Left Lacks Wackos Like Limbaugh, Beck
Joan Walsh of Salon defends her answer on 'Morning Joe'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2010 12:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Righty bloggers are teeing off on Joan Walsh of Salon because of her appearance on Morning Joe yesterday, in which she maintained that liberals have no voices as extreme as Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. (NewsBusters weighs in with a list here, with Keith Olbermann's name in capital letters.) Walsh defends her response today in Salon: "I didn't name anyone not because I was stumped; it was because in my opinion, the violent rhetoric is coming from the right, not the left."

No liberals are as "consistently cruel, divisive and wrong" as Limbaugh and Beck, she says. But this goes beyond the media: "The problem on the right includes extremists who've made death threats against Democrats like Patty Murray, Bart Stupak, Nancy Pelosi, and, of course, President Obama. There's no one on the left posing the same threat to leaders on the right—or if there is, I'd like to know about it."