There were two big stories that highlighted the great political divide this past week. In case you missed one or the other: Republicans are furious with David Letterman and Liberals are furious with Carrie Prejean. In both instances, the offender said something that the offendee didn’t like one little bit.
In Letterman’s case, he mocked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and made very crude assertions about her 14 year old daughter. The Right-wing argument against Letterman goes like this: he abused his freedom of speech by saying things that are hateful. The Leftist defense is that he can say whatever he wants and those who don’t like him should just lighten up.
On the other end of the spectrum Carrie Prejean, Miss California, publicly stated that she feels that marriage should be kept between one man and one woman. The Left-wing argument against Prejean goes like this: she abused her freedom of speech by saying things that are hateful. The Right’s defense is that she can say whatever she wants and those who don’t like her should just lighten up.
For those keeping score, the Liberals are winning the War Against the Words. They have somehow managed to get Prejean fired from her job as Miss California. Donald Trump gave her her walking papers today. According to Trump, her firing had nothing to do with the furor over her comments from the Gay-rights community. I don’t think anyone, Left or Right, believes that.
The Conservatives are trying to muster a similar backlash against Letterman, but to no avail. Nobody’s listening. My favorite, completely unbelievable lie from the Letterman defense is that he was not talking about Palin’s 14 year old daughter when he said, “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” Funny guy. He was, of course, referring to Bristol, Palin’s OTHER daughter who is 18 and already has a child. The fact that Bristol wasn’t along on the trip to NY does nothing to dissuade the Letterman camp from sticking to their story. Facts don’t enter into it. After all, he’s a comedian, not a news man.
One person’s hate-speech is another person’s joke. I guess it just depends on your point of view.