1.Fox News And The GOP Are Basically Terrorist Organizations (Based On Their Rhetoric & The Effects Of That Rhetoric)
2. After Canceling Over 500,000 Lives With Covid-19 Misinformation, Fox News Complains About Dr. Seuss Books The AUTHORS Private Estate Decided Not To Print Anymore
3. For Fox News, Mass Murder In The U.S. Was Just The Cost Of Doing Business
4.That Alex Jones (From Infowars) Is Basically Just A White Supremacist Seeking To Incite Violence (Following The Fox News Lead?)
Traditionally, Muslims tend to been as terrorists while white people are either insane, stupid or lying (or "vulnerable"). This pro-lie/pro-Republican bias in media obscures a very big problem that is only getting bigger the more it is ignored and not talked about.
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MSNBC: If the Nashville bomber were Muslim, he would be called a 'terrorist'
The media sees non-Muslims who commit atrocities as nuanced, complicated characters. Muslims who do the same are simply ‘terrorists.’
Center For Strategic And International Studies: The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States
Given the background above, consider the following information keeping in mind Alex Jones started the whole Pizzagate thing which led to a domestic terror incident and he fought and lost against the parents of a school shooting trying to hide the truth with blatant lies:
CNN: Stelter: Fox News host is sounding a lot like Alex Jones
CNN's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy discuss Fox News host's Tucker Carlson's recent conspiracy claim and note that he is sounding a lot like ridiculed internet conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Media Matters: Tucker Carlson has been defending Alex Jones for years
On September 30, a Texas judge handed down three major rulings against conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones, declaring him liable for damages related to lawsuits brought against him by family members who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
For years, Jones pushed baseless conspiracy theories about the tragedy, including claiming that the shooting was staged with the use of actors and “the whole thing was fake.” His long history of conspiracy-mongering and bizarre behavior should have mostly relegated him to the fringes of most political discourse.
But Jones’ raving and ranting are still working their way into the broadcast of the most prominent conservative media figure in the country: Tucker Carlson.
Within the last year, some of Carlson's monologues have mirrored Infowars broadcasts and he has gone to bat for Jones’ cronies when they face legal trouble. Carlson has been a long-time defender of Jones in cases where the Infowars host has been banned from social media platforms for producing content that violated their policies against violence and hate speech. But the relationship extends far beyond that, back to the beginnings of Carlson’s prime-time slot. Below is a partial list of the ways in which Carlson’s broadcast has intersected with Jones and Infowars.
- Carlson said filmmaker Spike Lee’s claim that New Orleans levees may have been blown up in order to hurt Black people is “crazier than anything… Alex Jones has ever said.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 9/28/17]
- After playing a clip of Hillary Clinton questioning then-President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship to Russian government officials, Carlson defended Jones: “Next time someone says, you know, Alex Jones is crazy, he’s a conspiracy nut. OK. Nuttier than that?” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 11/17/17]
- Carlson suggested that Jones was incorrectly labeled a “nutcase.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 2/8/18]
- Carlson claimed that Jones was right about a supposed plot by Democrats to seize guns: “Well, you've heard the line about a million times at this point. Nobody wants to take your guns away. Settle down, paranoid nutcase, tinfoil-hat Alex Jones guy.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 5/3/18]
- Carlson drew a false equivalence between the White House blocking CNN from covering an event and YouTube penalizing Jones for spreading misinformation. Carlson also suggested that Jones is no more “radical” than Bill Maher or Rosie O’Donnell. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 7/26/18]
- Carlson noted that Twitter was the only major social media platform that at the time hadn’t banned Jones while warning that “doesn't mean that freedom of speech is safe on the platform.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8/13/18]
- Carlson launched into a passionate defense of Jones after his social media accounts were suspended: “This isn't about Alex Jones or any one person; it's about the central principle of our society, and it's at stake here.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8/17/18]
- Carlson lamented that “noncompliant voices” like Jones’ are “being silenced” on social media. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8/20/18]
- Carlson framed Jones as a “casualty of the crusade against free expression” and complained that conservatives were not rising to his defense. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8/27/18]
- Carlson said that he was “nauseous” that no media figures on the “mainstream right rose to the defense of Alex Jones.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8/31/18]
