Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Irony My Shirt

Didn't that all seem a little odd?

Not that you had to go so far as some right-side commenters, who smelled a Hillary plant and a bid to gin up sympathy for her. Not that their thinking was so out of line, either. But the Clintons would do a more slick job of it than that. That was too crude.

On the other side, people who wanted to see evidence that "Sexism is alive and well in America" took the -- er, ball, and ran with it.

They’re so worried that they won’t have anyone to look down on anymore if a woman leads the country, so worried that their merely semi-erect cocks aren’t sufficient, that they feel the need to wave them around for the whole nation to watch.

And so on.

It turns out that most in the media weren't interested in following up the story (which, after all, was a minor one on a busy day), and most in the commentariat were investing themselves in a "Hillary's phony hecklers" or "sexism is alive and well" narrative. But the few who did look into it traced it to a radio station shock-jock team from Boston's WBCN 104.1 FM.

It wasn't long before folks in the conservative blogosphere uncovered the fact that the "Iron my Shirt" guys that disrupted yesterday's Hillary campaign stop in Salem, New Hampshire are radio geeks trying to create a radio stunt. Just about every major news outlet reported the stunt as a real political protest. Only one of them bothered to look into the thing to try and track down the real motivation of the disrupters.

Now, a sexist prank could be seen as evidence of sexism, but when the intent is to get attention by shocking a large number of people with some activity, you can argue as easily that the prank is evidence of the overwhelming rejection of sexism in a time and place.

But that doesn't fit some people's notions.