A Tyrrell Tirade Misfires At “The Angry Left”

Yep, why let the occasion of a genuine human tragedy go unused when it comes to demonizing those with whom you disagree, right?

As noted here, R. Emmett Tyrrell, one of the granddaddies of right-wing hate, expectorated the following (“theater of the mind,” people)…

Thus, John Patrick Bedell, a lifelong member of the Angry Left, gets himself killed while assaulting the Pentagon, and the pious journalists at The Washington Post lump the poor guy in with right-wing militias. It is shoddy journalism. Much worse, it is a shocking act of disrespect for the dead.

I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, if you choose to indulge in all of what Tyrrell has to say, which is typical for the idiotic ramblings you are inclined to find at clownhall.com.

As Think Progress tells us here, though…

Bedell “appears to have been a right-wing extremist with virulent antigovernment feelings,” the Christian Science Monitor reports, who traveled from California specifically to attack the Pentagon. While police were hesitant to assign a motive, “writings by someone with his same name and birth date, posted on the Internet, express ill will toward the government and the armed forces and question whether Washington itself might have been behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”

In one posting, Bedell ranted against “big government.” In another, he wrote, “I am determined to see that justice is served in the death of Colonel James Sabow” — a Marine whose suicide has been the subject of conspiracy theories — because it would be a “step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions.”

In podcasts, Bedell propagated his conspiracy theories, which eerily reflect fringe right-wing rhetoric…

Also, Tyrrell conjures up images of the attack of another gunman against our government, in the figure of our former head of state…

On Nov. 22, 1963, an American communist, Lee Harvey Oswald, who admired the Cuban Revolution, gunned down JFK in Dallas, and the same kind of pious journalists caught gibbering in the Post the other day fastened the nation’s attention not on left-wing violence, but on right-wing critics of Kennedy living otherwise-peaceful lives in Dallas.

My overall anti-Texas snark notwithstanding, I am quite sure that there are a lot of fine people in that state of diverse political persuasions (though I wish they’d make more noise to drown out the fools who get the majority of media coverage). However, I should point out the following concerning those one-time Kennedy critics living “otherwise-peaceful lives” (here)…

In 1963, Dallas was known for its peculiar brand of right-wing extremism, says Darwin Payne, SMU professor emeritus of communications, who as a young newspaper reporter covered the assassination. Two incidents before the assassination seared this image into the national consciousness: During the 1960 presidential campaign, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson were nearly attacked by a screaming mob of Dallas residents outside a downtown hotel and later, only a month before the assassination, Democratic leader Adlai Stevenson was heckled loudly at a speech. This climate of extremism caused many Americans to blame the entire city for the president’s death, Payne says. Out of tragedy, however, rose a more moderate city leadership.

“The extreme right wingers were tolerated by the power brokers. After the assassination, city leaders wanted to moderate those tensions. At the time, Dallas had the nation’s most conservative congressman and the only Texas Republican in Congress, Bruce Alger. The power brokers ran then-mayor Earle Cabell against him and defeated him,” Payne says.

Let us hope and pray that it does not take the death of another prominent political figure to make hate mongers and other blowhards in that state (to say nothing of this country, including Tyrrell) come to their senses.

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