Huffing Arianna’s Seething Slander
Even the deceased cannot escape her heartless denunciations
By Allan Erickson
Why is Arianna Huffington attacking her friends in the mainstream media? Can it be the MSM is about to report on matters she finds offensive, and thus, she employs a kind of Bush pre-emptive strike with this incredible scrawl?
Concerning Tony Snow, may he rest in peace, she writes he lied to us, consistently, saying he promoted “ . . . some pre-packaged PR pitch cooked up in the White House to keep us in the dark. This was always Snow’s specialty — along with a glib dismissiveness that made him the poster child for the Bush administration’s brand of Callous Conservatism.”
Now there’s credibility, Arianna style.
Well, read on, because it has been made Kristol clear by Arianna Huffington: American politics is not, and cannot be, an exercise in reasoned debate engaged by contending patriotic parties working to acquire legitimate majorities.
No. Those who disagree with Arianna & Friends (Soros, MoveOn, Obama) are the “enemies of . . . reality.” Of course to embrace this lunacy one must agree only Arianna has a grip on reality, which is, needless to say, beyond nuts.
Arianna readily admits, as far as the Left is concerned, politics is war: the Right is the enemy, an enemy to be destroyed, not debated.
She celebrates this kind of warfare on her propagandist blog, ignoring her own hyper-partisanship, at the same time accusing the MSM (the MSM!) of bias Rightward. Yes, we all know how the massive media only serves the interests of conservative Christians and Republicans!
The author of “Pigs at the Trough,” appears totally uninterested in the pigs at Fannie and Freddie, seeking our vote on confidence with a book entitled:
“Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe.”
Presumably the ‘lunatic fringe’ encompasses the 51% of Americans who put GWB in the White House, twice, but let’s not quibble. Arianna has already demonstrated a chronic aversion to facts. (And, don’t the facts have something to do with honesty, truth, and . . . reality?)
Arianna declares: ” . . . make no mistake, (Karl) Rove, (Bill) Kristol, and (Tony) Snow are the enemies — of honesty, truth, facts, reality, and the public’s right to know. Anything.” Arianna on Huffington today, an April reposting. Good thing we have Huffington Post or we’d know nothing!
Certainly, Americans are a contentious lot. We’ve been buttin’ heads since 1776. However, for Arianna, a once-devoted conservative, to insist politics is warfare belies her ignorance concerning values we once held dear, values that have tended to bind us together, rather than rip us apart. Obviously she prefers ripping.
And if binding together in these perilous times provides the tipping point to survival, Arianna’s world view tends to hand our future to our real enemies. In other words, demonizing Americans who disagree with her is not only sophomoric, it actively works against the greatest good for the greatest number.
The Founders set up a system of government where competing points of view could be heard, debated and evaluated, such that compromise and consensus might yield positive decision-making. All this, it was expected, would be conducted in the context of honor, fair play and mutual respect, the assumption being everyone at the table sought what was best for the country.
Arianna’s opinion and attitude demonstrates we have drifted far from any notion of fair play, mutual respect and a general focus on the greatest good for the greatest number.
Arianna and like-minded people prefer we divide into warring camps. They prefer savage politics and reject the politics of good will. While she points the boney finger of accusation—denigrating good men by going so low as calling them the enemies of truth—-she simultaneously ignores serial crimes in her own camp, and excoriates a massive media sympathetic to her cause. If her goal is to alienate everyone, she appears right on track, or should one say, Left.
If she is not the personification of a loose cannon, then perhaps Arianna is simply taking a slight back seat to the likes of Joe Biden or John Murtha, two individuals chronically incapable of holding their tongues, uninterested in building bridges or embracing policy consistency, indeed, like Arianna, two people who demonstrate their net contribution has been making enemies of their own countrymen and ripping America apart from within.
In war, all that matters is winning. Some people fight according to the rules. Others decide that winning is so important, the rules don’t matter. This is what Saul Alinsky taught Barack Obama, and this is what Arianna embraces.
So, in war, without rules, ACORN, Ayers, Rezko, Annenberg, Jeremiah Wright and Farrakhan are of no concern to Arianna and her allies. These are mere distractions, unless the MSM picks up the scent.
Dick Morris, writing today, indicates those associations will be of interest to most Americans, if the markets stabilize and financial chaos no longer occupies the front page.
“As ACORN gets raided by the FBI, it will hurt Obama. He was general counsel to its Illinois affiliate, and Obama channeled millions to the radical group when he got control over the money William Ayers got from the Annenberg Foundation. All of these ties are damning for Obama and will reinforce the doubts that Wright first put in our minds. They will lead people to question Obama’s values and his fitness for the presidency. A man whose spiritual adviser is Wright, whose financial backer is Tony Rezko, and whose first major employer was William Ayers might not be a good choice for president. But for these associations to loom large enough in our consciousness to impact our vote, the market has to settle down so we can hear the campaign over its din.”
Will voters turn and consider the glaring warning lights on Obama’s dashboard?
Not if Arianna and her cohorts have their way.
Dominating media, education, entertainment and politics for 50 years, the Left has learned how to manipulate, confuse and distract the public. And the Left knows if you appeal to selfishness, you have an advantage right out of the gate. Most people are motivated by selfishness, and so, the Left preys upon that destructive impulse. Hence, the pervasive cries are heard:
>My healthcare: healthcare is a ‘right’
>A college education is a ‘right’
>My body, my self: it’s my right to kill my unborn child due to an ‘inconvenient’ pregnancy so I can benefit economically and not be called upon to sacrifice
>My ‘right’ to marry my same sex partner and redefine traditional marriage
>Me, me, me, me, me . . .
Arianna, leading the Obama charge, will have you believe it is their ‘right’ to rule this country because anyone who disagrees with them is the enemy of ” honesty, truth, facts, reality, and the public’s right to know.” Is it not selfish to claim exclusive ‘right’ to truth and power, even infantile?
You will notice the Right acknowledges selfishness, as did the Founders, but encourages people to move beyond it in their politics, to focus on the greatest good for the greatest number, a focus which has always seen greater measures of success when we embrace democracy and economic freedom.
Historically, trending otherwise, toward government control, Leftist domination, and socialism, always translates into tyranny, always.
Thus, Arianna and Friends trend tyrannical, unwittingly, waging war against our fundamental strengths: mutual respect, fairness, love of country, and a tradition of preferring patriotism to ideology.
Fueled by an almost hysterical devotion to ideology bordering on psychosis, Arianna cannot even extend mercy to the deceased, slandering Tony Snow, by all accounts, one of the most decent, honest and respected figures ever to grace American public life.
Misinformation accomplished Arianna. Your blog is a bludgeon in the war you obviously relish, and profit from.
PS: Karl and Bill are good guys too. Contrary to Arianna, they proceed according to what they truly believe is best for the country.
FYI— Surprise, surprise.
“The Huffington Post has raised a modest sum of close to $11 million in two rounds of funding. Backers include the venture-capital firms Softbank Ventures and Greycroft Partners, and co-founder Lerer. Small investments also came from his friend former AOL president Robert Pittman, and writer Nora Ephron, a friend of Huffington’s. As editor-in-chief, Huffington is paid a salary and also has a minority equity stake (she says she doesn’t know exactly how much she owns) in what increasingly appears to be a more mainstream business. In September, the Huffington Post hired Betsy Morgan, who was general manager of CBSnews.com, to be its first full-time CEO. Willow Bay, the former TV anchor and producer, recently joined as editor-at-large.”
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