August 11, 2019


Shot: As this NewsBusters post from 2011 highlights, MSNBC went on a jihad against Sarah Palin in January of 2011, attempting to magically connect the dots between her clip art and the Tucson massacre:

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell continued her crusade against Sarah Palin today, reiterating the fallacious contention that the former Alaska governor is at least partly responsible for the shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and a congresswoman critically injured.

On her eponymous afternoon program, Mitchell criticized Palin’s “campaign tactics” in an interview with former Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who was targeted in the 2010 election by SarahPAC, Palin’s political action committee, as a vulnerable incumbent.

“Ann Kirkpatrick was also targeted by Palin’s campaign and lost her reelection bid after also experiencing a number of threats while she was in office,” reported Mitchell, who attempted conflate political opposition to Kirkpatrick with personal threats made by extremists. “Let’s talk, first of all, about what it felt like going through that campaign and what were the specific threats? Was anything ever verified? How did you deal with it?”

Chaser: MSNBC Contributor: ‘I Want Pitchforks And Torches’ Outside Trump Fundraiser’s Home.

Apparently, the recent boycotts of Ross’ businesses didn’t go far enough for [contributor and legal blog editor Elie Mystal]. He said:

People of color are already targets under this administration. I have no problem on shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate. I mean I go further. I want pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons. I’ve been to the Hamptons, it’s very nice. There’s no reason why it has to be. There’s no reason he should be able to have a nice little party. There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be able to be outside of his house and making their voices peacefully understood.

“Totally. There have been peaceful protests outside Mitch McConnell’s house.” replied Hayes.

Yeah, totally Chris. During the peaceful protest outside of McConnell’s home, a protester is heard saying she wished McConnell had “broken his little, raggedy, wrinkled-ass neck” and that someone should “just stab the motherf—er in the heart.”

Hayes continued:

Your point is how does civil society deal with what we’re seeing, right? How does civil society deal with the most powerful person in the world, like, painting a target on someone’s back and inveighing against the Congresspeople and (inaudible). The peaceful means by which civil society responds is through more free speech and also more protected activity and pressure.

This is surreal. They appear to have no idea of how crazy they sound. In civil society, Chris, people don’t say “someone should stab the mother—ker in the heart.” They don’t show up to protest a private political fundraiser with pitchforks and torches. It’s the symbolism Chris. Even if the protestors refrain from physical violence and damaging Ross’ property, it sounds like hate speech to me.

Protesting a person in front of his home is also straight out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook; yet another of his tactics  condoned by the left — right up until it’s used against another leftist.

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