Saturday, March 23, 2013

No "Absence of Malice" in Bama instant replay

I wish Madison County Democratic chairman Clete Welti  had asked somebody ,as the young people say, before he walked into Radio Boy's  Attack Machine.  Somebody should have told him you don't take a knife to a gun fight, or, to just say NO when asked to be a guest on his show. 
Dale likes to say democrats and liberals are afraid to appear on his show, but it's not fear that keeps self respecting democrats away, it's the knowledge they are going to be treated with contempt and  malice.
Evidently Dale has his knickers in a knot because CleteWelti, also a volunteer columnist for, called him out in his introductory column.  So what does Dale do?  He invites Clete to be a guest on his radio show so he can ambush him, then calls him a liar and the feckless leader of a failed party (among other things) on his blog.   2 minutes for Clete, 36 minutes for Dale, all attack all the time, unfair and unbalanced. community editor Anthony Cook had this to say in defense of Dale's newest bullet in his resume;
  We live in a society where we can't discuss politics civilly with anyone who disagrees with us. Many of us can't even tolerate hearing an opinion that's different from our own. How pathetically weak we've become as a nation that has at its historical core the good sense to listen to and nurture ideas.
Truer words were never spoken, and if Mr. Cook wants to see an example of this type of discourse all he has to do is click on Dale's blog.  If you can't win the debate, resort to name calling, personal attacks, insults, lies, and moderate the comments.
Some readers expressed such intolerance in the comments section when Dale was announced as a new columnist with, some even declaring they'd cancel their subscriptions to The Times. That would be the equivalent of canceling your cable because one channel broadcasts a show you don't like. I'd only remind you that you don't have to click on any link with Dale's name next to it.
Thanks for the reminder.
 When I look at the political landscape in this country, it's become the norm to see highly intelligent people, supposedly the best among us, acting like spoiled children, who must have their way or else. And even worse, it's not just a matter of their political opponents having a different opinion on issues, but Republicans and Democrats demonize each other, convincing constituents that the reason an opponent disagrees is because he or she is evil and wants to destroy the country. And worst of all, political opponents literally don't respect each other. They don't do lunch, they don't have conversations. Oh, they talk – plenty – but no one listens.
And therein lies the problem


Edward said...

I cancelled my subscription to The Huntsville Times immediately upon learning that Christopher Dale Griffin aka "Dale Jackson" would have his opinion contributions published.

I have also let the following Huntsville Times/ advertizers know why I am dropping the paper:

1200 N. Kirk Road
Batavia IL 60510-1443

Madison Drugs

N56 W17000 Ridgewood Dr.
Menomonee FallsWI53051

H. H. Gregg
4151 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240 ...

Ruby Tuesday
150 W Church Ave
Maryville, TN 37801


Old Time Pottery

Clinic for Varicose Veins


Huntsville Weight Control

Holiday Inn
401 Williams Ave
Huntsville, Alabama 3801

Woody Anderson Ford Huntsville
2500 Jordan Lane
Huntsville, AL 35814

Miracle Ear
900 Bob Wallace Ave.
Suite 108
Huntsville AL 35801

Box 870291 Feguson Center
Tuscaloosa AL 35487

7930 Jones Branch Dr #1100
McLean, VA 22102

Landers McLarty Nissan
6520 University Dr NW
Huntsville, AL 35806

Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
2 Broad St,
Chattanooga, TN 37402

US Headquarters
Shire US Inc.
725 Chesterbrook Blvd
Wayne, PA 19087

2170 Piedmont
Atlanta GA 30324

600 Corporate park Drive
St. Louis Mo 63105

Sam’s Club Headquarters
2101 S.E. 25th Street
Bentonville, Ark. 72712

Gander Mountain Company
180 East Fifth St. Suite 1300
St. Paul, MN 55101 USA

Redeye said...

Thanks for the list, I cancelled my subscription to The Times also.