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The Media’s Hitler Hypocrisy Exposed

posted at 2:33 pm on September 24, 2009 by

This year’s phony liberal angst about a tiny minority of “tea partiers” comparing President Obama with Adolf Hitler ranks high among the worst cases of media hypocrisy in history.

The press never batted an eye for eight years when the lunatic fringe of the left made the same kinds of comparisons between George W. Bush and Hitler. But all of a sudden, with the “first black president” in office, every Obama/Hitler sign must be publicized. Invoking Hitler is considered a “coded message” to right-wing racists and “an implicit call for politically motivated violence.”

People who resort to such analogies on either side of the political spectrum are ignorant of Godwin’s Law and should be condemned. But so long as they are the exception rather than the rule, they are not newsworthy. And speculations about attacks on the president certainly aren’t newsworthy — unless the speculator is a presidential candidate stoking fears about the potential assassination of her opponent.

So why are journalists obsessed with the Obama-as-Hitler story? Easy. They want to marginalize “the mob” by portraying everyone who dislikes Obama’s policies as a loon determined to agitate violence.

The good news is that it’s easier to combat such media deceptions when the people have the power of the press online. This video, which merges the audio of a Rachel Maddow segment on MSNBC with snapshots from eight years of Bush Derangement Syndrome that is still alive and well, does a great job of exposing the Bush/Hitler vs. Obama/Hitler media double standard:

Filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney provided more evidence last month at his blog, Brain Terminal. The Hitler-style hatred of Bush actually impacted Maloney’s future.

“During the Bush era,” he wrote, “the media looked the other way at the extremist element in the protest movement; the large number of protest signs bearing swastikas and mathematical formulae like “Bush=Hitler” just didn’t interest them. But it did interest me, and because the media didn’t want to report it, I did some reporting of my own. The videos I posted online inadvertently launched me on a second career as a documentary filmmaker.”

I have a feeling that many conservatives will be saying the same thing a decade from now — and America will be the better for it.

UPDATE: Charleston Daily Mail columnist Don Surber, a colleague from my internship days in 1989, covered this topic in his latest piece. Here’s an excerpt: “Nazism? Bushitler was a favorite epithet for George W. Bush for eight years. For every picture of President Obama with a Hitler moustache, I can show you 10 of Bush with a Hitler moustache.”

[Cross-posted at On Target]

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Also those obama hitler pictures are done up by Lyndon LaRouche’s PAC. Not exactly a ‘right wing’ kind of guy by any stretch.

clement on September 23, 2009 at 5:13 PM

“The videos I posted online inadvertently launched me on a second career as a documentary filmmaker.”

Good for you – and go for it.

Who said capitalism is dead.

I was disturbed by the Audio, much so, but not the images.
It’s kind of like
“Sticks and Stones will break your bones” – but
You know the rest.
Time to grow some cajones.

seesalrun on September 23, 2009 at 8:17 PM

teh awesome

NeoKong on September 24, 2009 at 7:22 PM

I don’t think that Obama is Hitler in any way shape or form, however, his national socialist policies concern me in every way. Fascist first gt elected and then immediately invoke socialist medical care, grab the industry and proceed to the indoctrination of schools children. The kooks on the left as the boss says in her column today have certainly come out of the woodwork especially since they no longer fear repercussion for their actions in the classroom.

This is only a temporary step to get on the “right” path towards his ultimate goal of communism. The plans are in Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and so is the framework in place. The media is complacent because they’ve all been raised on the same claptrap premise that socialism is humane if done right. 100 million dead from socialism experiments in the twentieth be damned to a socialist today because it wasn’t done right in their feeble minds.

Remember one thing, the Germans in the 1930’s let Hitler start these programs because they didn’t read his book which showed the pathway and where it was leading. The end for them was a country destroyed with six million dead Jews that once were the artisans, musicians, finance managers, Jewelers, teachers etc. all swapped out for what they have amongst them now, fascist Muslims that wish to finish the pogroms started by Hitlers Nazis.

I understand the point of this essay but we really must stand up against what we know is still possible even here in America.

larvcom on September 25, 2009 at 7:19 AM

Thank you for exposing the hypocrisy.
What is amazing is how the left are totally blind to it.

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM