By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog
I thought The Star-Ledger didn’t print ad hominem personal attacks, yet Sunday’s nasty hit piece against Rep. Scott Garrett, R-NJ, by Tom Moran certainly qualifies.
Disagree with him on policy – fine. But wishing violence upon him as he did in his John Wayne dream paragraph – “I want someone to grab Garrett by his collar and belt and give him a big heave” – is an incitement to criminal harm.
Perhaps anger management classes, Mr. Moran – or Journalism 101 where they teach civility?
His column presumes that anyone who holds a position advanced by Rep. Garrett – energy development and independence, the Second Amendment, pro-life for unborn children, opposition to wasteful government spending and traditional values – is a hateful bigot not a principled individual. This condemns half the country to “a big heave.”
Hogwash! Because Tom Moran believes something doesn’t make it de rigueur for everyone. There’s no such thing as editorial-page-editor infallibility.
Speaking of John Wayne, he was an anti-establishment defender of traditional American values. If there’s anyone he would refuse to suffer and to whom he would give “a big heave” it would be pious bad-guy humbug, Tom Moran, tossed out into a dusty Western street with his hubris and his hat.