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Today's Media Rules: 'Tea Bagging,' 'Cracker' Okay On the Air, Soccer Tweets Forbidden Off

On my Twitter account, I follow a few hundred mainstream media-types (keep the enemy closer, right?), and unless I’ve missed it (and I hope I have), not a single one has spoken out in defense of Roland Martin. Not one. How scary is that. The politically correct Groupthink is so strong, they’re all apparently afraid to say anything for fear GLAAD’s McCarthyism will turn against them.

Here are the two tweets Mr. Martin was suspended for after GLAAD pretended to take offense:

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl.”

“Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.”

The word “gay” appears nowhere, and it is painfully obvious that Martin is mocking the game of soccer as something less than masculine. But by no rational, reasonable, or fair standard is what Martin tweeted in any way offensive or out of line. Martin’s only sin is that his tweets weren’t politically correct.

In fact, the only bigotry at work here is coming from Politico’s Dylan Byers, the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, and GLAAD — those who automatically equate a lack of masculinity to homosexuality, when nothing could be further from the truth. I know plenty of gay men who are plenty masculine and I know more than a few straight metrosexuals who aren’t. Equating a lack of masculinity to homosexuality is like equating “food stamps” to black people. The bigotry and homophobia is coming from those making the connection, not the other way around. 

But those fascistic scalp-hunters over at GLAAD and their blacklisting soul-mates over at Politico and the Washington Post wanted a scalp, and so CNN gave them one. 

But what are the rules? That’s the problem. There are none. The rules are Orwellian and will be made up as we go along.

Eurasia?

Eastasia?

We’ll let you know in Room 101.

Below are two examples of events that, unlike Mr. Martin’s tweets, occurred on the air — one at CNN and the other at MSNBC. No one involved was reprimanded or suspended. Granted, I’m most certainly on record making an issue out of both of these shameful examples of bias and the raging double standard currently at work in our corrupt media, but the thought of demanding anyone be fired or even suspended was the furthest thing from my mind. That, frankly, would be un-American:

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CNN poster boy Anderson Cooper wasn’t suspended for trashing millions of every day Americans with an obscene sexual slur on the air.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Politico’s Jonathan —He Who Investigates Private Citizens To Protect His Precious One — Martin weren’t suspended for spouting what many regard as a racial slur, on the air.

Which is as it should be. This is a free country, and personally I’m all in favor of allowing people to be open about their prejudices and biases. The honesty is revealing and helpful. Obviously, you have to draw a line somewhere, but if that line was up to me, “tea bagging” and “cracker” would be a helluva lot closer to it than Roland Martin’s silly tweets.

But I go back to my original point about the deafening silence we’re hearing from those who work within the mainstream media, those who should be the primary defenders of free speech and free expression. Those who should be outraged by this non-stop attempt to institutionalize speech crimes within the very institution where speech should be the most protected.

Instead, they’re either behaving as sheep or — and this is a frightening thought — someday hoping to be the ones who will choose between Eurasia and Eastasia.

SIDE NOTE: It’s worth mentioning that Roland Martin has been a shameless race-baiter at times, one of those who automatically equates criticism of President Obama with racist motives. The Daily Caller’s “Jim Treacher” addresses this New Irony perfectly:

I think it’s ridiculous to suspend Martin for this, but maybe some good will come of it. Maybe now he’ll think twice before he complains about “dog whistles.” Maybe now he sees firsthand how unfair it is when other people decide what your motives are for you.

What happened to Roland Martin was wrong and un-American, but that doesn’t mean I’m losing sleep sympathizing with him.

Oh, and enjoy the “re-education” Roland.  

Say hello to Brett Ratner and Tracy Morgan for us!

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