What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.
Well, thank Heaven he meant it rhetorically. Otherwise I might have concluded he was a reptilian little ideologue with serious anger management issues. Presumably he demurred on the “horses head in the bed” idea because that was so last century.
This is not, as you might have expected, an excerpt from The Coming Insurrection or a Glenn Beck clip of a hulking SEIU type explaining why some unfortunate protester’s head was introduced to a lamp-post. It is actually a member of our watchdog press putting in his two kopecks on how to protect Barack Obama from his critics, specifically how to kill stories of Obama’s association with Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 election.
As related in The Daily Caller, (and summarized in this post right here at NRB) Spencer Ackerman—previously of the Washington Independent—offered these and other bons mots in a free-wheeling discussion with other like-minded journalists on the Journolist listserv.
The catalyst for all this bonhomie was an ABC News debate in April 2008 in which George Stephanopoulos unaccountably wandered off script and asked Obama a serious question–which at that point was anything beyond “how are you holding up, what with all the traveling”—about Jeremiah Wright. The reaction of the liberal media–as one would expect from fair and balanced purveyors of truth–was how to shut down this line of inquiry as quickly as possible, primarily through the use of blunt objects, a task for which Mr. Ackerman seems particularly well-suited.
Thus the e-mail thread in question in which the participants discussed—with no more evident concern than one would have had discussing the fortunes of a slumping football team—how to manage this situation, primarily through time-tested journalistic practices such as misdirection, deceit, distraction and personal attacks–the kind of thing that gets you a Cronkite award in that community.
Ackerman was obviously up to the challenge. When not spinning sophisticated rhetorical tapestries involving disfigured conservatives and offering intriguing new product ideas for Hallmark, he did manage to put forward some solid practical advice on how the fourth estate could turn back the counterrevolutionary hordes.