BLOG: The Phony Outrage Industry

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2012

I propose a new name for the politics industry, the industry that keeps thousands of Americans employed as full time politicians, political aides and paid political party officials. How about calling it the Phony Outrage Industry?

I thought about this when I read Bill Maher's description of how he deals with the radio show of right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh: "I find Rush Limbaugh obnoxious, but I’ve been able to coexist comfortably with him for 20 years by using this simple method: I never listen to his program. The only time I hear him is when I’m at a stoplight next to a pickup truck."

Mr. Maher's piece, "Please Stop Apologizing," is an enjoyable but probably futile editorial against the endless time that's taken up demanding that somebody apologize for one thing or another.

The latest controversy was about Robert DeNiro's quip at a fund raiser for Michelle Obama, where he joked, "Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

This, of course, was an affront to every right-thinking sentient creature in the Milky Way galaxy, and Mr. DeNiro was forced to apologize, sort of.

As Maher writes, "In the last year, we’ve been shocked and appalled by the unbelievable insensitivity of Nike shoes, the Fighting Sioux, Hank Williams Jr., Cee Lo Green, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Don Imus, Kirk Cameron, Gilbert Gottfried, the Super Bowl halftime show and the ESPN guys who used the wrong cliché for Jeremy Lin after everyone else used all the others. Who can keep up?"

Limbaugh recently got into trouble by referring to a law student, in the current controversy, as a "slut." That was offensive even by Rush's standards, and Limbaugh did apologize after days of criticism.

That hasn't stopped the ongoing social media crusade against Limbaugh that's designed to drive him off the air.

The crusade doesn't hurt Limbaugh, of course. He thrives on publicity.

I live for the day when someone will launch a national crusade against my blog. Someday, I hope to find the right words to offend Gawker, so that I can become a national figure, too.

Here's what I think the real purpose of the endless appeals to outrage.

This fall, the American people will decide a presidential contest. The showdown apparently will be between Barack Obama, currently pretending to be a Democrat while governing as a moderate Republican, and Mitt Romney, a moderate Republican currently pretending to be an extreme conservative in order to win the Republican nomination.

The only way to get people excited about such a choice is to fill them full of indignation about the other side.

The way that each side is spinning the contraception controversy offers a good example of this principle in action. An army of Republican partisans are pushing the notion that Democrats are trying to end freedom of religion and conducting a war on the Catholic church! Similarly, any Democrat will explain to you that the Republicans are waging a war on women, because all Republicans hate women!

The crusade against Rush is part of the Democratic Party's current "Republican war on women" meme.

 

Comments

The Big Dog's back

 But Repubs do hate women. 

Captain Gutz

In the 2010 midterms, the "gender gap" was reduced with women supporting GOP and Democratic candidates equally 49% to 49%.

Big Dog, you better start telling those 49% of women that they are hated by the party they voted for.

6079 Smith W

@ Mr. Jackson:

IMO, a well-thought out and well-written opinion piece.

You reminded me of the philosophy of Lenny Bruce, who according to my limited knowledge of him, believed that epithets are only in one's mind and their effectiveness and "sting" are lessened by their usage.

Why is it for example that many African-Americans use the "n" word with impunity, but Anglos may not?

Regarding Mr. Limbaugh; my first impression was:

Is there some American hermit who was unaware that he can often be inflammatory and controversial?

Lastly, in the entertainment industry it's been said: There is no such thing as bad publicity.

 

 

laker1
Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman

Updated: Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 6:19 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

ORLANDO - A witness we haven't heard from before paints a much different picture than we've seen so far of what happened the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.

The night of that shooting, police say there was a witness who saw it all.

Our sister station, FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.

What Sanford Police investigators have in the folder, they put together on the killing of Trayvon Martin few know about.

The file now sits in the hands of the state attorney. Now that file is just weeks away from being opened to a grand jury.

It shows more now about why police believed that night that George Zimmerman shouldn't have gone to jail.

Zimmerman called 911 and told dispatchers he was following a teen. The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to.

And from that moment to the shooting, details are few.

But one man's testimony could be key for the police.

"The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: 'help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911," he said.

Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.

The witness only wanted to be identified as "John," and didn't not want to be shown on camera.

His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman's claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman.

"When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point," John said.

Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.

Sanford police say Zimmerman was bloody in his face and head, and the back of his shirt was wet and had grass stains, indicating a struggle took place before the shooting. 
 

 

goofus

The problem is that Rush has become the main target of the left. I shudder to think of what this country would be like under no alternative media  like Rush's. Certainly cap and trade, card check, and amnesty for illegals would certainly have been implemented if it weren't for people like Rush. Here's the demographics

CABLE NEWS RACE
THURS., MARCH 23, 2012

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,733,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,905,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,616,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1.601,000
FOXNEWS FIVE 1,499,000
MSNBC MADDOW 988,000
CMDY DAILY SHOW 879,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 865,000
MSNBC O'DONNELL 818,000
MSNBC SHARPTON 817,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 791,000
CNN COOPER 738,000
CNN PIERS 703,000

The left always fails to realize that they are in the minority by a two to one margin.

