What the Kathy Griffin Furor Tells Us
Ok, let’s clear it up at the outset-what she said was stupid and wrong. She was trying to be funny. She is a comedienne.
Comedians just try to get laughs. She was trying to get laughs while tapping into politican anger and angst. But it went wrong. Ok.
She apologized the next day. But for many in the MSM that doesn’t seem to be nearly enough. It’s almost lilke they think the correct punishment for her is a, well beheading. .
CNN immediately cut ties with her for next New Year’s show. Donald Trump immediately capitalized by claiming-rather dubiously-that his young son saw it and was traumatized. The media dutifully reported this and anyone who was skeptical of this story was then ‘attacking a 10 year old.’
No, but I do think his father is being pretty politically opportunistic. This who kerfuffle has also been interesting to me as it shows the gross double standard in the media-liberal media indeed.
Griffin is a comedian not in any way involved in politics but it right away was seen as everyone who hates Trump was somehow implicated in her own bad joke.
CNN right away spiked the ball further by publishing this piece by the ultra conservative SE Cupp who claimed that this discredits anyone who accuses Trump of hate and intolerance. This is an old tired line of the Right.
She then evokes-what else-9/11.
I get it, so it’s not just a bad joke, maybe Griffin is in ISIS.
Now listen to Al Franken:
But Franken said on Thursday evening that he’d changed his mind regarding the event promoting his new book, “Giant of the Senate.”
“I believe what Kathy Griffin did was inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere in our national discourse. I consider her a friend and I’m glad she realized she crossed the line and apologized,” Franken said.
He added, “After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously.”
I think this is overkill though maybe Franken feels he has to out of politics. But I have no real problem with it in itself.
My trouble is the contrast. Check out the response to what Greg Gianforte did. He is now-rather appallingly in light of his conduct-a Montana Congressman. On the very last night before the election, he assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for having the temerity to ask him about the CBO score on TrumpCare-of all things.
The GOP really doesn’t like that nasty CBO. To the extent that you take your life into your hands even asking them about it.
So compare Gianforte to Griffin. She made a bad joke about engaging in violence against Herr Trump. Gianforte engaged in actual aggravated assault against a reporter.
The GOP response has been to rally to his side. And note the difference of the media. The very next day CNN cut ties with Griffin. Apology not accepted. It’s such a terrible thing it’s unforgivable evidently.
On the other hand, Chuck Todd had Gianforte on Meet the Press, the very next afternoon.
Griffin is a comedienne trying to be funny and relevant. Maybe trying too hard. Gianforte is someone running-and now in-Congress.
What we can draw from this is that a commedienne is held to a much higher standard than a Republican congressman.
We sort of saw something similar with Trump’s Hollywood Access video. Billy Bush was fired just for being on that bus with Trump. Now the media is destroying anyone who makes a bad joke about Herr Trump.
As for the GOP, they are using Gianforte to fundraise against Jon Ossoff.
“The day before his special election in Montana, Greg Gianforte body-slammed a reporter who dared to ask him about Trumpcare’s CBO score. After a Fox News team came forward to confirm that Gianforte had attacked the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs unprovoked, Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. He won his race—in a state that gave Donald Trump a 20-point win—despite that, and now he’s an official Republican Party pick to fundraise off of fears about Democrat Jon Ossoff winning the June 20 special election in Georgia.”
Ok to recap.
1. She made a bad, stupid joke. We need to take Trump down through the rule of law-impeachment hearings. A resort to violence would be counterproductive and is wrong on its own terms.
I don’t believe for a minute she meant it seriously-she wanted a laugh.
2. I think the response to her has probably been over the top. She did apologize immediately-whereas so many on the GOP side don’t apologize for things that are much more serious.
But it is what it is.
3. But what’s really galling is the difference between the GOP and MSM response to violent talk-and even actions in the case of Ginaforte-when it’s a Republican doing it.
Then it’s seen as not good but forgivable. We seem to hold people in Hollyweird to a higher standard than actually elected leaders-assuming they’re Republican.
If a Democrat-much less Hillary Clinton-engaged in such behaviour the media and the NY Times front page would go into overdrive.
Speaking of Hillary Clinton, Ezra Klein can say that again.
“History will not judge 2016’s ratio of email coverage to climate coverage kindly.”
It won’t judge it kindly to it’s ratio to any serious, policy issue nor for that matter it’s ratio of coverage to Trump Russia.
But that’s for a post coming soon!
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