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mlyonsd
08-03-2011, 02:13 PM
Tea Party 'Terrorists' and the Mainstream Media

By Bernard Goldberg (http://www.foxnews.com/author/bernard-goldberg/index.html)
Published August 03, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Well, if it wasn’t obvious before it sure ought to be now. The liberal media elite have gone around the bend and over the cliff. The Crazy Train they’ve been riding has finally crashed.

And it’s all because of those nasty conservative Tea Party (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/tea-party.htm#r_src=ramp) Republicans.

The same liberal journalists who won’t call a real terrorist a terrorist can’t go 10 seconds without calling conservative Republicans terrorists. Or “Wahhabis,” as Chris Mathews described them on MSNBC.

Or “Hezbollah,” as Tom Friedman described them in the New York Times.
Or as ‘suicide bombers” as Tina Brown the editor of Newsweek described them on “Morning Joe.”

And just in case you’re dense and still don’t get it, we can all thank Peter Goodman, formerly of the New York Times and now an editor at the Huffington Post, who didn’t mince words when he wrote: “They are acting like terrorists. Yes, terrorists.”

But even that was one-upped on Politico, in a column by a law professor at American University, William Yeomans, who wrote that the Tea Party caucus in the House were “full blown terrorists.”

And then we got this from Fareed Zakaria (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/reporters/fareed-zakaria.htm#r_src=ramp) on CNN: “What they're saying is, we’ll blow up the country if you don’t listen to us.”

And keeping with the “blow up” the place theme, Paul Krugman (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/paul-krugman.htm#r_src=ramp), wrote in the New York Times that, “basically the Republicans said, 'We'll blow up the world economy unless you give us exactly what we want.'”

Okay, we get it. Those conservative Republicans are terrorists who like to blow things up. I mean, they’re a regular horror show.

Hold on. There’s an idea that takes us beyond terrorists and suicide bombers who like to blow things up. Make those conservative House Republicans out to be monsters, like the ones in horror movies.

I wish I could say I came up with that, but Maureen Dowd (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/reporters/maureen-dowd.htm#r_src=ramp) beat me to it.

In her column in the New York Times today, Ms Dowd compares the Tea Party Republicans … yes, no fooling … to monsters. Like the kind that scare the hell out of us in the movies.

They were an “uncompromising new force” that “epitomized ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ and evoked comparisons to our most mythic creatures of the night.”

What kind of mythic creatures of the night? Glad you asked.

“They were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country’s reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and gain to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/obama-administration/barack-obama.htm#r_src=ramp). They were like the metallic beasts in ‘Alien’ flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth bursting out of Boehner’s stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones.”

If this were an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” instead of real examples of real commentary from real liberal journalists, Rod Serling might end the episode with something like this:

Terrorists. Cannibals. Vampires. Zombies. Just a normal day in the universe inhabited by liberal journalists … a bunch of clueless folks who have fooled themselves into believing they're smart and sophisticated people … people who have been careening down the tracks … on the Crazy Train.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/08/03/tea-party-terrorists-and-mainstream-media/

Hurry MSM, you only have a little over a year before the next election to work your magic.

Donger
08-03-2011, 02:16 PM
Aren't these the same people who gave Plain grief for putting crosshairs over a map of certain congressional opponents' districts?

Anyway, if demanding that spending is reduced in order to try to decrease our debt makes one a terrorist, just call me Obama bin Donger.

petegz28
08-03-2011, 02:29 PM
So much for "civil discourse"

Hydrae
08-03-2011, 02:32 PM
So much for "civil discourse"

More like civil discord

mlyonsd
08-03-2011, 02:32 PM
Pretty funny considering the whole thing worked out just as the Founding Fathers had designed it. Maybe they were terrorists too.

Amnorix
08-03-2011, 02:37 PM
Aren't these the same people who gave Plain grief for putting crosshairs over a map of certain congressional opponents' districts?

Anyway, if demanding that spending is reduced in order to try to decrease our debt makes one a terrorist, just call me Obama bin Donger.

I seriously dislike the increasing vitriol in our political discussions, and think comparing any politician to a terrorist is absurd and counter-productive.

I don't think Palin's use of crosshairs was particularly praiseworthy, however, especially in light of the Gabby Giffords shooting etc. I put that in the same category as referring to Tea Party members as terrorists. Asinine.

go bowe
08-03-2011, 02:42 PM
just a bit of hyperbole, that's all...

inartful, almost biden-esque, even just plain stupid...

and this whole controversy is just as stupid as the crosshairs dealio...

politicians deal in hyperbole much of the time, it's not a new thing...

go bowe
08-03-2011, 02:43 PM
I seriously dislike the increasing vitriol in our political discussions, and think comparing any politician to a terrorist is absurd and counter-productive.

