Only yesterday the Daily Caller passed along this charming bit of progressive thought from the archives of Ezra Klein's Journolist:
If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.
But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio (update: Spitz was a producer for NPR affiliate KCRW for the show Left, Right & Center), that isn’t what you’d do at all.
In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
Geez, what is it with these people?
But today is a new day, the sun shines again, and apologies are piling up. Well, kinda-sort apologies. Sarah Spitz swallows hard and manages this:
I made poorly considered remarks about Rush Limbaugh to what I believed was a private email discussion group from my personal email account. As a publicist, I realize more than anyone that is no excuse for irresponsible behavior. I apologize to anyone I may have offended and I regret these comments greatly; they do not reflect the values by which I conduct my life.
She apologizes to anyone she may have offended; for everyone else, high-fives all around!
The general manager of her station chimed in with the news that we are all as depraved as she is, so really, get over it:
Sarah was not acting in her position as KCRW Publicity Director when she wrote these comments. She spoke in the heat of the moment without consideration to the impact her words would have. We've all said things we didn't mean and don't reflect our core values. We believe that was the situation in this case.
We've all e-mailed a group of 400 relative stranger with the news that we would laugh like maniacs while watching a man's eyes bug out as he dies of a heart attack? Seriously? What is in the stuff they are smoking in California, and how could they possibly think of legalizing it?
What is with these people? And consider this - with the possible exception of the KCRW staff and general manager, people consider their audience before opening their mouth (or taking to keyboard). Richard Pryor did not do his blue material in Sunday School or even on national television.
So why could Ms. Spitz have possibly believed that her comments were appropriate for the Journolist audience? We have been repeatedly advised that one objective of the Journolist was to hook up reporters with expert left-leaning sources. Just how did Ms. Spitz expect to be recognized when she contacted some expert for assistance - "Oh, yes, you're the psycho who wants to watch Rush's eyes bug out - how can I help?". Was that really the Journolist culture?
It may be. Ms. Spitz was hardly alone in playing at being a psychopath. Here is the Scary Spencer Ackerman:
SPENCER ACKERMAN: Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window. I’ll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the fuck up, as with most bullies.
One wonders what Alterman might have said? More Ackerman:
It’s not necessary to jump to [Reverend] Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.
At least he included a disclaimer in the second example. Should we infer that he did not mean his threat against Ledeen rhetorically, since the disclaimer was missing?
Let's be fair here - Mr. Ackerman seems to have displayed a flair for imaginary keyboard violence ever since his mom kicked him out of the basement and made him get a job. Here he is getting sacked from TNR:
In October 2006 he was fired by The New Republic Editor Franklin Foer. Describing it as a "painful" decision, Foer attributed the firing to Ackerman's "insubordination": disparaging the magazine on his personal blog Too Hot For TNR, saying that he would "skullfuck" a terrorist's corpse at an editorial meeting if that was required to "establish his anti-terrorist bona fides" and sending Foer an e-mail where he said—in what according to Ackerman was intended to be a joke—he would “make a niche in your skull” with a baseball bat.
So manly a man! Yet he is still in touch with the little boy within, since (if we can believe this stuff), "Ackerman is a fan of comic books". Baby Huey or Sgt. Rock? Sorry, it doesn't say.
I have no idea how widespread this fantasy psycho behavior was at the Journolist, or how well it was received. Maybe the Daily Caller could sift their archives and run some denunciations of these sorts of posting. These libs spent years deploring Bush's macho cowboy act and declared it to be the end of Western Civilization when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, so I would like to hope that one or two pushed back against the plate glass window smashing and heart attack eye-bugging.
OK, JUST GIVE ME THE BIRD: Back at NPR, is it Swallows, or Spitz? I can resist anything except...
I KNOW THEY BELIEVE IN GOOGLE: All of these secular libs will achieve an eternal electro-afterlife, since their words will live forever in Google. And Ms. Spitz's hands-down number one work will be her Limbaugh rant, which will perhaps amuse her grandkids one day.
That almost makes me sad. Almost.