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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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Thank you for posting this. Simply unbelievable.

Fallon on January 16, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I totally forgot about that incident, it is good to know the genesis of the lefts narrative.

fourdeucer on January 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

It was the Obama campaign, not the Secret Service, which suggested a connection between the “frenzied atmosphere” around Palin and the threats.

And then the whitehouse blamed the secret service when Michaele & Tareq Salahi crashed the state dinner Obama held in November 2009. It is a wonder they didn’t blame Sarah Palin for that episode too.

fourdeucer on January 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Jesus, but this is a piece of crap post and it quotes an article in the American spectator written by someone who sounds like a fool.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

an article in an English paper with a misleading ittle that paraphrased a Newsweek story that has a quote about behavior by people attending Palin rallies means that it’s a plot by the Obama campaign staff……that’s gotta be as half-witted as saying that Palin shot Giffords.

hack work.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM

After the Salahis crashed the State Dinner, the Secret Service testified to Congress that there had not been an increase in death threats to Obama.

MayBee on January 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

And then the whitehouse blamed the secret service
fourdeucer on January 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I should have said the whitehouse let the Secret Service take the blame.

fourdeucer on January 16, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Jesus, but this is a piece of crap post and it quotes an article in the American spectator written by someone who sounds like a fool.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

And let’s see what you can do. Where’s your blog and your most thorough rebuttal with cites. And no, you can’t cite huffpo and kos.

and doubling down on stupid

an article in an English paper with a misleading ittle that paraphrased a Newsweek story that has a quote about behavior by people attending Palin rallies means that it’s a plot by the Obama campaign staff……that’s gotta be as half-witted as saying that Palin shot Giffords.

hack work.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Uh.. what? At least TRY to write a sentence that is coherent before calling someone a hack.

Did your attention span catch up with the fact you had to post another comment instead of just making one? Took you five minutes too!

kim roy on January 16, 2011 at 8:02 PM

too busy watching the end of the football game to waste much attention on this idiot post.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Jesus, but this is a piece of crap post and it quotes an article in the American spectator written by someone who sounds like a fool.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM
We take it that you are referring to yourself old boy???

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM

too busy watching the end of the football game to waste much attention on this idiot post.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I agree your post(s) were idiotic, but we’ll see you back in a few when your attention span catches up.

PS: The game ended about a half an hour ago.

kim roy on January 16, 2011 at 8:17 PM

and my comments were from 45 minutes before you wrote your PS

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

So your excuse for ignorance and stupidity is that you were too busy to read?

jdkchem on January 16, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I’m watching ABC World News Sunday right now. They just led off with a story about the need for civility and how the Republicans are certain to violate that new need in their upcoming vote on Obamacare. They also said the Republicans are still engaged in “violent” rhetoric and, as evidence, played clips of three Republicans talking about Obama’s “job killing” policies.

The media is still aggressively pushing the idea that this was a political shooting caused by the right and that the right is a violent menace. Unfortunately, many in the media on the right are rolling over for this by claiming it has all blown over. No harm, no foul! The panel on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace unanimously disparaged Palin for defending herself.

The Republicans are going to grovel before the media and the Democrats on this just like they ultimately do on everything else. The dumb b@st@rds are going to perpetuate exactly the narrative Obama and the media want out there.

Obama and the Democrats got “shellacked” in the last election and the Republican Party and many in the right leaning media are still too gutless and stupid to do anything but go along to get along and let the media-left set the agenda.

Gee, the Dems need to sabotage the right for political gain? No problem, the establishment right will be happy to play along. Freaking morons.

Django on January 16, 2011 at 8:58 PM

So your excuse for ignorance and stupidity is that you were too busy to read?

jdkchem

no, I read the ignorance and stupidity that McCain wrote and regurgitated, I was just not much motivated to thoroughly proof my comments and post the two as a unit while watching football.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM

and my comments were from 45 minutes before you wrote your PS

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

So you managed to “critique” the article and the cites, etc, while watching the football game and doing a craptacular job at it. That explains the nonsensical replies.

How can you insult the writer of this article if you didn’t give it a decent read? I think you owe McCain an apology.

And one to us for wasting our time in giving you any kind of credibility behind your words.

kim roy on January 16, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I think that Mccain owes the apology as well as a promise to do better work.

His reasoning lacks rigor and his conclusion that the Obama campaign bears responsibility for what was widely observed and reported and way insufficiently supported.

hack work.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I think that Mccain owes the apology as well as a promise to do better work.

His reasoning lacks rigor and his conclusion that the Obama campaign bears responsibility for what was widely observed and reported was way insufficiently supported.

hack work.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM

McCain will owe you an apology when he can deliver it from the Satan Ski Resort in Hell.

As for the article, it’s always good to remind everyone that the Left is composed of liars and the fools who believe them. You can pick which of those groups you’re in.

SDN on January 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM

SDN,

He doesn’t owe the apology to me. He owes it to whomever it was that tried to teach him logic and reasoning.

I don’t belong to the Left, so kiss one of those rosy rings yourself

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 9:41 PM

So, audi – are you the designated representative of the “civility” lobby?

BD57 on January 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I think that I usually use up my six fouls in as many minutes around here, but for the people who ask us to appoint them to represent us in government, yes, I think that attacking ideas and not persons is to be preferred.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I was watching the Dukes of Hazzard the other day and Boss Hogg reminds me of the left wing media. He is after those Duke boys (Palin) come hell or high water. Boss Hogg wants to get them for anything under the sun (moonshining, jaywalking, crossing the county line) that it has blinded him to anything else that is going on the world!

The Boss Hogg media is so blinded in their hatred of Sarah Palin that nothing else matters to them until she is utterly destroyed.

steveyahoo on January 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM

fascinating. was this the television version or the theatrical release? who was it portrayed Boss Hogg?
Was it Dan Rather or Jane Hamsher?

