Friday, June 13, 2014

The Right-Wing Media is a Trough Urinal: Told You So. 'Accuracy in Media' Says that the Las Vegas Shooters Were Really 'Left-wing Liberals'

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To point.

Earlier this week, I wrote a post outlining how the Right-wing media will use Goebbels' principles to lie and obfuscate about the basic facts regarding the Las Vegas white supremacist shooters.

Right-wing media "watchdog" and "advocacy" group Accuracy in Media (what a misleading name!) took the bone dangled in front of them: apparently, Jerad and Amanda Miller are actually "Left-wing" "liberals" because they support the legalization of marijuana, and any effort to connect them to movement conservatism is a ploy and trick by the "liberal media".

Cliff Kincaid offers up the following Right-wing comedy-propaganda:
John Avlon’s dishonest column on the cop-killers in Las Vegas should be studied by journalism students as an example of how to exploit a tragedy for political purposes. It is a shame he gets on CNN as an “analyst,” which gives him undeserved authority and prestige, when he deliberately confuses and misleads people. 
In this case, he tried to blame conservatives for the murders of two policemen. 
His Daily Beast column carried two titles, one of them being, “The Bonnie and Clyde of Ultra-Right Hate.” 
He said Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two metro cops while shouting, “This is a revolution!,” and then they “flung the Tea Party’s favorite coiled snake Gadsden flag and a swastika on the still-warm corpses and then moved to a nearby Walmart to murder a shopper before turning the guns on themselves.” 
The reference to the Gadsden flag being “the Tea Party’s favorite” was an obvious effort to link the Tea Party to the murders. The flag dates back to the American Revolution and is used by various groups and people to protest Big Government. 
Miller’s notion of “Big Government” was a government that interfered with his marijuana smoking. A simple search of stories about his background revealed a series of confrontations with law enforcement over his drug habits. 
Avlon wrote that Miller’s Facebook pages “detail a descent into a murderous rage, railing against a tyrannical government and parroting talking points from fright-wing radio hosts such as Alex Jones and militia movement groups such as the Three Percenters while ‘liking’ the pages of conservative activist groups ranging from the Heritage Foundation to Freedom Works and the NRA. Miller’s profile picture was a skull wearing an American flag bandana against a backdrop of crossed knives over the word ‘Patriot.’”
To lie so consistently and so brazenly takes a remarkable amount of discipline. I commend Cliff Kincaid for his efforts. Once again, groups such as Accuracy in Media demonstrate that the Right-wing echo chamber is akin to a trough urinal where a bunch of men with small penises are complementing each other on their "huge" cocks lingams while mixing the streams of their pee together.

I am not particularly bright. I am also not some genius level Dr. Strange or Doom-like character...although I wish that I was, for there would be much more money in the bank account and far fewer bills.

What I do both consistently and well is "connecting the dots" by focusing on systems of power and following a basic principle that there really is nothing new in the game.

The Right-wing media is following a script designed to satisfy and make comfortable its authoritarian viewers. As such, the Right-wing echo chamber attracts ignorant people whose ignorance is in turn amplified and reinforced by the "news" sources they watch, read, and listen to. Goebbels is smiling. He wrote the playbook. It is hiding in plain sight for anyone who chooses to read it.


Myshkin the Idiot said...

supporting marijuana and drug reform does not "firmly put him on the progressive side of the political spectrum"

Libertarians are typically where you find pro-drug, pro-gun, anti-government ideology. At least in the untrained libertarian.

Did you see the libertarian radio host who defended the Las Vegas shooters?

'Kokesh asserted that the slaying of the two officers was not “murder” because police are likely to kill people.

“Let’s say someone is going around stabbing people, like just stabbing people,” he opined. “It’s not murder to kill someone in that situation. And has been pointed out about the Vegas shooting, when you have police officers that are going around and doing violent things all day long, and then they take a break for lunch, well, it doesn’t mean all of the sudden they’re innocent or they’re being peaceful because they’re taking a break from all of their other anti-freedom, rights-violating violence.”

“Think of how many lives might have been saved by this incident. How many people would these cops have killed had they not been killed?” he asked. “We can only hope that some of the officers in America are listening — if you care about your own safety — to understand that you are hurting people, and you can only push them so far before they hit a breaking point.”

Kokesh argued that blaming Jerad and Amanda Miller was “kind of like blaming the victim,”

D. Wright said...

I wonder if Kokesh ever petitioned to free Mumia.

KissedByTheSun said...

What's interesting is that he seems to say that these people aren't conservatives not because they killed police officers but because they were pro legalization of the pot. Which implies that conservatives are all about killing police officers.

D. Wright said...

It seems that conservatives in the media don't want to alienate the rightist libertarian anarchists that grant them so much patronage.

Courtney H. said...

Tariq Nasheed touches on the right-wing violence:

He discusses other things as well, but his comments about these shootings are very interesting.

Miles_Ellison said...

Funny how the concern about police violence ratchets up when it's directed at white people.

chauncey devega said...

Fingers crossed, I will be talking to him for WARN in the near future. Thanks for the sharing!

chauncey devega said...

Have you seen the Exorcist? Don't talk to the Beast. Don't try to understand the Beast. You will only go crazy.

wawoo said...

Part of their mental preparation was that Indiana, where they are from, passed a Stand Your Ground Against the Cops law. Sponsered by the NRA and signed "reluctantly" by Governor Mitch Daniels, now President of Purdue University. It says the folks have the right to use deadly force to resist the Po Po if the folks think the Po Po are out of line.
And yes , the conservatives do believe one has the right to kill police . Remember a big part of their guns everywhere argument is that citizens need to be able to respond in kind to the capabilities of the government.

joe manning said...

Dostoevsky and George Lukacs criticize this subject of "romantic illegality" whereby the revolutionary rebels against everything, as if all norms and values are suspect and destined to be replaced by their purified ideology.

joe manning said...

Its intriguing the way in which pragmatic conservatives reflexively approve of such transparent propaganda. As if the Faustian bargain is necessary to expand their base, morals and ethics notwithstanding. A principled person couldn't get used to waking up in bed with the bride of Frankenstein?

GrafZeppelin127 said...

All liberals are bad people, therefore all bad people are liberals.

2+2 does = 5 ... for sufficiently large approximations of 2. This is an excellent example. Bad person + marijuana = liberal.

Myshkin the Idiot said...

I made this claim with another person earlier this week. It's amazing to see how many of my white friends will post about some police brutality against a white person, rarely ever against a black person.

Myshkin the Idiot said...

Is that what the plot of Demon's (sometimes Devil's) was about? I had that feeling, but "romantic illegality" is not a phrase I am familiar with.

chauncey devega said...

Love that deconstruction of false Right-wing logic. Can I borrow that one?

Courtney H. said...

You're welcome. I do hope that you get him on your show. I don't agree with everything that Tariq Nasheed says, but a lot of what he says makes a big deal of sense.

joe manning said...

"Romantic illegality" is often the practice of a radical subgroup like that of Cliven Bundy. Its the attitude that all the norms and values of the current society are wrong so its ok to engage in all manner of illegal acts to hasten the revolution. George Lukacs has an exhaustive article on the subject entitled "Legality and illegality" in his book "History and Class Consciousness."

Courtney H. said...

Here's a good article explaining why the GOP won't condemn right-wing terrorists, even though we have to worry about them than about anybody else: