I was all set to write a post tonight about the hypocrisy of Bill O'Reilly and all his friends in the Fox News alternate reality universe. Of course, the subject was going to be the obviously mentally troubled and self-described "Confederate" (according to a neighbor) shooter who went into a church and killed people because of his hate for the "liberal movement." I was going to ask Mr. O'Reilly if he was going to denounce Sean Hannity as a vile Nazi/KKK esque hate-monger -- like he routinely does with people at Media Matters, Daily Kos, Huffington Post, etc. -- given that maybe this guy thought he was "delivering us from [the] evil" of liberals like one of Hannity's books hopes for on the cover. Or maybe he was trying to make friend-of-the-O'Reilly Factor-Ann Coulter happy by killing some of the "Godless" liberals she's always "joking" about killing.
Before I even started writing I came across this:
From Knoxnews.com (h/t dday)
Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he attacked a church in order to kill liberals "who are ruining the country," court records show.Did that sanctimonious windbag even address this tonight? No, of course not. But this is the same fool who has been saying over and over again that he fears violence resulting in death is going to occur because of the supposed hatred being fomented at Daily Kos or HuffingtonPost.
Adkisson targeted the church, Still wrote in the document obtained by WBIR-TV, Channel 10, "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."
Adkisson told Still that "he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office."
Inside the house, officers 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 same delusional deranged hate-laundering generic Joe McCarthy who fantasizes about the deaths of S-Ps like his T-Warrior "traditional American" pal Pat Robertson does.
You think O'Reilly might have the decency to address this since he's been writing books about and saying that godless communist homo/immigrant loving Nazi "S-P"s have been trying to destroy "traditional" white America and that people should become "T-Warriors" to fight them and what not. As Jeffrey Feldman put it
O'Reilly uses a vast majority of his political commentary to frame liberals as a dangerous threat to American citizens. To achieve this, O'Reilly does much more than simply describe readers of liberal websites as 'Nazis.' He renames them 'Secular-Progressives' or 'S-Ps' and then proceeds to equate these terms with supposed guerrilla programs to seize control of the United States.Maybe this killer was just trying to "bring horror into the world of" liberals like O'Reilly said he wants to do with "S-P"s.
Let's take a look at something I wrote a few years ago about the "jokes" of Ann Coulter and co. that former regular O'Reilly Factor guest host Michelle Malkin finds so amusing
The rhetoric against goverment no longer predominates the airwaves. Now, the biggest target of talk radio is liberals, who have been deemed the "enemy within." How long might it be before we see the results of the seed of hate that is being planted by the people who "joke" about the elimination of liberals?Do you think the commenter who on 4.10.08 responded to my post linked above about former O'Reilly Factor guest host Michelle Malkin loving the hate-mongering of friend of the O'Reilly Factor Ann Coulter (bold emphasis mine):
"All liberals should be killed, pronto. The sooner the better. DIE NOW ASSHOLES!"
is happy to see the seed of that hate apparently come to fruition?
For all I know, that commenter could have been the killer.
Adkisson targeted the church, Still wrote in the document obtained by WBIR-TV, Channel 10, "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."And given his reading list, it's easy to see where Adkisson got the idea that Democrats are losing the "war on terror" and that the media is biased for "liberals." This is standard dogma of the conservative movement. Case in point and case in point.
Additionally, it is a dynamic that lends itself to proto-fascist sentiment. Adkisson was clearly scapegoating "liberals" for perceived societal ills and economic woes.