Every week, I try to showcase blogs that deserve more attention and traffic. Recently, news has overwhelmed the transom but I would be remiss if I didn't menton YDS: The Clare Spark Blog and this post: Fox is so .... weak and cowardly on the eve of an election that could plunge the free world into darkness for decades.
Thought police on Fox? Clare Spark
You can’t say “savage” on Fox News Channel.
This morning, Jamie Colby, a Fox News anchor, explained to the audience that she could not bring herself to quote the ad, formulated by Pamela Geller, which, upon a judge’s orders, is now placed on subways in NYC and other venues. For Ms. Colby, the words (later described as “fighting words” by her guests) were simply unmentionable in polite company. I gather from the ad that the word “savage” (along with “savages”?) takes its place with F-bombs and other evil expletives.
Here is the advertisement, part of which is a quotation from Ayn Rand:
Geller’s ad was responding to anti-Israel ads that had been placed in New York City subways for several years, and had to sue the MTA to get it posted. It was not that long ago that a Harvard professor as prestigious as F. O. Matthiessen could divide up humanity into the civilized and the savage, seeing this as a core conflict around which one could write literary history. But that was 1941, in his still read American Renaissance. And Matthiessen was no friend to American expansion. (See http://clarespark.com/2010/12/29/f-o-matthiessen-martyr-to-mccarthyism/).
What is at issue here is the ongoing victory of the forces of political correctness. The ad in contention nowhere says that all Muslims are enemies of Israel; rather it singles out jihadists, about whose intentions to wipe Israel off the map, no one should be in doubt.