Ed Driscoll

Speaking Swastika to Power

Noel Sheppard spots “Swastikas and Nazi References at Pro-Illegal Immigration Rally,” and asks, “Will Media Care?”

For over a year, America’s media have been depicting Tea Partiers as homophobic racists citing inflammatory signs at rally events as evidence.

On Saturday, pro-illegal immigration supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, carried signs quite similar to what our press found repulsive and extreme when present at conservative protests.

Will swastikas and the Arizona governor being referred to as “Adolf Brewer” be equally unacceptable to America’s media?

Before you answer, consider the following news segment from NBC12 in Phoenix wherein an anti-SB 1070 protester was interviewed holding a sign emblazoned with swastikas claiming “Republicans Breed Ignorance,” and the reporter didn’t even bat an eye (video follows with commentary and additional pictures):

(Click over to Noel’s post for the video, and photos.)

But of course the reporter didn’t bat an eye — Republicans have been smeared as Nazis since the days of FDR and Harry Truman, not to mention being smeared as Nazis by FDR and Harry Truman, hence Jonah’s book. It’s a dog bites man story. (Or in this case, maybe an illegal immigrant bites dog story, which will get even less traction.) Note how easy it was for Robert Gibbs and those in the lapdog media to claim that they never heard Bush being called a Nazi. It probably didn’t even need a soupcon of doublethink. Those within the cocoon of the Victorian Gentleman of the legacy media likely never saw images such as these. Or cheerfully excused them away as speaking swastika to power, as CNN’s Susan Roesgen did three years before she blew a gasket (and her own career) getting the vapors over a conservative quoting Lincoln and his first conservative protest — and very likely hers as well.

Meanwhile, at a protest above the 49th parallel, Kathy Shaidle of Five Feet of Fury writes, “My husband-blogger assaulted by union executive at anti-Israel rally, Toronto.”