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Thursday, August 30, 2012
NewsBusters -- Which Called Michael Moore 'Corpulent' -- Complains That Christie's Weight Is Being Talked About
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters is having a fit over alleged references to Chris Christie's weight in the media:

  • Tim Graham was unhappy that the Los Angeles Times made reference to Christie's "big, fat rear end," despite the fact that the paper was quoting Christie himself.
  • Ryan Robertson grumbles that one newspaper put a headline on a story about Tropical Storm Isaac, “Isaac, Huge and Slow,” below a picture of Christie, lamenting that "some in the liberal media were far too busy thinking of jokes they could make at the New Jersey governor’s expense rather than actually listen to what he had to say."

You'd think such righteousness would mean that NewsBusters would never be so gauche as to comment on the weight of a liberal, right?

Wrong. A Sept. 27, 2011, NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard describes filmmaker Michael Moore as "rather corpulent," going on to add that "this portly schlockumentarian has never met a cheeseburger he'd say no to."

Sheppard wasn't done with his fat-mocking, though. He went on to describe Joy Behar as "hardly the poster child for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition."

And we haven't even gotten to the NewsBusters commenters who go even farther. For instance, in this thread, here's a selection of what commenters call Moore:

  • "fat freaking moron"
  • "fat slob"
  • "fat Marxist lying slob"
  • "fat, disgusting, psuedo-commie, stupid piece of corpulent crap"
  • "Fatty"
  • "fat boy"
  • "fatso"
  • "Wow, hes so FAT!"
  • "porky"

NewsBusters clearly wasn't offended enough by these insults to delete them, which tells us their outrage over Christie's weight being highlighted is utterly hypocritical and meaningless.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:43 PM EDT

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