Today's required reading

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/03/hush-rush-campaign-gears-up.php

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/03/dirty-libs-are-busted-robocall-scandal-about-to-break-wide-open-extent-of-scandal-has-national-implications-new-video/

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/03/it-begins-far-left-media-ties-trayvon-martin-killing-to-rush-limbaugh-video/

 

goofus

The problem is that Rush has become the main target of the left. I shudder to think of what this country would be like under no alternative media  like Rush's. Certainly cap and trade, card check, and amnesty for illegals would certainly have been implemented if it weren't for people like Rush. Here's the demographics

CABLE NEWS RACE
THURS., MARCH 23, 2012

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,733,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,905,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,616,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1.601,000
FOXNEWS FIVE 1,499,000
MSNBC MADDOW 988,000
CMDY DAILY SHOW 879,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 865,000
MSNBC O'DONNELL 818,000
MSNBC SHARPTON 817,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 791,000
CNN COOPER 738,000
CNN PIERS 703,000

The left always fails to realize that they are in the minority by a two to one margin.

Today's required reading

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/03/hush-rush-campaign-gears-up.php

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/03/dirty-libs-are-busted-robocall-scandal-about-to-break-wide-open-extent-of-scandal-has-national-implications-new-video/

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/03/it-begins-far-left-media-ties-trayvon-martin-killing-to-rush-limbaugh-video/

 

The Big Dog's back

 goof, not sure what you are trying to prove, we already know you right wingers get your "fake news" from fox and rush.

goofus

Laker 1, I find it amazing that the lamestream state run media is refering to Zimmerman as the White Zimmerman, when he is a mixed latino black  man from an interracial marriage!!!!

6079 Smith W

@ goofus:

Using the media's criteria regarding "interracial" in the FL shooting, does that mean that the U.S. has yet to elect a "black" prez? :)

 

goofus

Winston, you know William Jefferson Clinton WAS our first black president!!!!   Our present white president has finally voiced his opinion, ONE MONTH AFTER THE SHOOTING. Couldn't interrupt his golf game or Malia's spring break that we aren't supposed to know about LOL!!!!!!!

eriemom

 Do you guys really want to go there? Vacations and golf? Think Texas ranch and reading about goats while the country was under attack.

goofus: There are some demographics--southern--that do not include MSNBC as part of their cable packages.

eriemom

 You guys don't get that it does't matter what color this kid is/was. What happened was wrong. What would your white, brown, yellow son have done if he had been followed? Would he feel fear? Threatened? Why did the white, brown, yellow follower feel treatened by a kid in a hoodie walking down the street of his neigborhood?

How much of this is as a result of all the hate talk and demonizing of the poor? Exhibit 1: Sparkling Wiggles.

OMG.LOL.WT_

I watched Bill Maher last night too, for entertainment!

Also the main reason I read these comments,

6079 Smith W

@ eriemom:

I, unlike you are waiting for the "facts" in the case without falling for all the racially charged hype from "poverty pimps" like Rev. Al and our POTUS.

Ever been on the West side of Chicago? Lovely place.

When the blacks start marching, protesting and cleaning up their own human and social "trash," I might start givin' a sh*t.

BTW: I've driven by the Bush's Ranch in Crawford. Other than scrub brush, the area ain't much on landscaping.

 

goofus

I'm sure that if the south was polled as to their watching MSNBC the lead for Fox would be more laughable than a 2 to 1 advantage. Check out Pelosi's kid video

http://nation.foxnews.com/welfare/2012/03/19/i-m-here-tryin-get-some-obama-bucks-shocking-welfare-video-hbo-tried-kill

How much of this has nothing to do with the poor, in your expert opinion Eriemom what are the demographics of the neighborhood involved. Be careful I'm within twenty miles from the shooting area here in Florida!!!!

goofus

Eriemom, I will go there anytime day or night. You wanna go there with a president that goes home to his ranch than one that pulls seven cargo aircraft from the Air Force to galavant all over the world on his vacations, why doesn't obozo go back home to chicago on  a vacation, Why are 25 secret service paid by our tax dollars escorting his daughter in Mexico. Yeah , let's go there any day or night 24/7!!!!!!

Why does Obozo take a fleet of aircraft to a destination while his wife leaves with her fleet of aircraft to the same destination!!!!!!!

Whyb did it take Obozo a week to visit the gulf oil spill.

Yeah, let's go there!!!!!

OMG.LOL.WT_

I wonder why foxnews didn't show the OTHER video Pelosi showed on Bill Maher show.

Wonder why goofus has to call POTUS Obozo.

Who's the bigger clown?

6079 Smith W

@ goofus:

Watchin' the Obamas living the highlife on the taxpayer's tab reminds me of the old "The Jeffersons" song, "Movin' on Up."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcqToQzzGY&feature=related

On the other hand,  The Jeffersons actually earned it through capitalism and hard work.

At least, Jimmy Carter helped to symbolize the economic plight of the country by walking to his inauguration. 

