When Stacey Singer of the liberal Palm Beach Post tweeted to me Friday that she was “appalled” I’d “ever post such a thing,” I was kind of surprised. When I figured out what post she was talking about, I responded with the dark sarcastic part of my personality.
Randy Schultz is The Post’s ultra-progressive Editorial Page editor, and from what I understand, Singer works closely with him.
The post Singer was “appalled’ about, “Nearly one-third of voters think armed revolution may be needed,” written by BizPac Review’s Tom Tillison, involved a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University that found 29 percent of registered U.S. voters believe armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years.
I was on my way back from Tallahassee when the post went up, and I only skimmed it, so I thought maybe I had missed something. Had Tillison advocated for armed rebellion?
No, which makes me wonder if Singer read the story at all, or just responded to a headline tweeted by a conservative.
“While it’s an easy argument to suggest Americans are out of touch with what’s happening in Washington, D.C., a new survey may indicate some are out of touch with reality altogether,” Tillison wrote.
He makes it very clear that he thinks those supporting an armed rebellion may have a few light bulbs missing from the chandelier.
After rereading the post, I got a little more serious with Singer, which resulted in the following exchange:
If BizPac Review yelled fire in a crowded theater by writing about the poll, then so did MSNBC, the Huffington Post, Fox News, CNS News and dozens of other media outlets, because all of them wrote about the same poll.
If all these media outlets are yelling fire in a crowded theater, does that not concede the point the poll illustrated? In order to use the “yell fire” analogy, one must have a crowded theater in which to yell.
Singer replied to my tweet, saying something like, “I believe in personable responsibility when it comes to speech.” I thought using the word “personable” instead of ”personal” was kind of a clever pun, but maybe it was just a misspelling, because Singer deleted the tweet before I could save it.
I answered with:
I’ve never met or spoken to Singer in person, and while we had our differences from afar about a few topics last year, this isn’t personal.
In fact, I should thank her and those like her at mainstream media outlets all over the country, who seem to think it’s their right, and their right only, to decide what news the American people are allowed to hear, and views the reporting should represent.
New conservative media outlets like BizPac Review are flourishing all over the country, in part because the old liberal media is “appalled” that conservatives exist at all, and that we will no longer accept their definition of what is news, and what is not.