Friday, April 20, 2007

James Clay Fuller wins Spotty!

Mark at Norwegianity nominated James Clay Fuller for a Spotty™ for Fuller's blog post yesterday. When Mark told Spot about it at DL last night, and mentioned that it was a great take down of Katherine Kersten a/k/a Katie, Spot was intrigued.

Well, boys and girls, it's everything Wege said it was. Fuller is an experienced, experienced journalist with years at the Strib. It is obvious that his case of revulsion for Katie has been building for quite a while. As an aside, Jim, Spotty says to just let it out a little more often; it seems easier to Spot that way.

The post does indeed win a Spotty™. Here are just a few excerpts from the post, but be sure and go read Fuller for a more comprehensive treatment of Katie's bigotry than Spot usually gives it.

Even as the worst talk show jerks and hate-spewing columnists – and those who employ them -- finally are starting to draw the fire they deserve from decent people, Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten has mounted a virulent anti-Muslim campaign.

She focuses mainly on Muslims in Minnesota.

[ . . . ]

For the most part, until the anti-Islamic campaign began to overwhelm all other subjects in her columns, rational people either dismissed Kersten as being irredeemably silly – an accurate assessment – or regarded her with annoyance as the Star Tribune's bad joke on Minnesota.

You could say she did some good by bringing liberals and conservatives together, since many people on both sides of that fence freely share their contempt for the woman.

Some readers found amusement in the fact the Star Tribune apparently pays
her what undoubtedly are substantial bucks to publish the output of her former employer and other right-wing propaganda mills. They could get the press releases and position papers for nothing.

There's not a damned thing amusing about the attacks on U.S. and, especially,
Minnesota Muslims, however. While much of what she says on the subject is silly, it comes with too much hate and danger to be dismissed.

[ . . . ]

[While castigating Muslims for refusing to handle pork products s]he has never said a thing about several instances of people in other jobs refusing to serve someone on religious grounds – as, for example, the number of proved complaints about pharmacists who have refused to fill prescriptions for birth control pills because birth control offends their Christian beliefs.

[ . . . ]

As usual with those who practice Kersten's version of what politely is called conservative Christianity, she complains over and over that no comparable accommodation is madefor Christians.

Yeah, right. [Fuller then goes on to identify many such accommodations]

Remember, boys and girls, a Spotty is awarded to the author of a letter to the editor, an op-ed piece, or a blog post or comment that Spot wishes that he has written.

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