My Feelings Would Be Hurt (If Only I Wasn't So "Obtuse") by Dan Gura
Last week RFFM.org's founder/executive director, Daniel Zanoza, wrote an excellent piece, "Obama, the Antichrist? Hmm." [http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2008/02/obama-the-antic.html] As is my practice, I forwarded his column to many politically astute people (Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Paulists, et al) whom I thought would enjoy and maybe even learn from it. One of these recipients was Eric Zorn, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
Now the daily newspapers might not be killing as many trees (for paper) as they did in their heyday, but I'm still fond of the rustle of newsprint and read at least three every day.
So, I am keenly aware of the dearth of conservative writers, particularly at the Colonel's old paper. Always mindful of the old Italian adage, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, I read every opinion piece to see what the anti-Christian, pro-abortion, anti-family values columnists are up to. Daily, I wonder how long before the Editors realize readership is plunging because their elitist, arrogant views do not reflect mainstream America's. You know, the working class stiffs who used to pick up a morning paper to read on the bus going to work, then an afternoon one (Daily News or the Herald American) to peruse on the way home.
Ask yourself, when was the last time you clipped a Zorn column and scotch taped it to your refrigerator? Let me guess. Never. I'll bet Mike Royko, the brilliant Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, sold more papers on a bad day than every Chicago newspaper columnist alive today does. But I digress.
After reading the "Obama, the Antichrist? Hmm." column, Mr. Zorn responded, "It's truly offensive the way Mr. Zanoza parodies the mentally ill. Thank you for calling this to my attention."
Perplexed, I re-read the column three times trying to find any reference or allusion, no matter how small, insignificant or vague, to the mentally ill. Finding none, I again wrote Mr. Zorn. I asked, "Parodies the mentally ill? Where? I can't seem to find any reference to the mentally ill anywhere in his column. Please advise where you find the parody since I am unable to find it. Many thanks, Dan."
I forwarded our exchange to Dan Zanoza, the purveyor of the purported parody. We brainstormed and came to the conclusion that, despite the target of his column being people mesmerized by the junior Senator from Illinois, Zorn was actually calling Christians mentally ill. Either that, or the champion of tolerance and political correctness is such an inarticulate writer that he could not string together a two sentence reply.
Zanoza then sent Zorn an e-mail which clarified his position. "...you were very concerned that I was poking fun at the mentally deprived. Let me assure you, I do not think Democrats are mentally deprived. I do believe many of them are morally depraved, but not deprived. Sorry if there was any confusion and I hope this message will allay your concerns."
When Zorn did not respond, I again e-mailed him, giving a third opportunity to explain his inflammatory statement.
The queer response I received could only have come from someone who knows his poor choice of words (the computer version of foot-in-mouth) has got him in trouble. "Good lord, how dense ARE you people? I'd expose how obtuse you are only that would only get you the measure of publicity you seek. Sorry. I'll tell you what I tell the Westboro Baptist boys. Go away."
Publicity? I sought no publicity, only clarification of a vague sentence. I gave Zorn the benefit of the doubt and questioned in a private e-mail who he intended to say was mentally ill. He chose to let the statement stand without explanation or correction.
Honest Eric, until I received you puerile response I had no intention of giving you any publicity amongst readers of www.RFFM.org. Besides, you hurt my self-esteem when you told me to "go away." And liberal Democrats know how important self-esteem is.
In conclusion, I invite every reader to re-read "Obama. The Antichrist? Hmm" and Zorn's e-mails. Ask yourself, which of us is really dense and obtuse? Is Zorn saying Christians are mentally ill? Or could he have parsed his response in such a way that, when called on the carpet, be able to claim he actually meant Obama's supporters were beyond the pale? I'll let you decide. However, neither option cloaks the Tribune columnist in much glory.
Dan Gura is a contributing editor to RFFM.org
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