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Sherrod says she’ll sue Breitbart; racist wingnuts keep lynching her

Shirley Sherrod, who recently was lynched by the right-wing “media,” says she “definitely” is going to sue lying right-wing racist blogger Andrew Breitbart for defamation.

The response of the racist right wing (redundant) to Sherrod only further proves their racism.

Presumably, Breitbart’s stance remains that his heavily altered video “proving” that Sherrod actually is a “racist” (when, in fact, she was talking about racial reconciliation in her speech) was “not about Shirley Sherrod.” (He just told the world that you’re a racist, Shirley, but don’t take it personally!)

“Andrew Breitbart is going to be fine. He’s done nothing wrong,” Politico quotes assbite Brent Bozell, president of the wingnutty Media Research Center, as having huffed and puffed. “I wonder if Ms. Sherrod, who is such a champion of transparency, will publicly disclose who is putting her up to this. And I also hope this champion of honesty will stop lying about Fox News. I’m also waiting for Ms. Sherrod to publicly apologize for accusing anyone opposed to nationalized health care of being racist. Last time I checked, that was more than half the country.”

Uh, when did Sherrod ever say that those who stupidly oppose health care reform, like the chickens pledging their allegiance to Colonel Sanders, are racist? She didn’t. So that isn’t just a stretch — it’s just a fucking lie. So Brent Bozell is a fucking liar. He continues the lynching of Shirley Sherrod by spewing forth even more fucking lies about her.

And I love Bozell’s assertion that someone “put” Sherrod “up” to suing someone who clearly defamed her.

Because a black woman, you know, on her own, just wouldn’t have the brains or the courage to sue someone when she has been wronged. It must be a vast left-wing conspiracy. There can be no other explanation!

Sherrod also says that she quite understandably refuses to go on Faux “News.” I never would go on that Fascist “News” Network, either. Nor would I attend a KKK or “tea party” gathering. There are just certain low-lifes with whom I never voluntarily would associate.

Anyway, I hope that Sherrod sues and wins a huge chunk of change from Breitbart. But I would fully expect his fellow Klan members to help him out with donations in that event.

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‘Conservative media’ is bullshit

I hope to make this my last word on the Shirley Sherrod debacle for a while. (But I’m not holding my breath.)

Before I retire to bed I just want to note that the headline “Sherrod Case Shows Power of Conservative Media” for this Associated Press piece really fucking rankles me.

Whether the AP supplied that headline or Yahoo! News did, it’s woefully inaccurate.

First, there is the word “conservative.” No, these are lying lunatics we’re talking about, not just “conservatives.” Conservatives suck ass, yes, indeed, but those screaming “black racists! black racists! black racists!” aren’t just your old Goldwater-variety “conservatives.”

They are, as Ted Rall calls them, “protofascists.”*

They are dangerous. They don’t just hold an opinion. They’re talking about the violent overthrow of the democratically elected government. When their stupid white guy is made president even though he lost the vote, they call it “democracy,” and they call their detractors “Sore Losermen,” but when the black guy beats their white guy by seven percentage points, they call it “tyranny” and they actually liken it to the actual tyranny that led up to the Revolutionary War.  

One of these wingnuts, Byron Williams of California, whom I wrote about yesterday, very apparently got it into his head to shoot up an obscure progressive organization in San Francisco because he’d heard Grand Dragon Glenn Beck repeatedly denounce the organization on Faux “News.” (Luckily, the California Highway Patrol got to Williams first and he ended up getting shot up himself but killing no one.)

So to call these people — and I agree wholeheartedly with Rall’s term for them, “protofascists” — “conservatives” is to give them a legitimacy that they don’t fucking have. And worse, the word “conservative” makes them sound a lot more harmless than they actually are.

Then, there is the word “media.”

The word “media” gives an air of legitimacy to such illegitimate purveyors of truth as wingnutty blogs and Faux “News.”

I have a bachelor of science in journalism, so I know how “fair and balanced” mainstream journalists are trained to be. So far do they bend over backwards to be “fair and balanced” that they treat even the most insane right-wing bullshit and the most extremist right-wing enterprises as legitimate, lest they be accused of — gasp! — “liberal bias”!

But, as Sen. Al Franken says (and I believe he is quoting the late Sen. Patrick Moynihan), you are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.

Since the wingnutty “media” blatantly lie, routinely, to call them “media” is to suggest that they are legitimate purveyors of truth, just like the newspapers and television news broadcasts of yore.

