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Progressive declares: Right wing radio just like Rwandan radio!

Posted by danishova on February 11, 2009

So says Sara Robinson at the Orcinus blog. Here’s the set up:

Progressives around the country can breathe a little easier today: James Adkisson has been sentenced to life behind bars for the deaths of Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger, the Unitarian Universalist martyrs who died during his assault on their church in Knoxville, TN last July.

Many of us intuited at the time that Adkisson’s rampage was exactly the kind of rancid fruit that would inevitably take root in an American countryside thickly composted with two decades of hate radio bullshit, freshly turned and watered with growing middle-class frustration over the failing economy. That suspicion that was verified in the days that followed, when police searched Adkisson’s apartment and found it filled with books and newsletters penned by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and other right-wing hate talkers.

But yesterday, Adkisson told us himself — in his own words — just how central right-wing eliminationism* was in driving him to his shooting spree. Shortly after he was sentenced yesterday, he released a four-page handwritten “manifesto” — which he’d intended to be his suicide note — to the Knoxville News (the full .pdf can be downloaded here). In it, he unleashes the full measure of his hatred for liberals — and encourages other would-be right-wing warriors to take up arms and follow him into battle.

*[ed. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of eliminationism, click on the link]

Yep, Progressives can breathe easier, but conservatives will practically suffocate when they hear this news.  After all, putting this madman away for the rest of his life is against everything conservatives stand for!  Everyone knows they advocate that madmen and terrorists run free so they can continue to commit violent acts.  Indeed, when President Obama halted court proceedings at GITMO, he was appeasing the right-wing in a gesture of bi-partisanship.

Ms. Robinson confidently states (emphasis mine)…

A significant part of this country’s media infrastructure is thoroughly devoted to inciting people to commit horrific acts of violence against us — and now, we know for a fact that people are acting on those incitements. It’s time to start taking this far more seriously. What goes out across our airwaves these days isn’t all that different from what went out over Radio Rwanda a decade ago, spurring that country to genocide. At this point, it’s only a difference of degree.

…and ends with this conclusion:

Adkisson’s “manifesto” should end any doubts we ever had about how virulent and dangerous hate talk is, or whether or not that talk will eventually translate into action.

We can begin to see the comparisons here in this 1994 story from  New York Times:

In the first verdict of its kind since the Nuremberg trials, an international court today convicted three Rwandan news media executives of genocide for helping to incite a killing spree by machete-wielding gangs who slaughtered about 800,000 Tutsis in neighboring Rwanda in early 1994.

A three judge panel found that the three defendants used a radio station and a twice-monthly newspaper to inflame ethnic hatred that eventually led to massacres at churches, schools, hospitals and roadblocks. The radio station, dubbed Radio Machete in Rwanda, guided killers to specific victims, broadcasting the names, license plate numbers and hiding places of Tutsis.

The Rwanda genocide is considered the worst ethnic killing since the Holocaust. In 100 days, an estimated 10 percent of the Tutsis in Rwanda were wiped out, along with many moderates among the Hutus, who make up the majority of the population. The efficiency of the killers, who chased down the Tutsis at roadblocks and in the streets with sharpened sticks, nail-studded clubs and grenades, surpassed even that of the Nazis, some historians contend.

Let’s compare specific similarities:

Adkisson’s rampage took place in a church;  Hutus slaughtered victims in a church.

The Tutsis are compared to NAZIS; People compare Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to NAZIS.

800,000 Tutsis were murdered by thousands of deranged Hutus in an act of mass genocide;  Adkisson was a lone gunman who killed 2 innocent victims.

Rwandan radio specifically incited its audience to genocide; Conservative talk radio opposes genocide and doesn’t incite violence, but if you’re a delusional nutball you could hallucinate that radio hosts want you to commit violent acts.

Wiki informs us that, “due to high rates of illiteracy at the time of the genocide, radio was an important way for the government to deliver messages to the public.” ;  The right-wing radio audience is made up of  illiterate yahoos.

Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn, who frequently appear on liberal taxpayer-funded talk radio, once printed a manifesto called  Prairie Fire, which called for violent revolution. They wanted to put 25 million capitalists in re-education camps and kill them;  Oh wait, they aren’t conservatives, they’re “esteemed” Hyde Park liberals. My bad.

