In their increasingly desperate attempt to slander the Tea Party movement, Democrats are taking advantage of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing to insinuate a connection between Timothy McVeigh and the Tea Party. This intellectually dishonest distortion of reality is a continuation of the efforts to link the Tea Party with racism and violence, despite all evidence to the contrary.
And it’s taking of big time with the help of President Clinton.
The Left Coast Rebel takes on not just Bill Clinton’s ridiculous comments comparing Timothy McVeigh to Michelle Bachmann, but the mindless and fawning assent to that meme given by the New York Times, which has already established its willingness to give play to false stories to smear Tea Partiers.
With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching, former President Bill Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today, saying government critics must be mindful that angry words can stir violent actions.
The former president said the potential for stirring a violent response might be even greater now with the reach of the Internet and other common ways of communication that did not exist on April 19, 1995, when the building was struck.
“Because of the Internet, there is this vast echo chamber and our advocacy reaches into corners that never would have been possible before,” said Mr. Clinton, who said political messages are now able to reach those who are both “serious and seriously disturbed.” He will be delivering the keynote address Friday at an event about the Oklahoma City attack being sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Democratic Leadership Council.
Mr. Clinton pointed to remarks like those made Thursday by Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, who when speaking at a Tea Party rally in Washington characterized the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “the gangster government.”
“They are not gangsters,” Mr. Clinton said. “They were elected. They are not doing anything they were not elected to do.”
Way to go, Mr. President. All that’s missing is a call for “civility” in political discourse as you call your political opponents terrorists.
The Times reporter authoring this pieces Kate Zernke, has a history of this kind of slanderous rhetoric:
Commenter WC Varones points out that Kate Zernike has been called out many Times for her inflammatory and incoherent reporting. Thanks to the efforts of many conservative bloggers, we are all over it!
Here is LCR in an email conversation with dear Kate calling her out in regards to her piece labeling Tea Partiers as jobless neanderthals with too much time on their hands.
Here is Jacobson in a phone discussion calling out our favorite author, Kate Zernike, for neglecting to report that the Coffee Party is actually Obama’s fanclub
WC Varones provides a link to a scathing reply from Andrew Brietbart for Kate’s blatantly offensive piece about Brietbart’s CPAC speech
Media bias? What media bias?
It is worth noting that this kind of rhetoric is also nothing new for Clinton, who initially blames conservative talk radio for the Oklahoma City Bombing, as Phillip Klein at the American Spectator reminds us:
In 1995, you may recall, months after Republicans took over Congress, Clinton exploited the Oklahoma City tragedy to lash out at his political opponents and supporters of limited government, specifically, conservative talk radio.
At the time, he said that, “I’m sure you are now seeing the reports of some things that are regularly said over the airwaves in America today. Well, people like that who want to share our freedoms must know that their bitter words can have consequences, and that freedom has endured in this country for more than two centuries because it was coupled with an enormous sense of responsibility.”
He went on to blast “purveyors of hatred and division” and “promoters of paranoia.”
Not to be outdone by a former president, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is also capitalizing (!) on the anniverasy of the Oklahoma City bombing by presenting a “special” on Timothy McVeigh’s crazy, which includes not-very-thinly veiled implications that the Tea Party is somehow heir to McVeigh, and is only seconds away from some kind of “anti-government” violence or terrorism.
Donald Douglas at America Power brings us some stuff on Maddow’s “special,” including this little video preview:
NewsBusters also covers not only Maddow’s nonsensical rhetoric, but also the media fawning over it. Look for this to become an oft-repeated meme over the next few months, with leftists presenting it as fact.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific Oklahoma City bombing, and The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever promoted MSNBC on the front page of the Style section — because Rachel Maddow “has been having 1990s flashbacks with the anti-government vitriol that most recently accompanied the health-care reform debate.”
Stuever offered a preview of the left-wing propaganda to be unveiled tonight in the Maddow hour:
“Nine years after his execution, we are left worrying that Timothy McVeigh’s voice from the grave echoes in the new rising tide of American anti-government extremism,” Maddow says at the outset of her MSNBC special Monday night called “The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist.”
She’s talking, of course, about the latest news about militias, weapons stockpiling, “tea party” anger and the perception of rising unrest in those who seek to reclaim an America supposedly lost to federal control: “On this date, which holds great meaning for the anti-government movement,” Maddow says, “the McVeigh tapes are a can’t-turn-away, riveting reminder.”
Despite this line-drawing , Stuever claimed “Maddow and company wisely decline to draw too straight a line from 1995 to 2010, but, as she indicates, it might be helpful in crazy times to study this sort of crazy head-on.”
When Bush was in the White House, comparing him to Hitler and using terms like “totalitarian” was patriotic dissent. Now it’s “crazy times.” To the media elite, one side’s protesters are psychotic, and the other’s is patriotic.