Tuesday, March 27, 2012

OK Pete, I'll Explain the Difference

I usually manage to ignore Mr. LaBarbera for a month or two at a time. He is a sociopath who thrives on negative attention. His pathology is nearly identical to the cretins from Westboro Baptist Church. I won't link to his hate site, but Mr. LaBarbera is making a false equivalency between Dan Savage and Rush Limbaugh:

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill paid $18,5000 to homosexual activist Dan Savage -- creator of a vile hate-site "re-defining" Rick Santorum's last name as the by-product of anal sex -- as a guest speaker, just weeks before publicly disassociating from Rush Limbaugh over Rush's "offensive statements" about Sandra Fluke.

Last week, UNC-Chapel Hill announced that it was banning a local "Rush Radio" station, WRDU, from mentioning Limbaugh's show during broadcasts of Tar Heel basketball and football games. The university, citing Rush's "rude, inappropriate and offensive statements" about Fluke, also prohibits WRDU from referencing UNC or the Tar Heel Sports Network during Limbaugh's daily talk show.
What Dan Savage did was to ridicule, through satire, a very public figure     Rick Santorum. I would argue that what Dan did pales in comparison to the vileness of Mr. Santorum's attacks on LGBT people. However, my argument is irrelevant to the false comparison expressed by Mr. LaBarbera.

In contrast, Sandra Fluke is a "civilian" with limited access to the media and limited experience handling controversies. Limbaugh not only repeatedly denigrated Ms. Fluke unfairly but he completely misrepresented her concerns about the availability of contraceptives.

Bottom line:
  • Savage vs. Santorum is a fair fight.
  • Limbaugh vs Fluke is inherently unfair. Rush has an enormous advantage.
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