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One of the few sites of right-wing vitriol that I can stand reading is called Newsbusters. Oh, it's no more reasonable than anything else, but it tends to be a little more toned down because it positions itself from a place of defensiveness- always implying that the horrible Mainstream Media (owned primarily by barons of the One Percent, although they never say that part) are saying horrible things and they need to be called out on it. No slight is too small, no site too obscure for them to go into a snit over. And explicit labeling of your content as humor is no excuse.

Yesterday, I got to hear from one of their accused authors: Paul Rudnick, of that horrid Commie rag the New Yorker, did a reading on PRI's Whadya Know of his recent satire piece about the recent SCOTUS contraception decision, in-character as his first-person Hobby Lobbyist Eleanor. (You can read the piece in paywall-free glory for at least a few more weeks here, or listen to his rendition of it at the show website.) Probably the "money shot," as far as the wingnuts were concerned, was this quote, which came toward the end of an extended setup of the satirical premise, mixing contraception with crafting as only Our Heroine could do:

When it comes to the Court’s decision on contraception, I think I can be of service. For my five beautiful daughters, and the other one, I have used a cheerful heavy-gauge yarn, mixing strands of cashmere, alpaca, and barbed wire, to knit what I call a Crotch Cozy. When my girls wear their Crotch Cozies, they not only receive endless compliments in the locker room but sexual intercourse becomes impossible. Any additional form of birth control is unnecessary. Case closed!

On the show, and on his own website, Rudnick took great pride in having done such a good job of pissing off (if not on) the opposition:

Tim Graham runs a website called Newsbusters, devoted to “Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias”, which sounds as if Tim and his righteous followers burst in, with badges and bazookas. Tim gave his story the memorable headline: “The New Yorker Mocks Hobby Lobby With The ‘Crotch Cozy’”, and announced that my piece demonstrated the “self-congratulatory secular superiority of The New Yorker and its readership.” Tim referred to me as “Gay playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick”, which is exactly what appears on my business card.

The comments which followed Tim’s tale were, if anything, far more vehement, and exemplify the biblical term “panties in a bunch.” They included:

“There is a special place in hell for this offensive mockery.”

“It’s a good thing for him God is all-merciful.”

“I guess a plastic crucifix in a jar of urine is more this puke’s idea of crafting…No…Wait, it’s actually more his and his ilk’s idea of ‘art’.”

“With his freak lifestyle, this guy has more to worry about than Hobby Lobby.”

And my absolute favorite:

“My wife went to the Hobby Lobby in Morehead City on Friday. She said the people there were so nice and helpful. They have to put up with crap like this.”

And the righties say that WE have no sense of humor. Theirs, of course, is so much more sophisticated- slut-shaming advocates of contraception, making fun of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's, and blaming Robin Williams's suicide on cowardice and/or liberalism.

(Meanwhile, Facebook has announced that it has begun explicitly labeling all links to articles from The Onion as being "satire." Because Palin, Bachmann and that lot have made it so hard for the rest of us to tell the difference.)

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bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: August 18th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Q. How many right-wing zealots does it take to change a lightbulb?

captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: August 18th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Workerth of the world, unite!" ::takes a hit on a fattie::
liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: August 25th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't believe you can be a zealot -- from either end -- if you have a scintilla of humor in you. Which actually makes it funnier for the rest of us.
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