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Wingnuts Furious: Washington Post Called A Thing By The Name That It Is Called

Hey Tim Graham of the Media Research Center writing in Newsbusters, how are you contributing to the education and enlightenment of the Internet today? “Tasteless: In Newtown Aftermath, WashPost Cites So-called ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ in First Sentence of Bork Obit.” Hold on … can’t type … WaPo can’t say the name that a thing is called by, because … well, because the Media Research Center says so.

Edumacate us, Mr. Graham:

Here’s a sign of how much The Washington Post can never get the Nixon-hating DNA out of its reporting. In a front-page obituary on Thursday on former federal judge and rejected Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, the Post’s Al Kamen and Matt Schudel begin: “Robert H. Bork, the conservative jurist who fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ in 1973,” and yada yada, “enduring schism” over failed nomination to the High Court.

In the immediate aftermath of a real massacre, couldn’t the Post back off its ancient ideological hissy fits and acknowledge that firing a special prosecutor — and the resignation of several officials who didn’t want to do the firing — is not comparable to Adam Lanza mowing down first-graders? Could there be a one-week grace period on overheated Watergate metaphors? Apparently not. When liberal justices die, do they discuss the actual “massacre” of American abortion they legalized?

Tim Graham is laying down some epistemology on ya! Or maybe some linguistics! Or maybe he is just laying down a steaming dump of WAAAH.

Graham goes on to get really MAD that Justice William Brennan’s obit didn’t have “liberal” in the headline, and that it also didn’t mention abortion, but Bork’s obit talked about how we was borked because he didn’t believe a right to privacy existed in the Constitution. (He was also a crazy person who “believed poll taxes were constitutional but the Civil Rights Act was not.” If you haven’t yet read the New Yorker’s gentle murmurs on Robert Bork’s passing, please avail yourself now.)

In other news, Arlo Guthrie better shut the fuck up about Alice’s Restaurant, because littering is NOT a “massacrey,” matter how much it makes that fake Indian cry.

[Newsbusters]

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216 comments

    1. prommie

      Please, please, do not sully the Wonkette traditional iconic sex imagery by equating it with anything to do with Nixon, Bork, any of that nasty shit.

  1. actor212

    In a world where we can't even ask for Wayne La Pierre's head on a pike, this does not surprise.

    For a bunch of internet tough guys, they sure are pussies¹

    ¹ I mean the soft cuddly kittehs who can't fend for themselves or even stand up and need to be wet-nursed, of course. But really really ugly ass ones.

    1. memzilla

      I want everyone who believes in the Mayan Apocalypse to immediately post their Amex Card number here on Wonkette.

      1. Native_of_SL_UT

        I was thinking today would be great day to find a car dealership where the boss believes in this shit.

      1. SnarkOff

        I kind of have a crush on SorosBot. Actor212 also seems hot, but he probably has an avatar in every port.

  2. BornInATrailer

    That's actually pretty dumb.

    EDIT: I realize my initial post could be (if you are special) taken either way. Allow me to clarify that was simply a snark-free reaction to someone complaining about calling something by its generally agreed upon name because of something else that is entirely unrelated. Next time my wife refers to her "monthly massacre" I'll be sure to scold her.

  3. memzilla

    "…The Washington Post can never get the Nixon-hating DNA out of its reporting…"

    And he says that like it's a bad thing.

    1. Giveusabob

      Indeed. Can we get this gene isolated and spliced into those ear-mice stat? Or at least some sort of vaccine derived from it?

  4. asterixaverni

    Bork was a shitload of crazy. For his family, the people who loved him, I'm very sorry he has died. But thank whatever god you hold dear this asshole never made it to the SC and he quit the judiciary in a hissy fit.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      They meant that no one called Brennan a "nasty liberal with a distorted, evil vision of America under Democratic leadership."

      1. actor212

        I had a long argument with a friend (Texas, conservative, but not a Texas conservative) about how the Times distorts the political landscape by always pointing out the party of a pol when he's a Republican, but not when he's a Dem.

