The backlash at the New Yorker is typical. The left wing’s sacred cow has been defiled and the shrieking, designed to silence and instill fear, has commenced in earnest.
“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”
The countless cartoons depicting George Bush as an ape are not tasteless? Or Bush Hitler connection? The MSM did not rise up on its collective hind legs over this tasteless humor. But the orthodoxy surrounding the tale of the Chicago Messiah must be protected at all costs. So in this case a stalwart ally is savaged. That’s OK, the New Yorker will crawl out from under the bus, and soon a cartoon depicting Obama in the correct ‘lite’ will be proffered as penance.
It appears that since the fear campaign known as Political Correctness, or PC has not managed to shut down the pajamahadeen then the boys at Google decided to do it themselves as reported in the NYT ‘BITS’ section.
Did Google use its network of online services to silence critics of Barack Obama? That was the question buzzing on a corner of the blogosphere over the last few days, after several anti-Obama bloggers were unable to update their sites, which are hosted on Google’s Blogger service.
The number of sites was seven, not several, but the gray lady has been suffering from journalistic senility the past 20 years, so I chalk it up as remarkable that the water carriers for the Democrat party reported this at all. The claim that these sites were not targeted is laughable as this kind of thing requires human action.
Seven blogs run by Democrats who oppose Obama’s nomination for the presidency were incorrectly flagged as spam sites by Blogger, the hosting service Google has owned since 2003. Google says it was an automated response from a spam filter.
But the bloggers believe that Web surfers who support Obama took advantage of a loophole in Blogger’s system that allows readers to report spam blogs, the artificial Web sites that abound on the Internet and are used to promote other sites.
“It appears that [Blogger's] policy can be manipulated by people determined to shut down the free exchange of ideas,” said Carissa Snedeker, whose blog, BlueLyon, was among those that were frozen.
This is classic. The left wing, typified by the likes of is shouting ‘censorship’ when they are called on being the windbags like Rosie O’Donnell. The interesting thing is the ongoing censoring of good news from Iraq and Afganistan. Nothing to see, move along.
More typical of left wing censorship is on going intellectual pogrom on college campuses. Hate speech is defined as anything that annoys or offends some left wing loon. The banning of reading of books that have scary words is another pastime of the left wing campus thought police.
Sampson’s troubles began last year when a co-worker complained after seeing him reading a book titled “Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan.”
It appears that study of American history can be more radical than one would imagine.
Sampson, a 58-year-old white janitor and student majoring in communication studies, said he tried to explain that the book was a historical account.
I have an interest in American history,” Sampson said. “I was trying to educate myself
But Sampson says his union official likened the book to bringing pornography to work, and the school’s affirmative action officer in November told Sampson his conduct constituted racial harassment.
You used extremely poor judgment by insisting on openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your black co-workers,” Lillian Charleston wrote in a letter to Sampson.
I guess its OK to get hysterical over nothing when dealing with a middle age white guy, a.k.a. a redneck. Harassment of the non-protected class is okey dokey.
If the bloggers who got targeted where Obama supporters the story would have appeared on the NYT’s front page not the BITS section. If a member of the LBGT community where targeted for reading something, the story would be a lead on the 6 O’clock news. Because the websites are against the DEMOCRAT presidential candidate and because this guy is some uneducated middle aged white guy (who can’t jump) the media is giving these stories short shrift. Now, that is not censorship?
You do not have to burn down the building with the printing press or have a bonfire of books to engage in censorship. The two acts I mentioned where brought to you by the Communists and the National Socialists. All you need to do is silence through intimidation and kangaroo courts, or have a left wing media establishment with an agenda.
Other left wing types who support censorship, like the Communist Chinese, currently still have a state run press. Chavez, the self appointed Castro of the 21st century, also shut down the free press in his country. I am not sure why the left feels it cannot win in an open forum. Still, we have no real worries, its not like it really can happen here. Ask Nancy Pelosi, she is a champion of free speech.