Mel Gibson and Jane Hamsher: The Arianna Connection
Radioblogger has the “disappeared” photoshop effort put out by Jane Hamsher and notes that the HuffingtonPost is much more adept at hiding the evidence of bigotry than anyone working for Gibson or the sheriff’s department.
Taking a page from our president, I see the Gibson story as “a moment of opportunity,” a chance for reasonable people to stand up and be counted. For the sane among us to identify, separate, and condemn the extremists, the fanatics, the fundamentalists, the bigots, the hate-mongers and say ‘no more.’ …
For starters, the town’s power players need to step up and publicly condemn Gibson’s vile comments (in effect, saying in public what they are already saying in private conversations I and many others have had). I mean, it shouldn’t be so hard to publicly denounce someone — even an Oscar-winner — for being a raging anti-Semite.
By taking an immediate and unambiguous stand on Sunday, Ari Emanuel showed that not everyone in town was willing to write off Gibson’s odious racism as the cost of doing business with a bankable hit maker. Others then followed suit, including Sony Pictures chairwoman Amy Pascal, producers Arnon Milchan and Laura Ziskin, and manager Bernie Brillstein — earning themselves a plaque in the Backbone Hall of Fame.
Their reaction made it clear that Gibson was not going to be able to get away with his original statement that completely glossed over his anti-Semitic ravings.
So I assume we will be hearing shortly from Arianna on Hamsher’s tactics, as well as her call for Ned Lamont to disown Hamsher and others using such tactics?