I know, I was shocked too!
Granted, calling the tea party movement “scary” and “racist” is a pretty dumb thing to say when speaking in your official capacity for a news organization, and NPR has summarily and justifiably thrown the identified executive, Ron Schiller, under the bus.
But this pales in comparison to what conservative commentators say about liberals, without repercussion, and without controversy. You’ll recall that Erick Erickson called Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat f***ing child molester.” For his discretion, he received a job at CNN. Newt Gingrich, a presumptive Republican candidate for the Presidency, routinely gets away with dog-whistle style racist attacks. Glenn Beck has made a cottage industry of calling the President both a Nazi, and a Communist, blind to the apparent contradiction. Rush Limbaugh thinks it’s cool to tell “Michelle Obama is fat” jokes, and compare Planned Parenthood to the Klan. And Sarah Palin convinced a subset of America that Democrats would personally murder her special needs child.
So what lesson do we draw from this? Perhaps this: liberal newsmen say bad things about conservatives, apologize, and face the consequences, while conservative newsmakers say bad things about liberals and…?
Nope. That’s the end of the sentence.