On Fridayâ€™s episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, on a segment called â€œNut Roots Conservatismâ€, guest host Ana Marie Cox called for censorship of blogs like NewsRealblog.com and WorldNetDaily (which is her focus).Â She addresses the topic while interviewing the New York Times book reviewer Sam Tanenhaus of all people (not sure why he is considered an authority on this topic â€“ our own David Swindle would have been happy to go on the show.)Â Cox and Tanenhaus both are ready to call all moderate Republicans to silence and â€œreign inâ€ conservative blogs.
See a video of the exchange at MSNBC’s website here.
The focus of the interview is suggesting that conservative blogs are promoting â€œconspiracy theoriesâ€ like the Obama birthers. Cox and Tanenhaus draw a comparison to the 1960s when William F. Buckley Jr. effectively wrote the John Birch Society out of the conservative movement by denouncing them as crank conspiracists.Â Cox and Tanenhaus claim that there’s no one in the Conservative Movement doing this today. This is a complete lie. “Mainstream,” “moderate” conservatives have denounced the Birther Conspiracy. David Horowitz, NewsReal, Mike Huckabee, and Ann Coulter have all dismissed the notion that President Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen.
The Right has been cleaning its house but has the Left? At no point do Cox and Tanenhaus address all the recent revelations of Green Job Czar Van Jones’ support of conspiracy theories like the American government planning 9-11.Â Their discussion seems laughable that when calls are being made for Van Jones to be removed from his position for his support of dangerous conspiracy theories â€“ they decide to focus on Conservatives trying to silence fringe blogs (that hold no government authority) for their â€œconspiracy theoriesâ€.
Perhaps Cox and Tanenhaus should work at checking the Left’s conspiracists before they attack the Right for not allegedly checking their own. It’s not NewsReal Sunday but a particular scripture comes to mind:
3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.