A few days ago a commenter at my own blog brought something astonishing to my attention: I'd been cited by Peggy Noonan as an example of how The American Left is always trying to shut down different views. (She cites me as a "blog critic", apparently gleaned from this Howard Kurtz article. She also misquotes me in a minor way.) Peggy's argument is all about how American leftists can't stand dissenting views and try to silence them at all costs.
Just one problem. I'm Canadian.
As for the substance of Noonan's charge, my original post was simply asking why CBS had put some raging fundie on national television to speak about the tragic school shootings in Pennsylvania.
Conservatives would normally be the first to concede that a) CBS is a private broadcaster, and b) no one has a positive right to be put on the air. (That is, CBS is not legally required to put anyone on.) Therefore, someone at CBS must have made the specific editorial decision to put someone who blamed school shootings on abortion and the teaching of evolution on the public airwaves. My original post simply asked why CBS would do something like that, given that it was guaranteed to offend people.
On the broader argument - that it's the Left that wants to silence dissent - I would simply point you to Glenn Greenwald.
There's really no excuse for the Crazy Dolphin Lady to have cited me as an American leftist, unless you count serial laziness as an excuse. There was plenty of information in Kurtz' original article to find my blog, read the original post, and realize that I am not an American blogger, all with about 15 seconds of effort via Google. Seeing as her entire piece refers to "the American left" over and over and over, this isn't a minor detail. But given how badly Noonan embarassed herself writing about global warming, I think I'll count myself lucky.