Kathryn Kolbert, quoted by McClatchy as an "expert on hate speech" doesn't seem to practice what she preaches.
In October, McClatchy reporter David Lightman wrote a piece about troubling incidents of hate speech directed at Barack Obama. Here is Lightman's first sentence:
An ugly line has been crossed in this presidential campaign, one in which some people don't mind calling Barack Obama a dangerous Muslim, a terrorist and worse.(Of course, nobody called Obama a terrorist. We've been through this before -- that was a bogus myth repeated by Obama partisans.) But the"hate speech" expert McClatchy turns to is Kathryn Kolbert, head of People for the American Way.
"To me, this all feels much worse than we've seen in some time," said Kathryn Kolbert, the president of People for the American Way, which monitors political speech.Yesterday I noticed Kathryn Kolbert engaging in the kind of rhetoric she complains about in others. As it happens, I am on the activist email list for Kathryn Kolbert and People for the American Way. For years I've been getting their pleas for money and reading their wild reports about the Dangerous Right. Don't ask me why I signed up a few years ago, but I did. Usually I just delete the PFAW emails but I opened yesterdays. The email Friday was about Rick Warren -- and you'll be surprised to hear the kind of language she used -- and what she wants Obama to do. Here are excerpts from the email.
"... the reality is that he [Warren] also is a divisive Religious Right demagogue..."... and this....
"Rick Warren... marginalizes and dehumanizes those who disagree with him -- he does nothing to help unite Americans!"
Kolbert is demanding Obama dis-invite Warren, or at least strip him of the honor of giving the invocation. Gee, I thought tolerance was about including and welcoming people with different views. McClatchy's hate speech expert seems to have a different take on tolerance.