While this editorial cartoon resembles Rush Limbaugh it could stand for any fringe person who is given a pulpit to spew lies and hatred. I must give credit to Jammer has written several interesting posts lately, the most recent title gave me the line of Flatulence in Broadcasting (a take off of Limbaugh’s Excellence in Broadcasting Network) which inspired this cartoon. Notice the acronym is F.I.B. Also interesting are Jammer’s posts on hatred and how the fringe becomes the mainstream. The only real error that I saw in the last post is that he only focused on the right fringe, while the left is alive and well (they just don’t get as good of ratings).
One difference though is when Olbermann spews lies and rants, he is is percieved as representing the left but not the Democratic Party. When Limbaugh does it, he is viewed as a party leader? How did this happen? Michael Steele and the moderates need to take back their party from the fringe elements. The fringe represents a small portion of the party yet are getting all the press.
The problem is when a person on the fringe of your beliefs is given a microphone and allowed to talk. Are YOU going to let that person talk for you? Because if you do and say nothing when you disagree with thier words or actions, the fringe is percieved as the Mainstream. When the first Tea Party rally happened in Cincinnati, there were a handful of people who held up nasty and sometimes racist signs about Obama. Who do you think got the press? And while there were some in the crowd who told them to take it down, there were others who chose to ignore it.
You have two choices in that case, either disassociate yourself from the group entirely or stand up when someone is misrepresenting your opinion. If you don’t, their opinion becomes your opinion in the minds of others. There are plenty of websites, that I no longer like to comment on anymore because the owners allow political bile to go beyond discourse. I am all for freedom of speech but remember that YOU control your website. You allow this to happen on a regular basis and their views will become the perception of your beliefs.