Jan 11, 2013

The One Where Judge Napolitano (Potentially?) incites violence against President Obama

UPDATE: January 14th 2013:  Fox News does it again.

Today Fox brought on extreme right wing radio host Mark Levin to talk about President Obama's "Tyranny".

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In 2008, Jim David Adkisson opened fire in the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church killing two and injuring seven others before being subdued by church members.   When the police searched his home, they found books by Fox News' hosts Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, and right wing radio host Michael Savage, whose book was titled "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder".

Adkisson claimed he attacked the church, "because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets."

He said that since he couldn't get to kill "the leaders of the Liberal movement", he would go and kill those that he felt voted them into power.

Here is a snippet from his "manifesto":

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"Know this if nothing else: This was a hate crime. I hate the damn left-wing liberals. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country & these liberals are working together to attack every decent & honorable institution in the nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state. Shame on them....
"This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It's the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence."
"I thought I'd do something good for this Country Kill Democrats til the cops kill me....Liberals are a pest like termites. Millions of them Each little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation. The only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is to kill them in the streets. Kill them where they gather. I'd like to encourage other like minded people to do what I've done. If life aint worth living anymore don't just kill yourself. do something for your Country before you go. Go Kill Liberals.

 For those who do not know, Bernard Goldberg, a regular Fox News contributor wrote a book called "The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America".  Savage, O'Reilly and Hannity all routinely paint Liberals as "destroying the country" and putting American on a slippery slope to Socialism and/or Marxism.

In 2010 Byron Williams was stopped by police with heavy weaponry in his vehicle.  He engaged in a ten minute shootout with the police before being shot multiple times and arrested before being taken to the hospital.  Williams later told them that he was on his way to kill people at The Tides Foundation, located in San Francisco, and the ACLU.

The Tides Foundation is hardly a known entity, however Glenn Beck when he was on Fox News, would rail against them and George Soros, claiming they were the puppet master pulling the strings of Barack Obama and the Liberals in the government.

In actuality, The Tides Foundation exist to "promote economic justice, robust democratic processes, and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment where human rights are preserved and protected,"

If fact hardly anyone in the media had even mentioned the Tides Foundation, except for Glenn Beck who did stories all the time on them, including two shows in the week leading up to Byron Williams seeking to murder people there.

Glenn Beck said, among many other things, that George Soros "helped start the Tides Foundation, which among its many super, super classics are the anti-capitalist 'Story of Stuff,' indoctrination video. Yes, George Soros money. Isn't that great? Shown in schools all across America to warp your children's brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is."

And while Byron claims that Beck didn't incite him to do this, he was clearly influenced by him, and even said he was angry at Beck and Fox News because they brought this up and then just dropped it and moved on to something else.  He felt that Beck and Fox News wasn't going after Soros and The Tides enough, and so I suppose he decided that he needed to take matters into his own hands.  Which he was more than prepared to do.

William's mother said that he would watch the news and be angry at how "Congress was railroading all these left wing ideas through".

Last month, December of 2012, Randolph Linn, of Indiana, plead guilty to setting fire to a Mosque because he hated Muslims.  He said that he did it because "All Muslims are Terrorists".

When the Judge asked him if he knew anything about Islam or if he knew any Muslims personally, he said no, and that "I only know what I hear on Fox News and what I hear on radio."

He also said that, "Muslims are killing Americans and tryign to blow stuff up.  Most Muslims are terrorists and don't believe in Jesus Christ".

Which brings us to this week when another Fox News host, Judge Napolitano, put out a video in which he insisted that the "dirty little secret" about the 2nd Amendment is that it didn't give you the right to hunt deer, but to "Shoot Tyrants" that take over the government.

Now on it's face, this probably doesn't sound that outrageous, in the Fox News sphere, anyway.   It's pretty tame compared to most of what they say.  That is, however, until you see it in the full context of the framing that the network has used to describe the President.

1. Bill O'Reilly has a video up on Fox New's website entitled "Obama's "Third World Dictator like Arrogance?"

2. Fox News brings on Ron Paul to label the President as an "Elected Dictator"

3. Fox Nation (Fox's website) has an article on it entitled "Obama stands with Tyrants."

Day in and Day out, Fox News hosts and guests come on to insinuate or flat out state that they think Obama is trying to take over every aspect of your life, to fundamentally change how this country has, in their minds, always been, and will take your guns -- and possibly your freedom, away.

They have done everything except put up a picture of him with the word Tyrant under it.

All day, every day with frightening frequency Fox depicts the President as a tyrant out to ruin this country, and now Fox News' own Judge Napolitano puts out this video proclaiming that the "dirty little secret" about the 2nd Amendment is that it gives you the Constitutional right to shoot tyrants?

 

As I illustrated above there is an unfortunate history of Fox News viewers and listeners acting out in violent ways in response to some of the over the top violent rhetoric by those on Fox News.  Remember abortion doctor George Tiller?  gunned down in his church by an extreme right wing "Pro-Lifer" who felt he was morally obligated to kill Tiller to protect the babies?

This comes after years of Fox's Bill O'Reilly demonizing him as "Tiller the Baby Killer" and saying that he needed to be stopped.  Well, at least one of your viewers heard you loud and clear on that Bill, and they did what you seemed to advocate.

I don't know if O'Reilly actually wanted Tiller murdered in his church, my inclinations are that he did not.  However his rhetoric is what led to that happening, no matter if he wants to own up to it or not.

Likewise, when people like Bernard Goldberg and Michael Savage and Sean Hannity claim Liberals are destroying the country and are like parasites or cancer that is eating away at the country, and then you see their viewers acting on this in deadly fashion, it should open some eyes to say "you know what?  While all our viewers aren't going to do this, we have to acknowledge that there are some unbalanced people that watch us and feed into every single word we say."

But they don't.  They explain it away as someone being a "lone wolf" or a nut job or whatever, all the while eliminating any blame for themselves.

So knowing this history, I would think Judge Napolitano would have chosen his words more carefully.  I don't think he actually wants someone to kill the President.   And to be clear he didn't call for the President to be killed.  However when the network you are on routinely implies that the President is either a Tyrant/Dictator or shares qualities of a Tyrant/Dictator, and then you go and make a statement like that, it's a bit unfortunate and irresponsible for you to say that.

That, seems to be the leitmotif of the Fox News network though.  Unfortunate and Irresponsible.

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