Once more, I would like to thank the folks who have donated to WARN's fundraising drive.
I want to acknowledge the kind donations that have been offered up so far. I appreciate them very much. We are about 90% of where I would like us to be for the fundraiser. If you can and are able, please do throw some pennies into the donation pile if you like and support my work here on WARN and elsewhere. The sooner we can close that gap (which is about 200 or so dollars), the faster I can pull the begging bowl back in.
I just completed my interview with Mike Papantonio and Ring of Fire Radio. We talked about the Right-wing media's and elected officials' connections to the white supremacist Las Vegas shootings and other acts of domestic terrorism.
In "connecting the dots", I tried to be very forceful and direct about my utter dismay at how the Right-wing media can gin up and stoke the fires of political violence, and then in the next breath claim that they are not somehow responsible for the events they directly encouraged.
I also pushed the limits of the approved discourse in a second way: I observed that the supposed "liberal" or "mainstream" media are not holding the Republican Tea Party GOP echo chamber responsible for the spate of Right-wing domestic terrorism which has become a fixture in the Age of Obama.
[Plus, I got to mention the anime Attack on Titan in connection with Eric Cantor's loss and the Tea Party monster. Bonus points to me.]
The brilliant Noam Chomsky exposed that the "liberal media" is a myth with the following simple and incisive logic. The Right-wing wing media assert the opposite, i.e. that the media is "liberal" in order to give them cover for their dishonest presentation of the facts. The question which should be asked is, "what is the political orientation of the 'news' media?" Once we systematically gather evidence, only then can the political bent of the news media be properly determined. The evidence is overwhelming: there is no "liberal" media; there is only a corporate mainstream media. The myth of the liberal media is a distraction and canard which does the work of advancing the Right-wing corporatist agenda.
The recent Las Vegas murder spree by two white supremacist, Tea Party supporting, Neo Nazi, Cliven Bundy acolytes should be easy picking and ripe fruit for the supposed "liberal" media.
This event is the equivalent of the Whore of Babylon servicing a group of World War 2 era marines who have been stuck on some hellish island archipelago without the company of women for three months. Instead, the Right-wing media's direct connection to domestic terrorism is treated with kid gloves, talked around, delicately negotiated, and treated as a near-forbidden topic. It can be alluded to but never directly spoken of. We are allowed a peak at her slip or the strap of a bra; there is never a full reveal beyond the tease.
The Las Vegas murder spree, the Tides foundation shooter, the Tiller Case, the attack on the Atlanta courthouse, Cliven Bundy and many other events of violence, near-violence, or seemingly imminent violence, are directly attributable to the hate speech and seditious language which is circulated by the Right-wing media machine. Yet, the Right-wing media is allowed to hide behind the shield of "free speech".
Free speech does not mean that one is free of responsibility for their speech acts. The supposed "liberal media" is enabling the Right-wing media propaganda machine's denial of culpability.
I offer the following counter-factual. What if there was a TV network (along with affiliated radio shows, online media, etc.) that routinely encouraged "jihad" or "holy war" by politicized and militant Muslim Americans? Moreover, what if there were elected officials who parroted those talking points and calls for "revolution" and violence against the United States government?
The hosts on these shows repeatedly tell their viewers that the U.S. government is tyrannical, illegitimate, and that they should take up arms in an act of patriotism against it. Violence results. In such a scenario there would be no question that those Muslim "terrorists" were responsible for the violence acts of their viewers and supplicants. The catch-all defense of "free speech" would not apply. The elected officials who called those "terrorists" "patriots" would be impeached and run out of the public square after a series of trials and hearings.
Why is the "liberal media" carrying water for the Right-wing echo chamber and running interference for the latter's direct connection to domestic terrorism? What is the "liberal media" afraid of?