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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Brent Bozell And That "Snarky Gay Sense of Humor"
Topic: Media Research Center

Brent Bozell was in full snit-fit mode in a March 23 Media Research Center press release, trying to push back against reports of racist and homophobic remarks made by tea party protesters outside the Capitol during debate over the health care reform bill.

Bozell avoids denying the claims, downplaying them as "the disgraceful outbursts of a few" and instead focusing on Keith Olbermann, where the "crescendo of bigotry by the left-wing media against the Tea Party movement reached a disgusting pinnacle" with Olbermann "indicting the entire movement as being homophobic racists based on the actions of a few fringe protestors."

That led to this statement by Bozell:

“What an exercise in hypocrisy. Some of you in the left-wing so-called ‘news’ media have actively participated in insulting conservatives with vulgar ‘tea bagging’ jokes. You’ve done it on live national television, snickering at your own snarky gay sense of humor. And if you haven’t done that, you have been a coward, doing nothing to condemn your colleagues for their disgusting behavior.

“Don’t you dare give us any more lectures on civility. You hypocrites disgust me.”

First: Vulgarity is not the same thing as racism or homophobia. Second: "snarky gay sense of humor"? Really, Brent? Anyone care to unpack the homophobia implicit in that remark?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:59 PM EDT

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