        This was among hundreds when I grepped "Times liberal Democrat" off a Google search, so I never forgot it.

  5. Doktor Zoom

    Well, dagnabbit, I mentioned the Saturday Night Massacre in the first sentence of my Bork obit, and this douchebag didn't say a peep. Where's my brainless wingnut outrage?

  6. MilwaukeeKent

    If we can't refer to the Watergate event as a "massacre" can we just refer to it as "The Night Robert Bork went to the Crossroads and sold his Soul to the Devil" for the remaining 9 hours of the last news cycle to ever refer to Robert Bork in any significant way? Tim Graham is OK with that I hope.

    1. SorosBot

      But that would be calling Richard Nixon the devil! While accurate, ever since he died we're apparently supposed to pretend that he was actually some respectable elder statesman instead of a vicious paranoid crook who did far more to stain the Oval Office than any blowjob ever could.

  7. lefty74

    I went to Gander Mountain yesterday and the most crowded area of the store was the firearm section. There on the alter displayed in prominence the big ass ASSAULT RIFLE.
    Fucking freaks. I own guns but I don't fucking look at them like Beavis and Butthead looking at their first Hustler Magazine. Fucking salesman was prancing around like a cheap stripper consigned to the country club for a night. Gander Mountain Shameless.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        No, they just pulled them off their website, where the liberals might possibly see them. No chance of that happening in an actual store.

    1. KennyFuckingPowers

      Lefty, Yes the Gander Mountain is ringing the bell of freedom for IOWA. A half block away DICK'S are not being totally profitable merchants of death "this week". Its like when I went into rehab that one time. It didn't take.

    2. Giveusabob

      On the other hand, most of the casualties caused by dollar-store assault weapons are accidents/suicides among the weapon owners themselves. I'm still not ruling out some sort of zany Xanatos Gambit by gun stores.

  8. Mahousu

    In the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, the Media Research Center itself is tasteless. (Of course, it is at all other times as well.)

  9. mrblifil

    "Graham is a 1986 cum laude Honors Program graduate of Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he majored in political science and minored in mass communications, and founded and edited the Bemidji Student Review, a conservative student newspaper"

    I think that just about settles that. I think this Graham person never encountered the concept of Watergate until assigned to write about the reaction to Bork's celestial borking.

    UPDATE: from the college website – "Bemidji State University: Home of the Beavers"

    That'll do pig. That'll do.

    1. Chet Kincaid_

      Looking at their website's above-the-fold home page carousel, they honor their Native American alumni, encourage students to travel and study in Europe, have ecological programs that encourage conservation, have a black dude with braids in their music program, and a latino psychology professor. What attracted this rightwing fucker to the school?

      1. HistoriCat

        The website doesn't necessarily reflect the school. My alma mater's website has a healthy proportion of minorities in the photos and various feel-good material but that doesn't change the fact that place is full of Reagan-fetishizing douchebags who went apeshit on the night of November 6.

    2. shelwood46

      Nah, I'm about the same age as this shitstain, and I remember Watergate. It was that show that pre-empted my cartoons.

    3. bobbert

      Yeah, I pretty much figured it was a case of perino.

      'Cause who would want to voluntarily look so dumb?

  10. Loch_Nessosaur

    What they're really saying is that there's no end to the things they're going to get butthurt over for the next 4 years.

  11. Wilcoxyz

    Yes, instead of this negativity, why can't the WashPo celebrate the slobbering wingnuts the right DID get on the court to screw things up for libruls. Scalia! Thomas!

    And by the way, young lawyer Rehnquist used to go to the polls to challenge the voting regsistration of black people. For Freedum.

  12. memzilla

    I have a vision of Andrew Breitbart and Robert Bork doing a Brokeback Mountain scene in Hell, but you don't see me whining about it.

