Liberal Bloggers are Nazis and Terrorists, Don'tcha Know?
Frederick Clarkson printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:26:46 PM EST
This post is not about the religious right and what to do about it. Not directly anyway.  This is about the ongoing viability of this site and others in the progressive blogosphere. The progressive, reform oriented blogosphere has emerged as a signficant new force in American public life.  Naturally, a variety of established interests don't like it, or are having had a hard time adjusting to the new reality. Some lash out. Some do it all the time. While Talk to Action has been the target of some sliming, we are also affected by a wider culture of snarling political bomb throwers and debased journalism.

Media Matters for America, for example, has detailed coverage of Bill O'Reilly's despicable comparisons of The Daily Kos to Nazis, David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, and more on his Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor. (See too, my Bill O'Reilly Hate Tour.)   Jeffrey Feldman of Frameshop today urges us to contact the Wall Street Journal about yet another, more sophisticated smear job against the progressive blogosphere.

In the wake of the newest Bin Laden video, right-wing journalists have spread the disgusting lie that murdering terrorists--who killed thousand of Americans on 9/1--talk, write and think "like" progressive bloggers. The smear tactic is never to come right out and say that bloggers are terrorists, but  to smile and say that Osama Bin Laden "sounds just like" an "angry blogger."

The result?  The words terrorist, Bin Laden and blogger become mixed up in the media chatter.  This smear tactic is not just slanderous--it is outright barbarous.  But now--even as right-wing journalists continue to push this word association tactic--the WSJ has taken it one step further:  adding the words "Hitler" and "Nazism" to the mix to sully bloggers by associated as well.  It is a disgusting tactic--shameful enough to merit the Wall Street Journal being stripped of whatever professional credentials it has.  And what makes it even worse:  this tactic of saying "Hitler" and "blogger" in the same breath was launched on the eve of the Jewish New Year.

The culprits who launched this utterly offensive effort:  James Taranto and Kelsey Hubbard of the Wall Street Journal.  The smear happened in a video on the Wall Street Journal opinion website.  This transcript captures the attempt by Taranto to smear bloggers by associating them with the words "Hitler" and "Nazism":

Back in the 1930's a young liberal journalist named Allan Cranston published a translation in English of Mein Kampf, Hitler's manifesto, because he wanted to alert people to the dangers of Nazism. These days when America's enemies speak, young liberal journalists cover their ears and go "la la la la la," they don't want to hear it. Why don't they want to hear it?  Well, you look at this bin Laden tape which was transcribed and put up on the web, and he sounds like a blogger for the DailyKos. He sounds like a typical angry left American.

These comments by Taranto to Hubbard are offensive to every American, but particularly to those Americans preparing to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  What does Hitler and Nazism have to do with bloggers? Absolutely nothing.  The only reason Taranto mentioned them was to follow the tactic of smear by word association.

Read Feldman's full post and get the contact info the the WSJ.

...and take bigger majorities in '08, this kind of stuff from the right will be peanuts. And I wouldn't rule out physical violence from their numskull followers either.

by Meteor Blades on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 11:18:39 PM EST
The Clinton era was filled with the most outrageous demonization tactics and extraordinary lies by what Hillary Clinton aptly called the "vast right wing conspiracy." It was also the era of the militia movement, fueled in part by that fevered propaganda.

by Frederick Clarkson on Thu Sep 13, 2007 at 12:41:01 PM EST

Bin Laden sounds like liberal bloggers because he correctly, mostly, describes the historical thrust of the West into the middle east these past 100 years. That's why his words are seldom seen in print and why we bombed Al Jazeera in Iraq and are allowing their photographer to die in Guantanamo without charges. Even more bizarre, the right-wingers are now comparing FDR to Hitler and calling HIM a fascist! I detect a bit of desperation in all this but it is typical of the administration to call others the names that apply to themselves thus insulating them from epithets that apply more aptly to them and the thrust of the military, industrial, congressional complex during the years since WWII. Nevertheless, they are wielding a formidable weapon at all who might oppose them (probably the vast majority) if it weren't for all the jingoism included: patriotism, god, support the troops, and so on. It has worked in the past and seems to be working far. dci
by lackawack on Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 11:02:08 AM EST

Considering who now owns the WSJ, I cannot say I am surprised to see the (pardon the pun) more liberal use of smear tactics against the patriotic opposition determined to tell the truth in what really is a fair and balanced way...

by RevRuthUCC on Sun Sep 16, 2007 at 10:54:50 PM EST

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