The controversy over the vile comments about Andrew Breitbart’s death made by hatetalker John “Sly” Sylvester of Madison’s WTDY continues. Yesterday conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes of Milwaukee’s WISN addressed Sylvester’s conduct, focusing his discussion on the clear double standard in the mainstream media concerning harsh criticism of conservatives who make objectionable comments (e.g., the current criticism of Rush Limbaugh) versus lenient to nonexistent criticism of liberals who make objectionable comments. An mp3 podcast of the show is available here. Sykes addressed the matter on his blog here and on his Facebook page here.
Sykes’s discussion was extremely informative, and as soon as practicable links to a YouTube video of this portion of the program, and a transcript of it, will be published in an update at the bottom of this post.
Mar. 10 update: In yesterday’s show, Sykes briefly touched again on the John Sylvester situation in the context of a discussion of the double standard revealed by the media’s harsh treatment of Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke versus its lenient treatment of much more outrageous comments made about Sarah Palin by Obama SuperPAC contributor Bill Maher. Here is an audio clip of that portion of the show.
Mar. 12 update: Here, finally, is a YouTube video with the complete audio of Sykes’s March 7 discussion of the Sylvester controversy, plus some informative and hopefully entertaining photographs and video added to explain and illustrate the discussion:
And here’s a transcript, with time signatures at the left margin so you can focus only on the parts of particular interest if you wish. A very brief sample of some of Sykes’s main points:
I have posted on both my website and on my Facebook page the audio of the VILE comments of the Madison liberal talk show host who says he would’ve poured weed killer on the grave of Andrew Breitbart. Now the reason I’m bringing this up is once again, the left and the media are going all out — there’s an absolute jihad — about Rush Limbaugh.
Now, by the way, I did not defend Rush Limbaugh’s comments. I think they were offensive. I think they were stupid. But here is — you know, on the one hand, you have this campaign to destroy Rush Limbaugh; to have him fired from his job, quite literally; to strip him of his advertisers, for using the word “slut.” Now, again, totally inappropriate, totally offensive,
BUT, here we have a lefty who has endorsed a candidate for governor in the State of Wisconsin, a FREQUENT supporter of Wisconsin Democrats, chortling, laughing, snickering, saying he is glad of the death of a father of four, a husband, a conservative activist. And it’s going to be very interesting to see what the reaction is — what the double standard will be.
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Rush Limbaugh did not say that he wished this young girl were dead. He did not mock a dead person. He called her a really offensive name, and it was stupid — I am not sympathetic to what he had to say. But the reaction is so disproportionate. The left is using this, really, as the pretext to try to get Rush Limbaugh fired, driven off the air. And frankly they feel emboldened to go after every single conservative talk show host as well. It’s not gonna stop with Limbaugh. So the question is what standard will we hold liberals to?
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He is refusing to apologize. And the management of WTDY apparently does not care. * * * And my guess is that our local newspaper will have nothing to say about this, the Madison newspaper will have nothing to say about this, and the owners of this, it’s . . . Mid-West Family Broadcasting, which owns this — probably, you know, has no problem with this at all!
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I’m trying to imagine the mentality that I would take somebody who writes stuff, who disagrees, and that I would devote a segment of the program talking about how glad I was that his kid has no father, that his wife has no husband, that he’s dead. I am trying to imagine — because I know that conservatives are accused of being hateful and being meanspirited — I’m trying to imagine what would have to happen to me to do that, to get there in the first place. Because I have no doubt whatsoever what would happen if I did it. I have no doubt! I mean, can you imagine how many columns and stories would be written about it?