Rachel Maddow: Did you know that a GOP congressman had advance notice of the Oklahoma City bombing?

posted at 7:13 pm on October 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Look at it this way: If you’re going to smear conservatives in order to turn out a few extra liberals at the polls next month, this is a heck of a lot more effective than the White House’s dopey demagoguery of the Chamber of Commerce.

Newsbusters did all the work in debunking this so I’m going to make you click here to read their post in full. Suffice it to say, no, Rep. Steve Stockman didn’t receive “advance notice” of anything. But rest assured that if he had gotten a fax about the bombing in advance, he’d still be getting smeared in precisely these same terms even had he turned the fax over to police right away (which he did on the day of the bombing). It reminds me, in fact, of lefty hero Alan Grayson accusing Bush a few months ago of having let 9/11 happen. Technically he was accusing Bush of not having taken the warnings about a hijacking plot seriously enough, but the “let it happen” rhetoric was his sly way of suggesting that Bush knew what was coming and happily allowed it to occur to further his policy agenda. The left likes to call that sort of loaded language a “dog whistle” insofar as certain listeners will hear extra meaning in it, and that’s certainly true in the Grayson example: He’s winking at Truthers and hardcore Bush-hating lefties by hinting that Bush was in cahoots with Al Qaeda while being careful not to explicitly accuse him of anything. Maddow is doing something similar here, presenting the point about the fax ostensibly to show only that Stockman was “close” to militias, but of course the (incorrect) rhetoric about “advance notice” implies something similar to Grayson’s point — that Stockman knew what was going down and cheerily kept it to himself to help his terrorist buddies out. And lest you doubt that this sort of scaremongering is geared at helping Democratic turnout, here are the very next words she uttered after the bit about Stockman:

There are extremist candidates who from time to time survive the churn of electoral politics and actually make it into the mainstream. There‘s always a few. But there has never been this many.

None of this makes any sense. We‘re just about to elect a whole bunch of extremists—unless thing change in the next two week.

Two weeks out. How do Democrats run against this? That‘s next.

So there you go. Oh, one more point: Outside the Beltway dug around a bit and found that this isn’t the first time she’s referred to Stockman and Oklahoma City on air. Back in March, she also mentioned the fax incident — except that, on that occasion, she noted that the fax was received after the bombing, not before. How that turned into “advance notice” this time, I don’t know. Check the calendar, I guess.

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The left is scum. Maddow is on the left. When you come in contact with scum, you get dirty.

afotia on October 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM

And you don’t seem to comprehend their general contempt for politicians who failed to match their exceptional education, worldly knowledge, and high standard of intelligence. Palin wouldn’t hold their attention for more than 30 seconds. It has nothing to do with race or gender- although Palin defenders tend to get nastily self-righteous when these facts are pointed out.

bayam on October 20, 2010 at 9:45 PM

It is possible to discern the temperament and intelligence of the founding fathers from their own writings and the official documents they left for posterity. But to extrapolate that they would have been contemptuous of a modern politician who echoes their sentiments and calls for a return to their principles is just beyond me. That is a chasm so wide that only a fool would attempt the leap. Such a fool has come forward.

Extrafishy on October 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM

This is the Bill Clinton attack strategy….remember the OKC bombing, be careful expressing your anger Americans toward your government …he is so cheesy.

There was NO TEA PARTY in 1995, and Tim McVeigh was getting revenge for what Clinton’s AG Janet Reno did the Waco Siege. Tim McVeigh used to visit and sell weapons at the WACO compound. Before WACO was Ruby Ridge…there wasn’t one volatile incident that AG Janet Reno didn’t mess up. Elian Gonzales? McVeigh visited a White Separatist town in Oklahoma, and he was reading the Turner Diaries…so Rachel Maddow is just following the Clinton strategy and so is Frank Rich, smear the TEA PARTY that didn’t exsist in 1995 with Fringe White Separatist…..the problem is there was NO TEA PARTY in 1995 and the TEA PARTY is against corporatism….how does that make them the same as white separatist? Bill Clinton the king of triangulation made it a little too complicated for his base to follow this time out…it happens.

But if the Professional Left, really wants to bring up what led to the OKC bombing -the cause, and Clinton’s AG’s inept handling of any volatile situation, lets do it..what led to the OKC bombing WACO, what happened before WACO, Ruby Ridge…Reno liked to stir the White Separatist up. WHY?

Dr Evil on October 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Who is this Maddow guy anyway?

regal on October 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM


“Hey, Rachel, you lying collectivist cow, here’s a hot flash:


McVeigh wasn’t one of ours and the Aryan Republican Army wasn’t any of ours. All the federal snitches inside the Aryan Republican Army support structure — Andreas Strassmeier, Kirk Lyons, Carol Howe, Robert Millar — were not paid by us but with taxpayer dollars through their federal paymasters.”

warhorse_03826 on October 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM


“There is no source, of course. Newsbusters easily debunked the claim. Truth be told, despite the “Narrative of 1995” and Madcow’s most delirious imaginings, the militias had nothing to do with the Oklahoma City Bombing. That fault lies with an FBI sting on the Aryan Republican Army gone bad.

Now, if Rachel wants to name people who ACTUALLY had warning of the OKC bombing she could name Andreas Carl Strassmeier, the FBI snitch inside the Aryan Republican Army support base at Elohim City, Oklahoma, or the FBI agents who were out the night before with direction finding hoops on OKC’s overpasses looking for a misplaced rental van, or the ATF agents who were told “not to come into work that day,” or maybe Morris Dees of the Southern Preposterous Lie Center, who also had a snitch inside Elohim City.

But, no, I doubt that Madcow is interested in the truth behind the mass murder of 176 Americans. The truth just will not do. So she prefers the Big Lie.

Of course.”

warhorse_03826 on October 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

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