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Although Ann Coulter originally achieved fame as a right-wing pundit by talking about President Clinton's penis on national TV, since 9/11 she has turned most of her attention on framing Democrats as terrorists.

During one TV spot in 2003, Coulter said, "Liberals...want there to be lots of 9/11s" (see Outright Barbarous, 74-75), followed by an entire book (Treason) in which she argued that the goal of Liberalism is the destruction of American civil society.  

Lately, Coulter has focused her attention on convincing the American public that Sen. Barack Obama is a terrorist, an agenda that she she kicked into high-gear in her Apr 23, 2008 column which includes the line:

"Obama pals around with terrorists."

Coulter's Violent Framing of Obama: First Hitler, Then Terrorism
Ever since Sen. Obama became the likely 2008 nominee for the Democratic Party, Coulter has been trying to define him in the minds of her listeners as a Muslim terrorist.  She has done this by referring to him as "B. Hussein Obama" and by making endless jokes suggesting that he is in fact a terrorist, in addition to equating Sen. Obama with Hitler.

In her Apr 3, 2008 appearance on FOX's Hannity and Co., Coulter cited Sen. Obama's autobiography Dreams of My Fatheras evidence that he will become as dangerous as Adolph Hitler:

COULTER: Because -- the topic we were supposed to be talking about in this segment, Sean, my column this week. I'm the only person in America who has read Obama's biography.

COLMES: As a matter of fact...

COULTER: He has a racial hair-trigger, a complete loon. All he talks about is constantly being offended. And Mr. Unity attacks Sean Hannity and me.

COLMES: You said in your piece...

(CROSSTALK)

COLMES: We only have a second left. You said, if only -- you might want to take a peek at Obama when he writes, if only people had read "Mein Kampf." So in other words he would be as dangerous as Hitler?

COULTER: No. He's a dime store "Mein Kampf."

COLMES: Oh, he's a two-bit Hitler?

COULTER: Yes. It is absolute racialist. If you read "Mein Kampf."

COLMES: I see.

COULTER: It's all about his Germanic heritage. And this is -- OK, go read it if you don't believe me. Read the Cliff Notes version in my column.

COLMES: We should have be as wary of Obama as they should have been of Hitler in Nazi Germany?

COULTER: If only people had read "Mein Kampf."(LexisNexis)

Coulter also published her accusation that Obama will become the next Hitler in her syndicated column of Apr 3.  

Taken together, Coulter's column and her appearance on FOX broadcast to millions of voters the blatantly false idea that Sen. Obama's writing shared something in common with Hitler's and that his autobiography suggested that Sn. Obama would behave like Hitler if elected President--meaning that he would launch a genocidal program against non-Africa-Americans.  

Just to be clear, Coulter's Apr 3 column and FOX appearance  equated Sen. Obama with the most notorious genocidal dictator of modern history, this accusation went out to millions of Americans, and it was never redressed by any watchdog group as being in violation of broadcast standards.  There is, of course, absolutely no evidence whatsoever for Coulter's assertions.  

More recently, Coulter has turned to defining Sen. Obama as a  terrorist by dropping the end of his first name and referring to him as "B. Hussein Obama."  In addition to the Hitler smear, this framing also implies that Obama has a violent agenda that he will unleash on the American people.

Yesterday's column by Coulter opens up a second level in the 'terrorist' frame by equating Sen. Obama with the violent tactics of the 1970s group The Weathermen.  In addition to publishing the lie that Obama is 'pals' with The Weathermen--  Coulter also included the flagrant and defamatory lie that Obama specifically makes political alliances with people because they have committed acts of violence against the American government:

If he had only said he bombed the building in Oklahoma City to protest American "imperialism," McVeigh, too, could be teaching at Northwestern University, sitting on a board with and holding fundraisers for presidential candidate B. Hussein Obama.

The "he" in this case refers to Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma  City bomber.

Coulter's strategy for framing Obama in violent terms takes on a new depth in her latest column.  And as tends to be Coulter's pattern, the violent rhetoric she unfolds in her syndicated column will likely be broadcast to exponentially more viewers through an appearance on FOX.

Important To Shine A Light on This Problem
Many Americans are quick to dismiss this kind of language from Coulter as insignificant and not worth even noting.

To skeptics, I would simply point to the fact that Ann Coulter is one of the most dominant voices in American political media.  Coulter currently has multiple best-selling books on the Amazon.com ranking page, appears regularly on broadcast TV, and has the backing of a massive right-wing publishing and PR machine that promotes her work as part of a larger strategy to control political debate.


