Odd Citizen

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Rhetorical Tactics of the Left

July 30th, 2009

In the previous post I discussed Coyote Blog’s observation about the liberal pattern of diverting the conversation. Now, here’s a
perfect example of diversion from a blog discussing Glen Beck’s rhetoric about President Obama’s attitude toward white people.

The author, Scott Gibbs, complains:

On Tuesday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends guest Beck makes the declaration that Barack Obama, legally elected President of the United States, is a racist who “hates white people.”

He then goes on to give reasons why, in his opinion, Beck’s charges are untrue. But then comes the diversion:

But, before we watch Beck, let’s take a quick one-question quiz.

Circle the more reckless statement:

A. “The Cambridge Police acted stupidly.”

B. “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

But anywho, here’s the clip:

He then showed the Glen Beck clip from Fox. The clip is unremarkable and not really the subject of this post.

I then came across a video clip in which MSNBC jumps in with an attack on Glen Beck. The rhetoric of the attack itself was, again, unremarkable. However, on the screen as a block-subtitle the whole time was the following text:

Do you think right wing’s verbal attacks on Pres. Obama are:
A. Free Speech B. Hate Speech

This diversion sends chills down my spine. Free speech is free speech. “Hate Speech” IS free speech, no matter how offensive you may think it is.

If we ever get to the point of truly differentiating free speech from “hate speech” we’ve turned a corner and given up our most precious freedom.

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