3 Reasons Why Wonkette Self-destructed by Publishing a Hit Piece on Trig Palin [Updated]
posted at 1:14 pm on April 22, 2011 by Susannah Fleetwood
For the last several days, Twitter has been all aflutter with stories about a supposedly horrific attack on Trig Palin by the liberal website Wonkette. After seeing the uproar on Twitter, I remember thinking to myself, “Could this column from Wonkette attacking Trig (on his third birthday) really be as bad as everyone says?” Well, I decided to take a look at the infamous column in question and I am here to tell you that, yes, the column is just God-awful and offensive to anyone who doesn’t suffer from terminal tackiness. For example, here is the first paragraph from this abomination:
That strange man yelling unintelligibly at Sarah Palin? He’s merely a lowly shepherd proclaiming the birth of our savior. Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.) It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are privileged to live in a time when we can witness the greatest prop in world political history.
Furthermore, Jack Stuef, the author of this garbage, seems to be very bothered by the fact that some woman wrote a poem for Trig and posted it on the blog Team Sarah. Here is Mr. Stuef’s lovely response to the poem about Trig:
“Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
A mother’s soft lullaby…the soft touch of her hand…the soft sound of her voice as she says “I Love You”
Dream on little boy as the Angels stand guard”
What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.
And it only gets worse from there (Jenny Erickson has some of the awful comments that the readers of the column made here). Stuef has a video up where a comedian–other than Bill Maher—calls Sarah Palin the “C-word” (among other things), and Stuef even manages to take a cheap shot at Piper Palin. (But hey, we all know that Piper’s got it coming anyway just for being a Palin, right?)
Liberal blogger, Tommy Christopher of Mediate, hit it out of the park when he wrote the following with regard to this disgusting piece of filth:
Hey, that’s really funny, calling Trig a gentleman scholar because he has Down Syndrome. And the speculation that Todd Palin may have raped his daughter? Pure comedy gold. You know what will be even funnier? The first time Jack Stuef runs into Todd Palin. That one practically writes its own punchline.
Now, if drawing the ire of the Twitterverse–as well as conservative bloggers everywhere (and a few liberal bloggers)–wasn’t bad enough, Wonkette has wound up losing a total of nine advertisers thus far. So, the question is, why would Wonkette engage in such hateful and self-destructive behavior? Well, there are actually three reasons, and if you will bear with me, I will thoroughly explain them all to you.
1.) Many liberals’ favorite pastime seems to be hating Sarah Palin.
I have written a lot in the past about liberals’ love-affair with hating Sarah Palin. For instance, I’m sure that many of you are aware of the mainstream media’s immediate, hateful leap to blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for Jared Lee Loughner’s murder spree in Arizona back in January. The liberal MSM blamed her because she had a target map putting certain districts in the “crosshairs”….but wait, that fell apart because the Democrats had a similar target map for the 2010 elections. Then, it was because she used incendiary language like, “Don’t retreat, just reload”….but wait, liberals conveniently forgot that Barack Obama had said, “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun”. So, in a nutshell, liberals were reduced to arguing, “We hate Sarah Palin because she exists; therefore, she must have inspired some far-left, paranoid schizophrenic–who never even saw her target map–to commit mass murder.” Pathetic.
Now, liberals’ hatred of all things Sarah Palin has also included her family, as well as her uterus, for some time now. Last December, I wrote a piece titled, “Sarah Palin Makes Liberals Act Like Weirdos” where I documented how Bill Maher called Bristol Palin a “Hillbilly Heroine”, how Sandra Bernhard called Bristol Palin a “hooker”, how Kathy Griffin called Bristol Palin “fat” in front of a group of US soldiers (who promptly booed her), how screenwriter Aaron Sorkin compared Sarah Palin to Michael Vick for hunting a caribou, how Andrew Sullivan attacked sixteen year old Willow Palin for her Facebook postings, and finally, how Andrew Sullivan has gone on a two year long crusade to prove that Trig Palin is not really Sarah Palin’s son.
