As The Death Toll Rises…
Verbal Arsonists Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh Egg the Fanatics On
Public Enemy #1
Is Rush Limbaugh and his tribe of verbal arsonists inciting unstable people to murder? I think the answer is a resounding yes! What does Richard Popolowski, Stephen Von Brunn and Scott P. Roeder, the murderer of Dr. Tiller have in common? They were all motivated by the concerns that are the subject of over the top harangues by Right Wing radio hysterics 24/7. Popolowski ambushed and murdered three cops in Pittsburg with a military assault rifle as they answered a routine domestic disturbance call placed by his mother! Subsequent investigations have revealed that Poppi thought President Obama was going to take his guns and oppress white men. This is the kind of crazy inflammatory crap that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh spout ad-nauseum.
James W. Von Brunn, who murdered a black guard, Stephen Tyrone John’s, in the Washington Holocaust museum is a long time racist/anti-Semitic anti-government fanatic, And Dr. Tiller, a gynecologist who performs abortions, was targeted by right-wing broadcasters, especially Bill O’Reilly, who routinely called him “Tiller The Baby killer” and even gave out the address of his clinic on the air. Now we discover a murdered census taker in Kentucky, Bill Sparkman, who from all appearances was lynched, and has the word FED, for federal worker, inscribed on his chest! I believe Sparkman’s murder was directly inspired by Glenn Beck’s incendiary attacks on the US Census!
A Murder Mouth Poot Butt!
And on a lesser scale, although quite horrifying, was the vicious beat down of Tasha Hill a beautiful well spoken young black woman – who ironically is serving in the military – in Poulan Georgia by Troy Dale West, a burly redneck cracker male who viciously beat her while calling her a sack of black bitches…all because she admonished the man for virtually walking over her seven year old daughter as they both entered a store in Georgia. This man was obviously walking Around seething with racist rage, a rage that is fueled and stoked each day by the hysterical diatribes spewed by Limbaugh and other right wing verbal arsonists who appear to be trying their best to spark a race war in America. And believe me: this is just the type of incident that could spark a race riot, because if I had been on the scene I would have tried my level beat to take that cracker’s head off!
In a seminar I taught at Long Island University on “Minorities and Mass Media,” we looked at the role of mass media in inciting racist rage that resulted in racist attacks on non-whites. The horrible Atlanta pogrom of 1906, in which rampaging whites attacked and killed innocent black citizens on the streets for several days was sparked by incendiary diatribes and lies about black people in the news papers. Radio is a much more personal and powerful media and, as Dr. Goebbles demonstrated in NAZI Germany, can move masses of people to irrational actions. That’s the role Limbaugh and company are playing in American society right now – and their message is nationwide, immediate, and all the time.
Although none in the Obama Administration dare draw this connection lest they be accused of trampling on the First Amendment, opinion writers in the media certainly can connect the dots and hypothesize about whether there is an organic connection between the growing numbers of innocent people assaulted and killed by hyped up racist and anti-government fanatics, and the vitriolic lies spewed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Ann Coulter etc. And I for one, am wondering why they are not raising questions about an all too obvious connection!
Those who withhold criticism by arguing that these incendiary racist bolviators have a Constitutional right to say the things they say are missing the point. To begin with the First Amendment is designed only to restrain the government from restricting speech, not private companies like WABC, nor does it restrict the press from critiquing the media – that’s why we have media critics! Since all of this Anti-American garbage is coming from two companies, the execs could stop in tomorrow.
However from the look of things the suits at these companies FOX and WABC, who should be expected to exercise sound judgment and act in the public interests – since we have granted them the privilege of utilizing the public airways for their private purposes – are derelict in their responsibility to serve the common good, and their avarice parallels the heartless capitalist described by Karl Marx, who was so avaricious he would “sell the hangman the rope to hang him with if he thought he could turn a profit!”
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Harlem New York
September 24 2009