Courtesy of the Drudge Report: Colin McNickle, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columninst/editor who was told by Teresa Heinz Kerry to "shove it," has been whining about his treatment from "liberal media elitists." Furthermore, the blurb on the Drudge Report and McNickle himself have misrepresented one of Mrs. Kerry's comments:
The Tribune-Review, owned by Richard Mellon Scaife, was often accused last week of being a right-wing "rag," McNickle complained in a Sunday column, and this was "vomited repeatedly by liberal media elitists."
Heinz Kerry, he added, "publicly impugned my personal and professional integrity" and allegedly equated his behavior with "McCarthyism."
First of all, I don't know enough about the Tribune-Review to decide if "rag" is an appropriate epithet. I do know that the paper contains a section called "Media Monday," which begins, "Here are some of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes from or about the liberal media..."
More importantly, as far as I can find, Teresa Heinz Kerry did not equate McNickle's behavior with McCarthyism. She had used the term "un-American traits" and McNickle repeatedly questioned her as to why she had used the term "un-American activities." Mrs. Kerry became upset at being pressed about a term she hadn't used and made reference to McCarthyism only to point out:
It [the term "un-American activities"] [i]s a political connotation of McCarthy implications, which I would not use unless it was very specific. I would use it if it was correct. But that's not what I was talking about.
I cannot in any way conceive of an interpretation of this sentence that would lead one to believe that Mrs. Kerry accused McNickle of McCarthyism. In fact, he accused her of using a McCarthy-era phrase (that she didn't use)... and still he claims that she is the one who is willing to throw around inflammatory rhetoric.
Was it I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I day at the Tribune-Review? I'd like to see Teresa respond to McNickle's column with a statement that says, "I'm rubber, you're glue, anything you say bounces off of me and sticks to you." But we don't live in a world where that's possible. Oh well.