You Don’t Give Out Your Political Adversary’s Home Address Or Phone Number

If James Dobson actually sent this out in an email to his mailing list, then as far as I’m concerned, he owes Michael Moore an apology…

“Filmmaker Michael Moore, writer/director of the new Bush-bashing documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” has made quite a career out of marketing himself as a man of the people, a populist everyman who fights passionately for the little guy.

That’s why we wanted to make sure “little guys” could let Moore know exactly what they think about his new movie.

So, if you have an opinion about the film — in which Moore plays fast and loose with the facts to build a case that President Bush is an idiot and the war in Iraq is all about oil profits — we suggest you send it to the following address:

Michael Moore
[ADDRESS REMOVED BY N.P.]
New York, NY 10024

That’s his home — a condominium this man of the people, so critical of capitalism, spent $4.5 million on seven years ago. And please don’t worry that it’s wrong to use this address; it’s public record, obtained through New York State mortgage records and Federal Election Commission filings.

Besides, Moore himself endorses the publication of this kind of information: In “Fahrenheit 9/11,” in fact, he projects on screen the private office number of a congressman whose views he opposes — and urges viewers to call it.”

Yes, Moore may have given out the “private office number of a congressman”. Moreover, according to a reader at The Corner, Michael Moore once let an audience hear the cell phone number of radio host Lars Larson which led to death threats for Larson and his wife. Had Larson or the congressman given out Moore’s number or address, I’d say “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” and I’d write it off as just desserts for Moore.

However, Michael Moore is an obnoxious conspiracy nut. What’s Dobson’s excuse?

You don’t give out people’s home addresses or numbers in this sort of situation to let the “little guys” have their say, you do it to encourage harassment, abuse, and threats towards that person. That a pile of monkey spit like Michael Moore would do something like this is to be expected, but we should expect better from James Dobson…

***Update #1*** Allah, whose website I highly recommend, says the following in the comments section,

“There’s a street fight on and you’re following Queensberry rules, Hawk. Kind of like Israel vis-a-vis the Palis. I hope having the high ground compensates for all the extra shots you’re going to take because of it.”

I’ll be the first person to tell you that politics is like a knife fight in a phone — savage, nasty, and vicious. If you don’t understand that, you’re not going to last and make an impact.

But, on the other hand, you’ve got to draw a line somewhere and decide that come hell or high water, you’re not going to cross it. If you decide that you’re going to sink as low as it takes to match the left, then next thing you know you’ll be making political speeches at memorial services, publicly cheering on the deaths of your enemies, and rooting for your own country to lose a war so it’ll benefit your political party. Do we really want to go there?

As far as giving out people’s home addresses and phone numbers goes, I’d recommend that people be very careful about that sort of thing. I say that, because if we cheer Dobson on for doing this to Moore, what do you say if a left-winger were to give out Ann Coulter’s personal information? What happens if some oddball who happened to get hold of Dobson’s email were to wait outside of his condo and hurt Michael Moore? Then what do you say if that whole cycle is repeated with a prominent conservative pundit like let’s say Charles Krauthammer?

Maybe you think Michael Moore deserves it, maybe you don’t, but before you start giving the Ok to putting out people’s home addresses and phone numbers, you should seriously consider the possible consequences.

PS: Check out ‘Saddam’s Taxicab Confessions’ on Allah’s blog. Hehe…(some bad language though for those of you who are bothered by that sort of thing)…

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