When American citizens assert conservative principles, as they did last week with the tea party protests, it has a strange effect on liberals. They get angry. Some get in touch with their inner Beavis and Butthead, giggling endlessly over lame sexual innuendo. Some, like Rolling Stone political reporter Matt Taibbi, just get downright misogynistic.
In a blog post on tax day, Taibbi sleazed conservative writer Michelle Malkin, who supported and wrote about the tea parties. “I have to say, I'm really enjoying this whole teabag thing,” Taibbi wrote. “It's really inspiring some excellent daydreaming. For one thing, it's brought together the words teabag and Michelle Malkin for me in a very powerful, thrilling sort of way. Not that I haven't ever put those two concepts together before, but this is the first time it's happened while in the process of reading her actual columns.”
Taibbi then paused to slime Ann Coulter (“When you read Ann Coulter, you know you're reading someone who would f*** a hippopotamus if she thought it would boost her Q rating.”) before really turning on the charm.
Of Malkin he said, “[T]his move of hers to spearhead the teabag movement really adds an element to her writing that wasn't there before. Now when I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of b**** in her mouth. It vastly improves her prose.”
It would be unfair to judge Taibbi solely from this blog post. High-mindedness and class shine through his overall body of work, as with 2005's “The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of The Pope,” or his book comparing Christians to 9/11 “Truthers,” or his recent derision of Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R – Minn.) on MSNBC's “Hardball.”
The liberal media's “tea bagging” schtick underscores blatant hypocrisy. Back in January, Hardball's Chris Matthews and guest Joan Walsh were scandalized by Rush Limbaugh saying, “bend over, grab the ankles,” for Barack Obama. But with the tea parties, all of MSNBC sounds like high school locker room.
Matt Philbin is managing editor of CMI.