- Carlson warned that because Jones was banned “from all tech platforms” and “nobody said anything,” technology companies will be policing more language on their platforms. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 9/12/18]
- Carlson said Google was successful at “suppressing unwanted videos,” such as those from Jones. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 10/3/18]
- Carlson attacked Twitter for participating in a “coordinated purge of Alex Jones and Infowars.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 10/18/18]
- Carlson called Jones’ ban from tech platforms a “terrifying loss for free speech” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 11/14/18]
- Carlson complained that Jones was “systematically crushed by the Big Tech companies just for saying things they disliked.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 1/9/19]
- Carlson hosted Jones ally and then-Infowars host Roger Stone to whine about “efforts to silence Alex Jones” and say they’re indicative of an attempt to “criminalize free speech.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 1/15/19]
- Carlson defended Jones, Laura Loomer, and the white nationalist website VDare. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 2/26/19]
- Carlson claimed other media outlets dismissed conservatives’ fears of gun regulation, immigration, illegal voting, and censorship as illegitimate: “You're a conspiracy nut, they'll say. You believe in crazy things on the basis of zero evidence, you and Alex Jones.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 3/25/19]
- Carlson said that CNN was “way less reliable than Alex Jones.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 3/26/19]
- Carlson complained that other media personalities were silent when “the big tech companies colluded to silence broadcaster Alex Jones.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 4/29/19]
- Carlson suggested that when Facebook banned Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and other extremists it was “fascism.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 5/3/19]
- Carlson framed Facebook’s banning of Jones and Infowars as part of its “efforts to suppress political dissent.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 6/4/19]
- Carlson warned his audience that “Facebook is ready to ban you just like they already banned Alex Jones.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 6/13/19]
- Carlson claimed that Facebook’s community standards “explained to users that they were not allowed to advocate violence unless it was toward Alex Jones or someone else Facebook didn’t like.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 7/11/19]
- Carlson cited and aired footage of the January 6 Capitol insurrection shot by Infowars staffer Samuel Montoya, who was arrested in April for his involvement in the events. Carlson repeatedly defended Montoya as a “journalist” and cast him as a victim targeted for his political beliefs. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 4/14/21]
- Carlson invoked Jones’ name to fearmonger about vaccine and testing requirements: “There are no vaccine passports. That's insane. That's Alex Jones stuff. And by the way, just so you know, as proof, if you want to get a job, you'll need your vaccine papers.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 4/27/21]
- After criticizing the scientific potential of “human engineering” of cells, Carlson asked, “Why do we laugh at Alex Jones again? Sincere question.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 6/22/21]
- Carlson praised Jones' COVID-19 commentary, saying Jones understands more about science than a member of the White House’s COVID-19 Response Team. [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8/2/21]
- Carlson commended Jones for suing the Federal Aviation Administration over the grounding of Fox News drones capturing images of the border in Del Rio, Texas: “Good for him.” [Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight, 9/17/21]
Media Matters: Right-wing extremism in America is a real threat. Conservative media downplaying the problem only makes it worse.
Why does right-wing rhetoric keep finding its way into the words of murderers?
Just two weeks ago, right-wing media outlets worked themselves into a frothy rage over a 2018 interview between journalist Mehdi Hasan and then-Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar on Al Jazeera’s UpFront.
Hasan asked Omar about conservatives who justify Islamophobia by saying their concerns are based in fear, not hatred. Omar responded: “I would say our country should be more fearful of white man across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country. And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe -- Americans safe inside of this country -- we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”
Though the angry reaction from conservatives was based on a misleading, edited version of the clip, the underlying point they took issue with -- that white men pose an equal or greater terrorist threat as Muslims do -- was true. And emerging from a weekend in which in which a young white man, reportedly motivated by white supremacist beliefs, killed 22 people in a Walmart in El Paso, TX, Omar’s point looks as reasonable as ever.
