Sadly, Martin Bashir’s comments are typical of today’s media environment

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from The Gray Area:

On Friday, Martin Bashir reacted to Palin’s remarks about slavery by describing a punishment for slaves, which called for leaving “s–t” in their mouths. Bashir said that Palin “would be the outstanding candidate” for such a punishment. Bashir opened his Monday show acknowledging that the comments were “deeply offensive.” That’s it, you will never hear of it again. Typical of the hate filled leftist media and the rest of the left leaning media in this country to sweep whatever their pals say under the rug. And, they do sweep quite well.

Imagine what would happen if Rush Limbaugh had made such a statement! You would hear it all over the various ‘mainstream” news media (TV, radio, print and internet) for weeks. Calls for his advertisers to drop him and for his syndicators to drop his show. You already saw that happen when Limbaugh referred to Sandra Fluke’s contraceptive position and statements as those of a “slut. Interesting, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a “right wing slut“. Did you ever hear about that – of course not. Did you hear about Bashir’s comments – of course not. Do you still hear about everything that Limbaugh says whenever the left can spin it as incendiary – of course you do.

And what about the everyday hateful commentary from the left that is typically spewed and remains in the air for all to absorb? Crickets … That’s the point, nothing negative. Because the basic media narrative is leftist and designed to target only the comments from the right.

Here is a summary of some ‘leftist hate speech’ used by your favorite media and left wing politicians-most of which you have never heard denounced on the mainstream media: WARNING-severe language alert! Some of this is not for the faint of heart.

“sleazeballs, “cretins & rats”, “the rise of the apes”, “Pathetic”, “want blacks hanging from a tree”, “a war criminal”, “sons of bitches”, “we are your army”, cash in on 911, “Wahhabis of American government”, ”Hezbollah faction”, “hostage takers”, “terrorists” and “traitors”, Darth Vader, “butt Buddy”, “Teabaggers”, “right wing radio slut”, “the most ignorant man who ever occupied the White House”, “warmonger”, “new level of white supremacism, of anti-African-American rhetoric“, “the right … has been stoking the fires of a heated anger and rage”, “Republicans lying and resembling Goebbels tactics and the Nazis”, called the “Tea Party the KKK”, racists, “We ought to rip out Dick Cheney’s heart and kick it around and stuff it back in him.”, “she’s going to Hell! She’s going to Hell, this bitch!”, “The Republican Party needs to be executed. Rush Limbaugh needs to choke on his own fat. The Republican Party needs to be beheaded. It needs to be taken out on some dark moonless night in the middle of the corn field and decapitated.”, “I have good news to report: Glenn Beck appears ever closer to suicide. I’m hoping that he does it on camera.”, called on Rep Michele Bachmann to slit her wrist and then advised “a better thing. Move that knife up two feet. I mean start right at the collarbone”, “The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when a woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her!”, “supporter of violence against women”, “use my second amendment rights on you”, “Demons”,”slut”, “c–t”, listen to Bill Mahr any evening.

Disgusting and unbelievable isn’t it? And this list is not even the latest or the best.

Don’t misunderstand, the right is not shameless on this issue. But they get blamed for language and actions for which they are not responsible. For example, all gun violence in this country is the result of right wing nuts, correct? Of course not, but the template is played over and over again on a daily basis.

This speech divides us and it is intended to do such. We all need to be aware that it exists, that it is a strategy of division. Americans want to be united, not divided, so we must reject this language and those who generate it. Be unafraid of the left’s tactics of bullying, vilification and demonization. Mature, rational, respectful debate is what is needed by the upper echelon of our politicians and media talking heads and must be demanded. But, today, media is so pervasive (TV, radio, print and especially the internet) and we are so constantly bombarded, that it is hard to distinguish between legitimate media and fringe rants. That is why this website exists, to help readers make those distinctions. To help you identify the media sources with left and right leanings.

If you are a liberal Democrat who frequents The New York Times, MSNBC or even CNN, ABC, CBS, or NBC – you owe it to yourself to mix in a little Wall Street Journal and FoxNews to balance your perspective. And, the same applies to those on the right who only watch Fox News, mix in a little CNN. Only watch the actual news shows on these networks as much as possible and leave the opinion shows alone. Leave the adolescent mud slinging and name calling to the radicals on the left and right. After only a week, I guarantee that you will be able to tell the difference. And with that clarity, you will also find the truth on any issue and from any source.

And only then, will those who spew such vitriol be recognized for what they are, radicals on the lunatic fringe, (including Bashir, Schultz, Olbermann, Mahr, Hannity, Savage, and many more) no matter how they try to position themselves as ‘mainstream’.