Posted on | February 16, 2013 | 16 Comments
Apparently, though, and without our knowing it, you and I have passed through an inter-dimensional portal and have entered a black-is-white, up-is-down twilight zone in which asking for information pertaining to a public figure constitutes participation not only in a McCarthyite “smear machine,” but also in a “campaign, orchestrated by controversial anti-Arab figures,” with the goal of “smearing and intimidating the Arab-American community.” . . . The line separating inquiry and bigotry is, it would seem, rather thin.
Yesterday, I saw Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball rant for 10 minutes about Sen. Ted Cruz as a latter-day Joe McCarthy for having dared to ask questions about possible ties between Hagel and foreign governments. Chuck Hagel isn’t just some random citizen who has been grabbed off the street for interrogation about his loyalties.
No, Chuck Hagel is under consideration as Secretary of Defense, and the Senate therefore has every right — indeed, it has a solemn duty — to investigate his associations with groups that seem rather secretive about their funding.
The accusation that journalists or senators asking relevant questions are engaged in fomenting “hate” particularly angers Jeff Goldstein:
[W]hen “news” becomes intertwined with activism, it is no longer news. It becomes perforce a narrative aimed at advancing a story in a particular ideological direction, and – in many cases – it uses rhetorical tricks, bias by omission and commission, and “talking point memos” or press-releases, already slanted by nature of their provenance, to stand in as supposedly reporter-produced interaction or reportage.
The disturbing fact that we continue to allow interest groups to hide behind phony and baseless charges of racism or harassment – which, when law-enforcement is introduced, is meant to create the conditions whereby reporters will hesitate to pursue a certain line of inquiry – is a national tragedy, and a direct result of the corruption of language through the twin pillars of the leftist’s structural attack on individualism and classical liberalism as born out of the (steadily deconstructed) Enlightenment: political correctness and identity politics.
It’s odd that so many liberals nowadays seem to be willing to suppress First Amendment freedoms in the name of “progress.”