Trying Too Hard

Kansas City Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock started a new venture today, writing columns about politics.  His first piece, Beck, Palin adopt tactics of Jackson, Sharpton was a swing and miss.

Whitlock has made a couple forays into political writing in the past and I was impressed.  I thought he demonstrated clear-thinking and open-mindedness.

But, equating Beck and Palin with Jackson and Sharpton is an epic fail that lacks any basis in fact or reason.

To make his case, Whitlock fabricated straw men (i.e. false) representations of Beck, Palin and Limbaugh and tried to connect those with actual tactics of Jackson and Sharpton.

Example of Palin’s straw man:

Gal Sharpton (Sarah Palin) travels the country stoking the fears of white Americans telling them their country has been stolen by a mixed-race president.

It seems like it would be easy enough to produce at least one example to back up this accusation.  None are provided.

Compared with Sharpton’s actual incident:

We’re witnessing a disproportionate backlash from Sharpton’s unrepentant Tawana Brawley hoax…

It would be refreshing to see Whitlock take a calm approach to address what Palin, Beck and Limbaugh actual positions, rather than creating and attacking the false positions.

Whitlock writes:

Backed by major media outlets and choosing demagoguery over reason, Beck, Palin, Limbaugh and their imitators are growing in influence and seemingly pushing for anarchy by baiting racial distrusts…

Another accusation without facts.  And, it couldn’t be further from the truth.  Choosing demagoguery over reason? Pushing for anarchy?  Baiting racism?  Utter nonsense.   This demonstrates that Whitlock hasn’t done a minute of research to substantiate his viewpoint.  His editors should have pointed this out immediately.

I guess Whitlock isn’t interested in the truth.  From this absurd column, his interest appears to lie in the same place as those he accuses – making money.

Good luck with that.  I may give him a couple more chances based on the quality of his previous work, but if he just wants to put his spin on the same fiction that bounces around the airwaves, it’s not worth my time.

4 thoughts on “Trying Too Hard

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  2. As I just said on another comment, you don’t expect a columnist to be honest do you? Whitlock is trying to become part of the intelligentsia, when have you know them to be particularly honest? The few exceptions I know are those on Cafe Hayek, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. But of course they fit my biases as well.
    Maybe he just have PDS, Palin Derangement syndrome. I don’t know how many times I’ve debunked false claims about Palin, you know how many people actually think Palin, not Fay, said “I can see Russia from my house?” Even when I give them the exact quotes, they don’t want to believe me.

  3. ZH – I agree. Great comment. I don’t expect them to be honest. I like to at least hold writers like Whitlock accountable.

    I hear you on the Palin deal. I could care less whether someone likes her or not. But, I encourage folks to do their homework and not base their feelings on inaccurate information.

    • Excuse my horrible grammar on my comments. I tend to type fast and loose with grammar.

      I agree, I don’t really care (to a certain extent) what anyone thinks, as long as their information is correct. I keep on running into people that base their opinions on what other people said based on what they heard someone else say…and yet they refuse to change their views even given more accurate information. =\


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