It is absolutely crucial for Americans to shine a light on this problem.  When a major figure in print and broadcast media repeatedly accuses a U.S. senator of being a genocidal dictator and a terrorist, the American people have a right to  protest.

Some suggestions by way of reaction:

  1. If your local paper runs Coulter's column, write them and request that they please discontinue it due to the defamatory content in her recent columns.
  2. Contact your local radio stations and ask them to speak out against local FOX affiliates that run Coulter's remarks equating Sen. Obama with Hitler and terrorism.
  3. Discuss this problem at your workplace to make sure Coulter's accusations are not left unchallenged in the minds of co-workers who may watch FOX or read her columns.
  4. Discuss Coulter's tactics to the attention of friends and family, bringing them into the larger conversation about how right-wing pundits are using violent language to undermine the 2008 political election.

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Violent Rhetoric Watch
Previous posts of this DailyKos series:

  1. Violent Rhetoric Watch: "Willie Horton" Ad Launched on Obama
  2. Violent Rhetoric Watch: Pundits Imply Obama Supports Terrorism
  3. Violent Rhetoric Watch: Framing Obama as Violent - Et Tu, ABC?
  4. Violent Rhetoric Watch - O'Reilly's 'Soros' Smear of Obama
  5. Violent Rhetoric Watch - Buchanan's 'Black Hustler' Slur
  6. Violent Rhetoric Watch: Help Wanted

Additional Resource:
Outright Barbarous by Jeffrey Feldman, serves as a companion to VRW, providing background information, context, and analysis for the most prominent right-wing pundits who consistently undermine American politics with violent language.

Help Wanted:
VRW needs your help!  To join the invite-only Google group for this project and help in the effort to push back against right-wing pundits,  send an email to vrw (at) frameshopisopen dot com (include your dkos handle and some quick way for me to verify that you are not a right-winger).  

Originally posted to Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:38 AM PDT.

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  •  Please help shine a light on this problem (23+ / 0-)

    Coulter has a huge influence on political debate.  

    Help keep an eye on her violent framing of the election.

    And of course, rec this diary so that more readers can see it....

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    by Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:41:59 AM PDT

    •  There is a growing buzz throughout the (1+ / 0-)
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      pundit class that Obama = revolution and the "change" is a buzzword for that revolution.  

    •  Jeff, you need to get on top of this one. (8+ / 0-)

      It's Willie Horton again:

      Abcnews.

      How Republicans Plan on Ganging Up on Obama for Being "Weak" on Street Gangs

      April 23, 2008 4:58 PM

      Floyd Brown is back.

      Brown, the former political director of "Americans for Bush" (meaning George H.W. Bush), was a key player in the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" ad, and his new group the National Campaign Fund -- which launched a new website "Expose Obama" -- aims to take a similarly low-road approach to the presidential race and his new target, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

      snip

      Brown's TV ad names victims of gang violence -- Tamika McFadden-Harris, murdered shielding her daughter after church choir practice; Mike Boyd, 15, beaten with bricks after a gang member crashed into his car; and Severa Enriquez, 14, who was shot five times in the back after he refused to flash a gang sign.

      These victims, however, are from 7 years ago, however, in 2001, when Obama was a state senator.

      Quoting the Chicago Sun-Times calling the mayhem "urban terrorism," the ad points out that in 2001 Obama voted against expanding the death penalty for gang murders.

      "When the time came to get tough," says the narrator. "Obama chose to be weak. So the question is, can a man so weak in the war on gangs be trusted in the war on terror?"
      The ad ends on an image of the World Trade Center rubble after 9/11.

      Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement that "Floyd Brown and the garbage he puts on TV represent everything the American people hate about politics, and we look forward to John McCain denouncing this shameful effort to boost his candidacy using Willie Horton ads...If Floyd Brown and his right-wing allies want to talk about who keep us safer in the world, they can start by asking John McCain why he refuses to end a war in Iraq that has only strengthened the recruiting arm of al Qaeda."
      **

      The odious ad is here:

      This is the real "swiftboating."  It combines the worst of swiftboating with Willie Horton.  

      All decent people must fight aagainst this.  

      "They're going to give their power away when we take their power away." John Edwards

      by TomP on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:48:56 AM PDT

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  •  What can we do? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  give everyone you know (4+ / 0-)
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      the tools to understand what Coulter is doing with these accusations she is making.

