A Murderer’s Bookshelf: Hannity, O’Reilly, and Savage On Killer’s Reading List

Yahoo News:   KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire at a Unitarian church, killing two people, left behind a note suggesting that he targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal policies, including its acceptance of gays, authorities said Monday.

Yesterday I saw this on Hal Turner’s Web Site:

“Got What They Deserved!

Man Shoots Up Church Over Liberal Views

Protected Illegal Aliens, Promoted Gay Rights and desegregation

This should happen far more often.     Click Here

Today, I read on Huffington Post that

This evening we learn from the Knoxville News that officers entering the home of murder Jim Adkisson “found Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder by radio talk show host Michael Savage, Let Freedom Ring by talk show host Sean Hannity, and The O’Reilly Factor, by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.

The presence of somebody’s books in a mentally disturbed person’s home does not make them accessories to a killing. But right-wing rhetoric toward liberals and humanists like those who attended the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church has been exceptionally violent for years. Liberal groups are often called “Nazi” or “Nazi-like” by O’Reilly (he even said that about our own Arianna Huffington). Savage says he’d “hang every lawyer” who tried to establish constitutional rights for Guantanamo prisoners, describes Obama as an “Afro-Leninist,” and said the folks at Media Matters were “brownshirts.” He describes Rep. Wexler as a “Nazi” and calls Nancy Pelosi a “Mussolini.”

As for Hannity, he said that “there are things in life worth fighting and dying for and one of ’em is making sure Nancy Pelosi doesn’t become the speaker (of the House).” Think about it: “worth fighting and dying for.”

And that’s just a sampler.

Ann Coulter says liberals should be beaten with baseball bats and tried for treason (she’s not clear about the order in which these events are to take place.) Dick Morris says they’re “traitors” who should be decapitated.

The political divide in this country has reached critical mass.   It is a sad commentary that Americans cannot agree to disagree with each other’s political leanings.   The Limbaughs, Hannitys and O’Reillys of broadcast media (radio andTV) have sent a vile message out to their listeners. 

They have painted anyone who does not think or LOOK like them as “the enemy”.  This is America and one’s political preference should not be an issue.  This is a Democracy and as such we are free to choose whichever Political Party we want to associate with, without vitriolic rhetoric from an opposing party.

I think that is the agenda of Fox News.  We have already heard Scott McClellan admit on MSNBC’s Hardball, that Fox News got “talking point memos” daily from the White House. 

It is my opinion that Fox news has to take SOME responsibility for what has happened in Knoxville, TN.


~ by kstreet67 on July 29, 2008.

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