NewsBusters Trolling: Imagine If A Fox News Host Had Said…

Please be sure you are seated before reading this. The shock that will sweep over you may rival Hurricane Sandy in its sheer, raw power. Are you ready? OK…..

Last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, his guest Rachel Maddow called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia…..a TROLL!

Oh lawdy, where’s the smellin’ salts? I dare say I may faint. And I’m not alone. Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters was so appalled that he penned an op-ed for Fox News to unleash his umbrage at this scandalous effrontery. How dare this wanton trollop deign to insult such a virtuous citizen with so foul a curse. And because every spasm of faux outrage requires a racial reference, Sheppard managed to find something in Maddow’s comment that was analogous to the use of the “N-word.” The editorial begins innocently enough by asking us to…

“Imagine for a moment a Fox News host calling one of the liberal Supreme Court justices such as Sonia Sotomayor a ‘troll.’”

Indeed. Just imagine it. Oh wait. You don’t have to imagine it because on April 30, 2009, Erick Erickson said this about retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter:

“The nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter’s retirement.”

Erick Erickson

Now that’s the way to express respect for our judiciary. I hope Maddow is paying attention. Erickson was not working for Fox News when he said that, although it does sound like something that would have been posted on the fib-infested Fox Nation. However, Erickson was just hired by Fox in January, and I’m sure that having that comment on his resume helped him to land the job.

Rachel Maddow - Erick Erickson

I’ll be waiting to see Sheppard’s op-ed castigating Erickson and Fox for behaving so disrespectfully to a justice of the high court. And then they can all join Megyn Kelly on her Fox program where she also took a swipe at Maddow. Perhaps they will eventually recognize that calling someone a troll is not nearly as bad as calling the landmark Voting Rights Act a “racial entitlement,” which is what Scalia said that inspired Maddow’s criticism in the first place.

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8 thoughts on “NewsBusters Trolling: Imagine If A Fox News Host Had Said…

  1. The right-wing will claim the Erickson comment was ‘taken out of context’. How dare such a comparison be made to Maddow’s wholly uncalled for unnecessary vicious attack. The truth is, if you hear Maddow’s troll comment, in context it was a very accurate metaphor for what Scalia did.

  2. A few years back, Ann Coulter said “we need somebody to put rat poison in Justice (John Paul) Stevens’ Creme Brulee.”

    But that’s OK because, you know, Coulter never appears on Fox News.

  3. So Rachel Maddow gets a pass from you after calling a supreme court justice a troll while you devote entire articles about name calling by Fox News people. Yes, the goat fucking name was quite ignorant, however, isn’t this really the same thing – name calling from a news organization – but you don’t reprimand Maddow. Why the double standard? Oh yeah, she is a lib on MSNBC and they push your point of view – typical hypocrisy. I’m all for piling on the insults at the federal government, which I see as a giant criminal organization, so I’m not really all that offended, but your very good at ignoring insults directed at more conservative members of the fed gov’t while crying bloody murder when one of your precious libs gets a not so nice name thrown at them. Is one just and the other not?

    • Yikes! Chill out. How am I “crying bloody murder?” I’m actually laughing at the people attacking Maddow for their lameness.

      The only reason Maddow gets a pass is because “troll” is barely an insult. The whole point of the article above is to point out the differences between what people on the right and left find offensive, and how Fox News responds to each.

      If you can’t see the differences it’s because your head is just stuffed way too far up your ass (now THAT’S an insult!).

      • At least you’re willing to admit you give a pass to Maddow, that’s progress. You can take what I said very narrowly to justify your double standard all day long if it makes you happy. She’s one of the few in the news media I respect (or even deserves respect), which could be a reason for the pass, but the severity of the insult? – what a bunch of bullshit. She gets a pass for one reason – she is a lib, just admit it.

        • If someone is a “troll,” it means that he or she is saying or doing things just to get under the skin of the opposition. For instance, if I went to a pro-life site and posted a bunch of pro-choice stuff on it, I would be “trolling,” and thus a “troll.” If you were, say, to go to a site like this one and post an inflammatory comment–oh, wait…

    • Steve in york won the box of rocks award for this.

    • “I don’t think that word means what you think it means”.

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