Reg Henry, yet another useless leftist political hack in the employ of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, presented the people of Southwestern PA with a very interesting editorial this week. It involves the technique of “Dowdification”, a term coined by Ann Coulter. “Dowdification”, which is used often by columnist Maureen Dowd, means writing an entire column around a single fact which just happens to be completely and demonstrably false.
Here is Henry’s “fact” which begins his column:
Michael Savage, whose last name incorporates the concept of truth in advertising, recently went on a rant against autistic children, apparently because other innocents were not readily available to vilify that day. He called autism a “fraud, a racket.”
It’s true that Savage said, “In 99% of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is.”
However, it’s also true that Savage said, “The real cases of autism deserve our sympathy and our financial support. It is the phonies and the misdiagnosed and the falsely diagnosed that we are addressing on The Savage Nation.”
Savage was on a “rant” against misdiagnosis, not sick children. But then, “99%” of the people complaining about Savage, including the dishonest Henry, aren’t really offended. They’re just liberals who want to use this situation as an excuse to get him fired or otherwise drag him through the mud.
Henry used the incomplete comments from Savage to make the following declarations:
With the Fairness Doctrine abolished, the garden of free expression bloomed. Unfortunately several undesirable plants — the Rush dandelion, the Savage thistle, the O’Reilly ragweed — thrived in ground fertilized with manure. They spread pollen on the airwaves that to this day troubles autistic kids, gays, blacks, liberals, Mexicans, feminists — heck, anybody who dares and cares enough to think.
But as much as the unfairness doctrine sometimes irritates, the Fairness Doctrine is not coming back, and nor should it. The whole idea of expecting conservatives to be fair at this late date is preposterous. The Republican elephant will do delicate ballet steps before fairness rules on the right-wing airwaves and in the mindless rank and file that tunes in to get its orders.
So Henry tells us that Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Bill O’Reilly exist just to spew hatred against innocent people whose only crime is being compassionate and thoughtful. Also, he tells us that everyone who listens to Limbaugh, Savage, and O’Reilly is a mindless drone who can’t think for himself and needs to be told what to do. Gee, why don’t you tell us what you really think, Henry?
Eventually the editorial reaches a crescendo with this paragraph:
“By their fruits ye shall know them,” it was said by a wise man long ago. If talk radio had been around in first-century Palestine, you just know that more than a few talk-show hosts would have applauded His crucifixion.
I have to wonder what exactly some incomplete comments from Michael Savage about the misdiagnosis of children have to do with Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, and what any of that has to do with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
I also have to wonder why the Post-Gazette and Henry feel that he is qualified to write a weekly column. Where do they find these people?
Oh wait a sec, Henry’s bio on the Post-Gazette’s website explains how he got the job. It’s clear to me now:
Born in 1948 in Singapore, where his father managed the Reuters news agency
Can you say, “Fortunate Son”?