But the guy's far from harmless. This was the guy who started the "grassroots" outcry of the "faithful" that resulted in bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan being swiftblogged out of the John Edwards campaign, basically for words that weren't that different from what Robin said. I like Edwards, but maybe if he had stood up against Donohue more forcefully, David Gregory wouldn't have been talking with him on the Today Show this morning as if he were a person whose views should be seriously considered.
In the case of the bloggers, Donohue's criticism was picked up and amplified by the right blogosphere's echo chamber, aided by out-of-context quotes, and then fed back into the media. It's starting to happen all over again, complete with the out-of-context quotes -- "Find the priest, find the pedophile. Find the priest, find the pedophile..." For an example, you need look no further than at the NewsBusters: Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias site.
Commenting on Williams' anti-Catholic bigotry being aired on a major network, Catholic League President Bill Donohue said: "Isiah Washington lashes out at one gay person in private and he is banished from 'Grey's Anatome.' Robin Williams lashes out all priests in public and he suffers no consequence. To top it off, Williams suggests that most molesting priests are pedophiles, when in fact they are homosexuals. But to make a joke about gay priests could get him into trouble. So it's better to lie. This is justice--Hollywood style."What's next? A boycott of "Licensed to Wed," the new movie in which Robin plays a priest? Deja vu all over again.