The Obamas act like: Grab all ya can before the public figures out that they've been scammed. Hopefully an inventory of the WH silverware was performed before they arrived. 

 

The Big Dog's back

 Posted July 20, 2009 12:55 PM

by Mark Silva

The Bush twins gave the Secret Service a run for their money in the White House, according to a new book about the job of protecting the president.

Author Ronald Kessler claims Barbara and Jenna Bush put the Secret Service through its paces: "Jenna would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going,'' Kessler writes, according to a preview of the book in the New York Post. "As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her.''

eriemom

 Gentlemen: Who made it a racially-charged event? I specifically wrote "white, brown, yellow" child. As a mother myself, I can predict that my child's color would have no bearing. If you want to make it a political issue based on the color of the victim, then this is all on you.

goofus: Why would I be careful just because you live near where this took place? You cannot know what is in a mother's heart. Heck, you can't even know what is a father's heart, when something like this happens. I guess Alexandria Pelosi's southern interviews were different. They both show that poverty in America is alive and well. It is alive in the north and south, rural and urban... What is your plan to solve the problem? Blame the poor themselves is all that I read.

goofus

Winston, the more I research and listen the more I believe Obozo is truly in the presidency for the money. He wants to score as much money for himself and his friends so none of then ever have to work again!!

OMG you are funnier than a crutch, Fox news was the airer of the tape seen also on HBO!!!

Your answer: Barry Soetoro is the bigger clown

The Big Dog's back

 As one of the Bush daughters left Argentina, a U.S. embassy spokesman denied reports they suggested the twins leave in an official statement issued this evening. First Daughter Barbara Bush ended a 25th birthday vacation trip to Buenos Aires and left the country on a flight late last night, ABC News has learned. Her sister Jenna plans to stay for at least another 10 days, sources tell ABC News. The U.S. Embassy Press Office in Buenos Aires, which had refused comment to ABC News earlier today, issued a public statement tonight, denying reports that embassy officials "strongly suggested" that President Bush’s daughters curtail their visit in Argentina. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Photos The Bush Twins in Action Vote Are the Bush Daughters Vulnerable? First Daughter Barbara Robbed in Argentina Click Here to Read the Statement Issued by the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires in Our Dossier Section The e-mail statement from the embassy states, "This is false, as are other aspects of the report referring to the Embassy’s position on the visit. The Embassy welcomes the visit and has provided close support and cooperation." The twins highly visible 25th birthday vacation trip to Buenos Aires became a security headache, diplomatic and security officials told ABC News, after the theft of Barbara’s purse and cell phone during a visit to a popular marketplace. Other public events attended by the Bush sisters also resulted in extensive local media coverage.

eriemom

 FactCheck.org was writing about the anonymous chain emails about Obama’s travel costs and noted in July that the stories about Obama’s travel expenses are, “part of continuing pattern of false and misleading claims about the travels of the president and the first lady,” and that Obama used Air Force One less in his first two years in office than George W. Bush did.

www.sodahead.com/united-states/another-right-wing-slander-debunked-presidential-vacation-costs/question-2355535/


 

goofus

Your only as poor as the government will allow you to be. Poor in America is vastly different than starving poor in other countries with the present level of entitlements.

I know the neighborhood, it's definetely not a poor area. Your beloved lamestream media is making this a black and white thing!

6079 Smith W

@ eriemom:

It's become a media motivated "racially charged" event and Rev. Al, POTUS Obama and others have only helped to add fuel to the fire without waiting for all the “facts” to come in.

Being "poor" is an economic situation; chronic "poverty" on the other hand has become a way of life for several generations and a tax supported industry for those who profit from its propagation.  

As my late father-in-law who was born to a sharecropper family in OK and later died a wealthy man used to say: Heck, we didn't know we were poor until someone told us.

 

eriemom

 Mr. Jackson: As a member of the sex who is outraged I wouldn't expect for you to understand. I am outraged when men sit around a table and discuss what decisions I should be able to make about my own reproductive health. The Rush 3-day attack was only one part of it. Put it in context with all of the state legislation taking place. 

6079 Smith W

@ eriemom:

Ms. Fluke's testimony wasn't about women's issues; it was about taxpayer-funded freebies.

As a libertarian, I pretty much don't care what you do; I just don't want to pay for it.

IMO, one should take personal responsibility for one's actions and not expect others to fund and support them.

I don't want anyone attempting to shove his or her liberal or conservative agenda down my throat. There are millions who share similar sentiments.

 

origen

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119615/Trayvon-Martin-New-witness-tells-police-George-Zimmerman-provoked.html?ITO=1490 Who knows, i wasnt there and neither was any of you. Wait till the full story comes out before we get all mob rule on stuff.

OMG.LOL.WT_

Hey GOOFUS, the video I was talking about is HERE: 

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/alexa...

http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com...

You probably won't find it on fox.  It also was made by Alexadra Pelosi.

Bill Maher ran BOTH Videos. Unlike LAMESTREAM FOX.

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