Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Too Soon to Blame O'Reilly, Limbaugh, et al.

Bill Gwatney, the Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman was shot in his office by a man who was later himself shot and killed by police.

UPDATE: I wish I had more time to write because then, just perhaps, I would be the first to have written this. As it is, Greg Saunders of The Talent Show beat me to it.

And, he's exactly right. Please, please, please don't tell me that the ranting of the more egregious members of the right-wing noise machine (Savage, Coulter, Hannity, O'Reilly and yes, Belling) does not have some sort of weird negative effect on the dimmer bulbs on the right. You can see the violence in print simply by reading Peter DiGaudio's anger-laced and insipid rants at Texas Holdem Blogger, the misplaced cockiness of Fred Dooley and the comments from the happy sycophants that live in their haloscan universe.

James Wigderson tried to say in the comment section here that Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann are as guilty. Well, besides being outnumbered (it's scary that righty bloggers breed, or inbreed) I asked him when had either ever approached the level of evil that the crowd on the right delivers. I'm waiting for the obscure comment from some idiot as an example (using Chris Lato logic -- it was probably planted).

One last thing, again from Saunders. This is what passes for conservative humor. Violence begets violence.


James Wigderson said...

Given the assailant asked for Gwatney by name, I'd guess its a personal matter.

But using your formulation, can I blame Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann for the attacks on Republican headquarters?

Other Side said...

I haven't blamed anyone -- yet. Aren't you jumping the gun a bit, so to speak?

However, I don't ever recall the two you mention ever making insinuations and threats, or advocating violence against Republicans. O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter, Malkin, Beck -- completely different story.

And anyway, big difference between throwing paint around or even a brick through a window, and shooting someone to death --- two within two weeks to boot.

Come on James. You know it's true.

Anonymous said...

Whence the Unabomber? Did Rush drive him too?

What? Idiot said what?

How about the friends of Jim Rowen who had explosive views of Viet Nam?

How about Obama's buddy Bill Ayers?
What? Idiot said what?

Yeah. Exactly. Idiot said what?

You hate conservative talk radio, thus it is full of hate. Thus someone who does something evil is full of hate which must be driven by the thing that you hate. Makes sense to you, right?

Keep going… keep crawling out on your limb. Haven’t we watched you all do this before?

Liberals are the cold-hearted brazen lunatics, and in the end, liberals are the ones who commit these kinds of acts.

Other Side said...

Well, that was weird and sadly for you, anonymous, it made sense to you.