The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

13 May 2006

Huffington Post, Cenk Uygur, Michael Smerconish


'Turk' Underscores Left's Nasty Habit

During fawning press coverage given to the Huffington Post's recent first anniversary, we wish someone had instead asked Arianna why her website's editorial standards seem increasingly lax.

After initially confining her guest- blogging list to a who's who of Hollywood liberal elitists, it more recently has been opened up to an odd assortment of activists, C-list players and anyone with even the slightest connection to Air America Radio.

Perhaps busy celebs weren't coming through with enough material?

Previously, we've wondered why Arianna finds Air America co-founder and Lyndon LaRouche sympathizer Sheldon Drobny appealing enough for regular contributions.

Increasingly, however, the angriest bully in HuffPo's schoolyard is liberal talker Cenk Uygur, who co-hosts an obscure satellite radio show called "The Young Turks".

Uygur, a partisan Democrat activist, claims to have been a Republican until quite recently.

Perhaps to attract attention, Uygur is picking fights with established talk radio personalities, most recently WPHT-AM/ Philadelphia morning host Michael Smerconish.

Rather than build credibility through sound reasoning, however, Uygur instead chose the unhinged route. Kicking off his essay with childish name-calling, he underscores Bill O'Reilly's assertion that these types of blogs are merely "smear websites".

Take a look (language warning):

Michael Smerconish is a pussy. A big gaping pussy.

He loves to talk tough from his comfortable reclining chair about death penalties and the war on terror - and how tough he would be in killing people. Yeah, I know, you're really tough. I'm sure Al Qaeda is quaking in its boots thinking about big, tough Smerconish.

I keep hearing him talk about how the country is sissified. He loves that term. I don't know why, but it keeps going in and out of his mouth. Back and forth, back and forth.

He says we're a country of sissies because we didn't execute Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved with 9/11. You know what else happened on 9/11? Hundreds of brave firemen and police from liberal -- and hence sissy -- New York went into a burning building and never came out. The passengers on United 93 risked their lives and ultimately died to save their fellow Americans. One of the men who led the charge against the terrorist on board was a gay American. What a sissy!

I'm so tired of hearing these big, bad conservatives try to characterize decent people who try to do the right thing as wimps - and worse yet, in their world - gay! It doesn't take a genius to figure out where Smerconish is going with the sissy label, but in case you missed it, he hits you over the head with it by stating the definition in his latest post: A boy or man regarded as effeminate.

By choosing the intellectually less- taxing unhinged path, Uygur avoids taking the time to formulate an effective series of debate points against Smerconish, a fellow HuffPo contributor.

In his own piece, the Philly talker makes a far more general statement about the mindset that allowed Moussaoui to escape the death penalty:

We've become completely sissified in the war on terror.

The root word is sissy. That's: sis sy. N. pl. sis sies. Meaning: 1) A boy or man regarded as effeminate, 2) A person regarded as timid or cowardly, (sis si·ness or sis sy·ness n.; sis sy adj.; sis sy·ish adj.). Hence sis si·fied: adj.
of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a sissy.

Sissified is the only word to describe a federal jury's decision to give Zacarias Moussaoui a verdict of life rather than death.

What about Smerconish's piece justifies Uygur's angry and emotional response?

Even typically supportive HuffPo commenters were quick to question the young Turk's piece:

This sounds like an "ad hominem attack" on a "member of the community." Editors, are you reading this?

By: Mort on May 12, 2006 at 04:10am
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How come there are "Abusive" and "Best of" flags for comments on blogs, but not for the blogs themselves? All the other blogs by Cenk that I've read would have gotten a "Best of" rating from me. But not this one. Aside from the really stupid challenge to a fight, the language and imagery are appalling. Cenk could have made all his points about Smerconish (and they are valid) without sinking to this level.

By: GordonDR on May 12, 2006 at 04:12am
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I agree. Editors?

By: Thorn on May 12, 2006 at 04:16am
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I suppose the question is, whether there is a "hominem" there to attack?

By: Rowland on May 12, 2006 at 04:18am
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Yeah, seriously... I can't stand Smerconish, but trust me, the commentariat here makes short work of him each time he lets those infantile ideas escape his reptilian brain... But to see this kind of thing as an actual blog post on the site puts it on the level of, well, sites where they probably worship Smerconish.

By: DrPaulProteus on May 12, 2006 at 04:24am
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While we're not sure why Smerconish cares to associate with the Huffington Post, it's even less clear why Arianna hasn't imposed at least a minimal level of editorial guidelines for her site.

After all, with each Cenk Uygur piece, it's her reputation at stake.

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Uygur photo (top right): VOA, Smerconish: publicity photo


  • Brian: "it's even less clear why Arianna hasn't imposed at least a minimal level of editorial guidelines for her site's her reputation at stake."

    Michael Moore's assistant (that's ass for short) is further demonstration of this in his advocacy of 9/11 conspiracy theories.

    By Blogger Robert, at 14 May, 2006 00:51  

  • Is "Smerconish" a dessert topping or a floor wax? Sorry, I forget.

    By Blogger WHT, at 14 May, 2006 01:22  

  • Brian,

    Apparently the original post is gone now, replaced by a sad "Sorry if you got upset at my language" appology.

    By Blogger Scott, at 14 May, 2006 07:57  

  • Based on an analysis of the sizes of the thumbnail photos next to each contributor, I've come to the conclusion that the lovely Arianna is just a "figurehead".

    The person at HuffPost with the largest thumbnail image is... Bill Maher. I believe he is the true owner and manager of the site.

    This is also at least the second time that a HuffPoster has played the "it was just satire card!" The other case was by the completely unfunny Tony Hendra.

    One of the more disturbing entries was from the "skunk who hasn't learned to piss yet", aka Max Blumenthal.

    Many of those at the site seem to be also book authors or other pimpers of products, such as David Sirota or some nobody actress who was trying to get her film made.

    Speaking of pimping, here's my HuffPost parody site.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 15 May, 2006 01:07  

  • Some good stuff there, LoneWacko.

    I do think the HuffPo is a useful place to get the temperature of the angry left (but don't leave the thermometer in for too long).

    The dicscriminating HuffPo lurker will find a delightful antidote amid the poison in the form of Greg Gutfeld who makes merciless fun (although not as frequently as I'd like) of HuffPo bloggers and commenters alike.

    Be sure to check out his double secret blog under his bio link.

    By Blogger Robert, at 15 May, 2006 07:00  

  • Arianna is a publicity seeker. She do what it takes to get her 15 seconds of fame.

    I've seen her up close and personal in the 94 GOP Senate Primary. I didn't like what I saw and didn't vote for her then husband in the General Election against DiFi because of Arianna.

    By Blogger PCD, at 15 May, 2006 09:45  

  • She sounds too much like either of the Gabor sisters--Eva and Zsa Zsa just in case you need to know.

    And what a hypocrite! She decries the environment, yet has gas guzzling limos, rides in a plane, etc.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 15 May, 2006 18:30  

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