A right-wing racist blogger blatantly recutting a video of a black woman’s speech to “prove” that the black woman (whose speech actually was about racial reconciliation) is “racist” — and then this video lie just parroted on Faux “News” and other wingnutty outlets because they so very badly want to show the “video” of the “racist” black woman: that is legitimate media?

“Sherrod Case Shows Power of Conservative Media.”

The word “power” too suggests legitimacy that just doesn’t fucking exist here.

The only words of that headline that are accurate are “Sherrod Case Shows.”

The correct headline should be: “Sharrod Case Shows That When the President of the United States of America Actually Takes Action Based Upon Bold-Faced Lies Bouncing Around the Wingnut Echo Chamber, This Nation Is Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition! Head for Canada!” 

“[People] being afraid of the machine that the right has put out there – that’s what’s driving this,” Shirley Sherrod said of her lynching.

Yup.

Shirley Sherrod is courageous and she’s wise.

She should be president.

*Rall writes, in part:

Is the Tea Party racist? Democrats who play liberals on TV say it isn’t. Vice President Joe Biden says the Tea Party “is not a racist organization” per se, but allows that “at least elements that were involved in some of the Tea Party folks expressed racist views.”

Right-wing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has received permission to form an official Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s official. The Tea Party matters.

So: is it racist? Certainly a sizeable minority of Tea Partiers’ “take America back” rhetoric is motivated by thinly disguised resentment that a black guy is president. As for the remainder, their tacit tolerance of the intolerant speaks for itself. “Take America back” from whom? You know whom. It ain’t white CEOs.

Yes. The Tea Party is racist. Obviously.

But racism is only one facet of a far more sinister political strain. It’s more accurate to categorize the Tea Party as something the United States has never seen before, certainly not in such large numbers or as widespread.

The Tea Party is a protofascist movement.

Robert O. Paxton defined fascism as “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

Typical Tea Party rants fit the classic fascist mold in several respects. America, Tea Partiers complain, is falling behind. Like Hitler, they blame leftists and liberals for a “stab in the back,” treason on the homefront. The trappings of hypernationalism — flags, bunting, etc. —are notably pervasive at Tea Party rallies, even by American standards. We see “collaboration with traditional elites” — Rush Limbaugh, Congressmen, Republican Party bigwigs (including the most recent vice presidential nominee) — to an extent that is unprecedented in recent history….

[Umberto] Eco [in his 1995 essay “Eternal Fascism”] also discusses fascism’s “appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.” Guard the borders! Deport the immigrants! Mexicans are stealing our jobs!

So much anger. It’s too bad that the (justifiable) rage of the white male middle-class is directed against their fellow victims. It’s worse that they’re playing into the blood-soaked hands of their own oppressors. 

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‘Black racism’ is pure bullshit

“Is black racism a real problem? Or is it pure politics?” asks an analytical Associated Press piece today.

The answer is simple: Politics. Pure. And simple.

It gets the white supremacists off to assert that blacks (or other non-whites) actually are the racists. Never mind that whole slavery and post-slavery oppression thing: Blacks should just wuv whitey, because hey, we’re all equals now! (Except that we’re not, not in terms of sociopolitical power, we’re sure the fuck not.)

The charge of “black racism” is just projection, which is all that the right wing is capable of: seeing wrongs in everyone else except themselves, and accusing others of the exact same wrongs that they’re guilty of themselves.

And, of course, the plutocrats just love it when the masses are fighting amongst themselves instead of going after the real enemy: the plutocrats.

Which pretty much is what “black racist” Shirley Sherrod actually was saying in her wildly misrepresented speech at the NAACP banquet in Georgia. She said in her speech that she came to realize that socioeconomic class, not race, was the real problem, and that she found solidarity with a poor white farmer through their shared lower socioeconomic status — which is exactly the message that the plutocrats don’t want you to hear, so they’ll assert, as the lying right-wing traitors on Faux “News” did, that Sherrod is a “racist.”

(Faux “News,” owned and operated by a fucking billionaire, exists entirely to keep the dipshit, easily duped mouth-breathers mired in their ignorance and to ensure that they never correctly identify the actual cause of their misery: their corporate overlords and their own fucking stupidity that prevents them from being able to tell friend from fucking foe. Instead, Faux “News” instructs its zombified viewers to blame undocumented immigrants, non-heterosexuals, Muslims and others for all of the nation’s ills.) 

