Saturday, April 11, 2009

Right-Wing Commentators Fill Cable News With Inflammatory Conspiracy Theories

Richard Poplawski, who recently murdered three Pittsburgh police officers, feared that President Obama was going to take his guns away. This type of right-wing paranoia finds expression in right-wing cable news, especially since the election of President Obama. 

Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs are among those who not only speak about the disarming of America, but also toss around such terms as "the new world order," "totalitarianism," "socialism" and "fascism." Political commentator Dick Morris even said, "Those crazies in Montana who say we're going to kill ATF agents because the UN is about to take over–well, they're beginning to have a case."

Such conspiracy theories and inflammatory rhetoric are extremely irresponsible and can only incite the likes of a Poplawski. Media Matters does a masterful job in making this connection:


Tim Gunter said...

These commentators seem to have a home at Fox News, even though Lou Dobbs in on CNN. And this week, some of them are getting the opportunity to speak on the Ed Show on MSNBC.
Some of these pundits sound like Birchers.

Jeff Tone said...

Right on both counts, Tim. Most of these pundits are on Fox, and their conspiracy talk about one-world government and totalitarianism come right out of the John Birch Society playbook.