Recognizing their own perceived complicity in the Arizona shootings, Right Wing political leader Sarah Palin and Right Wing conspiracy artist Glenn Beck are desperately trying to generate heat behind their PR spin that they are not guilty of using incendiary language and so have nothing to do with the culture of violence that many suggest may have led to the Arizona mass murderers. See, in this world, both Palin and Beck are cast as lovers of peace who hate violence. And they do this through such a falsely contrived, obviously orchestrated propaganda-esque technique that the listener is left wondering if Beck and Palin have any connection with reality.
The chosen technique is that Beck will let the audience in on supposedly private emails between himself and Palin regarding the Arizona shootings. Emails he just happened to chose to share on the air, in a moment of honest transparency and sharing.
This is so surreal it’s almost crazy-making. But what else should we expect from two of the Gang of Four Hatemongers when tragedy leaves them with blood on their hands? The narrative Beck and Palin want to sell America at this crisis point in both of their careers is that they have always been peaceful, God-loving people who abhor violence. While distancing themselves from reality in this way, both must be either insane or beyond redemption level cynical to believe that they can sell America on forgetting their pasts.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Beck began, “I wrote to Sarah Palin last night, and I’m going to give you. I am going to read to you my part and just a little bit of what she wrote back, cause she wrote to me and she said, how are you doing, and you know yada-yada, so I was responding to her, and I said Sarah as you know, peace is always the answer. I know you’re feeling the same heat, if not much more on this. I want you to know you have my support, but please look into protection for your family. An attempt on you could bring the republic down.”
After plugging the company that provides his security Beck continued, “There are nut jobs on all sides. Tomorrow, I am issuing a challenge to stand with each other to reject all violence. If people really believe that Americans can become some version of al-Qaeda, I will not stand in the shadows as too many overseas did after 9/11. Terror is terror. I don’t care if it for Allah or your party. You are not a freedom fighter, but a killer. There is a difference between a hard fought political battle and violence. That’s why they are two separate terms. The press and politicians know this. It’s time for politics to stop and sanity to begin.”
Being who he is Beck had to add a doomsday scenario of fear, “If things go awry, it is like a run on the bank. The truth won’t matter anymore, if it actually starts. One side will kill, and the other side will have to pay back, and before you know it, everyone is killing and not quite sure why anymore. All of those in the media and in Washington all with fame, fortune, or any kind of power will be in danger, if God forbid the worst begins. The question is how many believe the worst could actually happen. Only those that do and believe that peace and love is the solution will stand together. Everyone else will continue to play politics. God bless my best to all. You’re always in my thoughts and prayers.”
She wrote back in part, “I hate violence. I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence. Thanks for all you do to send the message of truth and love and God as the answer, Sarah.”
Beck has a history as long as your arm of trafficking in violent rhetoric and whipping up fears of left wing violence, but Beck has been an especially powerful inspiration for right wing violence. In late October it was reported that the man sentenced for repeatedly threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray cited Glenn Beck as his inspiration. Earlier in October, “Progressive Hunter” Byron Williams described from jail how Beck and his chalkboard inspired him to plot assassinations.
And of course, nowhere in this moment of personal self-reflection, this flowery set of emails that just so happened to be shared with…well…the whole world…. do either of them acknowledge that they have partaken in the violent rhetoric. Let alone led the charge to violence straight to their personal bank accounts. As always, we are treated to red meat glitter distractions for their base as Beck urges Palin to get the “best security” she can for her family. As if she doesn’t already have it and as if it is her life that was targeted over and over again.
As if someone has taken a shot at a far right Republican. As if they are the victims instead of the perpetrators, bringing to mind the propensity for projecting their own behavior onto others and coming up feeling like a victim, because you know, being held accountable for your choices is the same as being demonized. And lastly, we are supposed to believe that Glenn Beck is sharing personal emails he exchanged with Sarah Palin but she didn’t know he was going to share them.
This would be a minor point if major news organizations had not been waiting for two years to get Sarah Palin’s emails under their FOIA requests and were not still being obstructed. This would also be a minor point if Sarah Palin had not conducted state business on a personal Yahoo account in order to avoid such transparency. And it would be a minor point if Sarah Palin had not brought the wrath of hell down upon a young man who was able to access her Yahoo account due to her naïvely idiotic security (all information was available on her Wikipedia page) questions. For the last two years Sarah Palin has engaged relentlessly in violent rhetoric to further her 2012 political ambitions.
After years of inflaming the public with paranoia about the government, it takes real hubris or mental illness to suggest you had nothing to do with a culture of paranoia about government. After years of violent rhetoric so incendiary that advertisers pulled out of Beck’s show and the Secret Service asked Palin to tamp it down, it is absolutely mind-blowingly arrogant of these two to assume they can sell America on their new image as peace lovers. Glenn Beck has never been an elected official, but he sure doesn’t like Jesus’ message of social justice. Sarah Palin has been an elected official, and she left behind her a trail littered with accusations of abuse of power, inciting violence, using her power to exact vengeance on those whom she felt wronged her.
A non-partisan legislative committee in Trooopergate found her guilty of abusing her power, contrary to what most Americans were told during the 2008 campaign. The backstory of Troopergate reveals a person out of control, who doesn’t think the law applies to herself. And this theme follows Palin wherever she goes. In Wasilla, they said she ruled like a dictator and accused her in the local paper of behaving as if she had been coronated instead of elected. They began a recall campaign against her shortly after she took office, so offensive were her actions.
But today you and I are being asked to believe that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are peace lovers. Up is down. Black is white. And while this kind of crazy-making abuse of language and context is nothing new, what is new is that faced with a tragedy of six murders, these two right wing role models are more concerned with spinning their public image than with seriously dealing with the problem of inflammatory rhetoric.
Even Keith Olbermann manned up to admit that he was guilty of inflammatory language, as he urged us all to be more responsible. But the two leaders of the Hate Brigade, the shock and awe Lie of the Year winner and the runner up for general misinformation and racist propaganda campaign against the President, can’t or won’t even man up to their own use of irresponsible language. They’re too busy “sharing” blame and rebranding themselves as peace lovers.
But we all know that a peace lover who appeases the enemy is a weak socialist Nazi commie Marxist depraved libertard who deserves to be taken out of office by revolution because he can’t prove he was born here. Gosh, that language doesn’t inflame or demonize or paint with a negative brush, does it? Do you suppose that kind of language could ever possibly be a call to arms for a mentally ill person? Naw.
After all, we all know that guns don’t shoot people. People do. Um, well…wait a minute here. There appears to be yet another logic short in this story. Well, political leaders and “entertainers” who are sold as quasi religious-political leaders are not responsible for what they say and do. It’s all a joke. Didn’t you get the memo? It was metaphorical!
It’s only too bad that too many mentally ill people didn’t get that metaphor. Like the right wing murderer who went into a liberal church and gunned down people because the government was evil and liberals deserve to die. Where did he get such ideas? Or the Holocaust museum shooter. Or the Palin fans for whom threatening opposition is their number one fealty (TLC was afraid to have a critical blogger on their podcast because they were concerned about security and the safety of their employees).
Yes, these two now want to pretend they had nothing to do with a culture of hate, of demonizing the other – a culture they have both carefully, cynically, and with seeming delight cultivated and profited from.
Palin claims that God is the answer. The Bible says you will know them from their fruits.