I don't think Palin's use of crosshairs was particularly praiseworthy, however, especially in light of the Gabby Giffords shooting etc. I put that in the same category as referring to Tea Party members as terrorists. Asinine.

yeah, that's what i meant to say...

asinine...

go bowe
08-03-2011, 02:44 PM
Pretty funny considering the whole thing worked out just as the Founding Fathers had designed it. Maybe they were terrorists too.

according to the british army we were terrorists, refusing to stand and fight most of the time and shooting from cover...

very ungentlemanly for the times...

mlyonsd
08-03-2011, 02:45 PM
politicians deal in hyperbole much of the time, it's not a new thing...I know the pundits mentioned in the OP are just media people but yes, I suppose you could consider them politicians too.

mlyonsd
08-03-2011, 02:47 PM
according to the british army we were terrorists, refusing to stand and fight most of the time and shooting from cover...

very ungentlemanly for the times...Thank you Doris Kearns Goodwin.

go bowe
08-03-2011, 03:02 PM
I know the pundits mentioned in the OP are just media people but yes, I suppose you could consider them politicians too.

they're like an auxiliary to the more liberal politicians, mainly for the sake of improving their ratings among their fan base...

go bowe
08-03-2011, 03:03 PM
Thank you Doris Kearns Goodwin.

DON'T CALL ME SHIRLEY...

blaise
08-03-2011, 03:03 PM
orange, Huff Post link to show Republicans using inappropriate language, please. You're on the clock.

Radar Chief
08-03-2011, 03:05 PM
ROFL I’m pretty sure Hezbolla would rather be called terrorists than Republicans.

go bowe
08-03-2011, 03:05 PM
orange, Huff Post link to show Republicans using inappropriate language, please. You're on the clock.

uhhhhh, there's that black guy whats-his-name that was mean to poor debbie in an email...

other than that, maybe joe biden, oh you said republicans...

can't think of any offhand...

go bowe
08-03-2011, 03:06 PM
ROFL I’m pretty sure Hezbolla would rather be called terrorists than Republicans.

LMAO LMAO LMAO


yeah, but imagine if someone called them liberals...

Radar Chief
08-03-2011, 03:07 PM
yeah, that's what i meant to say...

asinine...

I’d give her face a 2 and her ass a 9. /Foxworthy

blaise
08-03-2011, 03:07 PM
It's interesting that they mention a law professor at American. I have a family member who went to law school at American (it's actually called the Washington College of Law). She told me that one of her professors told the class that he was part of a sort of think-tank of people in DC that got together and tried to find ways to influence the media discussion to get support for a cause, or to inject particular language into a public discourse.
I don't know the particulars of how they went about it, but I remember her saying that.

Radar Chief
08-03-2011, 03:08 PM
LMAO LMAO LMAO


yeah, but imagine if someone called them liberals...

You mean they aren't? ;)

go bowe
08-03-2011, 03:09 PM
I’d give her face a 2 and her ass a 9. /Foxworthy

i should watch that guy, sounds pretty funny...

jeff, isn't it?

blaise
08-03-2011, 03:10 PM
I’d give her face a 2 and her ass a 9. /Foxworthy

I wonder if his next line was something like, "Cousin Earl would say, 'Well, that adds up to a ten.'"

go bowe
08-03-2011, 03:10 PM
You mean they aren't? ;)

jeebus, i really teed that one up for you...

and you hit a home run...

Radar Chief
08-03-2011, 03:11 PM
i should watch that guy, sounds pretty funny...

jeff, isn't it?

Yes, Jeff Foxworthy.
You won’t have troubles finding him, he’s sold more CD’s than Michael Jackson. Seriously.

orange
08-03-2011, 06:08 PM
Partiers Are Addicts, 'Delusional'
4:52 PM, Aug 3, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN

MSNBC host Martin Bashir interviewed Stanton Peele, a psychologist and an "expert on addiction," this afternoon. Bashir urged Peele to psychologically evaluate supporters of the Tea Party. "It reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can't have," Peele said. "They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can't be achieved except through an artificial substance and reminds us of the Norway situation, when people are thwarted at obtaining something they can't, have they often strike out and Norway is one kind of example to one kind of reaction to that kind of a frustration."

Bashir later asked: "So you're saying that they are delusional about the past and adamant about the future?"

"They are adamant about achieving something that's unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things. It reminds us of delusion and psychosis," Peele responded.

Here's video of the exchange:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/msnbc-host-guest-call-tea-partiers-addicts-delusional_581987.html

fan4ever
08-03-2011, 06:18 PM
Partiers Are Addicts, 'Delusional'
4:52 PM, Aug 3, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN

MSNBC host Martin Bashir interviewed Stanton Peele, a psychologist and an "expert on addiction," this afternoon. Bashir urged Peele to psychologically evaluate supporters of the Tea Party. "It reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can't have," Peele said. "They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can't be achieved except through an artificial substance and reminds us of the Norway situation, when people are thwarted at obtaining something they can't, have they often strike out and Norway is one kind of example to one kind of reaction to that kind of a frustration."

Bashir later asked: "So you're saying that they are delusional about the past and adamant about the future?"

"They are adamant about achieving something that's unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things. It reminds us of delusion and psychosis," Peele responded.

Here's video of the exchange:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/msnbc-host-guest-call-tea-partiers-addicts-delusional_581987.html

That was hilarious...for a number of reasons, but especially because most of the tea partiers are VERY unhappy with the outcome of the debt ceiling increase. When you can't win the debate, vilify.