  13. Lot_49

    This guy is back to remind us that gun-nuttery has always been with us.

    Justice Douglas—now there was a liberal. He said our right to privacy was an "emanation" from the 4th Amendment ("The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…").

    And he was right. The fact that the word "privacy" doesn't appear in the Constimitution doesn't change what this says, even though 60 years of fuming wingnuts like Bork insist it does.

    The fact that the words "MIRV-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile" do not appear in the 2nd Amendment doesn't make private ownership of them legal.

    Originalist bullshitters are full of bullshit.

    1. Rebootably_Joe

      Originalism is just a fancy way to replace precedential jurisprudence with your own judgement. Any linguist, historian, or translator will tell you that even the most "objective" scholarship involves some interperetation, and thus some introduction of the translator's judgement in the ultimate product. Thus, "originalism" is really just an excuse to summarily throw out stare decisis and make up your own rules on the spot, all while invoking speculation about the framers' values to backfill a justification.

      It is, literally, the definition of judicial activism. Or would be, if "judicial activism" ever meant anything other than judgin' while librul.

      1. Lot_49

        if "judicial activism" ever meant anything other than judgin' while librul.

        Which, it goes without saying, is unconstitutional.

  14. Goonemeritus

    They should be more pissed that the conservative movement is in such disarray that it would hard pressed to carry out a Saturday Night strongly worded letter these days.

  15. E_Tx_Pines

    Well, if Bork didn't want to be remembered that way, maybe he should have thought about that before doing Nixon's dirty work.

  16. FakaktaSouth

    It is interesting how reporting what in fact happened historically always has such a liberal bias. And by interesting I mean, just fucking kill me. Nixon apologists live forever don't they?

      1. glasspusher

        I was about to say, at least when W was in office they had something worse to compare themselves to, but Cheney doubled down on that stink. If only the good die young, Cheney has achieved immortality.

        1. prommie

          Cheney was Nixon's Chief of Staff, after the point where everyone knew the ship was sinking and only a soulless grasping corrupt bag of shit like Cheney would take the job. Think of it, when Nixon would come up with his criminally insane paranoid illegal ideas, such as the Saturday Night Massacre, Cheney was the bootlicking sycophant saying to him "great idea boss, brilliant, you should do that."

    1. glasspusher

      Compared to these 'tards, Nixon was a liberal in many ways. Would have backed Obamacare. Nixon had a bro who died of tuberculosis.

  17. StillGoinGreen

    Henceforth and future forward, the word "massacre" shall not be used. It is insensitive to those who have suffered an "actual" massacre. Exceptions below:

    If the Cowboys beat the Giants on Monday night football, it shall be known forevermore as the "Monday night Massacre". Score is not important.

    The "Valentines Day Massacre" shall remain, even though it was was not "technically" a massacre (only 7 mobsters were killed – and they don't really count).

    Any video game title beginning with "Mummy', "Zombie", or "Alien".

  18. BaldarTFlagass

    Considering the things he did, today's Republicans would probably consider Dick Nixon farther left than Barack Obama. Except he was white.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Taking as long to get out of Vietnam as it's taking Obama to get out of Afghanistan? Including Cambodian bombing (drone attacks in Pakistan)?

  19. SayItWithWookies

    True, the term massacre is metaphorical, like "surveyor's marks," which I'm sure Graham vehemently condemned at the time, because it was a veritable slaughter of good taste and discretion. Anytime he would like to mow down such breaches of etiquette I'm sure he'll set his keyboard to full auto and hit the streets like Emily Post with an AK.

  20. Rebootably_Joe

    . (He was also a crazy person who “believed poll taxes were constitutional but the Civil Rights Act was not.” If you haven’t yet read the New Yorker’s gentle murmurs on Robert Bork’s passing, please avail yourself now.)

    Didn't Bork also believe that equal protection didn't actually mean for women, which was the other reason he would have overturned Roe, right to privacy or not?

