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Monday 24 October 2011

Dacre’s Little Transatlantic Helper

Mail Online’s Right Minds, a repository of reactionary and frothing punditry edited by the unfeasibly pompous Simon Heffer, has now included a blog from the USA in its list of dubiously talented contributors. It is called the Mirror Of The United States or MOTUS. So where is this new kid on the Mail’s online block coming from? Sadly, any thought that there may be useful insight here is soon dispelled.

Indeed, one might wonder what the Hefferlump was thinking when he made the decision to feature content from MOTUS. Because this is yet another source of ranting and knocking copy – that is, knocking copy and ranting that is off the scale even by the standards of the Daily Mail. Let’s start with the list of recommendations, which I suspect Heffer did not.

First off is Larwyn’s Linx: “RomneyCare subsidized illegal immigrants ... Scratch a Democrat, find a Dictator ... More Jew-Hatred at Obama-Endorsed #OWS Protests ... [OWS] “It’s Like Walmart For Rats” ... Idiotic AGW Headline Of The Week”. And there’s Michael Savage (formerly Wiener), once barred from entering the UK. And Thayrone X, yet another “Conservative talk show host”.

How about the rest of the blogroll? There’s Atlas Shrugs, blog of Pamela Geller, high priestess of Islamophobia. And following right along is Debbie Schlussel, yet another in the same vein (Schlussel specialises in racist tirades, as well as demonising Islam). And dear Michelle Malkin, daughter of immigrants who is hot on immigrants (as well as appearing on Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse)).

So what of MOTUS itself? Well, apart from the stream of abuse hurled at the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters, and the similar tone aimed at Michelle Obama, there are routinely vicious characterisations of a number of Democrat politicians and advisors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Janet Napolitano and Kathleen Sibelius.

This isn’t merely an opinionated blog, but one representing a nasty and extreme part of the US political scene. Something tells me that Simon Heffer either didn’t check it out before including it in Right Minds, or he took it on recommendation, sight unseen. Either way, it’s not a smart choice from the Hefferlump.

Not a wise move, Mail people.

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