Dana Milbank Thinks Glenn Beck Is Encouraging Violence

Is Glenn Beck’s obsession with The Tides Foundation encouraging some of his listeners to resort to violence?  Media Matters has excerpts of a Washington Post column by Dana Milbank.  The column details Beck’s fascination with demozining the foundation– and the subsequent response to Byron Williams’ attempted murder of Tides Foundation leaders:

It’s not fair to blame Beck for violence committed by people who watch his show. Yet Williams isn’t the only such character with a seeming affinity for the Fox News host. In April 2009, a man allegedly armed with an AK-47, a .22-caliber rifle and a handgun was charged with killing three cops in Pittsburgh. The Anti-Defamation League reported that the accused killer had, as part of a pattern of activities involving far-right conspiracy theories, posted a link on a neo-Nazi Web site to a video of Beck talking about the possibility that FEMA was operating concentration camps in Wyoming. The killings came after Beck told Fox viewers that he “can’t debunk” the notion that FEMA was operating such camps — but before he finally acknowledged that the conspiracy wasn’t real.

Beck has at times spoken against violence, but he more often forecasts it, warning that “it is only a matter of time before an actual crazy person really does something stupid.” Most every broadcast has some violent imagery: “The clock is ticking. . . . The war is just beginning. . . . Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. . . . You have to be prepared to take rocks to the head. . . . The other side is attacking. . . . There is a coup going on. . . . Grab a torch!. . . . Drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers. . . . They are taking you to a place to be slaughtered. . . . They are putting a gun to America’s head. . . . Hold these people responsible.”

h/t: media matters

Chris Matthews Loses His Mind Over The Breitbart-Sherrod Fiasco

What the hell was Chris Matthews smoking yesterday? Matthews went out of his way to browbeat guests Joan Walsh and Howard Dean over the video clip Andrew Breitbart posted on his blog regarding the Shirley Sherrod race incident.  I’m not sure Matthews even followed this case. If he had, he would know that what he kept saying about the actually first clip Breitbart posted was false. Apparently, Joan Walsh went back to the MSNBC studios to tape another segment about this.  This time, without Howard Dean– and without the Chris Matthews histrionics. Watch it. It’s just bizarre.

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It Looks Like Those Government Auto Bailouts Are Starting To Work

The auto industry was on the verge of collapse.  Hundreds of thousands of jobs were on the verge of disappearing.  The government auto bailouts–much like those given to the banking industry–were used as political fodder by conservatives, and castigated as more big government, and the nationalization of private industry.  Sometimes tough choices need to be made–and despite the political consequences–this president made the tough choices.  A year after their implementation, it looks like he might just have a winner on his hands for the American people:

Both companies (GM, Chrysler) and Ford each posted profits in the first quarter, the first time that has happened in a quarter since 2004. G.M. has already repaid a $6.7 billion loan and it is talking about going public in the fourth quarter, a move that would give the government a way to slowly sell its majority stake in the company’s stock.

Nine of G.M.’s 11 plants, including the Hamtramck, Mich., facility that Mr. Obama is to visit on Friday, canceled the usual summer shutdowns to keep up with consumer demand, and G.M. and Chrysler have added shifts.

It would be hard to dismiss the success of the auto bailouts– unless you’re simply arguing in pure political terms– as most opponents are.  The bailouts saved jobs, streamlined the industry for 21st century innovation, created new opportunities for the big three to be competitive globally, and saved a region of the country from desperation and collapse.  This sounds like a winner in my book.