    1. SorosBot

      That's certainly the case for Scalia, who has said he thinks the Fourteenth Amendment only applies to racial minorities, despite the plain text.

    2. dr2chase

      Right — we don't protect pregnant men from excess lead exposure, why should we take special steps for pregnant women? That would be unfair to pregnant men.

  21. Oblios_Cap

    The New Yorker said it quite well. Bork was an asshole of the highest order.

    So these wingnuts are the same people bemoaning the pussification of America? They really should take a good look in the mirror before writing about others.

  22. SorosBot

    Considering that the wingnuts have been launching their latest two-minute hate against one of the LGM bloggers for saying he wanted to see Wayne LaPierre's head on a pike, claiming that means he was actually encouraging people to assassinate the horrible gun nut, ( http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/12/on-me… )this is not surprising; they don't seem to understand the concept of metaphor. Whether they're just stupid or willfully obtuse, well, that's hard to say.

    1. Rebootably_Joe

      They just generally love to claim (mostly metaphorical!) liberal scalps. Which is why, you could maybe believe that Loomis's language was strong or inappropriate or unhelpful or wrong because free speech, but the line sorta gets drawn when you stop criticizing and start calling the state police and FBI to get him arrested.

      Weren't these the same wingnut bloggers who claimed they were being "swatted" and randomly blamed some obscure, kinda litigous, activist they were blogging about, with basically no evidence?

      For that matter, Malkin, student anti-war activists, home addresses???

      1. SorosBot

        People also have easily dug up one of the main wingnut bloggers, Glenn Reynolds, saying "Now that the State Department is admitting it refused to provide more security in Benghazi when asked, can we see some heads roll?" This is more of them trying to do what Breitbart did to ACORN and Shirley Sherrod. Fuckheads.

        Also, based on some of the trolls' comments, they apparently think that this is revenge for allegedly ruining Sarah Palin's career by blaming her for the Giffords' shooting with the gun-sight map she had posted. Never mind that a) that incident didn't ruin her career; it was just one of a long series of idiotic ridiculous statements and actions of hers along a long slide to irrelevancy, and b) no one blamed that map specifically, it was just one of many examples of violent eliminationalist rhetoric used by the right-wing pointed out by liberals as creating the atmosphere that lead to the Giffords shooting; Palin's work stood out from the pack not because of any liberal but because of her "blood libel" response.

        1. actor212

          Yes, because the personal opinions of a history professor should be equal to the boisterous and well-covered public utterances of someone desperately clinging to the public spotlight like an aged hooker putting on a new shade of lipstick

    2. actor212

      See, here's the thing, Soros:

      If, say, Malkin had said that about a leftie, you can bet one of their flock would have taken a crack at it.

      They just assume that same sentiment is universal to political credo.

    3. Chet Kincaid_

      I'm going to disagree with you on that. We can't criticize their side for using violent metaphors (and you know we have been doing that for the last 4 years), and then get incensed when they criticize us for using violent metaphors.

      1. Rebootably_Joe

        There is, in fact, a difference of degrees. There exist many violent idioms within our language, but not every person who uses one deserves to smacked down for it. Violent non-idiomatic language, or violent visual metaphors or depections (including "surveyer's marks"), for example, which have also been permeating the wingnutatti, are entirely different beasts. For the example above, Reynolds -who deserves plenty of criticism for plenty of other shit- doesn't really deserve any criticism for saying "heads should roll", except for the fact that outs him as an abject hypocrite on this matter.

        1. actor212

          Loomis has admitted, correctly I think, that he used intemperate (his wording) language. Basically, he's not apologizing for the underlying sentiment that he wants La Pierre to be called to account for his responsibility but that his language allowed the focus to be taken off the tragedy and our response to it, and placed instead on his tweet.

          ETA: Ol' Mrs Dr Mrs Perfesser walked back his umbrage about the "head on a stick" comment this morning.

