It is a well-established fact that the United States is a center-right nation, yet over the last fifty years, the country’s laws and policies have slowly drifted leftward. One reason for this is that the Right has passively accepted the premise that the Left holds the middle ground. By labeling conservative ideas as extreme, the Left is laying claim to a default position in the center.
Not content to let Eric Alterman have all the fun of belittling Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Daily Beast writer John Avlon has joined the Bachmann bashing bandwagon, too. The Beast’s resident “extremism” hand-wringer is taking a more roundabout approach, suggesting that Bachmann is symptomatic of a broader radicalization of Minnesota, for which she and Gov. Tim Pawlenty “are going to have to answer for.”
At the Daily Beast, John Avlon has a strong round-up of reactions to Comedy Central’s decision to censor images and references to Muhammad in the latest episode of South Park, including Islam-reform advocates Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji, and South Park Conservatives author Brian Anderson. They reinforce the same messages that NewsReal has been [...]
Back in December, NewsReal’s own Ryan Mauro took the Conservative Political Action Conference to task for accepting the crackpot John Birch Society as a sponsor of CPAC 2010, calling it a “monumentally stupid decision” that would give the Left plenty of ammo for their current “conservatives are extreme!” narrative.
With CPAC set to begin tomorrow, The [...]
I beat up on the folks at the Daily Beast a lot for their left-of-center commentary, so it’s only fair to give ‘em some credit when credit’s due. Today, Wingnuts author John Avlon offers a surprising history of Birtherism’s conservative liberal origins:
But there’s an inconvenient truth liberals are going to have to confront: The Birthers [...]