Green Witch wrote:
It wasn't just NPR, I think all the news outlets were broadcasting his deranged opinions. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand there are people who take Robertson seriously and I don't think ignoring him will make him, or his followers, go away. By publicizing his hate speech, it makes people more aware of his dark side and less likely to pay attention to him even when he's pretending to be normal. Sometimes you have to give the powerful crazy people a forum to act as their own repellent.
Gala, I think GW puts it well here.
I really love NPR, and I'm not going to defend them here. Also, as Joe Nation put it, I can do 3 things at once.
I can be disgusted by this, and still feel for the Haitians and their plight.
I thought that, while many people reacted as I did, thinking Robertson is a lunatic, there are also many, many, many people who listen to him and say "you tell it Rev. you got that right"
Sometimes I need a reminder that these types have an incredible amount of influence in many areas, and we cannot affort to ignore them. They are not just going to go away.
If just a few people, those who thought that Robertson was a direct conduit to God, realized from this latest comment how horrible a person he is, then something good has been accomplished.
Robertson may be a fool, but even the biggest fool has followers, and that can't be ignored.