Friday, January 23, 2015

Name-Calling Examples: 2011

"We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere: It is the Tea Party. And you know, there's only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner: It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America! We're going to win that war ... President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of a bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."
-- President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters James "Jimmy" Hoffa, Jr., September 5, 2011.

Comment: The "son of a bitches" language is name-calling. In addition, Hoffa is indulging in "war" rhetoric, as well as "real Americans" rhetoric.

"America, there's not enough Jack Daniel's on planet Earth for me to drink to have him make sense".
-- Pundit Glenn Beck (on his Fox News show), February 17, 2011, responding to former President Jimmy Carter's claim that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is not a cause of concern.

Comment: It's fine for Beck to disagree with Carter. Maybe Carter is wrong. But to say that Carter is so wrong that only an amount of sour mash Tennessee whiskey greater than that found on our planet would be sufficient to get some intoxicated enough to think Carter is right, well, that's just hyperbole and caricature.

"In a year when governors across the country are competing to show who's toughest, no matter what the consequences, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin stands out as the first to bring his State Capitol to a halt."
-- The New York Times editorial page, February 17, 2011, regarding the Wisconsin labor dispute.

Comment: This is a distortion, saying that Walker is merely trying to appear tough. And it's demonizing to say Walker doesn't care what the consequences are. Walker and the NYTimes editorial writers clearly have legitimate differences of opinion about how to balance Wisconsin's budget and about what public sector unions should be allowed to do. It's wrong to say that Walker just wants to look tough no matter how much destruction results.

"I find black garbage pail kids black conservatives fascinating not because of what they believe, but rather because of how they entertain and perform for their White Conservative masters ... We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. Sadly, there are always folks who are willing to play that role because it pays so well."
-- Chauncey DeVega (a pseudonym), February 12, 2011, commenting on Herman Cain, a black conservative, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Comment: To say that black conservatives are nothing more than race minstrels is simply name-calling.

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