There has always been a double standard in the treatment of liberals and conservatives as it relates to making mistakes. This past week illustrated that more forcefully than usual, as we were treated to dueling scandals from multiple prominent television personalities: Roseanne Barr, Joy Reid, and Samantha Bee. Usually, there’s a bit of distance between scandals, but this time they occurred in close proximity, so we were able to process the resulting furor with a bit more context. Seeing all of this play out gave me the opportunity to write about a concept I’ve been thinking about for awhile: The Liberal Safety Net.
Conservatives whine, cry, and frequently opine about the double standard that they are held to, and how liberals seem to get away with virtually everything. No one on the left ever seems to pay the price for their inflammatory behavior, so conservatives feel obligated to point this out consistently. What they don’t seem to understand is that there’s an entire infrastructure dedicated to ensuring the left wing voices never pay the price for their absurdities, and conservatives always do. Think of the arena of public discourse as a trapeze act. Every word you utter in public, especially if you are a celebrity that gets involved in politics, is like a back somersault flying through the air in a circus act. In a circus, if you miss the bar, there is always a safety net to stop you from dying, and it works the vast majority of the time. The difference between the left and the right in the circus of public discourse is that the right is performing without a safety net at all, and the left has a mountain of cushy pillows on which to land.
Let start off by saying I didn’t defend Roseanne at all, and I still won’t here. Virtually no one on the right did, with one or two outliers. No prominent conservative even tried to issue a defense for her outlandishly racist statement. Contrast that to the left, where virtually every celebrity and activist rushed to the defense of Samantha Bee, even resorting to calling each other c#!%s in solidarity. This support is the first stage of the Liberal Safety Net. No matter how sick or ugly, be it Samantha Bee, Joy Reid, Snoop Dogg, Keith Olbermann, or Kathy Griffin, the left ALWAYS defends their own. Virtually every celebrity and activist immediately rushes to the aid of the embattled star that said something any conservative would be fired for immediately. Even TBS, the network that airs her show, issued the most half-hearted apology you’ve ever seen, which brings me to stage two.
Stage two of the Liberal Safety Net is the ability to receive forgiveness. We saw both Samantha and Joy Reid apologize for their various controversies of the past week, and immediately receive absolution. When you are on the left, you can use an apology as a get out of jail free card, no matter how heinous the infraction.
Decapitate the President? No problem.
Fake Execution of the President? Go for it.
Call a woman a c$%@? Absolutely.
Anti-Semitism? Heck yes.
Call half the country Nazis? Obviously.
On and on it goes. Roseanne issued a heartfelt apology and was destroyed regardless. Contrast that with the left wing offenders. They wrote, edited, promoted, and produced their offensive diatribes. Multiple people at multiple levels were involved in the decision to air these tirades. Everyone involved knows what's being communicated, yet they also know all that is needed is an apology, and they will be absolved. The left is overwhelmingly non-religious, yet they apply a hardcore Catholic level of forgiveness to their own. Just as the Biblical angel of death passed over the houses with blood on the doorframe, the angel of retribution passes over the doors marked with an L.
Stage three of the safety net is the media. Other than Fox, the press doesn’t make a big deal out the left wing controversies. This was illustrated perfectly in the Joy Reid situation on MSNBC. The incendiary things she wrote on her blog would have ended the entire career of any conservative, yet MSNBC not only didn’t make a big a deal of it, but they also justified it by saying she “evolved” on the issues. Left-wing journalists have barely even touched the story, so they’ve created a media safety net for liberals. If you are a liberal, you are always given the benefit of the doubt that your heart is in the right place, no matter how obscenely you made the point. For example, CNN’s Brian Stelter has tweeted about the Joy Reid controversy only a few times. By contrast, he once tweeted about Sean Hannity 92 times in a three-day span, over something far less egregious. The media gives cover by downplaying left wing scandals and hyping up right-wing scandals.
Stage four is the boycott machine. The right absolutely hates to boycott. They do it once in awhile over something egregious, but generally, the right isn’t organized enough to bring someone down permanently. The left, seeing all as in the great panopticon, looks for reasons to boycott. Dozens of organizations and thousands of activists work in concert to destroy anyone to the right of Josef Stalin. I follow many activists on both sides, and there is no comparison. The left operates like a finely tuned machine, systematically parsing every word uttered by any prominent conservative, then going into full siege mode. They relentlessly go after advertisers and even resort to doxxing individuals. Meticulous spreadsheets are readily available, detailing what advertiser works with which conservative, and they are relentless in their pursuit. The right views boycott as distasteful and they don’t particularly like doing it. There’s no central organizing apparatus, and most of the boycott attempts are half-hearted since the right generally believes in free expression, where the left certainly does not.
The point of all of this is to show that there isn’t just a double standard; there’s an entire systemic process behind all of it. The root to the whole issue is that leftists believe that their own are good-natured, fighting the good fight and occasionally going overboard, where conservatives are an evil, fascistic faction that has to be destroyed so that our society can evolve into the harmonious utopia they know is right around the corner. In their mind, they are doing the country a service by ridding it of those evil racist, islamophobic, anti-gay, Hitler-esque Nazis. Unfortunately, what they have done is become the very thing they hate, fascistic oppressors seeking to destroy the opposition by any means necessary. To see the leftist vision of the future, one only has to look to the UK and how they have eliminated free speech and press.
In today’s political circus of the bizarre, liberals always land the double somersault trapeze maneuver, even if they have to bounce up from the safety net to do so.
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