Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Michael Barone Tells Truth, Gets Booed, Then Claims He Was Only Joking

The truth hurts ... both those who tell it and those who hear it:
A roomful of academics erupted in angry boos Tuesday morning after political analyst Michael Barone said journalists trashed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' vice presidential nominee, because “she did not abort her Down syndrome baby.”

Barone said in an e-mail that he “was attempting to be humorous and ... went over the line.”

Barone was speaking at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, to the 121st annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, which calls itself the nation’s oldest higher-education association.

“The liberal media attacked Sarah Palin because she did not abort her Down syndrome baby,” Barone said, according to accounts by attendees. “They wanted her to kill that child. ... I'm talking about my media colleagues with whom I've worked for 35 years.”

Barone, a popular speaker on the paid lecture circuit, is a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report and principal coauthor of “The Almanac of American Politics.”

About 500 people were in the room, and some walked out.

Barone did not dispute the accounts of his remarks. Asked about the comments, Barone said in an e-mail that he “was attempting to be humorous and, as many in public do, went over the line.”


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
A Reply to the "Objectivists"

More Hate: Trig Palin a Financial Burden Who Should Have Been Aborted

So, It Turns Out That the Most Hated Person in This Election ...

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At 11/12/2008 12:14 AM, Blogger j. christian said...

I don't get how that could be humorous.

At 11/12/2008 12:29 AM, Anonymous mythoughts said...

Here is what I think.

Barone firmly holds the opinion that the liberal media attacked Palin because she did not abort her Downs baby. His opinion, even if it is firmly held, does not rise to the level of truth. Essentially, he is saying "The press didn't like her because she didn't kill her baby and the public agrees."

It is his opinion and gives an interesting glimpse into not just his views about the press, but also some of his probably less than pleasant views on those with disabilities and the public in general.

Barone did not get the reaction to his commentary that he anticipated so he does not defend it. Instead, he back-peddles.

He is either insensitive or lacks the ability to defend his convictions.

At 11/12/2008 1:23 AM, Blogger BillyHW said...

Michael Barone is absolutely right.

90% of Down Syndrome babies are murdered in the womb. That means about 100% of liberals and about 80% of conservatives want to keep this sort of baby-killing legal "just in case."

This is why she was viciously attacked by the media, liberals and faux "conservatives."

At 11/12/2008 6:57 AM, Anonymous Donald R. McClarey said...

Of course much of the mainstream media hates Palin and Trig. These are people to whom abortion is a sacrament. Palin and Trig are constant reminders of the deep evil of abortion, and therefore they are the enemy. Barone had nothing to apologize for, except for telling truth out of season,

At 11/12/2008 9:09 AM, Anonymous crankycon said...

Amanda Marcotte just last week wrote a post about Trig wishing he had been aborted (because he wore a weird Halloween costume, or some such nonsense). No, it's not a declaration that she wished he had been aborted, but the underlying tone was one of contempt for the Palins.

What Barone said is an exaggeration, but not by much. The Palins represent a departure from the caricature of pro-lifers, one which I was treated to once again on the Metro today, overhearing some twit say, "Yeah, they believe that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth." Many of these people HATE us. We have to understand that, and exposing that hatred is something Barone shouldn't have to apologize for.


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