Citizen journalist Faye Anderson is another example of someone who takes Media Matters’ viewpoint as gospel. She writes in a recent post:
Fortunately, Media Matters monitors “Imus in the Morning.” So, I don’t have to start my day with morning sickness.
Setting aside Media Matters’ everlasting insistence on taking satirical comedy out of its comedic context, the fact that millions of fans love the show doesn’t seem to affect Faye Anderson. It’s all about making the same old point with the de rigueur lazy and symbolic use of Imus as a vessel for all things wrong in this sexist world. Of course the implication is that the I-Nation is just a bunch of knuckle-dragging sexist men who are going to go home and disrespect their wives after listening to another episode of “Imus in the Morning.” Forget all you legions of lady fans of the I-Man. The kids get to play violent video games and hip-hop is still a free-speech zone, but this skit is “a new low” in Faye Anderson’s distorted and hypocritical world.
The idea that Imus’ audience gets the joke, that the show is built on an ironic perspective, doesn’t enter their minds. Why? Because they’re not that smart, can’t imagine we are any smarter, and even worse, believe they are the enlightened ones! It’s a pretty twisted situation, which is why the warning at the end of the above video regarding self-righteousness really clicks.
I’m sure if the situation involved a comedian they like making fun of a politician they don’t like, it wouldn’t be a problem at all, let alone “a new low.”
Media Matters, and the masses of hateful, self-righteous people who follow their efforts actually think they did a good thing when they got Imus off the air in April ’07. Don’t they understand the social damage caused by these actions? Don’t they understand the perspective-warping effect caused by Media Matters’ out-of-context clips? These people have no idea what IITM is actually like. The fact that Anderson takes pride in the fact that she doesn’t even watch the show, yet has no problem hating on it, is a picture-perfect snapshot of how people like her have no respect for her fellow citizens(the I-Nation) and our right to listen to whatever we choose to hear.
In what seems like an obvious case of not getting the joke, the Media Matters entry and Faye’s blog post at Anderson@Large go on to quote that silly skit from a few days back where “Billy Clayton” told his daughter “Kelsey Clayton” to have sex with super-delegates to get them to vote for “New York Senator Hailey Clayton” for president. The tone of the Media Matters post gives the sense that they think they’re so clever for seeing through Imus’ name-changing trickery to some great evil being done to Chelsea and the Clintons. The transcript Media Matters has typed out, taking it seriously as it goes back and forth between “Billy”, “Borat”, and “Kelsey”, makes them seem insane. If Media Matters wasn’t so serious and influential, it might be funny—or at least pitiful. After David Shuster (a real journalist) said the Clinton campaign had “pimped out” Chelsea to support Hillary in the super-delegate battle, it makes perfect sense that IITM (a comedy show) would put together an exaggerated take on the same angle.
It was a decently humorous bit actually, and if I was voting for Senator Clinton in real life it would not have affected that decision in the slightest.
The skit also mentioned “this pineapple-eatin’ [Borat] Ohana”, very gently poking fun at Barack Obama’s Hawaiian birthplace.
[UPDATE: And in news related to the other free-speech limiting faction active in the world today, here’s some news on one of the Danish cartoonists who drew pictures of Mohammed: He’s been kicked out of his police-protected hotel room because he is too much of a security risk. I wonder where Al Sharpton would come down on this issue, if push came to shove?]