As Lloyd Dobler proved to us in that famous scene in “Say Anything,” desperation leads people to do some pretty unreasonable, and often stupid, things, no matter what the reason. That’s exactly how the Left is these days. Unable to debate conservatives on the merits of their issues, many Leftists have resorted to straw-grabbing tactics like name calling.
Discussing perceived political angles to tragedies, especially as they’re happening, is always touchy. Even if there is a valid policy observation to be made, you’re opening yourself up to ready-made accusations of insensitivity, partisanship, and opportunism. So it should come as little surprise that the leftist smear merchants at Media Matters are raking Sean Hannity over the coals for a “five-minute Obama-bashing session” during his coverage of the disaster in Japan.