Just like the Rwandans, we can be quite sure that conservative talk radio websites post pictures like this:


Hmmmmm, come to think of it, that picture reminds me a bit of this picture of Malcolm X, but I digress:


So, yeah, one wacko goes on a rampage, murders innocents, and cites conservative talk radio as his inspiration; ergo, we must conclude that the tens of millions of robotic conservatives who listen to Rush and Hannity are sociopaths and psychopaths who stew in their hatred, just waiting for an opportunity to slaughter “progressives” –  just like the Rwandans who picked up machetes and slaughtered innocent Tutsis.


April 5 2009.  Another tragedy (this time involving 3 Pittsburgh policemen) another opportunity to blame talk radio and Fox News.

Ed Morrissey reports on the Daily Kos using the Ornicus argument.


9 Responses to “Progressive declares: Right wing radio just like Rwandan radio!”

  1. kim said

    I see that you don’t believe that humans are social animals, heavily influenced by others.
    I think you are wrong.

  2. danishova said


    Your assertion is so vacuous it’s hardly worth responding to. Obviously humans influence each other, but mature humans also have free will, and unless they are completely devoid of reason, should be able to digest information and alternative viewpoints without resorting to violence, particularly when no violence has been implicitly or explicitly called for.

    I can listen to Bill Ayers and not decide to become a violent revolutionary and communist (who, by the way, enjoys all the privileges afforded him by the very capitalism he so derides).

    I can listen to Barack Obama and not decide to embrace Socialism. Oddly enough, when I hear him speak, I am inspired to move in just the opposite direction, and use the tools at my disposal to defeat him in the arena of ideas.

    Put aside what the madman who committed the despicable acts in Kentucky claims inspired him. He is clearly not a reasonable man. What I want to know is if you agree that one can logically make the leap that what Rush does (which is to expose liberalism, examine history, and promote an alternative solution in conservatism) is in any way, shape or form comparable to what happened at Radio Rwanda – which is what Sara Robinson explicitly asserted.

    Next, I’d like to know if you believe that conservative voices should be censored in order to shield “humans” from their “influence”.

  3. NotwithoutmyPants said

    Of course Kim does according to her conservatives are evil and should fall off a cliff

  4. kim said

    Notwithoutmypants — Do I know you? How? You seem to be presuming to tell people what I think. What makes you think you have a right to do that? Certainly it’s legal, but it is neither polite, nor factual, nor moral, nor does it show any intelligence on your part.
    As a matter of fact, freedom of speech is a liberal concept. And conservatives censor liberals far more than liberals censor conservatives.
    Your attitude sounds very adolescent, as do danishova’s politics.

    • danishova said

      Kim said: As a matter of fact, freedom of speech is a liberal concept.

      Once upon a time in the last century that was the case, but do you think this describes you and your comrades?:

      Classical liberalism is a doctrine stressing individual freedom, free markets, and limited government. This includes the importance of human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the protection of civil liberties, individual freedom from restraint, equality under the law, constitutional limitation of government, free markets, and a gold standard to place fiscal constraints on government.

      And conservatives censor liberals far more than liberals censor conservatives.

      Really? Give specific examples please. I can’t think of a single example of conservatives censoring liberals.

  5. w3bgrrl said

    Thank you for that moment of sanity. Do you think these progressives really believe what they print or is it some nasty cocktail of hyperbole and baiting? I guess I want to believe they aren’t that uneducated and incapable of logical reason.

  6. w3bgrrl said

    Oh no! I’ve received the answer to my question by reading the comments and am saddened at the result:

    Kim says, “I see that you don’t believe that humans are social animals, heavily influenced by others. I think you are wrong.”

    And then Kim says in a later comment, “Do I know you? How? You seem to be presuming to tell people what I think. What makes you think you have a right to do that? Certainly it’s legal, but it is neither polite, nor factual, nor moral, nor does it show any intelligence on your part.”

    Kim, are you aware that you entered this thread telling someone what they believe and then became highly insulted by someone claiming to know what you believe?

    • danishova said

      Yep, I noticed that blatant hypocrisy myself. Thanks for noticing.

      I chose to ignore it and focus on the issue of “liberals” and censorship because I sense that Kim is incapable of absorbing too much information all at once, and I wouldn’t want to add to her state of confusion.

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