Intellectual Honesty

Many sites have commented on Mark Byron’s bizarre fantasy post about a right wing justice force assassinating Democratic Senators in states with Republican governors.

John Hawkins at Right Wing News had the first notice I saw. I agree with his conclusion:

In short, Byron’s post isn’t a joke and it doesn’t appear to be a “just off the top of his head,” controversialist quip either. To the contrary, this sinister post looks to be something Byron spent a lot of time thinking about & planning which makes me suspect that he’s a deeply troubled individual. Political opinions are one thing, but not so subtly suggesting that your political enemies be annihilated is another indeed.

My first impressions upon reading Byron’s post was an immediate sense of deja vu. Earlier in the week there was this Ted Rall piece. There is no substantive difference between the two.

In my book it’s intellectually dishonest to condemn one and not the other. Ideologically they may be polar opposites, but the rationales that supporters of each are using to defend the author (the “they didn’t really mean it” defense) don’t hold water unless the supporter applies it to BOTH. Fat chance of that happening…

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