Lefty email newsletter Crikey is engulfed in a hatespeech scandal after denigrating Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s baby boy with special needs as a “mongrel”.
The boy, Trig Palin, has Down Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder which has a variety of effects that include “an almond shape to the eyes caused by an epicanthic fold of the eyelid.”
Apparently prompted by the appearance of people with Down syndrome, Crikey, while running a pointless survey to suggest a name for President Elect Obama’s soon to be acquired dog, offered as one possibility “a mongrel called Trig.”
MONGREL HATESPEECH DEFINED
When one examines the definitions of the word mongrel it is clear that is possibly the most vicious slur imaginable. A quick online search offers a chilling insight into the black hearts of those responsible for publishing the email newsletter:
- Someone of mixed kind or uncertain origin, especially a dog.
- That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!
mongrel – despicable, deplorable person or thing.
Strong stuff. Strong, chilling, scary, disturbing and ugly hatespeech.
WHAT POSSESSED GREEN AND BEECHER TO ATTACK A CHILD?
And all because the lad is the son of a political conservative. If one of Obama’s kids were so hatefully denigrated, the howls of outrage would be able to be heard on the far side of the moon. And rightly so.
Not even the email newsletter’s readers were interested, with only 3.7% selecting the kick the kid option.
Kids are not fair game for one reason. They can’t fight back. Which it seems is just the way Crikey editor Jonathan Green and its owner Eric Beecher like it.
Bolt makes a compelling point:
It continues to astound me that warriors for the new green morality can be so barbaric. And to think his boss, Eric Beecher, has the gall to pose as a defender of â€quality journalismâ€. Youâ€™d laugh at these hypocrites if you werenâ€™t choking.
A DIVERSION FROM BORING BLANDNESS
The odd thing about this whole scandal is that under Beecher and Green’s leadership the email newsletter has become the bland leading the bland. Without being too immodest, we are eating their lunch (3 piece meal – yum).
Their sources have mostly dried up. They break no news. They scare no-one. The best thing they have going for them are two imported blogs about opinion polls. Their format is dated. Their cost-heavy structure is reportedly burning a $10,000 a week hole in Beecher and Co’s pocket. Mayne is a pale imitation of his former margin-called self, reduced to battling the Zimmer-frame majority on Manningham council for a few hundred dollars a week allowance to keep wife Paula off his back about money.
Only one thing endures from the old days. They might not stand for much, but they know what they hate.
Apparently that even extends to babies with Down syndrome, if they’re the offspring of people they disagree with politically.
No wonder subscriptions are so far down.