You’ve probably noticed the new “Notable Quotable” feature on my blog. I think it’s important not to let Geraldo Rivera’s hate speech disappear down the rabbit hole. I am not surprised that he’s gotten away with it. I am not surprised by the almost universal refusal in the MSM to condemn his disgusting threat. Nor will I be surprised when we get cowardly explanations that he didn’t really mean it. Apologists will play the Wonkette card. It was just a joke. Blah, blah, blah.
Nor am I surprised by the drooling pile-on by the Left. If you tolerate a bully, you beget more bullying. Last night, it was MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann frothing at the mouth–citing Geraldo approvingly as he handed out a “Worst Person in the World” award to…me. Really:
Now, can you imagine the uproar if any other female journalist/commentator had been on the receiving end of Geraldo’s rhetorical spittle? This wasn’t an off-the-record comment at a cocktail party or a private remark in a green room. It was on-the-record smear to a Boston Globe reporter.
And the message over the past week has been: This smear/attack/threat is acceptable.
Another little anecdote that reveals what a Bizarro World we live in: To ensure that Geraldo’s spit slam didn’t go quietly into the night, I bought a few ads through Google Adsense and Quigo. I believe in holding people accountable for their words. If you Google “Geraldo Rivera,” you may spot the ad in the sponsored links:
The ad also appeared on the FoxNews.com website…
…until I received an e-mail this morning from ad company Quigo notifying me that the ad had been pulled and my account revoked:
Unfortunately, we had to disable your ad due to offensive content. If you have another ad copy that you would like to use, we would be more than happy to switch it out. Until that time, however, your account will be blocked.
Rich. Just rich.