Alan Korwin, gun expert and author of After You Shoot: Your gun’s hot. The perp’s not. Now what?, argues that ‘Birther’ is the new ‘N’ word:
“Birther,” used by the media with impunity, is a derogatory slur, the equivalent of the “N” word used for another group to cast them as sub-human.
You apply this new “N” word to a huge group of politically-active Americans who’ve raised legitimate questions on a legitimate topic.These Americans remember Sen. McCain was grilled by a Senate committee over the same issue — eligibility. The man currently in the White House, for reasons that remain unclear to this day, avoided such reasonable scrutiny. These people ask, “Why?”
These citizens noticed that when Obama refused — flat-out refused — to release relevant documents you let him slide. These people noticed that when papers finally emerged, after unconscionable delays, irregularities were so great even amateur sleuths could spot them. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office found remarkable inconsistencies that point to deliberate fraud.
To demean and ridicule such socially-conscious, politically-active Americans with their own “N” word violates journalism’s codes of ethics (AP, NY Times, SPJ) that require you not only to be unbiased, but to avoid even an appearance of bias. Inflammatory use of this offensive denigrating smear and “birther bashing” announces your prejudice loudly.
Of course, Mr. Korwin is already being attacked for stating his opinion.
Alan: You are so naive. Don’t you know that the liberals own the English language? Tea partiers can be called terrorists and teabaggers, but you can’t say that Birther is like the N-word. Heck, liberals are even changing the 5,000-year old definition of marriage.
Calling George Orwell. The Ministry of Truth is standing by.
As the old saying goes, the pen is mightier than the sword. You may have some guns, but they own the pen, the paper, and the dictionaries.
I’m not birther, by the way. But I do I think Congress should require proof of eligibility before the presidential election. For that, I am often called a birther.
More important, it is a shame how skepticism has become so vilified. (Also see global warming.) Remember the halcyon days when one presidential candidate (John Kerry) said that dissent was the highest form of patriotism and misattributed it to Thomas Jefferson. Oops!
But we need to remember that dissent is only patriotic if you are a Democrat opposing a Republican administration. Off to the Ministry of Truth for me.