Another Lords of Loud column by Steve Young
I have to admit, I've always liked Lanny Davis and not just because he calls himself a liberal . The former Clinton chief of staff has been one of the Left's few regulars who has been a welcome visitor on Hannity and O'Reilly who has been able (allowed) to get an appositional word in edgewise. That is, until he had a book to sell.
Today, Davis showed up on O'Reilly's radio show to discuss Rush Limbaugh's airport search and the "politics of personal destruction™." Both Davis and O'Reilly almost ran over each other in the effort to pitch their upcoming books and pat each other on the back.
Of course, O'Reilly was quick to jump on his favorite disclaimer that he never makes personal attacks by bringing up his non-personal descriptions of Cindy Sheehan though he seems to have forgotten that he's said she was she is "in bed with the radical left," who "hates America," or brings on every right wing apologist he can find to rip her for him.
Davis never questioned Bill calling Jon Stewart "a communist," Molly Ivins, "a socialist or ruling Syracuse Post-Standard's Publisher Stephen Rogers "incompetent," because of a recent column in the Post-Standard, even when Roger passed away over three years ago; or the fact that Bill regularly slams mediamatters.org as a smear merchant when they link to Bill's actual transcripts and video. "Pinhead," "looney," and "crazies" references-amundo were also never brought up.
Even when Bill brought up the politics of personal destruction™ reverberated by Howard Dean and Davis brought up Republican Ken Mehlman, O'Reilly interrupted with a "No comparison" defense and Davis let it go, instead moving on directly to knock Howard Dean.
I understand that selling books is more important than standing up and questioning someone who desecrates the truth regularly, but with so few chances to explain the truth to the other side, to instead pal up with O'Reilly in smearing your side is a shameful waste.
I also realize that the standard method of most on the Left is a tendency to look at both sides of an issue before make a reasonable point. Problem is, when on a Right-sided show, they'll stop you long before you get to reason. But when the Right's muckrakers like Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Bernie Goldberg come on and just shout their one-sided distortions, that then stands for truth to the fans of broadcast's Lords of Loud. When Lanny Davis barely squeaks an objection and instead goes with the O'Reilly flow, the "folks"on the Right point to that as a confirmation of the distortions and at best, say, "hey, both sides do it." 'Course, they may also buy his book.
Davis was invited back when the book comes out. That was the point. But hopefully, with it close to mid-term elections, he'll spend more time speaking to the Right's penchant for smearing than the much fewer on the Left who do.
In terms of disclosure, my book, "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" was recommended as a "must read" by Sean Hannity even though, if you ever heard me on his show or read my columns, you know I didn't get the recommendation from agreeing with Sean.