I’m not buying all the phony expressions of outrage from left-bloggers and pundits over the Gawker article about Christine O’Donnell.
From the moment she won the primary, O’Donnell was sexualized by the left with the excuse being O’Donnell’s 1996 video regarding masturbation. That 14-year old tape has been the focus of jokes and ridicule without let up.
The New York Times started its lead article about O’Donnell’s primary victory by talking about, you guessed it, masturbation.
The attacks from the left-blogpshere based on O’Donnell’s sexuality were so intense that columnist Kirsten Powers demanded the bloggers and media “grow up.”
The media is so obsessed that as I am writing this post while listening to Jay Leno on television, Leno is joking about how if O’Donnell is elected she will push her “anti-masturbation agenda.”
I have no doubt that the people who run Gawker thought they would be heroes for taking another sexual pound of flesh out of O’Donnell, just as Rachel Maddow became a hero for taking the 1996 video national.
And why wouldn’t Gawker think it would be greeted with joyous laughter, after all, exposing and mocking O’Donnell’s sexuality had gone mainstream.
But Gawker went too far, with the overstated title of the article (it was not a “one night stand” as that term usually is used) and the details of O’Donnell’s pubic hair.
The backlash was inevitable.
I don’t believe for a second that the criticisms of Gawker by most of the left-blogosphere are genuine.
These are crocodile tears from people who are afraid that the backlash will help O’Donnell politically, so they are pretending to unite in her defense on this limited point. Just read almost any of their posts, and they condemn Gawker while taking pains to point out that O’Donnell still is crazy and dangerous.
The left-blogosphere and media enabled Gawker, and if there is any justice, the monster they created will come back to bite them in the voting booth on November 2.
Update: I should point out that even before primary night and before the 1996 video was outed by Maddow, I predicted this would happen, Nuts and Sluts In Delaware. And of course, Gawker led the way in sexualized attacks on Sarah Palin, to the great cheers from the people who now are claiming Gawker has gone too far. Gawker’s attack on O’Donnell is the culmination of two years of misogynistic attacks on conservative women by the left-blogosphere and media. Gawker is you.
And NOW deserves little credit. NOW originally refused to condemn Gawker:
“We’re going to pass on this one,” Mai Shiozaki told The Examiner. I asked if this is generally a topic they try to stay away from. “Thanks, we’re passing.”
NOW only issued a statement (in which it also accused O’Donnell of taking positions which are “dangerous for women”) after the heat grew too intense.
Rachel Maddow Sexualizes Christine O’Donnell
“What’s up w/obsession about O’Donnell’s opinions on sex?”