Arianna Huffington to Roger Ailes of Fox News on the Sunday, January 31st edition of ABC’s This Week:
HUFFINGTON: Well, Roger, it’s not a question of picking a fight. And aren’t you concerned about the language that Glenn Beck is using, which is, after all, inciting the American people? There is a lot of suffering out there, as you know, and when he talks about people being slaughtered, about who is going to be the next in the killing spree…
…It’s not about the word police. It’s about something deeper. It’s about the fact that there is a tradition as the historian Richard Hofstetter said, in American politics, of the paranoid style. And the paranoid style is dangerous when there is real pain out there.
Note baseball bat with “Barack” photoshopped on, in case the title was too subtle and nuanced:
You stay classy, Arianna & company.
(Reason’s recent look at “The Paranoid Center” is also well worth revisiting on this topic. And given how far the center of gravity has shifted leftward in DC since 2000, perhaps the HuffPo really is the center of politics in America. If so, God and/or Gaia, help us all.)