Saturday, May 2, 2009

Looks like OETA might be airing something useful

Apparently Oklahoma's public television station is airing a program on right-wing extremism, which no doubt will have plenty of our state's wingnuts' knickers in a twist, including ranting about this absurd notion of a left-leaning media (I'd be jumping for joy if there were indeed such a thing in the US), I'd actually think it would be much more productive to focus on right-wing extremism, given that it can do a great deal of damage (remember the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in OKC? Remember the individuals responsible for that?).

Just to give you one brief example, from The "tea parties" really did bring the nuts out of the woodwork:


Here's the coverage from David Neiwert:
In spite of all that voluminous airspace on Fox News that was devoted to promoting and then reporting on the 'Tea Parties' on April 15, I'll be willing to wager that they won't ever include this in their reports:

Oklahoma Man Arrested for Twittering Tea Party Death Threats

In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a “war” against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city’s version of the national “Tea Party” protests promoted by the conservative-leaning Fox News.
“START THE KILLING NOW! I am willing to be the FIRST DEATH!,” read a tweet at 8:01 PM that day. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps, like a REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!,” he added five minutes later. Then: “Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the[m] on the State Capitol steps.”
Hayden’s MySpace page is a breathtaking gallery of right wing memes about the “New World Order,” gun control as Nazi fascism, and Barack Obama’s covert use of television hypnosis, among many others.
Here's a sampler of his tweets:



Here's his blog, too.
Given how close this loonie's behavior comes to the anniversary of the Tim McVeigh bombing of the nearby Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building back in 1995, in addition to the fact that he was documenting everything on Twitter, my first thought was "what the fuck was he thinking?" This wouldn't be that much different from some asshole threatening to open fire on people or bomb a building in Manhattan at some point during the month of September. That aside, here's something to keep in mind - folks like Glenn Beck have been doing whatever they can to foment right-wing extremist behavior (at some point when I have the luxury of a few moments, I'll distinguish between radicals and extremists - short story, there is a difference and it would behoove us all to be aware of that difference), and succeeded in creating a space in which right-wing extremist behavior does occur. Fortunately for us, the goon who tried this in OKC broadcast intentions loudly enough for someone to stop him.
At Orcinus both David Neiwert and Sara have been doing yeoman's work on covering right-wing extremist movements in the US, and their accumulated body of work (which goes back over several years at this point on Orcinus alone) is eye-opening. Just type in the word eliminationism at Orcinus and you could go reading for a while. At both my old blog and at the current digs, I've been periodically commenting on the eliminationist rhetoric that characterizes the right-wingers, documenting the words of various right-wing political and media figures (including bloggers), and how those words (having become increasingly mainstream) translate into actions in the form of death threats, bombings, murder, etc. If anything, one lesson we can learn is that our corporate-controlled media fails to see actual right-wing acts of terrorism (such as bombings and shootings) for what they are. The demographic for our own homegrown Taliban is white, nominally Christian, and psychologically rigidly authoritarian. Since this particular faction has failed to persuade most Americans to voluntarily continue oppressing ethnic minorities, women, gays, and other alleged untermenschen, they resort to threats, and then violence (think about the mass shooting at a Unitarian Church last summer, by an avid fan of Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, and Rush Limbaugh). In the recent past, our own homegrown right-wing terrorists have tried to build cyanide bombs, car-bomb family planning clinics, terrorize migrant workers and activists, ad nauseum.

Fortunately, these goons tend to be relatively disorganized, and left to their own devices hardly pose a threat to civilization. Still at the risk of being politically incorrect, I'd much prefer keeping an eye on our own homegrown Taliban than continue the status quo of propping up an imaginary orientalized Muslim "threat."

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