Why Is Fox News’ Audience One Percent Black? One Enlightened Viewer Gives His Take

Rather than postulate that it has anything to do with Fox’s overt political agenda, or black folks’ support for President Obama –I would venture to guess it’s because Fox’s target audience may be slightly hostile to black thought, and black folks in general.   That may be a blanket statement, but the pattern of race-baiting stories pimped by Fox has increased exponentially the past few years (ACORN, Van Jones, New Black Panther Party, Shirley Sherrod).   By pushing stories that are either patently false– (ACORN, Shirley Sherrod), or devoid of facts (NBPP, Sherrod)– loyal Fox viewers are inundated with negatively hype imagery, and skewed angles of part of the black experience.  That in turn, leads to vitriolic rhetoric like this:

rlavallee

I am proud to be smeared and libeled by liberal racists. The illegitimate government of the United States has branded me as the Great Satan because of the color of my skin, and I could not be happier about it. It is a badge of honor to be worn proudly. It proves that I am a member of the most tolerant, generous, peaceful, and loving people in human history – European-Americans. I know that the reason blacks hate us is because they did not have the guts to free themselves – they needed us to do it for them. After 150 years, no gratitude, just whining and hate from them. I curse the Jews and the Muslims and the blacks who sold their own brothers into slavery, but I will not wear for one second any guilt associated with their crimes. Make my day – call me a racist.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Believe me, I’m not naive enough to not know the difference between an idiot faux-tough guy– ranting incoherently in the comments section of a story–and an actual forward-thinking conservative, who knows better than to indulge in racist propaganda speech.  That quote is indicative of the polemical climate we’re facing in the battle to engage on race.  Folks like rlavallee have ratcheted up the hate, possibly in hopes of forever pushing real, substantive dialogue off the table.

But Fox does themselves a disservice by pushing inflammatory, untruths to the general public. Real journalism has a responsibility to the truth, not to pimping a divisive agenda.

h/t: brown man thinking hard

Tim Lahaye Tells Fox News Obama Is ‘Bringing Us Closer To The Apocalypse’

Evangelical Christian minister and best selling author Tim Lahaye, tells Mike Huckabee on Fox News that President Barack Obama’s policies are “raw socialism,” and he is “bringing us closer to the apocalypse.”  Watch.

I’m starting to feel like I would welcome the Apocalypse.  Maybe then all of these idiots will finally shut the hell up.

White Pride Group Has A Message For The Tea Party: Be Proud Of Your Racism

“Instead of replying with a loud BWAHAHAHA! or a ‘Yeah? What’s your point?’ or ‘So what?’ or ‘Of course we’re racists – we’re white people. That’s what “racist” means’ or ‘Can any of you race hustlers even spell “racist”?’ The Tea Party predictably went into their usual bend over and grab their ankles mode. They protested that oh no, we’re not racists at all, we don’t tolerate racists at our rallies which are really huge rainbow coalitions.”

That was from the mind of one of America’s preeminent thinkers with Political Cesspool,  James Edwards, as he attempts to link the tea party with avowed racists like his group, the Council of Conservative Citizens.  Wait, here’s more from the intellectual powerhouse:

In the Obama/Black world view, American whites exist to finance the life style of American Blacks. Politics is about seizing resources from Whites and transferring them to Blacks.

Any opposition to this – in other words, any defense of white interests, even indirect – is Racist (which means it is forbidden).

Yeah, that’s what politics is about all right.  If you’re a racist– with an already ascribed view of blacks as “subhuman”– and, you cannot accept the fact that a subhuman is the leader of the free world.  I won’t even try to counter his lame attempts at understanding the black-white political dynamic here.  It’s beneath me, and my readers don’t need for me to make his dumb ass feel any more ignorant than he already is.  I will say that this line of thinking has been en vogue for racists like the CCC for many years–only now it’s amplified to the nth degree because of who’s in the white house–and by the misguided belief that white people are losing “their country.”

It would be unfair to paint the movement so broadly.  That has always been my contention.  But now it seems all of the racists rats are crawling out of the shadows, flaunting their bigotry proudly and vehemently.  Can the movement stay on message and keep denying the presence of the rats?  Or is it time to do a thorough house-cleaning?  The movement, and conservatives’ chances in November just might depend on it.

