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Aug 03 2012

Bryan Fischer Award Nominees: Parshall and Gainor

We have a two-fer for the latest Bryan Fischer Award: right wing radio host Janet Parshall and Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center. Gainor went on Parshall’s radio show recently to talk about the Chick-Fil-A situation and they actually claimed that conservatives don’t like boycott and only do them very rarely:

Gainor: This is a line in the sand for everybody listening, for every American right now: what country do we want to have, do we want to have people just say ‘well I don’t like what you believe so we’re going to destroy your business’?

Parshall: Exactly. Dan let me pick up on that point because I think it’s a great one. Paradoxically, in the midst of this brouhaha with Chick-fil-A comes the announcement that Amazon.com CEO and his wife give $2.5 million to Washington state for the same-sex marriage battle going on there. I tell you what, I get an awful lot of press releases all day long and I’m still waiting, I have yet to hear a Christian group that’s saying we’re going to boycott Amazon.com because their founder and CEO has decided to make a multimillion dollar contribution to battle against something that I happen to hold dear and believe in. So this tactic, unfortunately, seems to be one sided, on the one hand I guess I can understand it, and on the other hand, it’s just not the way Christians behave in the marketplace.

Gainor: Conservatives generally are against boycotts. We’ll boycott occasionally for something that’s really extreme. But we accept that people have different values and different opinions, that’s called democracy, we tend to like that and like our Constitution and like our freedom of speech.

Parshall: I couldn’t agree more.

There’s so much bullshit in there we should call it gastral projection. For crying out loud, the wingnuts have so many boycotts going at any given time that they can’t keep up with them. They’re still trying to boycott JC Penney just for hiring Ellen Degeneres to do commercials for them. That’s what counts as something “really extreme” that demands a boycott. Indeed, Right Wing Watch points to boycotts launched or supported by the Media Research Center and Concerned Women for America, where Parshall used to work.

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  1. 1
    lofgren

    HOLY SHIT.

  2. 2
    danielkast

    Oh, FFS. Exactly ONE DAY after the Chick-Fil-A love fest (a.k.a., “Boycotts are Un-American Day”) Linda Harvey said this:

    Homosexuality continues to be unnatural behavior, no matter how many celebrities support it. Tell [Office Depot] to stop misleading kids to accept this harmful behavior and be sure to shop for back to school items at a different store.

  3. 3
    Doug Little

    We’ll boycott occasionally for something that’s really extreme

    I’ve never heard anybody call Ellen extreme before.

  4. 4
    Doug Little

    But we accept that people have different values and different opinions, that’s called democracy, we tend to like that and like our Constitution and like our freedom of speech.

    Are these fucking idiots serious? Well throw another “Irony 5000″ in the trash, she’s smoldering away and making random arcing noises.

  5. 5
    d cwilson

    Bill O’Reilly, the man who once called for a boycott of the entire nation of France, pulled that same horseshit out of his ass this week to, claiming that he’s always been against boycotts.

    I have yet to hear a Christian group that’s saying we’re going to boycott Amazon.com because their founder and CEO has decided to make a multimillion dollar contribution to battle against something that I happen to hold dear and believe in.

    So, I guess she never heard of A Million Mom’s then? They called for a boycott of Amazon.

  6. 6
    TCC

    One of my childhood friends comes from a self-described (and not at all pejoratively so) “hyper-conservative” Southern Baptist background, and their family boycotted stuff all the time. Back in the mid- to late-’90s, it was Disney. I’m not so sure this is projection so much as it is straight-up idiocy.

  7. 7
    Synfandel

    Homosexuality continues to be unnatural behavior, no matter how many celebrities support it.

    Going to church is unnatural behaviour. You don’t see a lot of wildlife in the pews. So, should we all stop doing it because it’s “unnatural”?

    Walking around in public in the nude is natural behaviour. It’s societal pressure that makes us wear clothes when the weather doesn’t require it. Should we all start parading in the buff because it’s natural?

  8. 8
    conway

    This is particularly funny when you realize that boycotts get their name from a boycott organized and carried out by Christians.

  9. 9
    Modusoperandi

    Look, they only boycott when it’s something really extreme, as in “something they disagree with”.

    I’m glad we could clear that up.

  10. 10
    wscott

    Conservatives generally are against boycotts.

    I agree. Which further proves that today’s GOP can no longer be considered Conservative. (Regressive Theocratic is how I’d characterize them.)

  11. 11
    danielkast

    So, I guess she never heard of A Million Mom’s then? They called for a boycott of Amazon.

    Well, she did specify she hadn’t heard of a “Christian” group calling for a boycott of Amazon.

    No True Scotsman is your friend at times like this. ;)

  12. 12
    davidct

    Well I’ll just have to head on over to Amazon to get a new extra heavy duty irony meter. As a Prime member they get it too me double quick.

  13. 13
    Worldtraveller

    All they need to do is subscribe to the AFA newsletter, they are probably averaging 2-3 demands per week to boycott some place or another.

    I’m going to have to go with sheer idiocy, and knowing their audience. They aren’t refuting any facts, they are providing talking points to the bobbleheads that actually listen to their show.

  14. 14
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    *snorfle* “gastral projection”

    *LOL* “Conservatives don’t like boycotts”?! Did- did I step into Bizarro World today? Last time I checked, these people were calling for a new boycott every other month!

    Then again, did anyone really expect anything other than blatant hypocrisy from that bunch?

  15. 15
    chezjuan

    Christians don’t boycott, rather they “suggest.” As the AFA says about back to school:

    While AFA does not maintain a comprehensive list of companies, and their practices, we want to let you know about three stores your family might specifically choose to avoid.

    They don’t say the word boycott anywhere in that statement, so it can’t be a boycott. Why is it so hard for us liberals to understand that? /sarcasm

  16. 16
    Chiroptera

    Well, I don’t know how many of the ordinary conservative rank and file actually engage in the boycotts called for by their leaders. Contemporary conservatives seem remarkably advserse to anything that might inconvenience themselves.

  17. 17
    greg1466

    I have got to learn to not read these things while I’m eating. I hate shooting water out my nose…

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