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The “civility” comedy gold practically writes itself

The “civility” comedy gold practically writes itself

There’s another “victim” of Rush Limbaugh, according to Adam Clark Estes at The Atlantic Wire, Rush Limbaugh’s Latest Verbal Victim Feels Derided, Dismissed:

Less than a week after calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” on the air, Rush Limbaugh ran his mouth again on Tuesday, calling investigative journalist Tracie McMillan a “babe”, an “authorette” and, more broadly, one of “these single white women.” What makes the talk show host’s poor choice of words even worse is that he was discussing McMillan’s book, as he was trying to prove that the right wasn’t waging a “war on women.” From McMillan’s point of view, this seemed an inopportune time to use diminutive terms in dismissing the in depth reporting and critically acclaimed work of a female author.

The name Adam Clark Estes seemed vaguely familiar.

Did I write about him? No, couldn’t find it on my blog search.

So I did a Google search, and oh yes, now I remember, Pat Austin at And So It Goes In Shreveport wrote about him in September 2009, Editor of HuffPo’s Health Unit Mocks Cornell Student’s Death:

Friday, September 11, 2009, a 20 year old student at Cornell University, Warren Schor, pictured left, died of complications from the swine flu. IvyGate Blog chose the tragedy as an occasion for mockery and silliness...

When Warren Schor died last week, IvyGate published this article, originally under the byline of Molly Fitzpatrick, now under the byline of Adam Clark Estes. The article mocks Schor’s death and the administration attempts to encourage students to stay healthy by practicing good hygiene. So intent was IvyGate on its mission of mockery that they couldn’t even get the dead student’s name right in the original article, first identifying him as “William” Schor, until offended commenters called out the error.

The comments following the article are unanimously offended by the post; one even points out the mysterious change in authorship: “You change the name of the author of the post but yet you keep the disrespectful and inconsiderate tone of it. At the very least get rid of that tasteless photo. Ivy Gate Media should be ashamed. Shame on you.” ….

In addition to his responsibilities as editor of IvyGate, Estes is also Associate Editor of Huffington Post Investigative Fund, described by Arianna Huffington this way: “This nonprofit Fund will produce a wide-range of investigative journalism created by both staff reporters and freelance writers.” The site considers itself a “watchdog” of sorts, reporting on fraud, abuse, and waste in government.

In June, Estes announced the formation of the Investigative Fund’s Health Unit whose purpose is to track the progress of ObamaCare. So why is a Huffington Post editor and one in charge of the Health Unit, mocking the death of a young man with H1N1?

Where there any apologies for mocking the dead? Pat followed up with this post, IvyGate Stands By Tasteless Post, noting even “The Cornell Sun isn’t laughing OR buying the “apology”.”

Estes made an error in judgment.  It happens.

Related:  Cornell Loses Student To Swine Flu


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LukeHandCool | March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

“Take all my 3 column-inches, slut!”

–Adam Clark Estes, during heated phone conference with editor, Arianna Huffington.

Wow. Seems Ms. Fitzpatrick/Mr. Estes is a little…confused. (Can we say that…???).

I guess all this just shows that–

1. nothing is too picayune for the culture of victimology, and

2. nothing the Collective requires applies to themselves.

(Can I say picayune…???)

The link to the Cornell Sun piece is flawed.

Do thees people have a mental defect that makes them unable to see hypocrisy? By these people I mean progressives and Marxists.

I don’t know.
I sort of like the war on woman.
I want to go back to the time when breakfast wasn’t a Poptart and a glass of juice.
It was bacon and eggs baby!
Pancakes too.
You poured your milk from a glass jar and loved it.
Your school lunches were all packed and it was only 7:15 AM

And it was all served by a beautiful woman wearing a lovely dress, a gorgeous apron and had impeccable makeup. And to top it off…she was wearing pearls too as Dad was lighting his pipe while he doled out some charming advice.

    Constitution First in reply to NeoKong. | March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    A fellow Boomer :-)… simpler times my friend.

    LukeHandCool in reply to NeoKong. | March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm


    As I was reading your comment I was saying to myself, “What about the pearls? What about the pearls??!!”

    In the end it was good for me.

Constitution First | March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

As long as we don’t discuss anything of national importance, like Ø’s record of Epic Failure, past and present, and remember: be civil.

    Milwaukee in reply to Constitution First. | March 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    As long as we don’t discuss anything of national importance, like Ø’s record of Epic Failure, past and present, and remember: be civil.

    Oh, you vile, racist hyp0crite you. You call for civility and then you bring up 0bama’s record: failures of epic proportions, having us barrel down the path of self-destruction in environmental-friendly-to-operate-but-enviromentally-lethal-to-manufacture vehicles (aka eftobeltmV). We understand that makes you racist. Yes I said it. Racist. Criticize 0’s record and you are racist.

    How do you get the zero with the slash thingy through it? That’s cool. I just spell our magnificent leader’s name with the number zero, instead of a capital “O”. Notice the number 0 is slender, like our grand leader, not rotund, such as somebody who eats too much fried food and doesn’t exercise enough while telling us to eat less fried food and exercise more. Such mockery, I believe, also earns me the racist tag. Oh well.

