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...
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."