Courtesy of David Neiwert at Orcinus, I read this exchange between Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck about recent shooting sprees, in which O'Reilly comes off looking . . . well, normal:
BECK: But as I’m listening to him. I’m thinking about the American people that feel disenfranchised right now. That feel like nobody’s hearing their voice. The government isn’t hearing their voice. Even if you call, they don’t listen to you on both sides. If you’re a conservative, you’re called a racist. You want to starve children.
BECK: Yada yada yada. And every time they do speak out, they’re shut down by political correctness. How do you not have those people turn into that guy?
O’REILLY: Well, look, nobody, even if they’re frustrated, is going to hurt another human being unless they’re mentally ill. I think.
BECK: I think pushed to the wall, you don’t think people get pushed to the wall?
O’REILLY: Nah, I don’t believe in this snap thing. I think that that kind of violence is inside you and it’s a personality disorder.
See, Bill O'Reilly has finally hit upon the strategy I use when I stand near much fatter people in order to look comparatively thin: he can sound reasonable by talking to someone who is a utter freak. Glenn Beck can be counted on to do things like blaming shooting sprees on political correcness, because Glenn Beck is like a Saturday Night Live routine run by an inattentive God rather than by NBC producers — mildly amusing for the first 30 seconds, but agonizing for the next 13 minutes as he drives the premise into the ground.
I continue to lack the ability to respect, or even fathom, conservative bitch-ass whining about political correctness. For people who are obsessed with telling us that you just can't say things any more, they never seem to shut the fuck up.
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