Wednesday, July 28, 2004

A Perfect Example

William Saletan is full of shit, but this particular shit exemplifies the moral bankrupcy of the media:

The other thing that bothers me is the Democrats' hypocrisy about division. They never cease accusing Republicans of dividing the country. It's like the old joke that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't. Except that in this version of the joke, the comic goes on to claim that he's one of the people who don't.

It's funny, isn't it? It's funny because Saletan cannot make a moral distinction between the Republicans' divisive acts, such as their attacks on the gay equality, and the Democrats' "divisive" acts, such as their condemnation of Republicans for these attacks. Saletan might as well argue that Holocaust survivors pleas for tolerance are hypocritical, because they don't "tolerate" Nazis; the reasoning is equally as absurd.

It isn't divisive to see policies which are divisive for what they are, nor is it divisive to attack these policies, or to call out those who promote them. In fact, it's the only way to remedy them. But as with much of the media, Saletan can't see that; his moral blindness prevents it. To him, it's all the same. Love is hate - after all, they're both four letter words. Who cares what they mean?