funny one, coming from someone like that.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

aunursa on March 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I unfriend when they go batshite. Scrape them off your shoes.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with.

 

I might as well argue with a lawn gnome, you all have the same intelligence.
 
DBear on March 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

rogerb on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Tolerance is a good thing in moderation.

Dr Evil on March 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

All kidding aside, I think it depends on what’s being tolerated.

I think there is a lot to be said for drawing the line on some things.

I am for zero tolerance on the kind of tyranny that would seek to impose equal outcomes for all instead insuring of equal opportunities for everyone.

That, and, of course, the Dutch.

MessesWithTexas on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I had been playing lose and easy with my BP pill. Not anymore.
Besides-I’m too evil to go anywhere. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

We go back to the Infamous Can’t We Just All Get Along Get Together Event!!
—————-

Tucson shooting survivor arrested after threatening Tea Party member
March 17 2011
***************

James Fuller,who was injured in Arizona shooting spree,

shouted ‘You’re dead’ at Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries
March
(More….)
==========

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/17/tucson-shooting-survivor-arrested-threat

canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

You’re unhinged. Your comment about violence after Lanceman’s barb was much worse.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yep, all one has to do is read the comments at HA.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I’m not a big fan of Ron Paul, but I’ll give you a pass. I respect you, dude.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The book that really started Ann Coulter’s writing career was Slander, about exactly this point. Ironic, considering how often she’s been attacked for being, you know, mean.

(Technically, it was her second book. But the first one was about the case for impeachment of Bill Clinton, was much more serious in tone, and didn’t sell all that well.)

tom on March 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Limbaugh’s characterization of the media applies to liberal debaters as well. They’re “drive-by.” Spew out the talking points and move on, quickly. No time to review the “facts” or analyze their arguments, both of which fall apart on closer examination.

When they do stick around, or “take a stand,” they tend to sink into their own quicksand, under the weight their own accumulating absurdities. See the Fluke thing.

de rigueur on March 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I have been friended-and then quickly defriended- by former classmates(maybe a dozen) who refuse to associate with a conservative.
annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Sounds like you’re the one who came out ahead on the deal.

tommyboy on March 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You’re unhinged. Your comment about violence after Lanceman’s barb was much worse.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

That will have no real-world negative effect on his life. What Lanceman was trying to do to her could have grievous effects.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The Academy is a high school. I was a voice major-and even @ 14 I was conservative. My teachers and classmates were certain that I was going through a phase. When they discovered that I was still conservative @ 40-I turn 42 this fall-they wanted nothing to do with me.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

KateNE on March 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM
redmama on March 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’m sorry and call me anti-social but if the people you were dealing with were that petty, and in some cases involved their children, are they really worth being around? I have friends that don’t fully agree with me politically but we don’t let it affect our friendships. If something is worthwhile it survives if not then it wasn’t worth it in the first place if you ask me.

bbinfl on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

You are the only one who can bring your death threat over here. Will you or not? If I were a betting man. I’d bet against you having the confidence to re post it here on an active thread. Why won’t you try it?

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Random, you azz, no one outed anyone. It’s all there by a simple Google. Waaaaay more than what you lised. It can be found in one second.

You fools – if you don’t want to be outed dont’ post stuff on the internet, for all to see.

What a swine you are, with apologies to the real clean pigs.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I have noticed many liberal-type blogs and websites will eliminate one’s comment to a topic of discussion if it does not parrot the agenda of the owners. If one is not completely agreeing with their message, they delete the comment and many times ban the commenter.
To name a couple: BoingBoing.com , http://www.newyorker.com, any “global warming” site.

albill on March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Why is the DNC waging a War on liberty?

Chip on March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Your vile comment in the QOTD was removed. You’re on borrowed time.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

“Superior liberal tolerance is such a fact that they will scream at you if you dare to disagree or debate them,….”

Well, at least they haven’t fully caught up to their buddies the Islamists and cut your head off. Yet.

William Teach on March 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Today’s American liberal is a Stalinist. The worst kind of intolerant authoritarian. They are more insufferable in positions of power IMHO.

tom daschle concerned on March 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Which is why I’m wondering if the root problem is simply being intolerant of something they view as inferior because they have an actual case to be made that what they disagree with is truly inferior, or if they’re so ignorant that they really have no leg to stand on with regards to calling ANYTHING inferior

I wonder which they would find to be more offensive, being called “intolerant,” or “ignorant.”

