Huffington Post journalist Sam Stein thinks (2/19/09) that “coming off of a tone-deaf cartoon that compared the author of the stimulus bill with a crazed, shot-dead chimpanzee, it seemed likely that, for the time being, provocative political metaphors would be put on hold”–but that would be discounting the offensive superpowers of hate radio staple Rush Limbaugh, whom Stein quotes (via Media Matters) having “pushed the envelope once more”:
Within the confines of our Constitution, and the political arena of ideas, they [Democrats] must be stopped. I don’t care why they see this country the way they see it. I don’t care why a murderer does it. I don’t care why a rapist does it. I don’t care why this Muslim guy offed his wife’s head. The NOW gang is out there saying ‘oh, that’s not domestic violence, that’s just, uh, that’s just….’ What do they call it? ‘Culturally honor killing’…. I don’t care, I don’t care why anymore.
But what’s a little comparison to simple rapists and spouse-murderers for a media figure who’s used Nazi references for his foes for years? Read the FAIR Action Alert: “When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable?: For Fox News, Only When Republicans Are the Target” (1/16/04)