“The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
— Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
As the institutional left and their media have gone into feeding frenzy mode over the “legitimate rape” comment by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, they have banked on two things. First, that conservatives will have standards and that many will call Akin out. This has come to pass as the GOP establishment, right wing blogs and conservative pundits have all lambasted Akin. The second thing the left is counting on, however, is that nobody will call out the left;s own hypocrisy. This has turned out to also be a very safe bet. The result is the spectacle of a bipartisan attack on Akin over a comment he made. To reiterate, this was over words.
Let’s look just a few months back, however, and see how well the liberal media, blogs and pundits measure up on the issue of proper outrage about rape.
When it came to the issue of of numerous actual rapes surrounding the Occupy movement – not comments but legitimate, real sexual assaults –there wasn’t just silence from the left about the issue. Sure, there was lots of silence but it went beyond that. In the case of those rapes Current TV, the new media network co-owned by Al Gore, the former Vice President of United States of America, is alleged to have been fully aware of the assaults and not only not reported them at the time but to later have allowed Keith Olbermann and his Countdown show to have actively denied that they ever happened at all.
Further, these allegations come from a fairly unimpeachable source – a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement who was on the security team and whose take it was to deliver memos to Current TV producers.
I reported the story on Breitbart News a couple of weeks ago in a piece entitled Occupy Activist Alleges Olbermann Show Knew About Occupy Rapes, Failed to Report Them. The story was completely ignored on the left, despite being sourced to a recognizable figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement and including audio of that individual making the allegation.
For those who might claim that Keith Olbermann is irrelevant, especially since his Countdown show is now canceled and he’s in a legal tussle with his former employersI’ll stress the obvious again. Current TV is co-owned by former V.P. and presidential candidate Al Gore. I have not been aware of a single call to hold the former vice president or anyone at Current TV accountable
This is exactly the sort of hypocrisy that the institutional left can count on every single time. They are able to sit in there see no evil, hear no evil stupor and ignore actual, honest to God rapes confident that the J School cone of silence will protect them from being held accountable to any sort of standard whatsoever.
Did anyone ask : Is statutory rape “legitimate rape”?
Keith Olbermann didn’t think so.
This is what Olbermann said on both Current TV and the popular leftist website DailyKos.com about a situation at Occupy Dallas where a 23-year-old former convicted sex offender was sleeping with a 14-year-old.runaway who was camped there:
Despite the Breitbart headline: “Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas,” the alleged assault victim told police the sex in question was consensual. She would not press charges nor cooperate with authorities. The claim that there was an assault originates with one local tv station’s anonymous source in the Dallas police department.
And Olbermann also described it this way:
One story turns out to have been about consensual sex.
Why are Olbermann and Gore and Markos given a free pass on this? Why was there absolutely no outrage on the left about these comments?
The answer is cringingly simple: as liberals, Gore, Olbermann and Moulitsas all believe that the 14-year-old who we being sexually assaulted by the 23-year-old has a complete, unquestionable right to an abortion had a pregnancy resulted from that crime. That belief is their “Get Out Of Judgement Free” card. As long as they are solidly pro-abortion, they are excused from serious liberal critique, much less banishment.
Is any of this to suggest that conservatives should not have standards? Of course not. In fact, it’s the principles of conservatism that are its primary appeal, since our current culture currently doesn’t get out cool points for being on the right.
However, it might be wise remember how the left operates in these kinds circumstances and not aid them in fighting the battle with any expectation that they will show a similar decency when one of their own makes a questionable comment. They have amply demonstrated that they will not only show no such decency, but they will use the decency of conservatives and a form of judo against them.
So where criticism of Akin is valid, make it — as long as in the next breath you point out a few examples of obvious blatant and disgusting hypocrisy on behalf of the left on the very same issue.