Why Does Salon.com Employ Camille Paglia?

Friday, September 18, 2009


Camille Paglia, the lone Salon.com columnist who enjoys a support link to radical, rightwinger, Matt Drudge, appeared on NPR’s “On Point” yesterday and made a spirited defense of the “birther” movement. The exchange came about 36 minutes in, after one caller to the show recounted his experiences at the 9/12 march on Washington. Paglia snapped back at him:

First of all, I reject the idea that the “birther” campaign is motivated by racism. There may be racism among it, but there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama’s birth certificate. I’m sorry, I’ve been following this closely from the start. To assume that all those signs about the birth controversy were motivated by racism, that is simply wrong.

Paglia has been on this beat before, writing in April that “there were ambiguities about Obama’s birth certificate that have never been satisfactorily resolved.” But this particular interview is compelling, especially for Paglia’s convoluted explanation that she despises victim politics but thinks “The Sopranos” was a bigoted portrayal of Italian-Americans.

Why does Salon.com employee this woman?

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16 Responses to Why Does Salon.com Employ Camille Paglia?

  1. TOM339 says:

    “…..there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama’s birth certificate.”

    Really, Camille? Legitimate questions?

    Well, have you, Camille:

    1. Have you traveled to Honolulu to view Obama’s birth certificate? Did it look faked? Authentic?

    2. Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. And, your question about this is?

    3. Are you, Camille, saying the doctor who delivered Obama is a liar and part of a conspiracy to deceive?

    4. Are you, Camille, saying the Honolulu Advertiser is part of a conspiracy to deceive?

    5. Are you, Camille, saying the governor of Hawaii is involved in a conspiracy to deceive the country and the world?

    6. Are you, Camille, saying the US Supreme Court, who refused to hear a birther challenge to Obama’s place of birth, have joined in a well orchestrated conspiracy to deceive the country and the world?

    Yeah, why is Salon.com employing this kook?

  2. retahyajyajav says:

    Camille has a Madonna complex.

    Not in the Catholic sense but in the sense that she’s an old hag and longs to be as glamorous and adored as the pop music icon.

    Ever read Camille’s love sonnets to Madonna? She’s in love with her.

  3. Bill in Seattle says:

    I pretty much agree with retahyajyajav. The big way she wants to be adored is for her mind. She fancies herself a leading intellectual, and like many faux intellectuals, the more unnecessarily convoluted her arguments, the smarter she thinks she is, and the greater the awe will be from her admirers.

    Truth is, she’s a washed-up has-been to whom no one pays much attention anymore, and so this is her way to get her name back in the news in some small way, to be controversial. She’s a narcissist and needs attention at all cost.

  4. Harry says:

    Christopher – Don’t you blog at Salon.com. Have you crossed paths with her yet? I would pay money for a front row ticket to see that matchup.

  5. Abby Peripatetic says:

    When Camille called Sigmund Freud “a fraud” and Carl Jung “a charlatan,” it proved how little she understood social history. Which is ironic because isn’t’ she a professor of social and cultural studies?

    As a woman, I feel embarrassed by her rants. The older Camille gets, the less she seems to understand about the world she inhabits.

    Now that she’s been baptized by the birthers, can she claim to still support President Obama? I think the president doesn’t need supporters like Ms. Paglia.

  6. They employ her because she generates traffic. Just a matter of time that she pulls an Annie Sprinkle and offers to allow folks to see her cervix at $5 a pop. Desperate. Attention. Whore.

  7. bradfrmphnx says:

    For a supposed intellectual, she sounds like a dumb ass. You couldn’t pay me $20 to take a gander at that cervix.

  8. Bwana Jim says:

    Why are lesbians so humorless?

    The only exception seems to be Lady GaGa and she’s a singer and fashionista.

  9. Estacada says:

    Camille Paglia was the heir apparent to the late Andrea Dworkin. The difference is, Paglia shaves her legs and wears deodorant.

    I personally don’t care if a person self-identifies as a liberal or a conservative. This is their choice and people are free to subscribe to whatever political and cultural philosophy that works for them.

    But what annoys me are people who claim to be, oh let’s say, liberal, but then spend all their waking time knocking liberals whilst cheering on conservatives. This is what Paglia does. I don’t trust anything she says.

  10. Harry,

    Yes, I have a blog on Salon.com but I haven’t had any contact with Camille Paglia.

    I just find it more than a little curious that Salon.com employs a birther sympathizer. Be it Paglia or anyone else. I mean, who will the hire next? Orly Taitz?

  11. Lori1979 says:

    Never heard of her.

  12. jimmy says:

    Estacada, I laughed out loud, and I completely agree.

  13. libhomo says:

    Paglia always has been willing to say or do anything for attention.

  14. Yet another interesting piece of info, keep em coming!

  15. not becky says:

    What ever happened to diversity and tolerance of different viewpoints?

  16. Holly Not says:

    “Ever read Camille’s love sonnets to Madonna? She’s in love with her.”

    She actually isn’t anymore, atleast not in the now Madonna.

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