The headline is true. Conservative PowerLine’s Chief Hypocrite Scott Johnson wrote in a Note to Commenters: “I have previously observed that Donald Trump is not only vulgar in himself, he is the cause of vulgarity in others.”
In addition, Johnson wrote about Trump’s rally in Minneapolis:
“When he turned to the subject of immigration, the president singled out Minnesota’s Somali community. “For many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers,” he said. The remark predictably elicited boos from crowd.”
“I cringed,” sobbed Johnson. “This isn’t the way to do what needs to be done. It’s not right.”
Now recall Johnson’s much published double standard ad infinitum. As we have noted, if Chief Hypocrite Johnson did not have a double standard, he would have none at all. The short version of his alleged standard is any use of profanity or vulgarity will get you banned. And no tricks: “Cleverly inserting *, $, or similar in lieu of a letter succeeds only in pi$ing me off. You will be banned.”
What then are we to make of this post by PowerLine colleague Paul Mirengoff? Note the headline:
Notice how Mirengoff ‘cleverly inserted an asterisk in SH*T.’ He’s not allowed to do that is he? Near the end of his post, Mirengoff writes:
“Now, though, it seems that [former New York City Mayor Rudy] Giuliani is creating sh*t, or at least collaborating with Trump in its creation. That’s the sense I get from early reports and documents regarding the Ukraine affair, a matter that will lead to Trump’s impeachment.”
As we have reported here, Mirengoff has many half-a-bubble-off-plumb moments.
About profanity and vulgarity, Johnson specifically identifies “fuck” as an unacceptable vulgarity in a NOTE TO COMMENTERS (RATED R). Here is Johnson in his own words (emphasis added):
“Some commenters appear to be incapable of expressing themselves without recourse to words such as ‘ass’ or ‘asshole’ or ‘dumbass or ‘bastard’ or ‘shit’ or ‘bullshit’ or ‘fuck’ or ‘balls’ (of the anatomical variety) or the like and their many colorful variants.”
What are readers to make of this meme (among many) on PowerLine? In addition to the extreme vulgarity, is there a dogwhistle here for “racial animus” for which Johnson claims he has “zero tolerance?”
If Johnson has zero tolerance, why hasn’t he ordered colleagues to delete such four-letter vulgarities? Why isn’t the reader who submitted this banned? “Ben Dover” — clever, eh? Must be the Dart Mouth sense of humor. Maybe Johnson could do one of his “Sunday Morning Coming Down” posts and sing about all the crap that makes it through his educated filter.
No doubt there is a connection between extreme vulgarity and Johnson’s obsession with porn. In one of many “Note To Commenters,” Johnson frets:
“Our comments have been inundated with pornographic spam over the past week. This is not acceptable to us. … It is a mind-numbing and time-consuming chore to try to keep up with the spam. …I have accordingly had our software settings changed to withhold comments containing a link, as the pornographic spam does.”
PowerLine reader reaction raises questions about Johnson’s standards: Porn? What porn?
Surely this cannot stand.
Saving the best for last — we all know the adage: Be careful what you wish for … you may get it. In one of Johnson’s interminable lectures to readers about standards he and his lawyer clique do not follow, he wrote:
“Personal abuse of Power Line authors and commenters is prohibited. If you seek to disparage John or Paul or Steve or me personally, you are free to do so on a site of your own. Not here.”
Guess what, Chief Hypocrite Johnson — you get your wish! I did put up my own website — not hard at all. Viola!
You achieve hypocrisy the old fashioned way, Johnson — you earn it.
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