“The people who voted for Robert Spencer voted for him precisely because of the rare message he brings to CPAC”

Another great post from BigFurHat at IOwntheWorld.com about the CPAC Blog Awards:

UPDATE: John Hawkins responds to Spencergate (yes, that’s pretty stupid, I”m sorry) on Salon.com –

John Hawkins of Right Wings News, one of the groups that was supposed to give out CPAC”s People’s Choice Award to Robert Spencer, told Salon in an email that he never told Spencer he was “barred from receiving his award,” as Spencer claimed.

“Some people may disagree,” Hawkins writes, “but I don’t think asking someone not to pull a Kanye West at an award ceremony is a big imposition.

Whoa!

Wait a minute? What’s a Kanye West?

Does John Hawkins believe that Robert Spencer’s speeches are tantamount to saying, “Bush hates black people”?

Or does he mean Robert might “inappropriately” say something at the absolutely appropriate venue? Despite what the hosts think of him, he wins the People’s Choice Award, and pointing out the irony would be Kanye West-like? I”m not following.

Or does it mean that Robert Spencer is going to rush the stage where Robert Spencer is receiving an award and say that Robert Spencer really deserves the award?

This Kanye West quip sounds pithy until you think about it for approximately 3 seconds.

The awards are supposed to be about recognizing unappreciated bloggers for the good work they”re doing, not about Robert Spencer airing his personal grievances with the ACU.”

The unappreciated blogger blogs about the ACU (Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist) and it’s not a personal grievance. It’s an international story that millions of conservatives, as well as the people that will be in attendance at the awards ceremony, are gravely concerned with.

This was a really flaccid attempt at framing this like it’s a petty flame war. Bad spin. Bad spin….

Read it all.

UPDATE: American Power weighs in here.

CPAC's demand that Robert Spencer not speak about Muslim Brotherhood influence at CPAC when accepting the CPAC People's Choice blog award: "A huge miscalculation"
CPAC blog award update: John Hawkins of Right Wing News does damage control for Norquist and CPAC, throws Spencer under the bus
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Comments

  1. says

    Many more people are exposed to the counter-jihad message from the web than physically attend any conference. The latest kerfuffle has only added to the attention we get.

  2. says

    Oh dear, what are we to do? The OIC sponsored UN specified law on defamation of religion is not yet in place. We have not yet quashed the first amendment. Spencer might feel free to say something that associates Islam with Nordquist and what better way could he find to defame Islam? We’ll just have to control him in the old fashioned way of the left and refuse him a platform for his hate truths.

  3. says

    Compare and contrast: Spencer has offered countless times to debate those whose views differ. I believe he used to be paired up on TV with the CAIR guys, until CAIR realized they were overmatched.
    But it sticks in the craw of someone at CPAC that there might five minutes of criticism. So this John Hawkins guy who seems to blog about how to get your picture taken with famous people at CPAC, makes everything worse by saying Spencer should Spencer accept his award with a side of insult and generous dollop of gag order. He does not even realize that, “You have won, but the sponsors have a problem with you” is an unignorable story, probably because he is so used to being a cheerleader that he has completely internalized which stories he is supposed to comment on and which ones he is supposed to give a good leaving alone if he knows what’s good for him.

  4. says

    Surely Norquist, Khan, John Hawkins and others are not in dictatorial control of CPAC. It seems reasonable to suppose that the rank-and-file conservatives who participate in CPAC — how many of them are there? thousands? — could pull the plug on Norquist and Khan *TODAY*. Norquist and Khan only continue to exert infuence in CPAC to the extent that the rank-and-file conservatives let them.

    The real problem here is that most conservatives are soft and muddle-headed about the problem of Islam (and more importantly, the problem of Muslims), and think that a whole constellation of conservative issues under the sun OTHER than that problem are more important. With priorities like these, and with residues of the PC MC virus in their bloodstreams, so to speak, it’s no wonder they take the coward’s way out and continue to endow Norquist and Khan with undeserved power — when they should be given the bum’s rush and kicked out on their rear ends, TODAY.

    The real problem here are the rank-and-file conservatives. Shame on them for not standing up against Norquist and Khan, and for not standing up for Robert Spencer (and, to their eternal shame, not standing up for Michelle Bachmann when she most needed it).

    With conservatives like these, who needs Leftists?

  5. says

    “Some people may disagree,” Hawkins writes, “but I don’t think asking someone not to pull a Kanye West at an award ceremony is a big imposition.

    Whoa!

    Wait a minute? What’s a Kanye West?

    Does John Hawkins believe that Robert Spencer’s speeches are tantamount to saying, “Bush hates black people”?
    ……………………………..

    Maybe not. Perhaps Hawkins believes that you’re going to berate little Taylor Swift and make her cry. Or perhaps you’ll reduce Grover Nordquist and Suhail Khan to tears with your exposé of their links to Jihad…