It’s Just Normal Violence, Argues Fox
The extreme Rightwing Republican campaigners on Fox have been busy overnight (Australian time) insisting the Arizona shootings had nothing to do with politics. I have just heard these propagandists interview a compliant, Republican-leaning Arizona sheriff to argue the case. They criticized one of his colleagues for hinting the abusive local political climate might have been relevant. He was pre-judging things, they claimed – and then went on to do precisely that, putting the case that a single madman cannot be influenced by the diabolical climate of abuse, anger, hatred and paranoia whipped up by Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and their colleagues day after day on Fox.
Fox commentator Sarah Palin routinely broadcasts that America faces “tyranny” and “socialism” as if blind “…to the idea that Americans legitimately faced with either enemy would almost certainly take up arms,” as The New York Times put it.
Gabrielle Giffords was, of course, targeted in Palin’s “cross hairs” advertisement, now earning notoriety.
As I write, the Fox blowhards are working frantically to press their case that the attempted assassination of a Congresswoman, who had been a fierce advocate of health reform, could not possibly have been related to the vitriolic campaign of abuse unloosed by the American Right.
Rupert Murdoch should call in Roger Ailes, the boss of Fox, and tell him the hysteria and outrage and hyperbole on the Channel should be curbed instantly and Ailes should make retirement plans. Perhaps to organize Palin’s exploratory committee.
Meanwhile Glenn Beck is on air right now declaring : “Your country’s burning down !” He added it’s like Joshua – the walls are burning down ! And another blowhard comes on denouncing Obama’s “radical agenda” reviving the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayres and stating baldly the president is a socialist.
There are lunatics with guns listening to this unrelenting,dishonest and cynical propaganda.