          1. Chet Kincaid_

            Call me a concern troll, but I don't like the applause we hand out to people here for concocting elaborate, violent torture scenarios against people we disagree with politically. It's not because I'm so stupid that I think somebody might do it, it's that the sentiment is self-debasing, and the content is not entertaining, compared to coming up with some other insight or well-crafted snark.

          2. miss_grundy

            Darn! And I was going to come up with a Cardinal Torquemada and Spanish Inquisition torture scenario. Dang, you never let me have any fun!!!!!

          3. GeneralLerong

            You're right. Violent retributive scenarios require little imagination, dammit.

            [Goes off to stand in corner and meditate on the possibilities offered by killing with kindness]

          4. Rebootably_Joe

            I don't disagree, my main point was that there's much more than a world of difference between saying "heads will roll" or "nail him to the wall" and lynching a chair or the "liberal-hunting permit"* or even what you're describing. Those two sets of things aren't even in the same universe. They literally obey different physical laws.

            *which, it's worth recalling, was the origin of the original "with votes" meme in the first place.

          5. Wile E. Quixote

            Call me a concern troll, but I don't like the applause we hand out to people here for concocting elaborate, violent torture scenarios against people we disagree with politically.

            So I take it then that you wouldn't be interested in reading my Anton Chigurh/Wayne LaPierre slashfic.

        2. Rebootably_Joe

          Also: "crticize" != "call the state police and FBI to have arrested", much as "criticize" != "publish the home addresses of," to reference earlier Malkin HILLARIOUS HIJINX

    1. viennawoods13

      But if you did it with someone else, in harmony, they'd think that you were faggots, and they wouldn't take either of you.

  23. Wadisay

    So, OK, for the next week I will refer to it as "The St. Valentine's Day time that Al Capone fired his special persecutors."

  24. chicken_thief

    But I can still buy an assault rifle with super sized magazine after the kiddies were massacred, amirite, Timmy?

  25. Poindexter718

    OK, kill, err, I mean, spike that story on the Romney family involvement in the Mountain Meadows Mass…unpleasantness…and the review of the Brian Jonestown … um..Kerfuffle…show.
    Too soon.

  26. MacRaith

    Alternate title for this post: "Wingnuts Furious: Reality"

    That title also works for about half the posts on Wonkette.

    1. GeneralLerong

      I can think of no one more deserving of being cannonaded by sticky marshmallow-covered nerf ammo than Nielist. [Total lie, of course. I can think of rafts of people.]

      Banned and unlamented.

  27. TribecaMike

    "couldn’t the Post back off its ancient ideological hissy fits"? I will agree when the Media Research Center gets over it's own ancient ideological hissy fit about some guy who's been dead for 2000 years coming back to life and appearing to the entire world in the sky.

  28. HempDogbane

    Howard Metzenbaum grilling Bork about big box stores. Now that was a massacre.
    God , I'm old. And a dork.

  29. larrykat

    Whats wrong with Nixon-hating DNA? I still have a bunch of Mussolini-hating, Stalin-hating and Al-from-8th-grade-hating DNA in me.

    1. prommie

      Ah, the good old days of Mussolini, when fascism was mostly a foreign phenomenon, and had not yet become the predominant political belief here in america!

  30. Native_of_SL_UT

    I was just wondering if the Wonkette staff has just assigned a function key on their computers that types out "wingnuts furious" in order to save them a lot of time?

    1. prommie

      To be fair, it should be right next to the "feminists furious" key. I mean come on, be fair, be fucking fair!

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Okay, you wanna go? Come on, let's do this. (takes off earrings)
        I mean NOW you've DONE IT BUDDY. NOW I AM REALLY MAD. I'll show you fucking fair.

  31. Native_of_SL_UT

    How dare Newsbusters mention WATERgate while much of New York and New Jersey are still recovering from hurricane Sandy.

  32. OneYieldRegular

    Very nice, Mr. Graham, very nice. Now get back to your desk and give us a 1,000 word essay about the massacre of American reading comprehension skills.