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 10:55 PM

I think that Mccain owes the apology as well as a promise to do better work.

His reasoning lacks rigor and his conclusion that the Obama campaign bears responsibility for what was widely observed and reported was way insufficiently supported.

hack work.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Came back to see how you were doing with supporting your complaints with facts and cites and note that you came up woefully short on both.

So all you have is calling the writer a “hack” in your charmingly incoherent way after saying:

I think that I usually use up my six fouls in as many minutes around here, but for the people who ask us to appoint them to represent us in government, yes, I think that attacking ideas and not persons is to be preferred.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Either you are incredibly st00pid (which I have established by repeating your words back to you) or drunk. For your sake, I hope it’s the latter.

kim roy on January 16, 2011 at 10:59 PM

kim, no one should fault your zeal, but

kaeru no ko wa kaeru

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 11:02 PM

audiculous

Ok, seriously – wtf is wrong with you? lol

Midas on January 16, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I guess it all started when I was turned into a newt by reading this tripe from McCain here.
I got a case of contact-stoopid.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Hope it gets better.

Midas on January 16, 2011 at 11:40 PM

thx. McCain doesn’t show up here too often so it should.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 11:42 PM

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

Actually that hasn’t been debunked. The topic came up in Homeland Security testimony.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told NEWSWEEK that those figures are now out of date. According to Donovan, there were “substantial spikes” in the rate of threats the service received against Obama before and after last year’s presidential election, and then again before and after Obama’s inauguration last January. Over succeeding months, however, the rate of threats has dropped substantially, Donovan said so substantially that while the average number of threats received is running at about the same level as it did during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, on some recent days the rate of threats received against Obama has actually been lower than the rate during the reigns of Clinton and W.

lexhamfox on January 17, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Jesus, but this is a piece of crap post and it quotes an article in the American spectator written by someone who sounds like a fool.

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Geesh … you mean … YOU? You’re not a fool but an idiot!

READ FIRST BEFORE SCATTERING YOUR SH*T!

TheAlamos on January 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM

I am extremely surprised that the media, never having left the “slurp-at-the-Cabrini Green-messiah’s-crotch” mode, did not seize the opportunity to exploit specific examples of hate against Obama; specifically the hacking and posting of his personal e-mails, the death and gang-rape threats against his daughters, the arson/attempted murder of his house of worship, the highly publicized series of pornographic films about him, the tomatoes thrown at him when he signed books, the artwork depicting him getting his teeth knocked out, the t-shirts calling him four-letter perjoratives, the bumper stickers calling for him to be aborted, comedians talking about he and his family being gang-raped, the “artistic” museum display where you could shoot at cardboard cutouts of Obama and his daughter, the website making fun of his disabled infant, just to name a few.

Oh wait, never mind.

OlympicLeprechaun on January 17, 2011 at 8:01 AM

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

debunked? because stacy mccain says so?

it’d be debunked if you could show that there was no spike in death threats. alas, there was. you also assert that the obama campaign started the rumors, when in fact they were first reported in the media. and even today, there is no indication whatsoever that the administration encouraged the finger pointing after tucson, despite the hysterical efforts of conservatives to find any evidence. why would they want to kill the career of the person they prefer to run against in 2012 anyway?

embarrassing post.

sesquipedalian on January 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Why do you love insolvency, a devalued dollar, and unemployment?

Those seem to be your boy’s largest accomplishments.

Get bent leftist.

Inanemergencydial on January 17, 2011 at 10:04 AM

READ FIRST
TheAlamos

I read the American Spectator article first. It deserved all the scat.

audiculous on January 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

kaeru no ko wa kaeru

audiculous on January 16, 2011 at 11:02 PM

“A frog’s child is a frog”

Spouting off in another language a phrase that you can look up on google if you so choose doesn’t make you any more intelligent. In fact, using a more obscure language like Japanese on an American (and therefore English) blog is rather stupid. Why? Because the point of language is to communicate and if you are wasting time communicating in a way designed to appeal to the least amount of people then you are wasting your time. Lucky for you I do speak Japanese, so it wasn’t a complete waste.

Here’s one just for you:

“Baka wa shinanakya naoranai.”

Translation for others:

“Only death can fix a fool.”

Pattosensei on January 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

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.”

It’s a darn good thing we have a Free-press to debunk this sort of thing instead of propagating it.

/sarc.

Chip on January 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Nō aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu.

William2006 on January 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

William2006 on January 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

A wise hawk hides his talons

odat on January 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

well I guess that according to the ill-reasoned likes of McCain, the audiculous campaign is now responsible for all demonstrations of Japanese folk wisdom reported by all commentators.

audiculous on January 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

The new LSM meme; If you say it often enough it becomes true.

woodNfish on January 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM

If you say it often enough it becomes true.

woodNfish

sorta like an idiot quoting himself as an authority and saying that he knows that something is debunked because he said it was and he knows that he’s an authority.
his opinion counts more because he’s counting it twice.
maybe he’s not just his own dumbass self but also The Other McCain.
double down dumb

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Other McCain, Your story is more than a little suspect. Doesn’t Hot Air have an editor or some sort of review of what gets posted in the Green Room?

lexhamfox on January 18, 2011 at 4:19 AM

I predict that before this year is out Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Malcolm X will be portrayed as “right wingers”.

Buy Danish on January 18, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I predict that before this year is out Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Malcolm X will be portrayed as “right wingers”.

Buy Danish

It’ll probably occur in Jonah Goldberg’s next book Everybody Be Fascisting ‘Cept Me and My Doughboys

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

audiculous on January 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

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 on January 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Buy Danish on January 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

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

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