I guess I’m saying that referring to them as “intolerant” might presuppose that they have a coherent worldview that can be compared to others, whereas “ignorance” just writes off their intolerance as irrationality, as they don’t know enough to be able to judge anything they’re unfamiliar with, in the first place.

mintycrys on March 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

All 3 work for me: Intolerant, Ignorant, Irrantional

Call them the “Three I’s of Liberalism”

Bitter Clinger on March 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

That will have no real-world negative effect on his life. What Lanceman was trying to do to her could have grievous effects.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Do you really want that to happen to someone? Why would you say that?

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I might as well argue with a lawn gnome, you all have the same intelligence.

DBear on March 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I think that might be this one’s problem. She thinks she is arguing with lawn gnomes, to which she feels– without any reason that a rational observer can discern– superior. I don’t think she likes the way they talk back to her, either.

de rigueur on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

What Lanceman was trying to do to her could have grievous effects.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Liar!!! It’s all out there on Google, all about her. Lanceman exposed none of it.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The Academy is a high school. I was a voice major-and even @ 14 I was conservative. My teachers and classmates were certain that I was going through a phase. When they discovered that I was still conservative @ 40-I turn 42 this fall-they wanted nothing to do with me.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Being a conservative and obtaining a “Liberal Art’s” degree is apparently some kind of unpardonable sin. Which I’m pretty sure is why you hear about so few musicians or actors admitting to being conservatives.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Your vile comment in the QOTD was removed. You’re on borrowed time.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Final warning stuff …

Or any minute now?

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Why is the DNC waging a War on liberty?

Chip on March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Probably for the same reason so-called conservatives are.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

What Lanceman was trying to do to her could have grievous effects.
Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The only possible “grievous effect” would be self inflicted.

tommyboy on March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Over the last weekend HotAir posted about a Facebook page promoting a sex strike by leftist females.

Yesterday the page owner wiped out all postings and locked all comment input. They could not tolerate a debate on their own issue. Link to that page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/268707003204718/

trapeze on March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I’m returning to school this year to finish my BA…in history.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I have noticed many liberal-type blogs and websites will eliminate one’s comment to a topic of discussion if it does not parrot the agenda of the owners. If one is not completely agreeing with their message, they delete the comment and many times ban the commenter.

Try commenting at RedState. You can agree with them 100%, and be making an ironic nuanced joke, your first one, and be banned fortwith.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Do you really want that to happen to someone? Why would you say that?

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Is a big LIAR, just like the Rush agitators. They make things up from nothing.

The info is all out on Google, all of it. None here exposed anyone.

The leftie fools put their info out there to be seen.

Because they are so dumb, they blame people in here. Don’t fall for it.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

My neighbor with the Co-Exist bumper sticker has to be the most intolerant drunk I’ve ever met

shollen on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I have been wondering about how successful have liberals been in getting advertisers to boycott Fox News? It seems to me that they have been very successful. How much has this hurt News Corp’s bottom line?

thuja on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Looks like HA has a new Sturmabteilung

Terror must be broken by terror

Right?.

tom daschle concerned on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

*forthwith

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Yep, all one has to do is read the comments at HA.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

What you really mean to say is that people won’t robotically agree with you. If you don’t like debate, disagreement or heated back and forths, there are intolerant alternatives you may wish to inhabit instead.

NotCoach on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

They have that prerogative. They are still private. I know, if you’d have your wishes…they’d be confiscated.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Probably for the same reason so-called conservatives are.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Can we leave Mitt Romney out of one thread?

tom daschle concerned on March 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

This comment section is a complete disaster and many of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Before open enrollment (which I, thankfully, took part in), the comments weren’t full of trolls, but whenever one left the safety of the bridge, the topic of conversation would change to troll-bashing en masse. Now that there are more people making snide leftist remarks, the commenting quality has just dropped. And not just this article. It’s in almost every article on the site now. It’s like you all have forgotten how to simply ignore. All it takes is one reply…ONE…to get the trollweed a-tumblin’, and it seems to pick up more and more commenters every second. Have you all forgotten how to ignore snide comments of no real substance?

You all are very easily baited. This coming from a highly experienced 4chan/SA troll. Just don’t respond to them. Before open enrollment, I wanted to comment here. Now? Most of the good comments are lost in a sea of flamebait.

