Mark Knoller Called You A “Tea Bagger”. Are You Good With That?

| March 20, 2010 | 19 Replies

Mark Knoller, the award-winning White House correspondent for CBS News, was in Washington today covering the President’s attempt to rally Democrats to pass his government-run health care plan. In the course of describing the scene, Knoller shucked off his role as objective reporter so he could drop a casual slur on a significant chunk of America.

Yep, to the objective Mark Knoller, if you oppose Obamacare, you also enjoy dipping your genitals into someone else’s mouth for sexual gratification or as a joke (link NSFW and NSF Lunch either).

I’m going to give Knoller credit for not being a completely idiot here. This derogatory term for the Tea Party movement has been around, and has been clearly identified as a slur, for almost a year. If he doesn’t know what it means, he’s been grossly negligent in his job and shouldn’t be the White House correspondent, since the controversy about the insult has been almost as large a political headline as the movement itself. I choose to believe he’s not that uninformed and that he’s a competent reporter.

Which leads me to ask why he felt secure in casually leveling the insult.

Actually, I don’t really care why. What I do care about is that Knoller did it and owes us a public apology. Otherwise, I’ll feel at complete liberty to tack a couple nicknames on him, like, say “Dirty Sanchez Knoller” or “lead White House Rusty Trombonist for CBS News”. I am sick and tired of MSM figures operating under the belief they can slur good men and women with a nasty sexual insult without getting any sort of comeuppance. I don’t have a huge microphone, but I can sure as heck yell as loudly as I can about it and hope that others who do have big bullhorns pick it up, too.

Here’s his Twitter feed. Fill it up, folks. Normally, I’d say you should be civil but, really, that’s up to you. He didn’t feel the need to be civil to your family or friends. I’m not quite sure why I should counsel you to be any different. Oh, okay. Here’s my disclaimer. Don’t threaten violence or drop a lot of F-bombs. Seriously.

On the other hand, whatever you do, please don’t make use of this list (very, very NSFW) to find some creative new nicknames. That would be just horrible.

UPDATE: Linked by Steve Green, Jeff Goldstein, Carolyn Tackett, and The Lonely Conservative. Thank you all. I’m done with being nice to folks like second-rate bigots like Knoller, who think nothing of the slurs they spew without thought.

UPDATE 2: Stacy McCain picked up the story at The American spectator. It’s also a main item at memeorandum. Check the comments here for a perfect example of a pathetic left-wing attempt to excuse Knoller’s unprofessional behavior.

UPDATE 3: Dan Riehl wonders if Mark has a son who patronizes WalMart.

UPDATE 4: More links from Nolanimrod (a good new blogger), Larwyn at Directorblue, and Six Meat Buffet, who does not spare the language one bit. Good on him. He also has evidence that James Clyburn just might be a liar. Gee, who would have guessed that?

UPDATE 5: I take Dan Collins’ point here. It’s possible that Knoller was being ironic, but he needs to take care. The term is not taken kindly at all by the people against whom it’s been hurled for well over a year. At the very least, Knoller showed poor judgment by using it and even worse judgment by not making very sure we understood his ironic use of the world. However, until I see otherwise from him, I’m going to assume he’s just another member of what @ericinva has cleverly-dubbed the Hot Luncher Media.

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