I Guess I’m A Right Wing Hate Machine

Steve McConnell photo

Steve McConnell photo

I love liberal journalists.  I really do, honestly. 

Paul Krugman, a columnist for the New York Times, wrote a column on the Op-Ed page on June 11 called The Big Hate.  Sounds provocative, huh.  All I can say is at least this type of opinion was on the Op-Ed page and not on Page one where it usually ends up.  You are more than welcome to read the whole ugly article, but I’ll pick out the most interesting points, to me, and offer up my opinion.

Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a “guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last time a Democrat held the White House. 

First off, George Tiller was a baby killer.  There really is no other way to express that fact.  He did have blood on his hands.  The guy that killed Dr. Tiller was a nut job.  Nothing that Bill O’Reilly said on his program was news to this guy or any other right thinking person.   Strike 1.

Exhibit A for the mainstreaming of right-wing extremism is Fox News’s new star, Glenn Beck. Here we have a network where, like it or not, millions of Americans get their news — and it gives daily airtime to a commentator who, among other things, warned viewers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency might be building concentration camps as part of the Obama administration’s “totalitarian” agenda (although he eventually conceded that nothing of the kind was happening).

 From what I have read and heard, this incident (FEMA) did not happen.  Shine on you crazy diamond.  Nuff said.  Strike 2.

And then there’s Rush Limbaugh. His rants today aren’t very different from his rants in 1993. But he occupies a different position in the scheme of things. Remember, during the Bush years Mr. Limbaugh became very much a political insider. Indeed, according to a recent Gallup survey, 10 percent of Republicans now consider him the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” putting him in a three-way tie with Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich. So when Mr. Limbaugh peddles conspiracy theories — suggesting, for example, that fears over swine flu were being hyped “to get people to respond to government orders” — that’s a case of the conservative media establishment joining hands with the lunatic fringe.

The Swine Flu, sorry, Mexican Flu was hyped.  According to the CDC, 36,000 people DIE each year from the influenza related complications – you know, the type you are suppose to get a vaccine for each year.  As of the writing of this post approximately 45 people have died from the Mexican Flu.  Now, any fatalities are horrible, but how about a little perspective on the matter.  I’m just sayin’…..  Strike 3.

Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

That’s his big finish.  Kind of a fizzle, really.  These people don’t care what some commentator on the TV or radio says.  If McVeigh was really a lunatic then that kind of stuff wouldn’t matter anyway, but maybe I’m just blowing smoke up your backside.

At least Mr. Krugman is honest and upfront about his feelings.  It would be nice if more journalists were that transparent.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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