Liberal Blogs Spew Hate on Jerry Falwell Death
Update below. (16:24 EDT)
I'm not a fan of Jerry Falwell, who died today shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University at the age of 73. That said, I am quite disgusted with the pathological hatred displayed by liberal bloggers in their reactions to his death.
Jerry Falwell collapsed in his office this morning, and he’s in the hospital, and he’s “gravely unresponsive.”
At a time like this, people deserve sympathy and good wishes ... except for Falwell, who is an evil sonofabitch.
John Edward's former campaign blogger Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon:
The gates of hell swing open and Satan welcomes his beloved son
No word yet on whether or not that position is shared by John and Elizabeth Edwards campaign, or how Edward's staff will spin this into a fundraising opportunity.
Tapped goes for a "twofer" slam:
I'm waiting for Pat Robertson to find a way to blame his rival's death on either feminists or witchcraft.
The hagiography to cover up a history of hate and bigotry has officially begun.
A litany of hate at the Democratic Underground.
The "Blog of the Moderate Left" is surprisingly immoderate:
I wish I believed in Hell, so I could imagine Falwell enduring the eternal torment he wished on so many.
Perhaps I'm just blind by my own biases, but I don't recall similar widespread, triumphant glee and gloating from conservatives the last time a prominent liberal activist or politician died.
Cross-posted at Confederate Yankee.
Update (Ken Shepherd | 16:24): Negative comments also heavily dominate Ana Marie Cox's post at Time magazine's "Swampland" blog.
While Cox herself played nice, it seems that Cox does read her comments, as she cribbed off one commenter to add an update:
UPDATE: Commenter Bo234 is more insightful than I was: "Actually, the first politicization of his death was by the guy filling in for Rush who couldn't wait to bash the "loony liberal left" for something they haven't even done." Good point.
You will recall that NB's executive editor Matt Sheffield noted how heavily "Swampland" bloggers refer back to liberal blogs, while largely ignoring conservative bloggers.