It's one of those curiosities of acceptable American-English insults that Alec Baldwin would defend himself from having impetuously called a paparazzo not a "cocksucking faggot," but a "cocksucking maggot" or a "cocksucking motherfucker" or a "cocksucking something"--but heaven forfend, he protests, "'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth."
I can only assume that Baldwin's thinking here--perhaps reflecting that of the censorial powers that be--is that had the press accurately reported his hurled epithet, MSNBC would have overlooked not only his intended slur of cocksuckers--in my book, an admirable breed of either gender--but his slander against that oldest of social taboos, motherfucking. My Webster's Tenth Edition tells me that "faggot"--usu. used disparagingly--came into print in 1914, although its origin is unknown (a seemingly logical etymological guess: a combination of "fay" and "maggot"?), which means that in less than 100 years "faggot" has surpassed in public scurrility that for which the emperor Nero has received some really bad press for roughly 2,000.
At any rate, Baldwin's been sacked by MSNBC--an always imminent event that, since the day of his contract signing, qualified as the science of physics' first recorded, known absolute.
CBS' Lara Logan, however, has been issued merely a "leave of absence" (but an absence nevertheless) for having executed a journalistic monstrosity of remarkable aforethought and, most likely, personal prejudice. She flamed a story of such cocksucking maggotry (I use that modifier in its more vernacular sense) that the far right, naturally, was all over it. Her phenomenal ineptitude--if not intentional malice--did its lasting damage, in that since the far right's echo chamber never corrects itself, the story remains fixed in the diseased minds of its inhabitants.
The incurably inept Dinesh D’Souza, on the other hand, can tweet this--"I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!"--and, without the faintest disapproval from his camp's censorial powers that be, scurry right back, should he so choose, to full employment by the Heritage Foundation or American Enterprise Institute or some other reactionary propaganda tank.
D'Souza's "light-hearted" comparison of our biracial president of the United States to an assassinated black youth was black-hearted enough, but not nearly enough for this idiot, who indeed thought it whimsical to add an ironic exclamation point.
Speaking of irony, Mr. D'Souza makes a good part of his living by touting the virtues of his Christianity.
Nonetheless I must admit that he is somewhat blessed, in that there is nothing, apparently, too outrageous that he could ever say which put him in dutch with his mammonist overlords.