Peter Schiff is angry. He says he knew that by agreeing to appear on the Daily Show he was “walking into a trap,” but that in the interest of making people aware of the dangers of raising the minimum wage he went anyway. The result, according to him was that the evil liberals at Comedy Central took an innocent remark about “mentally retarded” workers out of context, making him seem insensitive.
On his blog this past Thursday, the radio commentator and investment adviser explained how it was not his fault that he used the word “retarded,” but rather the fault of interviewer Samantha Bee. He said that she gave him a ridiculous hypothetical, asking who would work for $2 an hour and he could think of only two possibilities, unpaid interns and the “mentally retarded.”
Schiff said that he did not want to use that term because he knew that it was politically incorrect and that he would be attacked for it. But according to him, Bee saw that he was trying to find the correct term and could have helped him out by supplying it, but failed to do so because she wanted him to seem callous.
“Although I had no intention of offending anyone,” he wrote, “I just couldn’t remember the politically correct term currently in use.”
“Assuming she knew it, Bee could have prompted me with the correct term, but she chose not to,” he continued. “By including those comments in the final package, The Daily Show proved that they did not care who they offended, as long as they could make me look bad in the process. The volume of hate mail I have received in the show’s aftermath confirms their success on that front.”
He lamented that out of 4 hours of discussion, the show chose to use only a little over one minute of his remarks implying that the whole purpose of the interview was to make him look bad.
He went on to claim that he was just being honest in pointing out that these are people who have no marketable skills, implying that they should be grateful that someone might consider paying them even $2.
Going on, he explained that these are people who are already being supported by their parents and who only want to have a job for the self-esteem and sense of accomplishment that comes with a job. He claims that if the minimum wage went away, more of them could find that satisfaction.
Shiff went on to attack the Daily Show as themselves being uncaring and callous toward the “intellectually disabled” and being more than willing to garner laughs at their expense any time that the opportunity presented itself.
“But The Daily Show was never interested in an honest debate about the minimum wage,” he concludes. “Nor is it concerned with the intellectually disabled, whom they have no qualms about offending if they can get a laugh. In fact, it’s The Daily Show that wants to tell the intellectually disabled they are worthless, as they want to make it illegal for them to have jobs.”
Mr. Shiff is not without his admirers of course. A small sampling of the comments made in reply to his blog makes it clear that he is not alone in his inability to see how crass his remarks were:
[box type=”shadow”]”Quite amazing how compassionate liberals like this woman believe they are. I guess the poor are the sheep and they’re the shepherds and the only thing that’s keeping the poor from increasing their standard of living is legislation lobbied by the left that will redefine the laws of economics. The daily show is a complete joke for hiring someone as incompetent as this lady.”[/box]
[box type=”shadow”]”Peter, you certainly walked into a trap! Holy cow! But kudos to you for trying. But as you know, the left never wants a balanced discussion, they just want to prove their point and never care if they hurt anyone in the process. I’m always amazed at how it’s usually the ‘benevolent’ and ‘good’ people on the left, who are the most aggressive and violent and have very little real compassion for the poor or any struggling minorities.”[/box]
h/t: Raw Story