I 'Can't Understand' all this Epistemic Closure on the Left

It's pretty much every talking head on CNN versus Rush Limbaugh, when Rush reads a passage from the UK Guardian that appears (very much appears) to be a trial balloon defending pedophilia:

Soledad O'Brien gathered a bunch of people to talk about my discussion on pedophilia.  All I did was quote from a liberal newspaper in the UK, the Guardian.  That's all I did.  Well, I did one other thing.  I said, "Remember where you were when you heard --" think of some outrageous social custom that's bitten the dust. "-- when you first heard that something might happen, like gay marriage, when you first heard gay marriage, what did you think? 'Ah, it'll never happen,' versus where are we now?"  I said, "Here we go." The SUV.  The Sierra Club back in 1997 said they wanted to ban the SUV to save the planet, I warned you SUV owners you're gonna become targeted.  You pooh-poohed.  What happened?

So a big UK liberal newspaper, mainstream -- not some fringe supermarket thing, but a mainstream left-wing newspaper with a huge, long story on how pedophilia is normal and should be considered normal, and quoting academics.  And all of a sudden CNN discusses it as though I'm making the assertion.  We got the audio sound bites.  But the point is I had this unstated New Year's resolution, gonna be low profile.  I think you'll have to admit here, folks -- well, you may not have to admit it, but I never try to get noticed anyway.  It just happens.  I never try.  I'm not somebody that likes fame.  I do not live and die by whether or not I see my name in the paper or hear myself discussed.  In fact, just the exact opposite.

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If this had been discussed by Anderson Cooper, then they would celebrate Anderson Cooper.  And if Anderson Cooper had done exactly what I did and just quoted the Guardian, they would have talked about it as revolutionary news or what have you.  But because I brought it up, and why are they upset that it is I who brought it up?  Because they think and they worry that I'm effective in persuading people.  So after Christine Romans, the business reporterette, does that set-up, then we had a discussion with Soledad O'Brien.  She had the Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki, a New Yorker magazine correspondent, Ryan Lizza, to talk about this.

PSAKI:  Why is he talking about pedophilia? It’s not exactly like there’s a massive movement talking about pedophilia.

O'BRIEN:  Or normalizing pedophilia.

PSAKI:  Right. Exactly.

LIZZA: Yeah, it seems to me that the movement here is to equate pedophilia in some way...

O'BRIEN:  With gay marriage.

LIZZA:...with gay marriage.

PSAKI:  Right, or...

LIZZA: That's what he's up to here...

O'BRIEN:  Right.

LIZZA: ...which is absurd.

O'BRIEN:  We’re trying to understand the mind of Rush Limbaugh this morning (laughs) which is a...

PSAKI:  A hard thing to break into.

O'BRIEN:  Scary proposition.

Why? Soledad understands the mind of Rev. Wright well enough to declare his 2008 speech to the NAACP a "home run." (And vice versa; Wright's a fan of O'Brien, as he admitted in that speech.) A 21st century call for classroom segregation and Separate But Equal education -- that's not scary to her. But "trying to understand" a talk radio host espousing mainstream conservative positions to millions of eager listeners -- a much larger audience than CNN, except on days when a national catastrophe such as 9/11 or an exploding Space Shuttle sends everyone to their televisions in shock -- is a "scary proposition."