It seems that Mike Lupica is amusing his readers who want the opposition to shut up. (When did "shut up" become a liberal argument?)
Here's the end of Lupica's shut-up-loons column:
Some of this is racial, though Obama's critics would never see themselves as being racist in a million years.And the sense that criticizing the President is racial, is that racial? I'm guessing Mike Lupica wouldn't see himself as being racist in a million years.
But there is something more going on, not just white versus black but white hats versus black hats, on both sides of politics, both the right and left selling conflict with both hands, trying to give you a Civil War every night on Cable America because that's where the ratings are.
Only it's not civil. And somehow the most gullible people have been convinced that the enemy is anybody who disagrees with them. About anything.Oh, wait! Mike Lupica never wrote the words "shut up and listen." He wrote: "stop shouting and listen."
Maybe the ones who fear Obama the most, the ones who hate him the most, should try doing what a lot of schoolchildren will do tomorrow, as this President tries to inspire them:
As a change of pace, maybe they should stop shouting and listen.
And he doesn't call anyone "loon" either. But somehow the headline writer read his column and came up with "Loons should shut up and listen."
I guess it's not just "Cable America" that's "trying to give us a Civil War" and "selling conflict with both hands." It's Lupica's newspaper, the Daily News, reading his column that — irony! — calls for civility.
Or did the headline writer pick up Lupica's real message, which was not the "civility" business padding page 2? The real message is: Obama's opponents are crazy/racist/stupid and should not be talking. And if you protest that characterization you're being uncivil.
Now, fold your little hands on your desk and pay attention, children.