Criticism Of The Right Is Well-Deserved

Here’s an interesting article Ryan sent me regarding the Right’s rhetoric with some great quotes and examples. Here’s a snippit:

Since the shooting of nearly twenty innocent people (six of whom were killed) in Arizona, there has been a debate on hate speech and whether it had anything to do with that shooting. The right has been dancing as fast as they can in a effort to deny any culpability. But regardless of whether Loughner (the Arizona shooter) was influenced by the violent rhetoric from the right or not, there is little doubt there has been a lot of that rhetoric and it has created an atmosphere where nuts can think they might have approval for violent actions. Here is just a sample of some of the right-wing hate speech:

RUSH LIMBAUGH
“You know why there’s a Second Amendment?   In case the government fails to follow the first one.”

“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals.   Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for.”

GLENN BECK“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it… No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?”

Criticism Of The Right Is Well-Deserved.

P.S. Who else is tired of the media overusing certain terms once they become topical? It’s like there is some sort of telepathic terminology dispersant system. TTDS. Right now, the words are “toning down” “rhetoric” and “vitriol”.

After the overwhelmingly approved memorial speech from President Obama, nearly every cable network started using the term “pep rally” in a negative way. Just about all of them, simultaneously! Crazy.

8 thoughts on “Criticism Of The Right Is Well-Deserved

  1. RE: overused terms.

    I’ve been extremely annoyed by this too! This reminds me of the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. If I had heard “devastation”, “cat 5” or “hunker down” on one more media report…

  2. RE: overused terms.

    I’ve been extremely annoyed by this too! This reminds me of the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. If I had heard “devastation”, “cat 5” or “hunker down” on one more media report…

  3. It’s like they get into this mode where one news achor says a buzzword then it becomes something way too common. It’s just like in the workplace, where the big one these days is “analysis paralysis”. Dear God, shoot me if I hear that ever again (which I am sure I will on Tuesday so really please don’t shoot me, haha).

  4. It’s like they get into this mode where one news achor says a buzzword then it becomes something way too common. It’s just like in the workplace, where the big one these days is “analysis paralysis”. Dear God, shoot me if I hear that ever again (which I am sure I will on Tuesday so really please don’t shoot me, haha).

  5. @Hilly Perhaps it is the fault of this new world of immediacy and pursuit of slash fear of individuality. This phenomenon reminds me of the recent LinkedIn resume most overly used words post. Everyone is a entrepreneur, dynamic, team player… etc etc. If everyone is then no one is 😀

  6. @Hilly Perhaps it is the fault of this new world of immediacy and pursuit of slash fear of individuality. This phenomenon reminds me of the recent LinkedIn resume most overly used words post. Everyone is a entrepreneur, dynamic, team player… etc etc. If everyone is then no one is 😀

  7. @iTod I was living in California when Katrina happened and thus I was totally NorCal-self-absorbed. Phew!… oh wait.

    Meanwhile, this is one of those times that I remember Dan Rathers’ reporting of the 2000 election. You have to respect someone who makes up his own catch phrases. So uniquely these Ratherisms were that no one else dared take them on. Power to the Rather!

  8. @iTod I was living in California when Katrina happened and thus I was totally NorCal-self-absorbed. Phew!… oh wait.

    Meanwhile, this is one of those times that I remember Dan Rathers’ reporting of the 2000 election. You have to respect someone who makes up his own catch phrases. So uniquely these Ratherisms were that no one else dared take them on. Power to the Rather!

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