This story is over 24 hours old but the rabid Right is still flocking it – Fox Doctors Hoffa Speech To Fabricate Call For Violence
In an initial report on Hoffa’s speech at 1 p.m. on Fox News, Ed Henry reported that Hoffa said that “we’ll remember in November who’s with the working people” and “said of the Tea Party and of Republicans, ‘let’s take these sons of bitches out.'”
Henry made clear during that segment that Hoffa’s comments were references to voting out Republican members of Congress, not to violence. And roughly 20 minutes later, he explained on Twitter that the “full quote” of the “take these son of a bitches out” comment is “Everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back & keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these sons of bitches out”:
But in a second segment that ran at roughly the same time as Henry’s tweet, Fox News dishonestly edited the speech in the manner seen above. Andrew Breitbart’s Big sites, Real Clear Politics, The Daily Caller, the Media Research Center, and the Drudge Report have all highlighted that footage, using it to condemn “the violence emanating from union thug bosses” and demand that Obama “denounce” the comments.
The hypocrisy from the Right on the use of such metaphors is so awful its laughable. The official propaganda outlet for the Right, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News uses violent language and images frequently in its attacks on Democrats. As a matter of fact conservative superstar Michele Bachmann has used the same phrasing Hoffman used – The Tea Party’s ridiculous hissy fit over Jimmy Hoffa
Here’s Bachmann, at an April 2010 Tea Party tax protest gathering:
“We’re on to this gangster government,” she declared…
She appealed directly for tea partiers to swing behind “constitutional conservatives” in congressional campaigns, just as they contributed to Scott Brown’s upset in the Massachusetts Senate race in an early test of their potency.
“I am the No. 1 target for one more extremist group to defeat this November,” she said. “We need to have your help for candidates like me. We need you to take out some of these bad guys.”
Now, there’s nothing wrong with Bachmann using this phrase. Bachmann’s use of this language shows that it’s a fairly common figure of speech, not a call for violence. In fact, Bachmann’s use of it shows that it’s fairly common to use the phrase in an electoral context, just as Hoffa did.
For better or worse this kind of language is here to stay. It turns off some voters, but it rallies the base. Below are two images further speak to the shrill faux outrage by the right. In the first Bachmann calls on her supporters to be armed and dangerous. In the second a tea partier sign warns that guns can solve problems elections cannot.
Unlike Hoffa and Bachmann’s “take them out” statements, these clearly go too far. And remember Rick Perry’s recent remarks about Ben Bernanke saying that moderate Republican Bernanke had committed treasonous acts and would probably be treated “ugly” if he ever went to Texas. If wing-nut keyboards were not soaked in enough two-faced bull, they’re also outraged, outraged I tell you, over a video game that features tea baggers as zombies – IN THE FUTURE, EVERYONE WILL BE A VIDEOGAME ASSASSINATION TARGET FOR 15 MINUTES (and Obama is one now). As NMMNB notes it didn’t take more than a minute to find a video game where the shooters could create roles as Obama hunting assassins. Whether playing violent games or watching violence leads to actual violence among adult viewers is one of those hot topics people have strong opinions about. I tend to think that for adults ( not children) playing such games and viewing such movies can be kind of cathartic. Some researchers have found that to be the case – Economists Say Movie Violence Might Temper the Real Thing . I’m a fan of the Jason Bourne movies and the Transporter series with Jason Statham – and similar movies. I never feel violent after watching movies like that. I used to play some shooter/strategy games like the now old Tomb Raider/Max Payne games( gamers consider them old in gaming time). Again they just seemed like an escape, a fantasy. The ones that use real people as targets might be in poor taste and inappropriate for children, but that is about it.
In other news:
Anyone wondering why government is broken need look no further than Sen. Richard Shelby(R-GA) – Shelby threatens consumer chief filibuster
Last spring, Sen. Richard Shelby(R-GA) promised, along with 43 GOP Senate colleagues, to block any nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the agency was essentially gutted.
This is a good recent example of what sleaze-balls like Shelby is fighting for, the right of banks to screw over average Americans – Banks Took $6B in Reinsurance Kickbacks
Many of the country’s largest banks received $6 billion in kickbacks from mortgage insurers over the course of a decade, according to a previously undisclosed investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The allegations, since referred to the Department of Justice, stem from lenders’ demand that insurers cut them in on the lucrative business of insuring the mortgages they produced during the housing boom.
In exchange for the their business, companies such as Citigroup Inc, Wells Fargo & Co, SunTrust Banks Inc. and Countrywide allegedly required reinsurance partnerships on generous terms that violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, a 1974 law prohibiting abusive home sales practices.
Welcome to the kind of dysfunctional deregulated American economy that conservatives and libertarians are fighting for. How can Shelby do this with a slight Democratic majority in the Senate? The same reason we will probably not see a real jobs bill. Just the threat of a filibuster requires a 60 vote super-majority to move nominations like Richard Cordray and to pass any legislation. The only good thing that Democrats can do is block the most regressive legislation passed by the zombie teaservatives in the House. Which brings us to another apology the rabid Right wants – Will Barack Obama condemn Joe Biden and Jimmy Hoffa for calling Republicans ‘barbarians’ and ‘son of a bitches’. Hoffa and Biden should only apologize for remarks that are not true. So there is no genuine cause in this case for them to apologize. Some day maybe in some miraculous moment of self-evaluation Shelby will admit that he is far worse than what Hoffa and Biden suggest, and apologize to America for trying to make it a weaker country. These are the kind of accomplishments Democrats can achieve with solid majorities in both Houses – To Those Who Consider President Obama a Disappointment; You’re Just NOT Paying Attention! Government can work for the people if we have good people who care about good governance. If the Founders thought government was evil they wouldn’t have created one.