Friday, April 02, 2010

Could we stop with the cherry picking?

One of the reasons I don't participate on Kos anymore is things like this tiny snippet of video that gives the impression that Sean Hannity called Tea Party members "Tim McVeigh wannabes here" is evidence that Hannity believes they are terrorists.

If it were a Democrat who had one or two sentences taken out of context, they would be pointing out how wrong it is. Hence, it's just as wrong to do the same thing to the other side, even Hannity...

The reality is the earlier context provides why he used that term, while I don't agree with his suggestion that the left is fabricating/exaggerating the behavior of some in the Tea party movement, since there is a basis of evidence that inappropriate behavior is being demonstrated. It's hard to be outraged about it though when both sides of the political spectrum have used the behavior of a few to label larger groups.

It'd be more than possible to point out concerns and poke fun at Tea party members if that was the goal without having to reach for cherry picking video moments. New York Daily News with their Teabonics photos is an example of how a picture can speak a thousand words and for those of you who want to see an example of some on the left being made fun of via photos, flash back to 2008.

The dislike of the left by the right and the right by the left has almost become legendary in some cases but for those of us who live in the real world? I don't want to have to defend Hannity, but in this case? It's disappointing that fellow Democrats would not stop and think that logic dictates questioning context...

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