      Coulter is doing damage to the public sphere and the best thing we can do is talk to as many people we know about the problem she poses.

      Tell people that these charges are a strategic attempt to undermine the election by spreading lies.

      Also:  contact local radio stations and make them aware of Coulter's smear campaign.  Local affiliates often do not have time to do this kind of background work, but they are on the front-lines getting Coulter's column and her statements over the wire.  

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      by Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:49:16 AM PDT

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    •  you can start by doing this.... (2+ / 0-)
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      A new story is out today from Andrew Sullivan who tells about a radio host called Savage.  He said on air that Senator Obama was " a secret muslim terrorist."   We need to take action and take action now so hope below the fold and read what you need to do.

      http://andrewsullivan.theat...

      has the story so read it then go to:

      http://www.talkradionetwork...

      and copy paste this into the comments and send it to them to let them know we will not tolerate race baiting.

      To whom it may concern:

      I recently heard on one of your Talk Radio shows a commentator by the name of Savage saying that and i quote "Look who we inherited in this country, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Hussein Obama, in one generation. A war hero to -- a war hero who commanded the Allied operations against Nazi Germany was running for the presidency then. Now we have an unknown stealth candidate who went to a madrassas in Indonesia and, in fact, was a Muslim despite what Straw Hair will tell you on "Softball." Yes, check it out."

      It really makes me think you are libel for that comment. It is false and proven false, and yet you allowed him to say it. I think a public apology would be the least thing you could force him to do. If not I plan to email each of your sponsors and tell them that all we would like is for you to treat all of god's children fairly and not lie about them, and if you do not we have an agenda we must follow. That agenda includes pulling our economic support from your sponsors. If you do not have Mr Savage acknowledge that he out right lied and promoted false race baiting comments please be prepared for us to take economic action.

      I just sent my comment to them now how about yours?

      if you do not think it will work let me remind you of what Dr. King said way back when in his i have been to the mountaintop speech...

      Now the other thing we'll have to do is this: Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Now, we are poor people, individually, we are poor when you compare us with white society in America. We are poor. Never stop and forget that collectively, that means all of us together, collectively we are richer than all the nations in the world, with the exception of nine. Did you ever think about that? After you leave the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, West Germany, France, and I could name the others, the Negro collectively is richer than most nations of the world. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That's power right there, if we know how to pool it.

      We don't have to argue with anybody. We don't have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don't need any bricks and bottles, we don't need any Molotov cocktails, we just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, "God sent us by here, to say to you that you're not treating his children right. And we've come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment, where God's children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you."

      Let us practice what we have been taught by Dr. King and make our voices heard

      thank god that Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, MLK, and every president during the Cold War dared to Hope for a Change. Change and America are synonymous...

      by wargolem on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:02:48 AM PDT

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  •  Coulter will die a lonely, sad person. (2+ / 0-)
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    I cannot stand this woman. Preaching hate and lies should never be tolerated, unfortunately, it usually is and all the while we wake up to more news of rising food prices and gas prices and this is what she chooses to spend her energy!

    Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any. Emerson

    by ElizabethAM on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:44:35 AM PDT

  •  What exactly was McCain's connection.,, (1+ / 0-)
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    with the contras? He donated money to a terrorist group?

    CHRISTIAN, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. A. Bierce

    by irate on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:47:13 AM PDT

    •  I really am sick to death of this shit! (1+ / 0-)
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             Obama is being raked over the coals for a tenous connection with Ayers who was a student radical and member of the Weather Underground during Obama's childhood. Ayers was never charged with a crime and is now a respected professor. McCain during tha Vietnam war dropped bombs on the civilian population of a country we went to war with over trumped up charges, and never officially declared war on. He personally gave money to a terrorist organization, the Contras.
      http://query.nytimes.com/...

      CHRISTIAN, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. A. Bierce

      by irate on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:55:42 AM PDT

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  •  Ann Coulter is not worthy of attention (2+ / 0-)
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    She tries to be as outrageous as possible to peddle more of her crappy books.  I understand the desire to debunk her, but unfortunately most of the attention just fans the fire.

    "I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused." - Elvis Costello

    by Oldengrey on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:51:53 AM PDT

    •  the attention is there whether we respond or not (3+ / 0-)
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      The problem is not attention.  The problem is the number of people who hear, read, or watch her without having the context to interpret what she says.  As a result, her branding of Sen. Obama (and many other Americans) takes root.

