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Response to onenote (Reply #49)

Mon Jan 5, 2015, 03:19 PM

56. I was responding directly to the comment,

You never let a kid think it is okay to stand on an animal


which implied that a belief that Ellen was letting the child in the picture believe it was ok to stand on the dog. Ellen's site is site directed to adults - not children. So the only way Ellen's actions were was letting a kid believe it was ok to stand on an animal was if the child and animal depicted were hers - the conservative lie going around which dredged up this stale post. While I agree that it might have given parents the idea that having their children stand animals was cute, that is not what was being complained about - or what I responded to.

I agree it was stupid of her to post the picture - and she was hammered for it when she posted it in July. It was a teaching lesson back in July - and if you read the July thread, there was plenty of teaching going on.

The only reason the picture Ellen posted is in currently in circulation and influencing anyone is because people with a political motive, who didn't bother to fact check dredged it up and started recirculating it becase they thought (1) they caught a liberal parent doing exactly the same thing that Palin did and (2) that no one criticized her for it. When they grudgingly acknowledged that there was criticism, they complained that the criticism wasn't the same - essentially that Ellen was criticized for posting an inappropriate picture, but that Palin was personally criticized for her parenting. Duh. That's because all Ellen did was post a picture 6 months ago, for which she was severely criticized at the time. Now that they are (or should be) aware that they have been lied to, they are still trying to make hay by insisting that liberals are hypocrites if they do not demand that Ellen take action, now, to rectify a bad joke she posted 6 months ago. While I agree it was a lame move - and a teaching moment - it was over and done with 6 months ago, and any current harm is not because she posted it but because conservatives have brought it back into circulation.

Palin, on the other hand, posted a picture in the last week (so it is currently circulating because of her actions) AND she was responsible for encouraging the behavior by failing to intervene in the behavior depicted to train her child and protect the dog when her training failed.

There is no reason that criticism of a current (and more egregious) acts by Palin has to include criticism of (and a demand for action associated with) every similar thought ever uttered by someone I might happen to support, just because the conservatives have trotted it out as a hypocrisy meter.

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