I spent a great deal of Saturday mulling over Kleinheider. On Friday, Fritz post his smack-down and today Sharon Cobb posts it again.
I don’t know what the intended outcome of this is supposed to be. Are we all supposed to read this and suddenly realize, “my god, that Kleinheider is a jackass” or are we supposed to read this and be all “That Kleinheider is a jackass and he ‘should be’ a liability to WKRN.”? Do you get what I’m saying? Is this an informative piece or a call to action?
Because, if it’s an informative piece, I have all kinds of mundane questions like, “Considering that the Bush administration saw a memo back in August of 2001 titled something like ‘Bin Ladin determined to attack in the United States,’ why would it be a surprise if Israel had similar warning? We should have known something was coming. Why is it anti-Israeli to think that they might have also thought something was coming?” and “Kleinheider also has his head up his butt about women. Why are his supposed anti-Semitic views and his clear homophobia more outrageous than his boneheaded views on women?” But, in general, good for Fritz for writing something that’s got me thinking.
But if it’s a call to action? Count me out.
Listen, it sucks to stand with someone whose views on some things you find idiotic and reactionary against people whose views you agree with, but here I am.
It bothers me, because I could be wrong about Kleinheider. He may be a monster, I don’t know. And, if he is, I’m going to look like an ass for siding with him against people I believe to be generally right in their complaints against him.
But I think Kleinheider is thoughtful and I think he’s capable of modifying his views based on being presented with persuasive evidence that he’s wrong. Is he ever going to ask me to come to a socialist open-mike night with him? No.
But I do think that, in general, he’s a thoughtful person and believes what he does about women or gays or Israel for that matter after careful consideration of what he believes to be solid foundational premises. I regularly give him shit because I think some of his “solid foundational premises” are bullshit, but he has a coherent well-thought-out worldview even if it’s based on some fundamental misunderstandings about the nature of the world.
In other words, I can support any campaign against Kleinheider that is based on talking directly to Kleinheider, even in a public forum, and hoping that, if enough people tell him that he’s wrong, he will come to see that he’s wrong. I will not participate in said campaign because I already do that and am not going to do something I already do with a larger crowd, because that kind of ooks me out.
But a campaign against Kleinheider that seems to be about, first, pointing the ‘weirdo’ out to our like-minded friends and then working up a proper sense of outrage so that we can all feel good about how we are not like him and how we stand on the side of right when we stand against him so that we can, second, work to costing him his job?
And frankly, I’m tired of the ‘let’s see what blogger we can run out of the blogosphere’ bullshit that seems to bubble up here in Nashville every four or five months. First Brittney, then Bill Hobbs. Is this the first rumblings of something similar against Kleinheider?
If so, count me right out. Any campaign that is based on the insinuation that people shouldn’t have their jobs because we don’t like them is never going to meet with my support.
Fritz and Kleinheider have some fundamental disagreements. Fine. Disagree away. Try to persuade each other that the other is wrong and should change his mind. That’d be good fun and I can’t wait to read it.
But hinting around that he shouldn’t have his job? Let’s not spread that nonsense any farther.