Kathy Shaidle

Your tax dollars at ‘work’: NPR producer on Journolist mocks Limbaugh’s heart attack

Posted on July 21 2010 2:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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This morning, the Daily Caller rolled out additional damning details from the archives of Journolist, the “missing link” that finally proves the existence of that once mythical creature, Liberalis Medius Biasus.

I remember when everyone from “media guru” Jeff Jarvis to Glenn Beck (as he recalled on the air yesterday) assured us (often with an indulgent chuckle) that while there was some ideological self-selection going on in the makeup of the nation’s newsrooms, hey, it wasn’t like reporters and editors were, you know, calling each other up every morning, plotting about which stories they were going to bury and which conservatives they’d smear today.

That was crazy talk!

Ooops. Turns out, the only thing wrong with that paranoid, nutbar conspiracy theory was the assumption that reporters were still using the phone.

Anyway, here’s a juicy excerpt from the Daily Caller’s new revelations:

If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.

But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio, that isn’t what you’d do at all.

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

No word on whether or not Ms Spitz wrote those messages at work, using a computer and internet connection paid for with your extorted tax dollars. Some “government waste watchdog” might wanna investigate.

Oh, and Journalist members also mused about how great it would be if the government shut down Fox News.

I can’t wait ’til noon Eastern rolls around today, can you?

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