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.
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….
UPDATE: American Power weighs in here.