3 thoughts on “Thought and Prayers

  1. 4theRecord says:

    (May 8, 2019): “President Donald Trump was tickled Wednesday when an audience member at a Florida rally suggested shooting migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border.
    Trump was bemoaning the legal protections afforded migrants and espousing the need for a border wall when he asked rhetorically, “How do you stop these people?”
    “Shoot them!” someone shouted from the Panama City Beach crowd, according to multiple news media reports.
    The remark drew a chuckle from the president, who shook his head, pointed in the audience member’s direction and said, “Only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.”
    “Only in the Panhandle,” he repeated to laughs and cheers from the crowd.”

  2. Ante up says:

    “How Fox News pushed propaganda about the El Paso mass shooting” (Media Matters for America 8/4/19) https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/how-fox-news-pushed-propaganda-about-el-paso-mass-shooting See also “You don’t need to read the El Paso killer’s manifesto. Just turn on Fox News.” (8/5/19) https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/you-dont-need-read-el-paso-killers-manifesto-just-turn-fox-news “Fox personalities have worked to mainstream the racist conspiracy theory that non-white immigrants threaten to “replace” white American populations. Hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, whose shows regularly revolve around the purported dangers immigration poses to the cultural fabric, have been particularly taken with that argument, and they are not subtle in its promotion.
    …The description of migration across the southern border as an “invasion” has become so common on Fox that it hardly warrants mention at this point. That is simply the language the network’s personalities — even its purported “straight news” anchors — use to describe migrants, often as Fox airs B-roll of columns of Hispanic men marching north.
    Though the alleged shooter’s ideas seem to echo what Fox airs every night, the language in his manifesto differs from the network’s in one small way: Its references to race are explicit, while Fox’s commentators often talk around that. But this is largely a distinction between text and subtext.
    …Fox’s use of this rhetoric of demographic replacement and migrant invasion has not occurred in a vacuum. It has been mirrored by Republican politicians, including President Donald Trump, who similarly deploy those racist tropes. That’s no coincidence — both Fox and the GOP depend on riling people up with racist appeals for their success. Their behavior won’t change unless their incentives change.”

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