  33. christianmuslin

    Bork was a dick and Ronald Reagan destroyed our state mental heath systems by reducing or eliminating federal funding. The Reagan safety-net became an illusion. It's way past time to turn the wingnutters into an illusion, with votes, votes, and more votes.

  34. PopeEdgardo

    Sorry, fucknutses, but Bork will be remembered for two things and two things only: The Saturday Night Massacre and being such an extremist wingnut that even the gutless Senate Democrats found the balls to keep him off the big bench. Get used to it.

  35. sullivanst

    Ah, so, today Newsbusters believes in political correctness.

    And it only took 29 deaths to bring them to that point.

  36. prommie

    Sirhan Sirhan says the same thing to the parole board every year, "won't you give up this ancient historical hissyfit?"

  37. JustPixelz

    I searched but can't find where these Media Research Douchbaggers have called out Fux News for:

    "In aftermath of Garfield assassination, Fox News gives Dennis Miller airtime to deliver 'killer' one-liners".
    OR
    "In wake of national nausea over results of NRA gun policies, Fox News gives Dennis Miller airtime to deliver 'gags'"
    OR
    "Following outbreak of porn on the internet, Fox News' Dennis Miller repeatedly says 'Come on people'".

  38. imissopus

    Over at Protein Wisdom they threw a hissy because the LA Times headline was something like "Robert Bork, failed Supreme Court Nominee, dies." I guess any obit that did not first and foremost refer to the old shit as "Heroic defender of the Constitution and FREEDOM! and martyr who was harshly condemned by secretary-killer Teddy Kennedy" would be considered out of bounds to the wingnuts.

  39. joeyblau

    Clearly.. we need John Bolton to come and fix everything and make dem librals stop saying them bad things..

  40. ttommyunger

    Breitbart, Bork, so far so good. If we're out of the B's I'm hoping for Cheney next; if we aren't, I'm hoping for David Brooks.

  41. Wile E. Quixote

    Here’s a sign of how much The Washington Post can never get the Nixon-hating DNA out of its reporting.

    If Tim Graham actually believed in any of the ideals that conservatives profess to believe in, and if he wasn't just another whiny little cunt-servative with the usual conservative addition to self-pity and butthurt he'd hate Nixon too. Richard Nixon spent six years shitting on Republicans and their ideals by:

    Increasing federal spending and debt to the point where the US was forced to go off of the gold standard
    Massively interfering with the free market by implementing wage and price controls that were the most intrusive regulations the government had promulgated since the Korean War

    signed the National Environmental Protection Act of 1969 and created the Environmental Protection Agency with an executive order
    considered implementing a negative income tax
    considered implementing a national health insurance plan more far-reaching than Obamacare
    admitted to William Safire that he wanted to ban handguns and require licenses for hunting rifles
    Implemented the first significant federal affirmative action plan, the Philadelphia Plan
    Endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment and campaigned as a supporter of the ERA.

    If Tim Graham wasn't such an ignorant little cunt-servative he'd also know that it was Nixon's own oafish paranoia that did him in and not liberals or the nattering nabobs of negativism at the Washington Post with their anti-Nixon DNA. There was no way the Democrats could have won against Nixon in 1972. There are some people who would have described the behavior of the Democrats in 1972 as a circular firing squad, a statement which is entirely untrue as the Democrats in 1972 were so disorganized that they couldn't even form a circle. Nixon was forced to resign not because of the pathetic and hapless Democrats or because Katherine Graham was a big old meanie with a whole bunch of anti-Nixon DNA but because conservative Republicans like Barry Goldwater (who must have also had some anti-Nixon DNA because he said that Nixon was "…"the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life") told Nixon in 1974 that if he were impeached that conservatives in the Senate would not vote against conviction.

  42. aklibtard

    do you think maybe they're the ones that can't get over Nixon. I had to look up what the Saturday Night Massacre was.

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