Friday's HOT MIC
My apologies to our hyphenated Irish friends. I'm just the messenger here. Newsweek:
Why Are All the Conservative Loudmouths Irish-American?
Just as they used to play an outsize role in the Democratic Party’s apparatus, and in organized labor, putative Irishmen are now the face of the hard Right.
Once the biggest names, faces, and voices on television were Huntley and Brinkley, Cronkite, Murrow, even John Chancellor and Dan Rather, all sober, serious Americans—and all Protestants too.
Now we have angry loudmouths with names like O’Reilly, Hannity, Buchanan, and, lurking back there with his Cheshire smile, the dissolute but scary Bannon.
Yet no one has noticed this obvious fact, and the sheer lack of attention may be the most important thing about it. Why has the ascent of a bunch of people who in an earlier period might have been called Micks drawn no notice at all?
You have to read the whole tome by Van Gosse, a history professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, to fully absorb the rank bigotry contained within. Imagine if someone had written a similar screed with the following headlines:
Why Are All the Loudmouths Gay?
Why Are All the Loudmouths Muslim?
Why Are All the Loudmouths Africa-American
Or, heaven help us:
Why Are All the Loudmouths Women?
The lesson here is simple: Bigotry is acceptable if it's directed at melanin-deprived political enemies.
Details. They matter.
From The Wrap:
During an appearance on MSNBC, Jane Fonda said it’s “too bad” that it took the “famous and white” Harvey Weinstein accusers to finally call attention to sexual harassment in the workplace.
“It feels like something has shifted,” the actress said on “All In With Chris Hayes” on Wednesday. “It’s too bad that it’s probably because so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them.”
“This has been going on a long time to black women and other women of color and it doesn’t get out quite the same,” said Fonda, who was appearing on the show alongside her “Women’s Media Center” co-founder Gloria Steinem.
I thought what we've learned in the past few weeks is that this has been happening to a lot of women in Hollywood for a long time. Racial posturing in the hands of a white liberal always goes awry. What's important is that the public is finally being made aware of how long this horrific behavior has been going on, and that it's not just Weinstein who's at fault. Fonda is a small-minded woman whose political instincts have never been good, so it isn't surprising that she's found a way to be dismissive of Weinstein's victims. There is an inherent condescension in white liberalism when it addresses matters of race. Fonda is trying to give herself some racial avenger credibility here and nothing more. In doing so, she's being disrespectful to Weinstein's white victims and behaving as if women of color can't speak up for themselves.
Now that's public relations done right.
No, I was not recently arrested in Wisconsin.
And you'll love this guy.
Jeremy Van Ert, of Marshfield, Wis., was arrested for retail theft following the unusual incident at a Kwik Trip in Marshfield that began late Tuesday and stretched into early Wednesday when the 38-year-old man was spotted around 6 a.m., WAOW reports.
“The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he decided to remain in the beer cooler,” Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza said. “A customer by the beer cooler at about 6 a.m. and saw him inside.”
Van Ert, who downed an 18-ounce bottle of Icehouse beer and three cans of Four Loko while inside the cooler, then fled after employees unlocked it at about 6 a.m., according to a police report obtained by the Wisconsin Raid Daily Tribune.
Wait -- Icehouse and Four Loko? I meant to say, "You'll pity this guy." He either has atrocious taste or locked himself in wrong cooler.
You make the call.