John Nichols asked
over at the Nation exactly what John McCain was talking about when he called Jerry Falwell a "man of distinguished accomplishment":
Distinguished accomplishment? Would that be when Falwell regularly featured segregationists Lester Maddox and George Wallace on his Old Time Gospel Hour television program in the 1960s? When he condemned the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and referred to the civil rights movement as "the civil wrongs movement"? When he opposed sanctions against South Africa's apartheid regime in the 1980s? When he produced an infomercial in the 1990s accusing President Clinton of orchestrating murders of journalists and political critics, even though he would eventually admit that "I do not know the accuracy of the claims"? When he attacked Teletubbies character Tinky Winky as a gay recruitment tool? When he asserted that the Antichrist "must be, of necessity, a Jewish male"?
Howard Kurtz, quoting the exact same paragraph above, writes only
Yeah, he lost me with that Teletubbies thing.Really?
Howard was fine with Falwell's condemnation of Martin Luther King Jr., accusations against President Clinton and support of Apartheid, but broke with him in 1999 when the bit about Tinky Winky being gay appeared in a Falwell newsletter? I suppose if Kurtz would have had to think about such things it would mean getting his mind "polluted
by really foul stuff."