The Extraordinary Chutzpah of John Fund

John Fund has a column at National Review Online that will leave your jaw agape at the astonishing chutzpah on display. Without a hint of irony, Fund actually asks why liberals are so rude to conservatives. You might want to put away your irony meters for this one. Referring to an article written by someone making the same claim, under the name Leften Right, he says:

All too often the difference between left and right in what should be “polite circles” is quite sharply drawn. Conservatives think liberals have bad ideas and liberals think conservative are bad people. “It’s cool to be rude if you’re a liberal,” Leften Right concludes. Just ask Al Franken, a supposed comedian who became a U.S. senator after a career of ad hominem attacks on his adversaries. He received no pushback for entitling one of his books “Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot.” Rush at least apologized for his nasty crack about pro-choice activist Sandra Fluke being a “slut.”

In liberal-comic world no slur is too slimy, whether it’s old cracks about Reagan having Alzheimer’s his entire life or new ones about Sarah Palin being a “moosehead.” Comic Sandra Bernhard tweeted when Dick Cheney had a heart transplant last year that “they took his old one to a toxic waste site and they rejected it.” Roseanne Barr weighed in with “I agree we have the right to die as we choose — I just hope Cheney would exercise that right.”

This is not to say that conservatives haven’t made bad jokes about Barack Obama, but liberal comics have until lately given the president a notorious pass. They save their venom for hated figures on the right. Dave Letterman once had Bill O’Reilly on as a guest, largely to accuse him of dishing out crap. “Have you ever seen my show?” O’Reilly asked. “I wouldn’t stoop so low,” Letterman replied graciously, his audience howling.

Leften Right concludes liberals “have no shame.”

Remember, he’s writing this on the website that was only a short time ago being edited by the guy who wrote a book called Liberal Fascism. By a guy who is on the same side of the fence with Ann Coulter. While Republican members of Congress accuse Obama of being an illegal alien who is on the side of the terrorists. While belonging to a party whose agenda is now being driven by a Tea Party movement that routinely accuses Obama, and all liberals, of being communists and fascists. And he wrote that, presumably with a straight face. No shame indeed.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …while belonging to the party that coined the phrase “second-amendment remedy.”

  • bahrfeldt

    Regarding Al Franken’s book titles, I have always felt that Limpbag should have been referred to as the “Lying Liar” while Faux News represented the ultimate “Big Fat Idiot”.

    As for the “a supposed comedian” remark, this reminds me of when Faux, after having used some of LL Cool J’s footage without permission for their self-promotion, back off with the sulking comment that they wished him good luck with his “fledgling career”.

  • mikey

    Limbaugh apologized? Guess I missed that.

  • scienceavenger

    This is straight out of the creationist handbook. Never mind the rank dishonesty on our side, scream bloody murder when the other side calls us on it. Waaah! Why are you calling us racists when we say racist things? Waaah!

    No one gave Al Franken pushback for calling Rush a big fat idiot because Rush is, demonstrably, a big fat idiot. Sarah Palin’s intellect is called into question because of all the moosehead-like things that she says. Sandra Fluke, on the other hand, is not, in any way that matters, a slut.

    Facts matter. Reality matters, whether you think it has a liberal bias or not.

  • scienceavenger

    …Al Franken, a supposed comedian…

    Oh, and when one is complaing about being treated rudely by the other side, it would help to not be rude in doing so. Al Franken, for many years, did, in fact, make his living as a comedian. Now one may not care for his comedy, but that would make him a comedian one doesn’t like, not a “supposed” comedian. Many of us think Dane Cook sucks ass, but I don’t recall anyone callng him a “supposed” comedian.

    Again, reality matters. Don’t want to be treated rudely? Stop being rude.

  • doublereed

    @5 scienceavenger

    Whoa whoa whoa, what’s this “reality matters” stuff? Since when???

  • dugglebogey

    I recall an entire year when Rush Limbaugh called Chelsea Clinton a dog. She was 13 years old at the time.

    Because nothing is less rude than going after someone’s children because you disagree with their politics. And since all 13-year old girls are very secure about their looks, there’s no harm in calling them ugly every day on national TV and radio shows.

    The right is covered in fucking filth from head to toe. This guy is completely full of shit.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Fund totally misses the point that a large part of the humor of Franken’s book title was the contrast between the juvenile nature of the title itself and the academic subtitle (“… and other observations”), along with the thoughtful, pipe-smoking pose Franken adopted in the cover photo.

  • matty1

    @4

    Sandra Fluke, on the other hand, is not, in any way that matters, a slut.

    True, but it is also true slut should not be an insult. People’s sexuality is their own fucking business and if that includes whatever number of partners makes Aunt Bessie call for the fainting couch so what, it is still their own fucking business.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Rush at least apologized for his nasty crack about pro-choice activist Sandra Fluke being a “slut.”

    “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choice.” ~ Rush Limbaugh (viaNBC)

     

    And, in the spirit the above was given, I’d like to use this space for an apology;

    My choice of words, when I called Mr Fund a “malevolent, duplicitous, amoral, shit-covered little troll” was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to both Mr Fund for the insulting word choice.

