This is a little old, but still strong brew: Katie Couric's TV commentary attacking the town-hall protesters for "disturbing attitudes and emotions," emitting the sound of "fear and frankly ignorance."
At a town meeting hosted by Senator Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania resident stood up to say that the health care debate has "awakened the sleeping giant." Not exactly. What's it's done, it seems, is stirred a hornets nest, and uncovered disturbing attitudes and emotions that have nothing to do with policy. Are we really still debating health care when a man brings a handgun to a church where the President is speaking? How does a swastika spray-painted on a Congressman's office further a discussion about Medicare? These are tough and challenging times and lots of people are scared about their jobs and the economy. But we can't let fear and frankly ignorance -- drown out the serious debate that needs to take place -- about an issue that affects the lives of millions of people.
Can anyone tell the difference between a Couric commentary and a high school student newspaper editorial? A cheerleader could write this gunk with both pom-poms still in her hands. She would never take one or two wild-eyed people at a left-wing protest and suggest the whole protest movement is full of "disturbing attitudes."