"Civic conversation in America is dysfunctional in part because we have so many such outrage exhibitionists. These folks strip inartfully phrased remarks of context, ignoring the speaker’s intentions and imputing the least charitable possible meaning..."
When the left engages in what is denigrated as “pc,” virtue-signaling, performative wokeness, or “sjw” cry-bullying, many on the right find it easy to spot the flaws. That discernment vanishes when the populist right indulges the same vices
Conor Friedersdorf on the "outrage exhibitionists": "Anyone with third-grade reading comprehension can review Omar's clumsy words and see that they do not, in fact, assert that 9/11 wasn't a terrorist attack."
Ilhan Omar Falls Victim to the Outrage Exhibitionists
Listen to Conor Friedersdorf: Crenshaw was opportunistically drawing attention to an unintentionally problematic word choice, like an “SJW” filing a frivolous complaint about a microaggression.
Good piece. Robert Hughes captured this phenomenon better than anyone else in Culture of Complaint. The right, he showed, was just as susceptible as the left to overreaction.
Really imp points here about outrage mobs, particularly when led by the president.
‘Outrage exhibitionists strip inartfully phrased remarks of context, ignoring the speaker’s intentions and imputing the least charitable possible meaning’: Conor Friedersdorf () on the Ilhan Omar controversy
Ilhan Omar's 9/11 Comments Are Being Distorted - The Atlantic
Trump's "demagogic tweet" about 's "imperfect, extemporaneous" 9/11 comments make the president "callout culture’s most prominent cry-bully," according to .
This is an interesting piece. I'm not sure about the "bad faith" argument, if it depends on the inconsistencies of the speaker or if holding others to their own standards is itself legitimate.
"Ilhan Omar Falls Victim to the Outrage Exhibitionists"
Ilhan Omar Falls Victim to the Outrage Exhibitionists | Conor Friedersdorf
“the vast majority of American Muslims are decent patriots... al Qaeda are not us, and their evil should not be used to collectively punish Muslims. You don’t have to approve of CAIR or Omar to appreciate the legitimacy of this idea.” via ⁦