[Furthermore, last fall, Michael Gross wrote a gross column for Vanity Fair where he wrote about Sarah Palin’s underwear, admitted to asking the local people of Alaska about Todd and Sarah Palin’s sex life, and even interviewed/had dinner with Joe McGinniss….you know, the creep who moved in next door to the Palin family in order to better stalk them.]
So, the question is why have so many mainstream liberals turned hatred of all things Sarah Palin into a creepy spectator sport? Simple. First of all, because they can. (Who is going to call them on it–the MSM? Don’t make me laugh.) Second of all, because many liberals see conservative women (as well as conservative African-Americans) as traitors, or as “suffering from Stockholm Syndrome” (to quote Janeane Garofalo). I recently wrote a column where I explained how feminism is not really about standing up for women’s rights any more, but is currently more about political correctness, multiculturalism and making sure that women check all the right boxes with their belief system (pro-abortion–check, pro-multiculturalism–check)–and, Sarah Palin refuses to check any of the boxes that liberals want checked.
In fact, I’m not certain if liberals really hate Sarah Palin as much as they think they do, or if they just hate her for what she represents–a successful conservative female face of the Republican Party who is currently standing in Barack Obama’s way. (Robert Stacy McCain has an excellent column out today where he points out that liberals first hated Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Primary, when she was the one standing in Obama’s way–now, they have transferred their hatred onto Sarah Palin.) I will even go so far as to predict that if another female conservative figure comes along–and Sarah Palin decides not to run for president–then you will see many liberals immediately transfer their Palin rage onto her. (To see evidence of this hatred transferal phenomenon, look no further than the fact that Jack Stuef–the class act who wrote that disgusting piece of filth about Trig Palin–also wrote another column yesterday attacking Michele Bachmann for having a lot of children and foster children.)
Now, onto the second reason why Wonkette self-destructed by publishing a grotesque hit piece on Trig Palin.
2.) Many on the Left live in an echo chamber where the MSM, Hollywood and academia perpetually reassure them that they are right (even when they are clearly wrong), and that their opponents are evil.
Many in the liberal MSM (like The New York Times, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, ect.), academia and Hollywood have created a narrative where they perpetually tell their readers, viewers and students that people who disagree with them are not simply wrong or misguided–but instead, are intrinsically evil, “racist, redneck teabaggers”. In other words, the MSM, academia and Hollywood have effectively “otherized” conservatives by making them seem, evil, racist and strange, and by implying to fellow liberals that, “Conservatives are not well-intentioned like us–they are bad people who want to see others hurt; therefore, it is OK to say whatever you want about them”. For example, see the following video below where Bill O’Reilly shreds many in the liberal MSM for implying that Sarah Palin and other conservatives caused the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, because they are for welfare reform and are against open borders (again, propagating the meme that, “If you disagree with us, you are not wrong, you are evil–and, even capable of inciting mass murder”).
Now, to see proof that Bill O’Reilly is right, one only has to look at members of the MSM calling patriotic Americans, who were private citizens exorcising their First Amendment rights, “teabaggers” (which is a vile sexual slur) night after night after night. Or, one can look at Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman the c-word repeatedly in his stand-up routine (Tommy Christopher is the only liberal that I’m aware of that has publicly called Maher out on his misogyny–no other liberal has called for “civility” from Maher)…or, Maher saying that the Founding Fathers would have “hated the Tea Party’s guts”. Or, one can look to the email sent out Monday morning by a University of Iowa professor (from her college email account) telling the College Republicans, “F*** you!”. And finally, one can just listen to a montage of hateful quotes from Ed Schultz of MSNBC “otherizing” Republicans as evil people who “want to see you dead” and “want another terrorist attack to happen”.
[Could any of you imagine the fallout if Bill O’Reilly said any of those things about Democrats? I rest my case.]
