Brent Bozell

Ask big-mouthed leftist Julianne Malveaux. No, poobahs at PBS or Maryland Public Television found it a slam-dunk "easy" move to ban her from her regular spot on their nationally distributed all-female TV talk show "To the Contrary" when she wished death on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1994: "You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter, and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease." When others on the show protested, Malveaux wouldn't back down. "Well, that's how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person."

That's not the only case where it wasn't "easy" to take some angry liberal's TV privileges away. A year later, National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg used her regular spot on the syndicated TV show "Inside Washington" to wish death on Sen. Jesse Helms and his family after he suggested AIDS research was overfunded compared to the death rate of other, more common life-threatening diseases like Malveaux's favorite, heart disease. "I think he ought to be worried about what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."

Totenberg wasn't "easily" dismissed. She wasn't even admonished. And forget an apology.

On the subject of homosexuality, liberals are so quick to lose all patience and reach for a jar of good old hate. (Only conservatives commit hate crimes.) In August of 2000, after the Supreme Court refused to let the gay lobby torture the Boy Scouts of America any further, CBS's "Early Show" invited conservative expert Robert Knight for an interview. When he finished the interview, a camera mix-up resulted in Bryant Gumbel caught on national television saying of Knight, "What a f---ing idiot!" The last two words, as in the Savage caller incident, were made inaudible, but the lip-reading was unmistakable. No one was going to fire multi-millionaire Gumbel for his hate speech, nor would he in a million years ever apologize.

MSNBC's experiment with Saturday-afternoon cartoon conservatism was doomed to failure. Sooner or later, Savage was bound to blow himself up. But it's too bad that the TV-talk titans never uphold civility on conservatives' behalf, and liberals never suffer the slightest professional hiccup when their hate speech lights up the tube.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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