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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mel Gibson and U.S. Representative John Dingell

The media is having a field day over the recent Mel Gibson controversy. In stark contrast, however, is the media's relative lack of coverage of Michigan Congressman John Dingell's recent remarks concerning the Hezbollah-Israel war. Dingell made the following comments on a Detroit TV show over the weekend:

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Dingell: First of all, I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah or for or against Israel.

Scillian: You're not against Hezbollah?

Dingell: No.

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John Dingell is the longest serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been there since he replaced his father over forty years ago. It seems strange that Dingell should largely get a free pass for his comments. I mean, saying that you're not against Hezbollah is like saying that you're not against al Qaeda. Where's the outrage?

Oh yeah, perhaps this explains it. Dingell is a Democrat.

Note -- The Detroit Free Press only picked up the story following interest from conservative bloggers. Also, Rush Limbaugh aired the story yesterday.

UPDATE: One of our commenters leveled the accusation that Dingell's comments were taken out of context. I didn't originally have the entire quote of Dingell, but Powerline has it here. Also, Powerline has addressed the "out of context" argument. I agree with them that Dingell's comments remain indefensible.

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