For decades, conservative media have avoided grappling with the idea that right-wing extremists and white men pose a significant threat to American citizens.
A report released by the Anti-Defamation League concluded that between 2009 and 2018, “right-wing extremists” were “responsible for the vast majority of extremist-related murder over the last decade.” (According to the ADL, right-wing extremists were responsible for 73.3% of relevant murders, compared to 3.2% for left-wing extremists and 23.4% for Islamist extremists.)
But right-wing media outlets can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that right-wing attacks are not the exception anymore -- if they ever were at all. The El Paso shooter’s reported manifesto refers to the need to fight back against the “Hispanic invasion of Texas” -- language that’s nearly identical to that of some conservative politicians and Fox News commentators -- and yet Fox has already dedicated multiple segments to placing blame on video games, something mentioned in the document only once in passing. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee even stopped by the network to suggest that these attacks happen because we’re not religious enough as a country.
The man who killed 51 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March also posted an online manifesto, in which he referred to President Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity.” But when Trump was asked on March 15 whether he thought white supremacist-fueled violence was a growing global threat, he shrugged the question off. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” Trump said. “If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”
It was an embarrassing statement that made Trump seem either uninformed or apathetic. Fortunately for the president, he has right-wing media there to run interference for him.
Rush Limbaugh theorized that the Christchurch attack might have actually just been a false flag carried out by the left to make conservatives look bad. On Fox, Tucker Carlson blamed the Christchurch attack on “fatherlessness, addiction, mental illness, evaporating social trust, and the widespread nihilism.” Then-NRATV host Grant Stinchfield took offense at the very suggestion that the shooter’s motivation -- the anti-Muslim, openly white supremacist “great replacement” conspiracy theory -- was being called “right-wing.” Each of these comments served its purpose of clouding people’s perceptions of the attack to the point that everyone simply moved on, largely ignoring the president’s statement that he didn’t consider this ideology a threat.
The fact that we are still debating whether white nationalism is a threat worth taking seriously in 2019 demonstrates the efficacy of right-wing media.
In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security released a report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” The report’s general idea was that DHS analysts had started to notice a rise in right-wing militias and other extremist groups, so they devoted time to studying and trying to understand the driving forces and what (if anything) needed to be done. One worrying trend DHS cited, pointing to a 2008 FBI study, was that white supremacist groups had already recruited more than 200 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
It should be noted that months earlier, DHS had released a report titled “Leftwing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber Attacks over the Coming Decade.” Both documents were fairly standard and uncontroversial. The report on threats from the left was released with little fanfare, but chaos ensued upon publication of the right-wing report.
Right-wing commentators eagerly wrapped themselves in a blanket of victimhood while they furiously typed away at blog posts decrying the document’s release. Michelle Malkin called the “piece of crap report” “one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS.” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough used his Morning Joe platform to claim that the Obama administration was “going after conservatives first” by “targeting soldiers for surveillance,” laughing at the idea that right-wing extremism could be on the rise. On Fox, Sean Hannity said, “Now if you disagree with that liberal path that President Obama's taken the country down, you may soon catch the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.”
DHS eventually rescinded the report amid the right-wing backlash. In 2017, Daryl Johnson, former senior analyst for domestic terrorism at DHS and author of the 2009 report, published an op-ed in The Washington Post saying that while “the body count from numerous acts of violent right-wing terrorism” has risen, the “government has not only failed to implement an effective strategy to combat right-wing terrorism; it is afraid to even raise the subject in public for fear of political backlash or contradicting its narrow-minded terrorism narrative (e.g., terrorism only comes from Muslims).”
