Buzzfeed has now decided to create a distraction from the horrible economic news by trolling; they have reported that Pat Robertson, who campaigned with Mitt Romney this past weekend in Virginia, cracked a joke on his 700 Club’s “Bring it On” segment in which he goofed off with a disgruntled husband and said: “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” then added that the man “can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: move to Saudi Arabia.” Robertson called the man’s wife a “rebellious child,” and said, “This man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff. I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”
But Buzzfeed admits Robertson was joking: above the article they write “Romney ally is joking.” In the body of the article they write, “Robertson’s tone indicates he’s joking.”
So if Robertson was joking, what’s the story here? The story is that Buzzfeed, which got the story from Rightwingwatch.org, is desperately searching for stories puffing up the smoke and mirrors the Obama campaign is using to obfuscate the fact that the economy is drowning.
And of course, there’s the typical double standard at work here. Dave Weigel of Slate, one of Buzzfeed’s biggest fans, who has condemned trolling, is silent.
If Buzzfeed insists on linking Romney with Robertson, perhaps they can also write an article linking Obama with the folks he’s hung around with, such as Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, George Soros, etc.
There’s one difference: Robertson never said God damn America, he never tried to blow up the Pentagon, and he never financed hate groups which champion America’s demise.
The day Buzzfeed or any other left-wing rag writes a story like that is the day Barack Obama covers his mirrors.