      We need to provide that context to people so they can understanding what she is doing.  That is very, very important.

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      by Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:54:57 AM PDT

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  •  quick labels (1+ / 0-)
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    ...right-wing pundits are using violent language to undermine the 2008 political election.

    *violent language
    *undermine the election

    Americans pride themselves on being fair. Undermine an election? Not fair.
    Violent language - yuck. Reminds one of movie language warnings. Parents beware.

    Coulter = language warning needed. Coulter = unfair. Republican writer Anne Coulter uses violent language not suitable for your children and the TV.

    Be not afraid. Fear feeds the dragon.

    by mrobinson on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:56:17 AM PDT

  •  While he will not (3+ / 0-)
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    nor should not initiate legal action against Coulter.  Her defamations are actionable:

    Typically, the elements of a cause of action for defamation include:

    A false and defamatory statement concerning another;
    The unprivileged publication of the statement to a third party (that is, somebody other than the person defamed by the statement);
    If the defamatory matter is of public concern, fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher; and
    Damage to the plaintiff.

    As Obama is a public figure he must meet one more requirement:

    Under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1964 Case, New York Times v Sullivan, where a public figure attempts to bring an action for defamation, the public figure must prove an additional element: That the statement was made with "actual malice". In translation, that means that the person making the statement knew the statement to be false, or issued the statement with reckless disregard as to its truth. For example, Ariel Sharon sued Time Magazine over allegations of his conduct relating to the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Although the jury concluded that the Time story included false allegations, they found that Time had not acted with "actual malice" and did not award any damages.

    "Actual malice" is part of her genetic code.  Coulter and her ilk will continue their defamations because they know they can get away with it.

    My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. Barbara Jordan 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 08:57:21 AM PDT

    •  This is far fetched but (2+ / 0-)
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      would there be voter standing or third party standing to bring an action against Coulter for libel... Nah... I guess not... just reaching for straws... but would it be worth a try???  Could we figure out some theory for 3rd party standing?

      •  Defamation is a personal (1+ / 0-)
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        action by the one defamed.  There is an argument that her blatant lies and smearing are interfering with the electoral process -- but then, we'd have to sue all Republicans plus the Clinton camp.

        My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. Barbara Jordan 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:17:06 AM PDT

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    •  and we should put them in the most accurate (2+ / 0-)
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      context possible, so that as many people as we can reach will know what is really going on in her writing.

      This is a roll-up-your-sleeves competition for control of ideas in the public sphere...

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      by Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:20:33 AM PDT

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  •  I hate to admit this (3+ / 0-)
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    If I could wish a couple of people to drop dead right now, the first choice would probably be bin Laden, but truth be told, really challenging him for that top spot is Ann Coulter.

    She is one of the most dangerous people in America.

    It could be said she's just a whack job.  The trouble is, people keep giving her forums to spew her shit.  Of course, the media is most guilty.  

    It is ironic that she has the gall to compare Obama's book to Mein Kampf.  First off, I wonder if she ever had read either book.  I have read large parts of Mein Kampf- its 800 pages of ranting with no discerable order or goal in mind.

    The irony comes in that Coulter is probably one of the closest things we have to a neo-Nazi that is allowed on MSM.

    I wish nothing but evil and pain on her.  She is an abomination on this planet and deserves nothing.  

    She cannot be ignored.  She must be exposed and have her feet held to the fire with every word she says.  (Too bad we can't do that litteraly.)

  •  Fight the lizard brain (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama can't stoop there but we can. Attacking with debate rules, logic and reason is not appropriate in this case, where Coulter aims her weapons at the lizard brain. Attack Coulter, everywhere and with anything.

    I can do it and I don't ask politicians to do it, because, as John Edwards says, politicians will be fine - but I won't be fine. I want my country back and I want public funded health care as a survival right for everyone. Anne Coulter is attacking my survival right so I don't limit myself to being nice, fair, rational, logical, and sane sounding. I only limit myself to words. It's just words, folks. Let's start using them like weapons.    

    Be not afraid. Fear feeds the dragon.

    by mrobinson on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:04:15 AM PDT

  •  Coulter needs (3+ / 0-)
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    to be hit with a lawsuit every time she opens her mouth. Senator Obama should sue her. Then Mrs. Obama should sue her. Then his children should sue her.
     Under the first amendment there is no way to shut her down; but a flurry of lawsuits could shut her mouth.
     Why people aren't pursuing her with lawsuits around the clock is beyond me. Everytime she speaks, she defames someone's character and good name. she's completely pursuable. People really need to go to town on her!

