In Ms. Maddow’s segment, she runs a string of events and comes to the conclusion that those protesting in the Town Hall meetings are nothing more than domestic terrorists. How she reached this conclusion is rather interesting. The report begins with a Democrat Congressman who was hanged in effigy outside of a Town Hall meeting, followed by several instances of congressmen receiving “death threats”, followed by a Republican Town Hall meeting where the speaker (Congressman) referred to a lynching taking place should some members not pay attention to the people – (obviously a joke, in poor taste.) She continues down the road of condemnation by pointing out that two individuals had actual firearms on them while attending meetings (second amendment right under the U.S. constitution) one woman was removed for carrying a firearm (she was inside the venue and should have been removed), and another actually had one strapped on his leg, openly, while standing outside a barrier, nowhere near the event, but holding a sign in protest none-the-less. Finally, this protestor was wearing a tee-shirt with a Tomas Jefferson quote regarding Liberty, which Maddow then compared to Timothy McVeigh, who wore an Abraham Lincoln assassination t-shirt for his mug-shot. The connection to Maddow is obvious – “Health Care Anti-Reformers” are Domestic Terrorists! The previous editorialized synopsis is paraphrased for brevity.
Maddow on Anti-Reform Terrorism
One must understand that Maddow is rather new to MSNBC’s staff, so she could not possibly have reported on the violence that took place during the elections of 2008 – however, that said, incidents that took place where either completely ignored and or heralded by the media as expressions of free speech. Therefore, in support of the “Fairness Doctrine” Ms. Maddow and company are so hot about, should she run a segment on what occurred during Bush Administration? From a movie depicting the Assassination of George Bush, which received award at the Toronto Film Festival to a host of protests in the 2008 election cycle (One photo below), to a 2008 Election Eve party in San Francisco where Sarah Palin was burned in effigy (video below) there is plenty of available material. (For a complete timeline, history of violence and more photographs (warning graphic) visit: Right Is Best Blog, who has documented the “under-documented.” )
What the left-of-center Media and their mouth-pieces fail to understand is that home computer use is on the rise, with larger segments of the population (specifically those in older demographics) turning to the internet for news and entertainment. , with top channels YouTube, Hula, Yahoo, Fox leading the pack – the increase over last year was a stunning 29%. In other words, there are greater choices and people are literally shopping their news based on what they personally feel is most credible. This may be why Fox is dominating both cable and network news, and MSNBC enjoys a much smaller percentage of the cable market share.
One has to admit that two “wrongs” do not make a right; however, what has so shocked the left of center is that they had, until this past August, owned the rights to outrageous behavior and attacks on political candidates and politicians of a Conservative bent. Therefore, there must be a revolution afoot, and it must be those Conservative Terrorists. One can certainly point to organizations, with members or founders that have political backgrounds, which fund and support protests on both sides of this argument, but that is something new as well. Republican’s and Conservatives in general are normally a quiet, retiring bunch, taking their angst out at the voting booth, (which the metaphors regarding this scenario are lost on Maddow) – so what gives? Although there are a few conservative groups that are involved in the protests to some degree (emails or websites giving times, dates and places – or information regarding the protests and suggestions – similar to those given at ObamaforAmerica.com – the other foot.), the vast majority of those attending these Town Halls and Forums are the politically unenrolled, or those not registered with either major political party. Since the left has always challenged and has never been challenged, it is a shock to the proverbial system.
Ms. Maddow’s depiction of these protestors as “anti-reform” terrorists, is sensationalism, and disingenuous to say the least. Ms. Maddow cannot claim ignorance of past events depicted here as she appears to be bright enough, therefore, a hypocrite. Perhaps one of these pundits (once the shock wears off, it ever does) will be honest enough to place images of mean-spirited attacks from the variety of sides in political debates and revel in the glory of the First Amendment – which allows every single American, regardless of whether they are a Democrat, Anarchist, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, etc., the ability to freely express their distaste for a political figure or policy.