CNN’s Smerconish Responds On Air To My Criticism of His Equating Kim Davis To The TALIBAN
It looks like my little critique got under CNN host Michael Smerconish’s skin. Or maybe he was just happy someone watches his show and got his name right for once.
In any case, last weekend we caught him equating Kim Davis, the Kentucky County clerk who went to jail rather than approve of same-sex marriages, to the murderous terrorists of the Taliban. I sent just the right amount of measured opprobrium his way.
This morning, he responded:
Now, his argument that the same comparison was made on Fox News sounds like a good one unless you look a little closer. It’s purely rhetorical sleight-of-hand when you consider the difference between saying that one thing might lead to another, as a legal precedent, and saying that they are simply equal. In his first comment, Smerconish petulantly equated the actions of Kim Davis with that of a murdering terrorist group, without qualifying that he meant anything about legal precedents.
Secondly, it was just as stupid a comparison when Smerky made it as when Shepard Smith made it later, and I noted that here.
Thirdly, I’d like to add that I’m not even terribly convinced that Kim Davis did the right thing, even though I am a Christian believer and I’m against same sex marriage. I just couldn’t let his hyperbole go without pushing back.
Finally, he actually cites natural law theory as something that we can’t implement in our law because it will be too destructive of our legal system. But in saying this, he’s utterly rejecting the natural law origins of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the political philosophy of most of the founders. It’s almost as if Smerky believes our legal philosophy was established 20 years ago on a materialistic, atheist, humanist foundation, and forgets everything since the founding, and everything that philosophically led to the founding!
All of this is absurd on its face.
Which is why it was welcomed by the 12 viewers that watch CNN on Saturday mornings.