Wait -- You Mean HuffPo Bloggers Sometimes Make Ad Hominem Attacks?

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March 25 2011 9:23 AM

Wait -- You Mean HuffPo Bloggers Sometimes Make Ad Hominem Attacks?

UPDATE: Breitbart's Big Journalism brings the heavy artillery. Who didn't see this coming?

The Right Sphere follows up on the Huffington Post's ridiculous statement claiming that Andrew Breitbart lost his front page posting rights because he made an ad hominem attack against Van Jones. Behold: A HuffPo blogger calls someone a "douchebag" on Twitter! Ed Schultz sometimes goes ad hominem against Republicans!

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Let's revisit what Breitbart said, with the starting point that it's weird to bring Van Jones, who's moved on to environmental activism again and away from Color of Change, into this. He called Van Jones a "commie punk" and a "cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak. And a commie. And an eco-fraudster." Jones has called himself a communist in the past, so that's outdated but not unheard of. "Cop-killer-supprting" is a reference to the album Jones produced in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of the murder of a Philadelphia cop. "Demogogic" isn't much of an insult -- it could apply to basically anyone in politics, with a push. "Eco-fraudster" is mean, but it's totally within the bounds of debate on blogs and cable news -- it's the kind of term that a liberal HuffPo blogger can probably be caught using. The really unsourced, mean bits seem to be "punk," "racist," and "freak." But is that a hill that AOL's new media outlet wants to die on? Weird.


 

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.