2012-04-18 "America’s Right-Wing Loves Violent Rhetoric" by Paul Canning
We hear a lot about the supposed violent threats emanating from the likes of Louis Farrakhan and the New Black Panthers. But from the mainstream right-wing?
Even MSNBC seems to have missed that last week John Nolte, the Editor of the mainstream right-wing blog empire Breitbart.com, threatened a mother with murder [http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/40211_Breitbart_Editor_John_Nolte_About_HBO_Stage_Mom-_She_Should_Be_Murdered].
The same guy last year threatened teachers with murder on Twitter [https://twitter.com/NolteNC/status/132789747595739137].
And he wanted violence against Occupy protesters, tweeting: "When I’m king, for every hippie scalp we’ll give you an ice cream cone. Not going to wait 2B King. Send me your hippie scalps today & I’ll send you a gift certificate 4 a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hippie Blood Mocha."
On and on and on it goes, and from someone who calls himself a ‘journalist.’ What would be the reaction if MSNBC’s Al Sharpton tweeted this? From a Breitbart ‘journalist’ it is OK yet Dan Rather is banished?
It’s just a day in the life of violet rhetoric from the right.
After widespread outrage Cafe Press and right-wing outlets actually did stop selling ‘illegal immigrant hunting permit’ stickers and t-shirts last year — however, you can still buy mugs and t-shirts for dogs and t-shirts for humans advertising a ‘liberal hunting permit’ (as illustrated) as well as stickers saying “Save the rainforest, burn a liberal” or “Club liberals, not sandwiches.” [http://www.irregulartimes.com/rightwingstuffviolence.html]
Here’s what one person selling the Liberal hunting permit” products said.: Mark Caldwell of Lookout Mountain, publisher of Patriot Shop parent company Publius Press, called it “humour”.
“For novelty purposes only. If this sticker inspires you to murder people, do not buy it. Instead, dial 911.” — That was his disclaimer.
Do stickers exist calling for people to beat up and kill Republicans? Where? Did Bill Maher call for violence and I missed it?
It’s all a joke until someone draws attention. Seller Rightwingstuff tried legal action to stop one article drawing attention to their “liberal hunting permits” materials. They need not worry; did you vaguely know this ‘stuff’ until you read it here? For some reason it seems to be accepted as normal and hardly newsworthy.
The “New Black Panthers” have been everywhere in the media, as well as Care2 Comments, for calling for Zimmerman’s arrest but the First Amendment covers a T-shirt calling for liberals to be hunted down and killed? Did you read that here first? Was Anderson Cooper asleep?
Here’s the sick deal, as pointed out by commentator Blitzen on an Ian Welsh post [http://www.ianwelsh.net/the-right-wing-isnt-going-to-stop-violent-rhetoric/]: “Violent right-wing rhetoric is basically a marketing campaign, and it works just like the marketing of any other product. It gets ratings with otherwise-regular people because it it lurid, and it dog-whistles the hard-core fringe because that’s what it’s designed to do.”
I have recently written about reports that right-wing militia may be murdering undocumented immigrants in the Arizona desert [http://www.care2.com/causes/did-border-vigilantes-kill-two-more-immigrants-video.html]. Is that information blocking up your news feed or did it somehow fail to get covered?
Is right-wing violent rhetoric, perhaps even actions, getting a pass from the mainstream American media?
Nolte’s verbal violence against ‘liberals’ comes in the same week that Anders Brevik is on trial for the massacre of ‘liberals’ in Norway. That’s who Brevik was killing, not Muslims but those whom he saw as the ‘enablers’ of multiculturalism and immigration. He could not have been more explicit in his aims and quoted his explicit reasoning from people associated with Nolte — whom people like Nolte have not denounced.
Those killed, including, but especially, the children, have been trivialized and mocked by too many on the right in the US [http://www.care2.com/causes/anders-breiviks-father-considered-suicide.html], from Fox News commentators to ex-Fox News host Glen Beck precisely because they are ‘liberals’. Those same ‘liberals’ picked out by Brevik to be shot in the head despite being 14 years old are targeted for shooting in stickers on sale in so-called ‘patriot’ shops across America — and it is all ‘fun’, and it is all ‘free speech’, with no consequence, and who cares because the Norwegians are disgusting Europeans anyway. Is that it?
Mainstream, right-wing websites right now, including Fox News and Breitbart, are stacked with violent comments about “n*ggers” and what should be done about them — which, incidentally, does not appear to be moderated [http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/40104_Fox_News_Commenters_Spew_Another_Deluge_of_Racist_Hatred_at_Trayvon_Martin_and_President_Obama]. Where is the ‘conservative’ reaction, the policing of this?
No American Anders Breviks? Tell that to William Hakim, Dr. Barnett Slepian, Brisenia Flores, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, Dr. John Bayard Britton, Dr. David Gunn, Alice Hawthorne and Melih Uzunyol, Dr. George Richard Tiller, Alan Berg, Paul Sciullo, Eric Kelly and Stephen Mayhle, Greg McKendry, and Timothy McVeigh.
Remind me again why we are talking about the New Black Panthers?