Lest anyone thing Erick Erickson is alone, there is a follow-up to my article this morning. It's an oped from Cheryl Chumley, the opinion editor of the Washington Times, who compared David Hogg to Nazi Brownshirts for calling on sponsors to pull their ads from Laura Ingraham's show, all because he had his "widdle feelings" hurt.
I would suggest that if Ms. Chumley thinks that calling for sponsors to drop their advertising is the equivalent of tactics by Nazi Brownshirts, she needs study history better before writing her next column. Even something as basic as "WWII for Dummies" would work. She could even make it easier on herself by skipping most of the book and jumping to the chapters on Kristallnacht and the Holocaust. Or just read "The Diary of Anne Frank" if she doesn't want to get too scholarly.
But further, there's something precious when Cheryl Chumley snarks that David Hogg had his "widdle feelings" hurt, yet she herself is outraged because he didn't accept Laura Ingraham's "apology." By the way, I suspect Mr. Hogg would take Ingraham's slams every single day to have his 17 friends shot to death back.
There's so much more in her harangue, which borders just on the good side of unhinged -- including her being unable to see what on earth was possible wrong about Laura Ingraham's forced "apology," made only because it was "Holy Week" and because sponsors were fleeing -- even to the point of saying it was totally unnecessary. Which is a very cavalier statement to make on behalf of someone else who had already seen eight of her sponsors leave, despite having made that weak apology. But it's not worth taking down every egregious cry, the Nazi Brownshirt garbage is plenty enough. But if you have it in you, the whole thing is here.
One thing the Cheryl Chumleys and Erick Erick Ericksons of the world, and other far-right ditto heads moaning about a 17-year-old kid who was shot at in a massacre and is not willing to accept the false "apology" of someone who attacked him don't understand is this: David Hogg and the others of the March for Our Lives movement aren't likely offended that people like Laura Ingraham say mean things about them -- they are outraged by people standing in the way of lessening gun violence.
Nell Minow reminds me that these outraged people at sponsors leaving "Fox News" hosts are the same ones who broke their Keurings in protest. And, yes, so they were, but in fairness I suspect they aren't doing that this time for one of two reasons: 1) they realized that it was really stupid because now they don't have their coffee maker, or 2) they have nothing left to smash.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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