NPR noticed this tape on Aug. 24 and played it on the afternoon show "Talk of the Nation." Political director Ken Rudin said "Listeners should know that we talked about whether to air this tape or not. But if a Republican had said something like this, you know, something outrageous like this, we would of course say it, use it, because it just shows the extremes that people have gone to."
Good for Rudin. But he was the exception. Most media outlets ignored these extreme comments without blinking, or had a discussion that ended with the order "Spike it."
Normally, an expose of alleged conservative rhetorical excess is followed by the pressure to apologize. In Hoffa's case, however, there's been none. Not only that, but when asked, Democratic Party Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz flat-out rejected the notion. "I know you'd like to focus on language, that's not what the American people are focused on," she told Fox News.
This is especially rich, since Wasserman-Schultz is a close friend of Giffords and made the rounds of TV interviews in January to discuss the dangerous talk in (conservative) politics. She told Katie Couric on CBS the first thing her daughter asked her was "Mommy, are you going to get shot?" She claimed her little girl worried that "'Mommy, Florida's going to pass an immigration law like Arizona and then people are going to be mad at you.' You know, they're paying attention. The civil discourse is very important because it's not just -- it's not just adults that -- that this permeates. It's our children."
If the networks had any interest in fairness or balance, they'd be asking the Democratic National Committee chair to denounce the harsh language. So what's worse, the hypocrisy of Obama and Co.? Or the aid and comfort provided by the "news" media when they ignore that hypocrisy?