Joseph Welch, Thou Shouldst Be Living At This Hour (Journolist Edition)

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 10, 2011

Remember Journolist? In addition to the various problems associated with having reporters and opinionmakers colluding on how best to use news organizations to advance their political views, the people on Journolist had quite the propensity for violent rhetoric. That propensity has been noted before on this blog, but I thought it best to remind readers, since many of the same people once on Journolist will doubtless be the ones lecturing us about how the Right is supposedly much too violent in its discourse.

So there is this, which was originally noted here:

And there is this, which was originally noted here:

If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.

But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio (update: Spitz was a producer for NPR affiliate KCRW for the show Left, Right & Center), that isn’t what you’d do at all.

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

Once again, who are these people to be lecturing the rest of us about political civility?

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