Monday, May 18, 2009

The new McCarthyism

A Syracuse professor alleges that he was denied tenure after Fox News talker Bill O'Reilly attacked him and dubbed him "the new Ward Churchill."

One no longer has to be called a Communist, one only has to be compared to the latest neocon hobbyhorse. If you're a professor and you disagree with them, you're "the new Ward Churchill." If you're a minister, you might be dubbed "the new Jeremiah Wright" or "the new Al Sharpton." And so on. But compare some flamebot like Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck to McCarthy and you'll either get squawks of outrage or an out-of-right-field screed asking what was so bad about McCarthy in the first place?

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