Now, onto the third reason why Wonkette self-destructed by allowing Jack Stuef to write a vile hit piece on Trig Palin and the Palin family.
3.) Because of points 1 and 2, liberals have developed some really bad habits when it comes to arguing and making their points.
I call this “the Pauline Kael effect”. Every liberal entertainer, professor and pundit that most liberals respect call Republicans “teabaggers” and “racists”, say horrific things about Sarah Palin, and even spread internet rumors about her son not being hers, or her husband sleeping with her daughter (and yes, Andrew Sullivan and Bill Maher are both mainstream liberal figures–they are not the fringe). Therefore, many of them don’t know anybody who thinks that this is unacceptable behavior, so they assume that “everyone is doing it” or would approve of it. So now, they think that anything goes for liberals expressing their point of view. Debating and trying to actually convince people that you are right is for wussies. If someone is disagreeing with you, shout them down. If you don’t like a politician, call them a four letter word and attack their family. If someone is arguing with you at a protest, then curse them out–and maybe even hit them in the head with a sign for good measure. Who is going to call you out on it–The New York Times? Please! They only write op-eds criticizing the Tea Party for waving flags at their protests (and they might even call minorities in the Tea Party “a minstrel show”). However, they will never write an op-ed criticizing the WI protesters, because….well, they agree with them. And as far as Sarah Palin goes, well, you can pretty much say anything that you want about her, because The New York Times thinks that she’s an accessory to murder for using the same kind of target maps that Democrats use, because….well, they don’t agree with her. (See how it works?)
Now, if you think that I’m exaggerating about the tactics that liberals routinely use while debating, then I ask you to look no further than the two videos below. The first one is of Ed Schultz of MSNBC shouting down a liberal caller for disagreeing with him about jobs going to China–Shultz starts off by telling the guy to “stick it up your’s”. (I’m not kidding.)
The second video is a montage of the WI protesters narrated by Mary Katherine Ham–and, it ends with my friend Tabitha Hale getting hit in the head with a sign. The video is called “The New M*therf***ing Tone” and it is hilarious (language warning for the video).
OK–could any of you imagine what would have happened if Bill O’Reilly had told a caller on his radio show to “stick it up your’s”, or if the Tea Party was caught on camera behaving like that at a protest?! The MSM would lead off the six o’clock news with either story and Katie Couric would be crying out for “civility” (which the MSM thinks only applies to conservatives), but I digress.
So, in conclusion, it seems that most everyone was kind of flabbergasted by the Wonkette hit piece on Trig Palin. However, I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong–I was appalled by the piece, but I wasn’t flabbergasted. I mean, in fairness to Jack Stuef, he was just parroting what many mainstream liberal pundits from MSNBC and the Daily Kos–as well as what Andrew Sullivan and Bill Maher–have been saying for years. Stuef is just a young, immature, college-aged kid who said it in a more in-your-face and obnoxious way. However, if liberals had been policing their own for the last several years, instead of only calling for civility from conservatives for printing target maps and waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, then maybe Stuef and his generation would have learned how to actually debate people instead of just practicing hatred as a spectator sport. Maybe this Wonkette hit piece on Trig Palin will serve as a crystallizing moment for some liberals–they have, now, stepped outside of the echo chamber and might realize that regular Americans don’t much care for their tactics. Maybe now, the Left might actually grow up and start really practicing the “civility” that it preaches. I won’t hold my breath, but I will hope for the best.
Update: Wonkette has since deleted the offensive column about Trig Palin; however, Dana Loesch was prescient enough to take a screenshot of part of the column, as well as the distasteful graphic that was at the top of the column. Furthermore, Steven Crowder has just released an awesome take-down of the Wonkette abomination–his video has the images, as well as parts of the Louis CK video, from the original Jack Stuef column.
Update #2: Due to the tireless efforts of a group of people on Twitter who refer to themselves as #TrigsCrew, Wonkette has now lost almost thirty advertisers thus far.