/rant

mintycrys on March 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I don’t think she likes the way they talk back to her, either.

de rigueur on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I know my wife’s don’t. I just look at them and contemplate throwing them into the neighbors yard.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I unfriended a musician once that I had been following because she turned her FB page into a political rant forum. I relish a good political arguement but I wasn’t following her for that. I was just interested in her music. Does that count?

As Laura Ingraham wrote, “Shut up and sing”.

kurtzz3 on March 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The only possible “grievous effect” would be self inflicted.

tommyboy on March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

She put out all the info, on a varity of sites, connected it with her libtard nom, and unwittingly admitted to such info. Smart people know what they see.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

varity = variety, to be sure

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Your vile comment in the QOTD was removed. You’re on borrowed time.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Of course, it wouldn’t occur to this site to even warn Lanceman for trying to out another commenter’s Facebook page, drawing unwanted attention to the wrong woman. Or making a racist crack, asking if she has any white friends. Or following through with comments about how hard it is to drive off gay commenters because they have no shame.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

trapeze on March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Probably what they really couldn’t tolerate was the fact that they are beclowning themselves and being called out for it. They are super serial about their beclowning and no one has a right to laugh at them for it!

NotCoach on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

There is still a copy of your comment , all you have to do is copy and paste it onto this thread.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Final warning stuff …

Or any minute now?

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Best to make it a surprise.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

What you really mean to say is that people won’t robotically agree with you. If you don’t like debate, disagreement or heated back and forths, there are intolerant alternatives you may wish to inhabit instead.

NotCoach on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

No, I said what I meant. Of course there is going to be disagreement, but the profanity and name calling, among other things, is what I was referring to. But your reply is also a good example.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It would be interesting to know though if they really mean those things when they say them.

Random, what you crassly said to Lanceman, again, you couldn’t possibly mean any of that, could you?

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

You threatened another member. You can shut up about it, or find another website on which to threaten people.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Who said this stuff?

All opposition must be stamped into the ground

Coincidence?

tom daschle concerned on March 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Best to make it a surprise.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Ohhgrrrr! I’m never part of the inner circle.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

And who knows? Maybe I’m mistaken. I could see it occurring to Allahpundit or Ed Morrissey and I don’t know enough about Tina Korbe to know one way or another where she would lean.

But you? It would never occur to you, MadisonConservative, low-life defender.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Try commenting at RedState. You can agree with them 100%, and be making an ironic nuanced joke, your first one, and be banned fortwith.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Truthfully, being banned from that site would be a blessing.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I unfriended a musician once that I had been following because she turned her FB page into a political rant forum. I relish a good political arguement but I wasn’t following her for that. I was just interested in her music. Does that count?

As Laura Ingraham wrote, “Shut up and sing”.

kurtzz3 on March 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

It’s ok for entertainers, musicians and actors to have political opinions, it’s not ok for them to think that just because they are or have been successful as entertainers that their political opinions are of a greater significance or more valid than anyone elses.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

“Of course, it wouldn’t occur to this site to even….”

No it wouldn’t. If you don’t like it here then don’t let the door hit you on the butt on your way out.

tommyboy on March 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

No, I said what I meant. Of course there is going to be disagreement, but the profanity and name calling, among other things, is what I was referring to. But your reply is also a good example.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

A good example of what? Refusing to accept your narrative? Boy, if there was an ignore button I just might…not push it.

You easily toss around the word bigot in other threads, so it is clear you are not interested in debate or argument. You are upset people won’t shut up and agree with you.

NotCoach on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I missed that. What did he say?
*In words that aren’t bannable, please*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

There is still a copy of your comment , all you have to do is copy and paste it onto this thread.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Bring it over, please. I ‘love’ them hypocrits.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Funny, I still don’t see you re posting it here. Maybe as Dante has stated you will receive a blessing for it. Wish I could stick around to see you off if that ends up being the case, but I can’t. So until we meet again. Bu Bye.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Lanceman was clearly in jest about “driving away gay men”, because he was directly referring to one of the worst liberal trolls on this board. Facebook pages are publicly available, and easily searchable on Google.

Meanwhile, you wished violence on another member. Let it go, if you have any interest in staying a member yourself.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

And in related news, scientists have recently discovered that water is wet.

CJ on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Bring it over, please. I ‘love’ them hypocrits.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I can’t, it is forboden for me to do so.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Of course, it wouldn’t occur to this site to even warn Lanceman

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

So I take it this can be construed as your official application to be Hot Air’s official Though Police Officer?

