Responding to Bill O’Reilly’s lunatic rantings and ravings against Jet Blue and Yearly Kos, smearing them with random, cherry-picked, anonymous comments culled from Daily Kos (as if that game wasn’t already so totally tired when Lee Siegel was playing it almost a year ago), Clinton’s Internet Director Peter Daou posted a dKos diary (via Steve Benen) with the campaign’s rejoinder to O’Reilly’s request for a comment in response to his wankery. And it’s pretty awesome, I have to say…
Blogs are the 21st Century version of the public square. Sen. Clinton does not agree with everything said on Daily Kos, but isolating a few comments as a way to smear a blog frequented by hundreds of thousands of people a day is wrong. Certainly you would understand this when you look at some of the extreme views guests on your show have advocated over the years. Here are just a few examples:
You’ve hosted Michael Savage, who has called MLK Jr. Day a “racket” designed to steal ‘white males’ birthright.’
You’ve hosted David Horowitz, who has called Democrats ‘apologists for terrorists.’
You’ve hosted, Ann Coulter who said of the 9/11 widows: ‘I have never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much.’
It wouldn’t be reasonable to attribute these views to you and it’s not reasonable for you to attribute every comment on Daily Kos to everyone who attends the YearlyKos convention. Sen. Clinton is looking forward to attending YearlyKos.
Communications Director, Clinton Campaign
That’s a rather eloquent “Fuck you, asshole,” don’tcha think?
Although, I do agree with Ezra that O’Reilly’s highly selective format makes its comparison to the more widely open format of dKos rather too favorable toward O’Reilly when discussing an endorsement of views.
Personally, I also might have mentioned in the official response some things O’Reilly himself has said, because it has evidently slipped his tiny wee addled mind that he, not some anonymous commenter on some blog somewhere, uttered these words not all that long ago: “You know, if I’m the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, ‘Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead.’ And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.”
Charming, he is.