The media is working around the clock to link the Tea Parties to the lone gunman in Arizona, and they have now started to use some pretty hypocritical and contradictory language.
Glenn explained, “The media keeps claiming that the tea parties are anti‑government, and I pointed out several times, we're not anti‑government. We're anti‑ big government. We're anti‑oppressive government. We're anti‑out‑of‑control government.”
“They have to make you anti‑government because only crazy people are anti‑government. Only anarchists are anti‑government. Now, anarchists come from both the left and the right. They're people that are fascists or communists. They want big government. They want to control it. They want to control it. That's who's anti‑government.”
Stu chimed in and pointed out the confusing narrative the media is trying to create. “I love how we're accused of both worshipping the Constitution and being anti‑government.”
As Glenn pointed out, none of this makes sense.
The radio crew also highlighted the media’s hypocrisy by contrasting the coverage of the Fort Hood shooting with the coverage or the Arizona shooting.
Glenn read from a New York Times at the time:
Now, here's what they said after Nidal Hasan: In the aftermath of this unforgivable attack, it would be important to avoid drawing prejudicial conclusions from the fact that Major Hasan is an American Muslim whose parents came from the Middle East. President Obama was right when he told Americans we don't know all the answers yet. And he cautioned everyone against jumping to conclusions. There are unverified reports some of his family members suggest that Major Hasan complained of harassment by fellow soldiers for being a Muslim. There are reports that some soldiers said they heard him shout God is great in Arabic. But investigations are not complete. And until they are complete, none could imagine what could have possibly motivated this most appalling rampage. There may never be an explanation. And certainly there can never be a justification.
Glenn questioned the motivation of the New York Times editorial staff, pointing out that with the Fort Hood shooter they cautioned against drawing conclusions as it could lead to violence against Muslims. Now, however, they don’t seem to show the same concern.
Glenn asked, “By rejecting your own advice on your own theory, aren't you promoting violence?”
“This isn't just an exercise in frustration because you know the hypocrisy. It's been around for a while. But we actually have a chance of changing the debate, and that's what needs to happen. Change the debate,” Glenn said.