    "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." --Blaise Pascal

    by lyvwyr101 on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:06:43 AM PDT

    •  My understanding (1+ / 0-)
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      (which is not a lawyer's understanding) is that she keeps things at a level that is general enough to avoid suits--and that she knows very well how to hide behind the First Amendment.

      In my book, I argue that Coulter needs to be labeled by a rating system when she goes on broadcast TV--much the same way that Bill Maher is.  The problem is not just what she says, but where and when she says it. She's entertainment, but she sneaks into news shows.   Those ratings are effective and should be applied to her, but FOX takes advantage of the gray area in our system of regulation.  But this is a very, very difficult area, as you probably know better than me...

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      by Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:13:38 AM PDT

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  •  Media Matters keeps track of Savage (3+ / 0-)
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    Savage on Obama: "He's an Afro-Leninist, and I know he's dangerous"
    Summary: Michael Savage asserted that Sen. Barack Obama is "a Marxist in his heart," adding, "He's an Afro-Leninist, and I know he's dangerous." Savage also claimed that if Sen. Hillary Clinton wins the election, "you're gonna get more of the lesbian-feminist propaganda thrown in your face than with [Sen. John] McCain, but other than that, it's gonna be almost the same exact -- the same exact administration."

    http://mediamatters.org/...

    Be not afraid. Fear feeds the dragon.

    by mrobinson on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:13:36 AM PDT

  •  Media matters keeps track of Anne Coulter (2+ / 0-)
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    http://mediamatters.org/...
    On Hannity & Colmes, Coulter again made Obama-Hitler comparison, said Clinton "would enjoy torturing" detainees

    You can notify Media Matters of the latest violent language offense. You can ask that they feature it on their Action Center page.

    TIPS
    Send news tips about conservative misinformation to Media Matters here:
    mm-tips@mediamatters.org

    Be not afraid. Fear feeds the dragon.

    by mrobinson on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:23:52 AM PDT

  •  Grover Norquist's working terrorist connections (1+ / 0-)
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    are outlined here:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    ... it seems beyond dispute that Grover Norquist has formed alliances with prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities. Equally troubling is that the arrests of these individuals and their exposure as agents of terrorism have not resulted in noticeable second thoughts on Grover's part or any meaningful effort to dissociate himself from his unsavory friends...

    Grover's own Islamic Institute was initially financed by one of the most notorious of these operatives, Abdurahman Alamoudi...

    ... in addition to the seed money from Alamoudi, the Islamic Institute has also received funding from organizations described by the Washington Post as a "secretive group of tightly connected Muslim charities, think tanks and businesses based in Northern Virginia [and] used to funnel millions of dollars to terrorists and launder millions more" - a number of whom are currently part of the "largest federal investigation of terrorism financing in the world."

  •  Jake Tapper goes for the bait (1+ / 0-)
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    in the ad and gets lost in the facts of death penalty legislation. He even says that the facts are correct where Obama did vote on such and such legislation. So I responded in the answer section of the blog, then read the other comments - yikes. Lizard brains unite. If you want, you too can choose to respond.

    Dear Jake Tapper and ABC:
    You completely miss the point of the ad when you move right into a discussion of the pros and cons of death penalty legislation. The point of the ad wasn't legislation. The ad was a Dear Lizard Brain letter. Be afraid. Obama is a closet terrorist, a secret gang member, both scary and weak. Why don't you address the purpose of the ad? Do you have any idea how foolish journalists look when they are repeatedly snookered and used by these right-wing organizations? Their purpose is to get free exposure in the mainstream for their violent language, and you just picked up the bait and spend your article on the death penalty.

    Be not afraid. Fear feeds the dragon.

    by mrobinson on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 10:07:31 AM PDT

  •  Howard Dean aggression (1+ / 0-)
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    Now Dean is hitting McCain for his inaction.

    "This is a test of leadership for John McCain. If he can't pick up the phone and make members of his own party stop airing a television ad he claims to oppose, how can he lead our country through an economic crisis or the war in Iraq?" Dean said in a statement just emailed over by the DNC. "If he is serious, he will get this ad pulled."

    Be not afraid. Fear feeds the dragon.

    by mrobinson on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 11:33:24 AM PDT

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