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How the Obama Campaign Created the ‘Palin Incites Violence’ Meme

posted at 6:27 pm on January 16, 2011 by

Sunday afternoon, liberal blogger Don Millard did something extremely stupid:

When I pointed out the facts, Millard responded by doubling down on stupid:

No, Don. It was debunked by me in a Dec. 23, 2008, American Spectator article:

The tactic of blaming Palin for “racist anger” toward Obama developed as a theme during the fall campaign, evidently based on post hoc ergo propter hoc thinking within Team Obama. Threats against Obama increased as the campaign heated up after Labor Day, and since this followed the Aug. 29 announcement of the Alaska governor as Republican running mate, Palin herself was scapegoated.
That claim was distilled in a November article in the London Daily Telegraph with the misleading headline, “Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama.”
The Secret Service never said any such thing
and the Telegraph‘s story didn’t actually say that they had said it. Rather, Telegraph reporter Tim Shipman was paraphrasing a Newsweek account of the campaign that quoted Obama adviser Gregory Craig in mid-October expressing concern about “the frenzied atmosphere at the Palin rallies.” The same paragraph of the Newsweek story asserted (without attribution) that the Obama campaign had been “provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and very disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October.”
It was the Obama campaign, not the Secret Service, which suggested a connection between the “frenzied atmosphere” around Palin and the threats. Obama himself appeared to believe there was such a connection, raising it in his final debate with John McCain.
That accusation evidently stemmed from an Oct. 14 newspaper report that an audience member at a Palin rally in Scranton, Pa., shouted “kill him” when Obama’s name was mentioned. The Secret Service investigated but was unable to corroborate that account, as Newsweek subsequently reported, and yet the alleged threat has entered the colloquial what-everybody-knows version of the campaign.
All this fits within a narrative arc that Democrats and their media allies are constructing around Palin, portraying her as an uncouth rabble-rouser leading an angry (and perhaps dangerous) populist opposition to Obama.

More than two years ago, you see, the origins of that Big Lie were documented and the Obama campaign propaganda was shown to be false. Nevertheless, as I said, by the time the truth could be discovered and reported, the Big Lie had become part of “what everybody knows.”

This was where the media’s “Blame Palin” narrative about the Tucson massacre began, and we see how liberals continue recycling the same dishonest talking points, long after their lies have been exposed.

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Shouldn’t you be out organizing your community or something? Notwithstanding your pathetic attempt to slur the military (“My doughboys”) and erase history, Goldberg’s book was a long overdue, scholarly look at the similarities between Fascism, Socialism, Communism, and Nazism when it comes to the state’s control of economic policies.

Buy Danish

major-league loonie, that was… Goldberg’s doughboy pals wouldn’t have anything to do with the military

and his book was third-rate nonsense in which he tried to stitch together disparate things and inthe attempt has to fail to define fascism to avoid the obvious differences.
It’s only value lies in a rehash of the times and an attempt to show the climate from which the various movements proceeded.
However, the numerous inaccuracies and the distortions of record sink the thing into parody of history and theory.

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Leftists are just like creationists. They deny things that are demonstrably true in favor of things that are demonstrably false. When called on this, they resort to sophistries and lies that are continually recycled.

Evil bastards.

leereyno on January 19, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Stage 1: Lie, abuse, accuse falsely.
Stage 2: Claim the center ground, demand civility.
Stage 3: Carry on as if the lie was true, refuse to discuss it.

What, you thought Tucson was the first time it happened? They do it constantly.

Merovign on January 19, 2011 at 3:50 AM

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 9:10 PM

So Goldberg looks like a Pillsbury Doughboy? Is that your point? Who are the other 2 doughboys? I’m fascinated by this scholarly attack on him by you.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Say what you want about it but it was not scholarly at all. I just finished the memoirs of Hans Rudel, an unrepentant Nazi hero and probably the greatest combat pilot in all history, and there is no mistake about what the Nazis were about and they certainly were not socialists.
lexhamfox on January 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

It’s been awhile since I read Liberal Fascism, but as I recall Goldberg doesn’t claim that the Nazis were Socialists with a capital S, they were small s socialists who used populism, nationalism, and race to stir up the masses (“the workers”). They certainly were not free-market capitalists.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Buy Danish, read his book. find where he provides his definition of fascism, if you can.

if you can tease out a single and consistent standard for application of the term, try matching it against any widely used definition.

then talk about the need for scholarship.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM

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