Sherrod also says in the full video of her speech at the NAACP banquet — but not, of course, in the dishonestly pared down and carefully deceptively edited video that white supremacist scumbag human dog shit wingnut he-should-donate-his-organs-now-so-that-someone-else-can-make-better-use-of-them neo-Nazi Andrew Breitbart passed off (quite successfully, initially) as “evidence” of Sherrod’s “racism” — that her father was slain in 1965 by unknown white men.

But yeah, really, Sherrod should just love whitey, and we should fucking lynch her if she doesn’t sufficiently kiss white neo-Nazi ass.

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Why Fox ain’t news — and toes the line between dissent and treason

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the obvious: That filthy-rich-wingnut-owned-and-operated Fox “News” — often called “Faux News” — isn’t news, but is right-wing, pro-corporate propaganda. The buzz stems from the White House’s announcement of the obvious that Fox ain’t news — and thus the White House’s exclusion of Fox from at least some White House news media coverage.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, my favorite political commentator, states that Fox isn’t news because Fox’s goal is to overthrow the democratically elected government of the United States of America.

While I don’t disagree with Maddow’s assertion that the Richie-Rich-owned Fox and its Sore Losermen supporters would have no problem whatsoever with the democratically elected President Barack Obama being overthrown — this is the same bunch that was perfectly OK with the blatantly stolen presidential election of 2000 and the subsequent coronation of usurper George W. Bush — to me, Fox isn’t news primarily because it fabricates the “news”: most visibly, it orchestrates right-wing “protest” events and then reports on them as though they’d happened organically.

That’s not journalism, which is the reportage of that which happens of its own accord (although, of course, the media do influence events, no doubt about it; just the presence of reporters and cameras changes a situation, as people act differently, of course, when the media are present).

You don’t see ABC or CBS or NBC or CNN organizing and promoting or otherwise supporting political events and then reporting on these events as though they were detached from these events. That, to me, is what sets Faux “News” aside from the others.

What I have yet to hear be discussed is how much Fox “News” is like the corporately owned and controlled right-wing media in Venezuela that played a large if not pivotal role in the illegal and failed attempt to overthrow the democratically elected President Hugo Chavez in 2002. (In a nutshell, in April 2002, right-wing operatives in Venezuela — with the full blessing of the anti-democratic, right-wing BushCheneyCorp, of course — overthrew the democratically elected Chavez and replaced him with their own unelected, right-wing, pro-corporation, anti-people “president,” Pedro Carmona, and the leaders of the illegal and immoral coup also suspended the democratically elected national constitution and they dissolved the democratically established national governmental bodies. But in fewer than three days, the people of Venezuela stood up to the usurpers and they returned Chavez, the man whom they had elected, to power.)

This, I believe, Faux “News” and, in fact, the majority of those who comprise the right wing in the United States of America would love to do: forcibly remove the democratically elected president of the United States from power and install their own unelected president, a stupid rich white man, of course — you know, like George W. Bush redux.

I am not alone when I say that this will happen over my dead American body.

Want a repeat of the Civil War, wingnuts? Then try to illegally and immorally overthrow the democratically elected Obama White House. Please. Because we blue-staters showed you red-staters way too much mercy in the first Civil War, and a second one would give us blue-staters the chance to finish the job that we should have finished the first time around. 

Ahhh, that felt good.

Anyway, to continue:

The existence of Faux “News” does raise interesting considerations. While I am a firm believer in the First Amendment, I’m also a firm believer that although the Repugnicans and other assorted wingnuts stole the White House in 2000 and again in 2004, they must never be allowed to subvert democracy — the will of the majority of the American people — again.

What the majority of the people in a democracy decide — whether in Venezuela or in the United States of America — is sacrosanct, and anyone who attempts to subvert or who subverts the will of the majority of the people — such as by forcibly removing an elected leader primarily because he or she did not want that leader to be elected — is a traitor. Traitors, at the minimum, should be put in prison. 

Fox “News” has First Amendment rights, but those rights don’t include treason.

Once a “news” organization crosses the line from voicing dissent to fomenting treasonactual treason, such as the violent acts that all of these well-armed wingnutty militia groups easily could commit, not what the wingnuts like Ann Cunter call “treason” (which is only political dissent against right-wing lunacy) — then it’s time to shut that “news” organization down, because the uber-greed of the corporate few does not supercede the needs and the desires of the majority of the people.

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