No, I am not kidding. A few minutes ago, I checked Twitter - and saw a link from one of my favorite writers, progressive Tommy Christopher of AOL’s Politics Daily. Tommy is without a doubt one of the nicest, brightest, and most genuine guys around the political journalism beat. He loves women. He calls a spade a spade and is intellectually honest when he writes.
After clicking through to So Right it’s Wrong, my inner editor went ballistic. (Because the rest of me felt total revulsion) He isn’t a good writer. There is no witty reparte. Just a laundry list of gorgeous, conservative women who would never be attracted to this bottom feeder – not as a friend, not as a lover, and certainly not as a mate.
Here’s the setup, from Guy Cimbalo:
Obama promised us the dream of post-partisanship-a cuckoo land where party affiliation and factional animosity were forgotten. Turn on cable news or open any newspaper, however, and you’ll quickly discover that the dream has yet to materialize. But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate f***. We may despise everything these women represent, but goddammit they’re hot. Let the healing begin.
Recently, I wrote Beautiful, Successful and Hated. Little did I know that Obama’s hope-n-changey fans would resort to rape fantasies. I have never been a big fan of Hugh Hefner, nor Playboy but – this episode with Guy Cimbalo, well… it just defies description. He cloaks his inner rapist by using the endearing term “hate F#%k” — as if that somehow qualifies his vicious S&M fantasy satire.
UPDATE: And now the article has disappeared from the website. Gee, I wonder why. For the record, I am not sure what is most offensive – the article, or the “error page” that replaced it.
UPDATE2: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey weighs in HERE
UPDATE3: Jezebel has the highlights of Cimbalo’s sick writing HERE
UPDATE4: Politico puts the list up, AS IS, miinus the vulgarity, without noting the clear misogyny or the fact that #tcot Twitterati are going ballistic over Cimbalo’s embodiment of the Democratic ideal
UPDATE5: Salon stays classy with Screwing Michelle Malkin (you can’t make this stuff up)
UPDATE6: Per Tommy Christopher – Politico has taken down article referenced in Update4 -
While a few people left comments pointing this out, it wasn’t until another wave of re-tweets suggesting that folks call this out that the count went from 28 comments, to 96. Michelle Malkin also called Politico out. Politico has now taken down the list, with the following non-apology apology:
The Playboy article linked to on this blog listed 10 conservative women “they love to hate” adding their reasons why. The blog included the link but only used the names of the women listed. But the Playboy article also included an offensive section that was not included in the blog, but has caused outrage in some readers who believe the blog agrees with all of Playboy stances. This is not true. So the blog has now taken down the link and greatly apologies. No ill will was meant.
While Politico deserves credit for responding to readers’ concerns, their apology creates a classic straw man. Nobody suggested that “the blog agrees with all of Playboy stances,” but rather that Schroeder definitely whitewashed the offensive content of the list she published, which indicated either tacit agreement, or something else.
They also fail to mention that the list was so vile, it was taken down by Playboy. Lest anyone think, by the way, that Playboy’s editors just missed it the first time around, note that they sent emails to conservative blogs promoting it!
As someone who writes 120 articles a month, I recognize the possibility that this was innocent, that Schroeder said “Oo! A list!” and just culled together the names, without reading the blurbs. We’ve all been caught taking a shortcut here or there. If that’s the case, they should say so, and actually apologize, instead of acting like people who are offended by violent sexual fantasies about unwilling subjects are just reactionary boobs.
I contacted Anne Schroeder for her side of the story, but I haven’t heard back yet.