Fake Outrage of the Weekend: Dan Savage, the ‘Vile Anti-Christian Bully’
They’re at it again. The heirs of Andrew at Breitbart.com have launched a full-scale attack against columnist Dan Savage today. As I write this, there are nine, count 'em, nine front page hit pieces on Savage, with titles like “OBAMA WHITE HOUSE FUNDRAISES FOR ANTI-CHRISTIAN BULLY SAVAGE,” and “NSFW: SAVAGE’S NASTIEST BULLYING ON TAPE.”
The partisan hounds are baying for Savage’s hide because they think they can tie him to President Obama, of course. In the inverted reality wingnut universe, Dan Savage becomes further evidence that Obama is an anti-Christian “other,” and proves that liberals are the real bullies. (Plus, Obama eats dogs.)
This latest impressive barrage of wingnut pearl-clutching was prompted by Dan Savage’s keynote speech for a high school journalism convention, titled “Journalism on the Edge.” If you’ve ever read a single thing Dan Savage has written, you know that this is a guy who doesn’t beat around the bush or mince words; but quite a few of the journalism students at “Journalism on the Edge” didn’t want to hear his edgy criticism of Biblical prohibitions on homosexuality, and walked out.
Which seems a little strange for, you know, journalists to do. I’m pretty sure it was the word “bullshit” that pushed their buttons. A little too edgy.
Savage, meanwhile, has apologized for insulting the students who walked out, but is not withdrawing his critique of Biblical literalism as an excuse for anti-gay bullying and bigotry: On ‘Bullshit’ and ‘Pansy-Assed’.