Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WE'RE NOT NAZIS! Screams the Right Wing Media

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O'Reilly's nearest and dearest, it seems.

After sucessfully ignoring the lynching apology in the Senate whereby mostly Northern Senators apologized for the crimes of the Southern Senators nearly all of whom refused themselves to apologize, the media reverted back to what they love doing the most: screaming Nazi-style abuse at Democrats and liberals whenever any of them dare mention the gross similarities between modern Republicans and old style Nazis.

Here is just one series of examples from one top neo-Nazi Republican, Mr. O'Reilly--at Mediamatters.com:
From the June 17 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: Well, I mean, you're telling the world, senator, that we're a repressive country because you don't like coerced interrogation. Now, the FBI report, for those of you whom missed it, centered around a detainee who was chained to the floor in the fetal position. You know what the fetal position is -- that's not an uncomfortable position. Most of us sleep in a fetal position. OK? So picture the fetal position, most of us sleep that way. But the guy's chained. Now he can't move, he's down there.

Then they either make the room unbearably hot or unbearably cold. And they keep the guy there for 24 to 36 hours in that position, so they can't go to the bathroom. OK? So that's what the FBI guy reported. That's what's got Durbin conjuring up images of Pol Pot, Hitler, and Stalin. So you make the call, you make the call. It's up to you. I'm not gonna tell you what to think.
I'll tell you what I think! The chief form of torture used by the Nazis was exactly this sort of torture. They could, like our troops, also put leashes on people and make human pyramids or kick them to death or electocute them or waterboard them. But in the long list of things Nazis loved to do, making people stay, naked, in hot/cold cells shackled in awful positions was number one favorite.

If anyone doubts me, read any memoirs of survivors of this sort of "mild torture". We even brought over SS and Gestapo officers after the war so we could learn from them. Thus the "School of the Americas".

Not satisfied with endorsing and laughing at true Nazi-style torture, the next day, he has to wave his banner high and become a full blown Nazi:
From the June 20 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: And when he [Durbin] went out there, his intent was to whip up the American public against the Bush detainee policy. That's what his intent was. His intent wasn't to undermine the war effort, because he never even thought about it. He never even thought about it. But by not thinking about it, he made an egregious mistake because you must know the difference between dissent from the Iraq war and the war on terror and undermining it. And any American that undermines that war, with our soldiers in the field, or undermines the war on terror, with 3,000 dead on 9-11, is a traitor.

Everybody got it? Dissent, fine; undermining, you're a traitor. Got it? So, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care, couldn't care less.

Posted to the web on Wednesday June 22, 2005 at 2:53 PM EST
My, oh my. So, for talking about torture and recognizing that our secretive prison system that is totally outside our own Constitution and the Geneva Conventions is wrong, our punishment should be...torture and execution?

O'Reilly spits on our Constitution when he calls for punishment of free speech. This, of course, crashes into his own contentions that we are bombing and murdering Iraqis so they can have free speech and democracy. But he wants to imprison us here at home for having free speech.

Is this obvious fascist being thrown off corporate TV? Practice what you preach, dude! Since free speech like this sort of vile, AntiAmerican talk, should be punished the very least by his owners not paying him good money to say these things! He can call for putting us in prison from some street corner or insane asylum but not on a major TV station broadcast to all the world! No.

This is bad, a naughty no-no. Will any Senators dare stand up in Congress and denounce the company that pays this anti-American? Will this be denounced? Will he be forced to resign like Dan Rather?

Of course not. He is the faithful voice of the Real Rulers. They have given up on trying to persuade us. Now they want to scare us.

I am not scared.

To contact corporate headquarters:

Westwood One
Bart Tessler
Sr. VP, Network News / Talk Programming
202.457.7998

All of this is owned by Mr. Murdoch. Here he is talking about us bloggers
Anyone who doubts this should read a recent report by the Carnegie Corporation about young people’s changing habits of news consumption and what they mean for the future of the news industry.

According to this report, and I quote, “There’s a dramatic revolution taking place in the news business today, and it isn’t about TV anchor changes, scandals at storied newspapers or embedded reporters.” The future course of news, says the study’s author, Merrill Brown, is being altered by technology-savvy young people no longer wedded to traditional news outlets or even accessing news in traditional ways.

Instead, as the study illustrates, consumers between the ages of 18-34 are increasingly using the web as their medium of choice for news consumption. While local TV news remains the most accessed source of news, the internet, and more specifically, internet portals, are quickly becoming the favored destination for news among young consumers.

44 percent of the study’s respondents said they use a portal at least once a day for news, as compared to just 19 percent who use a printed newspaper on a daily basis. More ominously, looking out three years, the study found that 39 percent expected to use the internet more to learn about the news, versus only 8 percent who expected to use traditional newspapers more.

And their attitudes towards newspapers are especially alarming. Only 9 percent describe us as trustworthy, a scant 8 percent find us useful, and only 4 percent of respondents think we’re entertaining. Among major news sources, our beloved newspaper is the least likely to be the preferred choice for local, national or international news going forward.

What is happening is, in short, a revolution in the way young people are accessing news. They don’t want to rely on the morning paper for their up-to-date information. They don’t want to rely on a god-like figure from above to tell them what’s important. And to carry the religion analogy a bit further, they certainly don’t want news presented as gospel.
Yes, Mr. Screaming at Us for Talking About Fascists Murdoch, you are not entertaining, nor are you reliable nor are you up-to-date with any information that is meaningful. We skim through your dungeons online not to be informed or entertained but to pick up ammo so we can shoot back at you.

Indeed, many of the mainstream web portals imagine all that traffic is due to people running over to them to bask in the glorious information they are providing.

Hahaha. The few times any magazine or newspaper or TV station checked on "comments" sections was to shut them up or shut them down. This is why there are nearly none left. And writing comments was a waste of time since no editor or publisher or owner ever read any of this stuff we poured over them for the last 15 years.

Now we are back to sending emails and making phone calls which they dislike but still sometimes in a rare fit, answer. Of course, it is nearly only the right wingers who get the answers. Silence greets our missives. So we bloggers toil away, magnifying each other just like here, magnifying Media Matters which was started by a disgruntled warrior on the right wing media front!

Go git 'em! Rrralf.
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