In November 2018, The New York Times ran a lengthy feature showing how political pressure and poor messaging led the government to dial back what little resources it had dedicated to fighting right-wing domestic terrorism. Once Trump took office, those resources went from few to nonexistent.
This was a government failure, but it came with the help of a right-wing press eager to obfuscate the truth in favor of partisan messaging. As the ordeal stemming from the 2009 report on right-wing extremists demonstrates, highlighting the threat posed by an in-group -- in this case, people who adhere to far-right ideologies -- comes with the risk of causing offense. In his Washington Post op-ed, Johnson explained why this is the case:
The Islamist militants who brought down the World Trade Center’s twin towers 16 years ago (or the ones who rammed their vehicles into pedestrians in London, Paris and Barcelona recently) had no domestic constituency. Their acts weren’t enshrined instantly on social media or obliquely heralded by the president, duly elected representatives or rationalized by media ideologues dead set on preventing a political backlash. The terrorists I have dedicated my life to stopping have had all that going in their favor. This is more than a formula for disaster. It virtually invites the disaster upon us.
For instance, there’s little potential for political fallout from a U.S. reporter discussing the actions of a terrorist on the other side of the world, but what about an Oregon-based anti-government militia found guilty of taking over a government facility and later pardoned by the president? If these considerations are having an impact on law enforcement, it's not much of a leap to think they could be influencing reporting decisions as media figures fear the now-inevitable backlash from reporting on right-wing extremists.
These considerations likely play into overall coverage considerations. A study published in the journal Justice Quarterly found that terrorist attacks with Muslim perpetrators get on average 357% more media coverage than those carried out by others. The effect is a misguided belief that Muslims commit more acts of terrorism than they actually do, and that right-wing groups carry out fewer attacks than is the case, reinforcing the harmful association between Muslims and terrorists in the eyes of the public. This failure of the press makes us all less safe and provides cover for a government apparently uninterested in addressing the issue of right-wing terrorism.
Beyond just providing cover for right-wing extremists, conservative media figures may play a role in the radicalization process.
After allegedly shooting up a Colorado Planned Parenthood location in November 2015, killing three and wounding nine, Robert Lewis Dear Jr. reportedly said the words “no more baby parts.” Dear was referring to a right-wing talking point based on deceptive videos designed to smear Planned Parenthood. When faced with the suggestion that perhaps this rhetoric contributed to Dear’s actions, commentator Erick Erickson and others on the right took offense.
This scenario plays out over and over, with some of the most persuasive political commentators in the world suddenly claiming that their words couldn’t possibly have played a role in inspiring terror. After a man shot up a Quebec mosque, citing a fear of Muslims, Ben Shapiro bristled at the idea that this shooter (who was apparently a fan of his) was at all inspired by his work. Shapiro had famously produced a video falsely claiming that more than half of the world’s Muslims are “radicalized” and that ignoring the issue will “get a lot of civilized people killed.”
Earlier this month, Yahoo News reported that the FBI published a document warning of the threat posed by fringe conspiracy groups. Specifically, the document highlighted the far-right pro-Trump QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories, pointing to a concern that these movements may be “occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” especially as the 2020 election draws closer. The QAnon conspiracy theory has already been linked to two killings.
On Twitter, Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton wrote in response to the story, “FBI targets conservatives. Again.” His statement and immediate embrace of victimhood echoed the claims that sunk the 2009 DHS report. Luckily, other notable figures on the right haven’t joined him -- at least not yet.
Anyone hoping that El Paso would at the very least mark some sort of turning point on inciting rhetoric will be disappointed. Since the attack, multiple Fox anchors have signaled that they have no plans to stop calling the arrival of migrants an “invasion.” Tucker Carlson went so far as to dismiss the very premise of the problem itself, calling the idea that white supremacy is dangerous “a hoax” and “a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”
It’s time to stop denying the existence of right-wing extremism and to set aside needlessly inflammatory rhetoric. How many more people will die before right-wing media outlets realize the role they played in protecting the attackers?
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