  • wildbill

    just another example of the crybaby conservative mentatlity.

  • baal

    More projection / obfuscation in support of the right wing bubble reality. Lies they tell themselves to make themselves feel better.

  • Who Knows?

    “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choice.” ~ Rush Limbaugh

    I was going to ask, what is so funny about calling a woman a slut. Then I realized, a man-whore like Rush Limbaugh calling someone else a slut is kind of funny. But not for the reasons he thinks it’s funny.

  • Chiroptera

    Without a hint of irony, Fund actually asks why liberals are so rude to conservatives.

    Actually, acknowledging reality isn’t really being rude. And the reality is that conservatives these days really are ignorant, stupid, and possible insane.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    Mr. Fund, like so many conservative commentators, is so wrapped up in his false reality that he doesn’t even realize the Guardian piece that prompted his column was satire. The byline “Leften Wright” should have given it away.

  • http://thelogicaloutlook.blogspot.com Kathy Orlinsky

    Where on the rudeness continuum does threatening to shoot people fall?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ ^ Kathy Orlinsky : depends how you make that threat actually :

    Excuse me, madam, but if you don’t put your gun down now I’m aferaid I;m going tobe oblige dto shoot you = polite.

    FUCKEN* drop the gun NOW* scumbag or I’ll fill ya full of more FUCKEN** lead than a Whyalla school rug-rat** you fucken scumbag!! = rude.

    There’s a time and a place and away to say almost everything y’know.

    ** Shouting caps is deliberate emphasis of rudeness.

    * South Aussie in-joke which no one willget. probably. No offence tho those who do. But yeah, highlead levels in Whyalla are an issue.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Typos too late / early for me as usual. For clarity – polite version :

    Excuse me, madam, but if you don’t put your gun down now I’m afraid I am rather going to be obliged to shoot you, terribly sorry about this but I really am, milady = polite.

    Also that’s : .. a time and a place and a way

    In addition to :

    * South Aussie in-joke which no one here will get. Probably. No offence intended to those who do. But, yeah, high lead levels in Whyalla are notoriously an issue. (Also despite Tony Abbott’s predictions to the contrary Whyalla still exists although its been a long while since I visited there.)

    My spacing always seem to go off at this end of the night / start of the morn. Sigh.

  • unnullifier

    Do Republicans experience time in a way that no other living thing does? Al Franken’s Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations was published in 1996, Limbaugh’s bullshit spewing about Sandra Fluke occurred in 2012. That’s a 16 year gap being complained about here. If Fund has to go that far into the past to dredge up manufactured outrage, he might be trying too hard.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “He received no pushback for entitling one of his books “Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot.””

    Just how stupid can these people be? Franken’s book title was intended to be ironic. It was a parody of Limbaugh’s preferred debating style, which consists almost entirely of insults. (Limbaugh even has the lack of self-awareness to call other people fat.)

  • scienceavenger

    @19 It’s just a function of how old the party is. The older you get, the more time seems recent. Witness Mitt Romney’s comedy favorites: Laurel and Hardy, and the Keystone Cops, or Wayne LaPierre’s examples of bad social influences: Natural Born Killers and Mortal Kombat. When you’re 60+, 1993 can seem like yesterday. What do you think the “O” in GOP stands for anyway?

  • oranje

    #9: I completely agree. I mean, I like variety in my sex life. It’s built into my long-term relationship. But because I’m male, that’s viewed positively (generally); if I were female, there would be negative connotations. Too much harkening to the (tragically) established notion of women being property.

    I’m sorry, was I being rude pointing that out?

    This is generally how the right keeps the left off balance: coordinate that message of rudeness or hate or anger enough and the opposition softens its rhetoric and tries other approaches. Which is the only chance the right has of being elected, because their merits and logic should disqualify many of them.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    scienceavenger, it’s “orgasm”. The party has changed a lot. True story.

  • kermit.

    And who can forget “nattering nabobs of negativism”!

    .

    (Spoken by vice-president Agnew, but written by Wm. Safire.)

    .

    OK, Agnew was a jerk but any string of insults that sends me to the dictionary is alright by me. Remember when we learned from right wing insults?

    .

    And when their criticism sometimes had substance?

  • gshelley

    I wasn’t totally sure the Guardian piece was satire. It was so out of touch with reality, and the examples so contrary to the argument it was trying to make, that it should be, but it wasn’t so far off the things people really thing that I could be 100% sure

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Shorter Fund: Liberals are bad people because they say conservatives are bad people and conservatives don’t say that liberals are bad people, even though they are, which is why I’m saying they’re bad people.

  • dan4

    O’Reilly once invited al-Qaida to bomb Coit Towers in San Francisco…but, of course, Letterman suggesting to him that he wouldn’t stoop so low as to watch his show is just the HEIGHT of rudeness.

  • mildlymagnificent

    StevoR … I get it, but ….. I thought it was Port Pirie with the lead problem. Does Whyalla have a lead smelter too?