Ed Driscoll

And That's The Question, Isn't It?

With Al Sharpton threatening to “close this city down”, Michelle Malkin asks, why is Al “still welcome in polite society?”

As I wrote just this past week, linking to my article on the topic from a few years ago in The New Partisan:

From politicians such as Al Sharpton, Robert Byrd and John Kerry to artists such as Michael Moore and Philip Johnson, it’s amazing what you can get away with in your salad days as long as you emerge with the right politics afterwards.

Michelle writes, “Some readers wonder why I continue to write about the Sharpton-MSM lovefest. Why? Because the enablers deserve to be held responsible and shamed publicly until they stop.”

Since the modern MSM has not a molecule of shame in their collective nervous system, I’m not sure if that’s possible. Besides, as Mark Steyn notes, it suffers from an enormous moral inversion:

In a scrupulously politically correct age, it’s not offensive to organize a “Kill the police!” demo or to preach that the government invented Aids in order to perpetrate an African-American genocide. You can pull that stuff and still be part of respectable society, hanging out with presidential candidates and whatnot. What’s grotesquely offensive is the chap who’s insensitive enough to point out such statements and associations.

Which is never more obvious in an election year, just as we saw in 2004, when it was the Swift Vets who were demonized by the media for pointing out John Kerry’s 1970s-era anti-American demagoguery, not the man actually made those remarks.

The MSM once had a monopoly on the past. Today, with that control broken, they get quite cross with whomever points out a leftist’s otherwise grandfathered radical chic past.

Update: Which may be why, as people abandon the MSM’s top down control of information, we’ve entered “The ‘Golden Age’ of Web news“.