I’ve ignored the controversy over Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister because it was simply not relevant. Anything Edwards himself has said in the past is fair game. Anything Marcotte or McEwan write as members of Edwards’s staff would also be fair game. What they said in the past is not relevant. I care about the views of a candidate. Views that people they hire have expressed in the past do not necessarily represent the candidate’s views.
Salon now writes that they have been fired (although this isn’t certain) following attacks from the right wing. There is a strange double standard here. The attacks have been led by Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League. Media Matters has documented a long list of bigotry on Donohue’s part including:
“People don’t trust the Muslims when it comes to liberty.” [MSNBC's Scarborough Country, 2/9/06]
“The gay community has yet to apologize to straight people for all the damage that they have done.” [MSNBC's Scarborough Country, 4/11/05]
“I’m saying if a Catholic votes for Kerry because they support him on abortion rights, that is to cooperate in evil.” [MSNBC's Hardball, 10/21/04]
“We’ve already won. Who really cares what Hollywood thinks? All these hacks come out there. Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It’s not a secret, OK? And I’m not afraid to say it. … Hollywood likes anal sex. They like to see the public square without nativity scenes. I like families. I like children. They like abortions. I believe in traditional values and restraint. They believe in libertinism. We have nothing in common. But you know what? The culture war has been ongoing for a long time. Their side has lost.” [MSNBC's Scarborough Country, 12/8/04]
While Donohue is waging war on Marcotte and McEwan, he has been quick to forgive others. They defended Jerome Corsi, coauthor of the discredited attacks on John Kerry in Unfit for Command despite his previous attacks on Muslims and Catholics:
A search of the Catholic League’s website for “Corsi” yields only one result — a 2006 news release in which Donohue defended Corsi (who is referred to in the release as “Jerry Corsi”). The Catholic League release stated, “Corsi once made anti-Catholic jokes on the Internet, and later apologized for doing so,” and quoted Donohue describing Corsi as “someone who once made anti-Catholic quips for which he has long apologized.”
Donohue was also quick to stand up for Mel Gibson:
Donohue said of Gibson, “There’s a lot of people who have made comments which are bigoted who are not necessarily bigots,” adding that he is “concerned now about piling on.” Of those who won’t forgive Gibson, Donohue said: “Who gives a damn about those people?” Donohue then asked, “What kind of blood do they want out of this man?