Once again the liberal left has provided an excellent opportunity to point out their tendency towards hypocrisy. This latest comes from the remarks made by Wanda Sykes at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner over the weekend:
“Mr. President . . . you’ve had your fair share of critics. … Rush Limbaugh, one of your big critics, boy – Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. So you’re saying, ‘I hope America fails.’ You’re like, ‘I don’t care about people losing their homes, their jobs or our soldiers in Iraq.’ He just wants our country to fail.
To me, that’s treason. He’s not saying anything differently than Osama bin Laden is saying. You know you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight.
“You’re laughing inside, I know you’re laughing.
“Rush Limbaugh – I hope the country fails. I hope his kidneys fail, how about that?
“He needs a waterboarding, that’s what he needs.” (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22322.hitml)
Now, I know that Ms. Sykes does not truly mean us to take her literally. No decent, sane person (which I believe she is) would wish anyone to die just because he is on the opposite of a given issue. Were the comments in bad taste? I believe so. President Obama should have sat back and displayed his signature cool when they were said. So be it.
David Feherty, in D Magazine, wrote:
If you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with (U.S. House speaker) Nancy Pelosi, (U.S. Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death. (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2009-05-10-feherty_N.htm)
Mr. Feherty is also a decent man, and does not mean his remarks to be taken seriously. He merely used the joke to illustrate the frustration that troops on the ground in places like Iraq and Afghanistan have with Washington, DC politics. Michael Hiestand, who wrote the article in USA I quoted above, calls Feherty “An able magazine writer and book author…” Again, so be it.
The problem is that Mr. Feherty is being hung out to dry, while Ms. Sykes is not. Both of them joked about death coming to prominent and influential Americans. Ms. Sykes spoke to get laughter, Mr. Feherty wrote to highlight a point. Both comments would be considered tasteless. Yet, Sykes can now demand a higher fee for appearances. Feherty has to fight for his job at CBS.
Can the liberal left stop for a moment and realize how blatant their hypocrisy is? For some reason, I doubt it.