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

NotCoach on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I think you have me confused with someone else.

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

He stated, roughly, that someone should physically assault and injure Lanceman.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Random, Madison has a pair, something you could only dream of. Your troup is just a plankton bank.

You’re all like computer-generated gray people. None of you are interesting. You’re just vicious and will ultimately self-destruct, or be starved. The producers have had it with you.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

He stated, roughly, that someone should physically assault and injure Lanceman.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Lanceman is one of my buddies.
*Grrrrr*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Random, what you crassly said to Lanceman, again, you couldn’t possibly mean any of that, could you?

I have (and never had, anymore than freshface did when he/she, understandably outraged, responded with something similar) no plans to carry it out. I don’t even know who the guy is.

You can assume that, while I don’t truck with her politics, a guy who thinks outing a fellow commenter’s personal identity at possibly risk to her livelihood and reputation, at a minimum, because he disagrees with her; subjects an uninvolved woman to unwanted public scorn and scrutiny; throws in a demeaning racial crack for good measure; and then talks about how much harder it is to intimidate gays from speaking because they have no shame … is not someone I feel a great deal of personal affection for.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Your troup is just a plankton bank.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

You foisters are merely marinating in your own perspicacity.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Of course, it wouldn’t occur to this site to even warn Lanceman

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

You are a Liar and a Dummy:

Lanceman on March 13, 2012 at 1:12 AM
I deleted your and JPeterman’s earlier comments and e-mailed you about this. Don’t do this again, please.

Allahpundit on March 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I know my wife’s don’t. I just look at them and contemplate throwing them into the neighbors yard.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I’m afraid I used to do that with the flamingos.

de rigueur on March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

He stated, roughly, that someone should physically assault and injure Lanceman.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Actually, my reading of Randoms parsed statement was wishing death on them, not just injury. See ya later.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

But you? It would never occur to you, MadisonConservative, low-life defender.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You’re not fit to carry MadCons jock. He’s defended both sides of the spectrum here.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

He stated, roughly, that someone should physically assault and injure Lanceman.
MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Wow, he didn’t even have the nads to threaten to do it himself? What a wimp.

tommyboy on March 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Man that’s a long walk back. Hope there is a bench and a water station on the way back.

tom daschle concerned on March 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You’re not fit to carry MadCons jock.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Gross

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Idiot, no one did any of that. It’s all out there, has been, still is, put out by herself. Your brain needs replacing.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I just ‘tweeted’ you-as a ‘hello’. I identified myself so you’ll know who it’s from.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Of course, it wouldn’t occur to this site to even warn Lanceman

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

You are a Liar and a Dummy:

Lanceman on March 13, 2012 at 1:12 AM
I deleted your and JPeterman’s earlier comments and e-mailed you about this. Don’t do this again, please.

Allahpundit on March 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I’m pleasantly not surprised. For I followed through with precisely this:

And who knows? Maybe I’m mistaken. I could see it occurring to Allahpundit or Ed Morrissey and I don’t know enough about Tina Korbe to know one way or another where she would lean.

But you? It would never occur to you, MadisonConservative, low-life defender.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Dante on March 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Troll.

MadisonConservative on March 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Actually, Random, I deleted their comments last night and warned them both in that thread to knock it off. Now here’s your warning: Stop hijacking threads.

Allahpundit on March 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I have (and never had, anymore than freshface did when he/she, understandably outraged, responded with something similar) no plans to carry it out. I don’t even know who the guy is.

Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Then why would you say it? Frankly, I don’t understand you at all. You made this big pronouncement on a headline article that you were going to stop commenting here altogether. Very dramatic and all. WTH?

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

a guy who thinks outing a fellow commenter’s personal identity
Random on March 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You either don’t actually understand the concept of “Outing” someone, or are intentionally being dishonest. You cannot out that which is already in the public domain.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Skimming through just this thread, the regular lib trolls here have proven the point. But then they prove it every day.

However, I have to say that some of the far right can be very intolerant as well – and we see that in HA on a fairly regular basis also. The problem is the leftists for the most part tend to be so incredibly illogical that it’s easy to get frustrated. But I’ve run into the same problem with the religious right, especially if you question creationism and the idea that the earth is only 6000 years old (despite all the proof otherwise).

dentarthurdent on March 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

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