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Hate speech

By Steven | May 10, 2010

In recent issues of the Listener, Deborah Hill Cone has been upping the frequency of her snarky swipes at the left. Last week, she highlighted the irony of liberals who preach tolerance but try to “shut down” Ann Coulter’s speech. She suggested that “[c]onservative speakers can’t visit campuses in the US now without bodyguards”. What, all of them?

Anyway, who are these liberals calling for her books to be burnt? Aren’t most liberals simply trying to point out that Coulter’s bile-filled screeds are riddled with errors and that she’s not worth listening to?

The week before, Deborah wrote:

The Spectator’s Hugo Rifkind took the words right out of my mouth about why he couldn’t be a leftie: “I could never be comfortable on the left, there’s too much hate there.”

Can she seriously believe this? The usual knock on liberals is that they are softies, tree-hugging, criminal-coddling, immigrant-loving, PC wetnurses. They care too much. Righteousness, that’s the liberal speciality, not hatred.

Sure, the left produce some nasty invective, but it’s not a patch – not a stitch on a patch – of the hatred spilled on the right. Where’s the left’s equivalent of  WhaleOil? Or Michael Laws? Of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Powerline, Michael Savage?

Deborah should be taken out the back and shot.

Topics: General | 13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Hate speech”

  1. ursula cheer Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Steven, you are turning into a true blog…whatever that may be.

  2. christopher mitson Says:
    May 18th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    New topic:
    Reading reports of the Supreme Court decision to order a retrial in the George Gwaze case reminds me of a singular fact. Apart from the estimable Jock Anderson in NBR, why does no-one name the judge who stuffed up? Just coy references to “the trial judge”.

    Is there a performance review system for the judiciary? Assuming Justice Blogs is not a confused alcoholic, grossly incompetent or filled with crazed loathing for certain defendants, do his or her misjudgments incur some sort of internal assessment?

  3. hj Says:
    May 18th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Some appellant court decisions name the trial “who stuffed up” and some don’t. Really depends on the judge writing the decision.

    You can pick up the name of the trial judge in the Supreme Court’s Gwaze decision. Supreme Court quoted sections of the Court Appeal judgment that name the trial judge. But yes correct, the Supreme Court steered away from directly naming trial judge. Court of Appeal’s judgment was less kind; they named the trial judge in the first few words of their judgment ([2010] 1 NZLR 646):

    “WILLIAM YOUNG P (reserved):
    [1] During April and May 2008 George Gwaze was tried in the Christchurch High Court before Chisholm J and a jury on two counts of sexual violation and one count of murder. At the end of the trial and after a short retirement, the jury found him not guilty on all counts.”

    Interesting – the politics and personalities!

  4. hj Says:
    May 18th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    If you’re interested in “cover ups” try looking for sentencing notes of Justice Goddard in Howse. You won’t find them on any legal database – or anywhere for that matter. Goddard J could have hardly stuffed the trial up and sentencing of Mr House more than she did.

    If you enjoy judicial bitch slapping, look at the judgment of the two Privy Councillors that dissented when the case went on appeal: [2006] 1 NZLR 433. They really got into Goddard. But life goes on, after those comments from the Privy Council, Goddard was quickly dispatched to the head the Police Complaints Authority… doesn’t she seem to be making good progress to rehabilitation? And, must say, doesn’t she look totally stunning in blue, she suits it over the black gown, definitely.

    I actually feel a bit sorry for the Police. They get a hard time. Whenever they are investigated it’s done by some hatchet woman – first they got it from Margaret Bazley, now they are getting it from Lowell Goddard.

  5. Arthur-AmeriNZ Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    The meme on the American right is that liberals/progressives are “filled with hate”. They never present any credible evidence for this—they simply say it and repeat it in the hope that people will believe it’s true.

    I abandoned Deborah Hill Cone long ago because of the nonsense she spouted, but I didn’t realise that she and the Listener had become so demonstrably silly. Thanks for this: I’m glad I don’t give them money anymore.

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