i suppose if i were 21, i might fall for their crap. but i've lived too long.
the biggest crapfest on the radio today was amy goodman:
In a jailhouse confession, a California man accused of plotting to kill employees at the ACLU and Tides Foundation says he was inspired by watching Glenn Beck on Fox News. Forty-five-year-old Byron Williams made national headlines in July when he was arrested after he opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers on an interstate highway in Oakland. During the shootout, Williams allegedly fired three guns, including a high-powered hunting rifle with armor-piercing rounds. Ultimately, Williams, an unemployed ex-felon, surrendered after taking multiple gunshot wounds. The ballistic body armor he was wearing may have helped save his life. Two officers were injured in the assault.
i love that: 'jailhouse confession.' democracy now's usually all about disputing so-called 'jailhouse confessions.'
in the 80s, there was a man named john hinkley. his parents had ties to george h.w. bush but no 1 wanted to explore that. (the houston paper which did explore it went out of business.) 1 day hinkley decides to assassinate ronald reagan.
he makes an attempt but reagan lives.
the official story is that he did it to 'impress' actress jodie foster and that he got the idea from the film taxi driver.
there were calls to ban taxi driver.
we were much smarter. we knew movies didn't kill. we knew people were responsible for their own actions.
but here's amy goodman - the goodie whore - pimping 'glenn beck responsible for murders!'
now she did that yesterday in headlines and i looked the other way.
today she devoted a segment to it.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you really hold Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, responsible for this man’s violent actions, who was violent way back?
JOHN HAMILTON: Right. Well, I think we have to ask ourselves that. And again, I think we need to return to the—to two major points here. One, many of the conspiracy theories and the conspiracism that you find on Glenn Beck’s program is simply not true. It’s easily refuted. At Media Matters, you have teams of researchers every day debunking many of the things that Glenn Beck says. And, for example, the Petrobras conspiracy theory, the idea that George Soros was profiting from the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico simply wasn’t true. When you couple that with the demonization of people like Soros, who when Glenn Beck talks about him, he compares him to a gangster, he affects his accent, he’s even insulted the man’s nose hair—I mean, he says that he’s trying to bring—sometimes he says socialism, sometimes he says fascism, to the United States.
GLENN BECK: How about Tides? How about indoctrination? Forget God, it’s “In George Soros, we trust.” Oh, he’s going to get his. He is going to get his.
media matters has become a cess pool of falsehoods and really has led the left away from reality. it's nothing but an obama cheerleader, that's all it's been for some time - long before the election.
JOHN HAMILTON: So, when you couple the mistruths with the demonization, I think it is time that we ask ourselves, do these media figures, do these demagogues, bear some responsibility for the actions of their audience?
the man who did the crimes is responsible for his actions unless he's judged to be mentally incapable of being held responsible - in which case a mental illness is responsible.
i'm not in the mood for little johnny hamilton or any other damn lying whore to start their b.s.
and shame on whore amy for going along with it - is she unaware how many things she broadcasts that people say are false? (some of that stuff is false, some of it is correct.)
it reminds me of a stupid piece i saw at corrente that was also at the confluence where a dumb ass insisted that we needed to curb free speech. it was a lot like a comment i saw the week before on a blog about how fred phelps' political speech needed to be shut down because it was 'ridiculous.'
political speech is protected. it can be 'ridiculous.' and, for the record, those of us who ACTUALLY protested the iraq war in 2003 can remember efforts to shut down our free speech and arguments that our speech was ridiculous and unpopular.
those aren't legal arguments.
those are the arguments of scared little babies, afraid of their own shadows.
and along comes a whore like amy goodman and a whore like johnny to attack speech and launch a call for censorship.
at third on sunday, we wrote 'The Best News Of All' and we could have attacked dave lindorff as being responsible for all the homophobic attacks taking place in this country since he uses homophobic terms. we didn't make that connection, we wouldn't. what we pointed out was that these were homophobic terms and why would any 1 want to be part of that?
there are many ways you can call out glenn beck. a demand for censorship isn't 1 of them.
i would further argue that if we're going to talk about demented conspiracy theories, people better hope no right-wing group ever monitors crazy kris welch on kpfa because she offers hate speech from the left and never has her facts correct.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'