Alvin Greene + Hot Lyrics = New Senator From South Carolina

Alvin Greene and his people suddenly realized that they can spit hot fire.  So why not take the next logical step, and do a little Alvin Greene rap for the campaign?  The video– complete with a family values theme, tea party anti-Obama hate signs, and a rusty sounding vocoder– might just be the thing to garner steam for the upstart democratic candidate.  Or Jim Demint might beat him by 40 percentage points.  Who knows?  All I know is this:  Greene is clearly a much more productive unemployed American than Sarah Palin–and a better possible presidential candidate .  Enjoy.

Shirley Sherrod’s Story Is Disputed By Conservative Writer

Before I delve into the minute details of Jeffrey Lord’s intellectual dishonesty, and general all around ignorance, I must first say that the only way something like this is even in print, is because the current climate allows for this type of venomous discourse.  It’s bred from callous indignation, and utter contempt for the suffering and pain blacks felt during America’s racist past.  The type of gall it takes to concoct this type of Hitchcockian bullshit is beyond the pail.  But it stands not just as one conservative’s discredited rebuttal to Mrs. Sherrod’s life story, but as lead story on top of the American Spectator’s site.  With that said:

It’s possible that Ms. Sherrod simply doesn’t know the truth…

It’s also possible that she knew the truth and chose to embellish it, changing a brutal and fatal beating to a lynching. Anyone who has lived in the American South (as my family once did) and is familiar with American history knows well the dread behind stories of lynch mobs and the Klan. What difference is there between a savage murder by fist and blackjack — and by dangling rope? Obviously, in the practical sense, none. But in the heyday — a very long time — of the Klan, there were frequent (and failed) attempts to pass federal anti-lynching laws. None to pass federal “anti-black jack” or “anti-fisticuffs” laws. Lynching had a peculiar, one is tempted to say grotesque, solitary status as part of the romantic image of the Klan, of the crazed racist. The image stirred by the image of the noosed rope in the hands of a racist lynch mob was, to say the least, frighteningly chilling. Did Ms. Sherrod deliberately concoct this story in search of a piece of that ugly romance to add “glamour” to a family story that is gut-wrenchingly horrendous already?

Again, I have no idea.

Are you kidding me?  What Jefferey Lord’s unbelievably arrogant and short-sighted piece suggests is that Mrs. Sherrod lied when she spoke of her father’s death by lynching.  I would suggest to Mr. Lord that he Google the word lynch.  Lynch simply means to execute by mob.  It can be associated with hanging, but more often than not, lynching was executed by mass mob– mainly to instill fear in the black populace.

Lord’s also wrong about federal anti-lynch laws.  The first major anti-lynching law was the Dwyer bill in 1918, followed by the more famous Costigan-Wagner anti-lynching bill.  Neither bill passed, but both would have held local law enforcement responsible for mob murders of any kind–including murders involving blackjacks and fists.

I cannot imagine a more despicable column, simply because it disputes the indisputable–that Mrs. Sherrod’s father died a most violent, race-fueled death–and it inflames needlessly by inverting the race narrative.  Lord implies Mrs. Sherrod’s wrong to lie about her past, and she does it simply to rile black anger toward whites for no reason.

Lord purports to know the dread in the implication of using a word like lynching,  because his family lived in the south. I’m sure Mrs. Sherrod’s intent in telling her story was not to spare the sensitivities of Mr. Lord, and his pristine memories of white southern hospitality.  Lord’s column is callous, ignorant, and outrageous–and it’s typical of race frame-flippers who deem it necessary to blame the victims rather than the aggressor.

Bill O’Reilly Thinks Glenn Beck Is A Lunatic

Pretty good clip here of Bill O’Reilly on the Jay Leno Show last night.  In it O’Reilly dishes everything Glenn Beck, and says Beck “thinks rats are invading the White House sent by Satan.”  Look, we all know Beck is bat-shit crazy.  O’Reilly’s assertions just belabor that thinking in a more playful manner.  In fact, I’m willing to bet Bill likes having Beck at Fox to deflect from his own ego-maniacal arrogance.  They’re made for one another.  Check out the clip.