If that … person wishes to switch pseudonymic gender from time to time, perhaps he/she/it should settle upon Bob T. Estes as the transitional nym.

Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
He’s moved on to another woman

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 3:40 PM
White conservative manhood crisis
The recent GOP assault on women’s rights stems from the same fears as the racist attacks on Obama
“…. these events are all symptoms of a bigger problem. In the Age of Obama, white manhood — and a particular type of conservative white masculinity — is frightened, unsettled and terrified of its obsolescence. White (conservative) masculinity finds itself in an existential crisis.

Contrivance -a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective.

Rochell Riley of the Detroit Free Press called Rush Limbaugh a terrorist in RT Sandra Fluke, now Tracie McMillan is further evidence of The War on Womyn and essentially the ultimate extension of the racism toward Obama.

p.s. Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press is the winner of the 2011 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award.
She also wrote that “white privilege” was a problem that needs to be addressed and combated.

“and, more broadly (sic!), one of “these single white women.””

Yup — writes itself.

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Lefty’s cries for civility always come with a large amount of projection, misdirection and hypocrisy. The thing to remember is that they can’t take what they dish out and that’s justification and encouragement for giving it to them.

The internet is such a lovely thing.

Well, “babe” is in the eye of the beholder, and where the beholder is not a hunk, this could be considered offensive by the babe. While “authorette” is not a word, which may imply a fictional reference, and therefore marginalizing. Perhaps Estes was thinking of “authoress.” As for “white”, is McMillan white? That should be easy enough to ascertain. And “single,” if we are to accept Fluke’s testimony, then that is unlikely. Finally, is McMillan female? In a society that rejects the natural order and directs their lives by a selective (i.e. opportunistic) order, perhaps she is not. However, unless it is revealed that she is confused, then it should be safe to assume that she is indeed an XX or the Progressively Corrupt, “indeterminate.”

When Estes refers to McMillan as diminutive, is he implying that women are in some way inferior? Surely that is evidence of poor judgment. I believe it was Freud who commented on motivation when individuals betray their true nature at the least opportune moment.

15.5 trillion (recorded public debt) and counting…

Tick! Tick! Tick!

What is the right combination? It’s not individual liberty; not voluntary exploitation; not freedom of conscience; not individual dignity; and not sanctity of human life. There isn’t even a natural (i.e. objective) order. What’s left (pun intended)?

Life is like a banana peel…

I read both versions of the unfortunate article by Estes/Fitz. Pretty big “oops!” moment for somebody.

I didn’t get the impression that there was any intention to be humorously glib about the student’s death. Someone just quickly (and rather negligently) whipped out another fun little article which they then should have immediately caught and ruefully deleted, but, no, they published it.

And then it’s hard to back down when you get a comment deriding both you and the article, and even harder as the 50th nastygram comes in.

So you’d think this Estes guy would have a bit of empathy for someone else in the same spot.

In fact, as I think about it, they’re not even “in the same spot.”

Estes wrote an article that, upon reflection, probably made him wince that he could have missed the evident poor taste of what he had written.

Limbaugh, though, at most was faced with “damn, I should have realized that I was giving ammo to the children.” Rush was raised in a time and place where a woman sitting on national TV speaking proudly about how she was spending a thousand bucks per year on contraception and it was a hardship and she deserved to have it all paid for by the damned rich would just naturally think “slut!” Sorry, but there’s a significant portion of the population which wouldn’t disagree with that quick label.

After some reflection, I myself was leaning toward “Commie slut.”

So, Estes, you’ve become one of those attackers you once learned to despise and fear. Please don’t be thinking that this is a measure of your move towards maturity or dispassionate professionalism. It’s actually an indication that your soul is leaving you.

    You, sir, are wrong. I challenge your description of Ms. Flukes.

    I might be persuaded otherwise, but I’ve seen no convincing or conclusive proof she is or ever was a Communist!

    Steve in reply to bobby b. | March 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Hey bobby, don’t worry Rush is supported by the professional academia — a la Webster’s Dictionary sense 2 a:

    Definition of SLUT
    chiefly British : a slovenly woman
    a : a promiscuous woman; especially : prostitute b : a saucy girl : minx

    and in sense 3,4:
    Definition of PROMISCUOUS
    : composed of all sorts of persons or things
    : not restricted to one class, sort, or person : indiscriminate
    : not restricted to one sexual partner
    : casual, irregular

    Ms Fluke self confessed to her enormous needs, she seems to fit the definition. Not sure Rush should have apologized for a descriptive use of the term rather than a pejorative or defamatory use.

[…] Just wow: The “civility” comedy gold practically writes itself […]

Except that Rush was right about McMillan, who writes about “food justice.” She’s got a ridiculous premise for a book which is that we need MORE government intrusion into food through grocery stores, etc. Sort of a “pink slime” takeover of Walmart’s food section.

Fluke=reproductive justice
McMillan=food justice

What’s next? mood justice? fashion justice?