Fox News’ Inability to See White Men with Guns a Danger to Us All

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So because 59-year-old John Russell Houser, of Phenix City, Alabama, who embarked on a mass-shooting in a Louisiana movie theater, was an Obama-hating, anti-government, conspiracy theorist white Tea Partier, who admired Hitler and thought women should keep their mouths shut in church, Megyn Kelly of Fox News immediately suggested an ISIL connection.

Makes all the sense in the world, right? You know as well as I do that the Tea Party has from the very beginning been composed of Muslims in thrall to the Islamic State.

This is the kind of stuff Houser said:

john-russell-houser“America is so sick that I now believe it to be the enemy of the world. I know next to nothing about Iran, but the little I do know tells me they are far higher morally than this financially failing filth farm.” [Fellowship of the Minds, December 2013]

“If you don’t think the internet is censored, try reading a newspaper from a country that hates liberals the way I do. Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America [members not brainwashed].” [Twitter, June 2013]

Houser’s Facebook account shows he liked “I hate liberals!”

He linked “Evan Sayet: How Modern Liberals Brainwash People Into Hating America.” The link provided is down, but you can read about it here.

He had an account on Tea Party Nation.

So yeah. Not a liberal. Clearly not a Muslim.

Yet Megyn Kelly, on the July 23 edition of The Kelly File, Kelly asked Lafayette Police Sgt. Kyle Suarez if there was “Any reason to believe there might be a connection to ISIS, or radical Islam, or terror as we understand it in this country?”

Granted. All the facts weren’t in yet. But it was known from the very beginning that the shooter was a white male in his 50s. How likely then, an ISIL connection?

And all this aside from the fact that the man was mentally unstable and should never have been allowed near a gun in the first place. He was also a drifter. Since Republicans feel only property owners should be allowed to vote, perhaps only property owners should be allowed to own guns.

We will never get far as a nation in addressing gun violence if we cannot stick to the facts. And the fact is that most mass shootings are carried out by white people like Houser, not Muslims, not Mexicans, not blacks – and not liberals.

Columbine: white people with guns
Columbine: white people with guns

A party that invents “facts” and then claims all future discourse must be based on their fictional evidence, is not a party that should be allowed on TV. This is serious business, best left to mature, and responsible adults. The Republican Party and Fox News have as much legitimacy in the public square as the fictional characters in any children’s animated film.

When Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft asked in the wake of the shooting, “This is such a senseless, tragic action. Why would you come here and do something like this?” he should not have had to ask.

The reason is right in front of us. Just turn your TV to Fox News.

30 Replies to “Fox News’ Inability to See White Men with Guns a Danger to Us All”

  1. Has anyone ever filed a complaint with the FCC and FTC regarding FuxNews? I know that the FCC may have a problem at prosecution of FNC because it’s a cable network. But at least the FTC could take some action based on the slogan, “fair and balanced,” which FNC is NOT.

    Will no one rid us of Roger Ailes and his demon spawn network of lies and the lying liars who tell them?

  2. M, There’s a new movie hopefully coming out soon: The Brainwashing of My Dad:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh3TeTxgNVo

    Since we lost ‘the Fairness Doctrine’ during Reagan and with all this Citizens United Money being spent…
    The Truth has spun out of control!

    The Koch Brothers FUND RightWing Radio through AFP, (AmericansForProsperty The TeaParty Group Koch’s started:

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=3A0DD68A-D5A2-4DED-A232-1546F8F1B1A9

    One-Half of America is not getting The Truth!

  3. As I have said before, white males are the most dangerous creatures on the planet. They are a threat to all living, breathing creatures and the ecology. Out of all the group’s of people on the planet, white males have a greater sense of entitlement than any other, and are.
    There is a arrogance, a sense of pride, and a feeling of being all powerful that no other group has. A sense of invisibility, and being above the law, therefore, they can do whatever they want, knowing the system they created, will protect them.
    That’s why these shooting occur so frequently. If they were black males, society would act more quickly, as the majority of victims are white.

    If this sounds harsh, too bad, because this is what I see, and this is what the country has Bern doing since the first Europeans arrived about 400 years ago

  4. I’m surprised Fox didn’t investigate whether the victims of the Lafayette movie theatre shooting were Christians so they could say it was religious persecution, like they did after the Dylan Roof mass shooting.

    Read an interesting article about how many gun rights laws Governor Jindal has signed. One of the most recent dealing with being able to carry a concealed weapon into any church or synagogue. Unreal!

  5. It’s part of their plan to create anarchy and chaos in
    the world so they can be able to live in a world with their chosen few.

    A la “Escape From New York”.

  6. …oh so I’M a villain now??? Beware of painting with too broad a brush…you could smear those who do NOT deserve it!!!

  7. Proof is in the pudding, people. This is what years of small closed minded idiocy does to people. It makes them hateful of the world around them… they see what was once theirs now gone. They want people who can regain what they once loved.. to hell with the fact that he’s going to screw me over, he says that I can have it back to the way I loved it even though the potential ‘boogeymen’ brought up aren’t doing that.

    This guy was just a hateful human being. Add mental issues and financial stress and you have a ticking time bomb that could explode at any time. It’s just sad that time was in that movie theater where innocent people were watching a good movie.

  8. Well, the sad truth about the Sayet link is that the current Right Wing *is* “1) stupid, (2) bigoted, (3) phobic, (4) greedy, [and] (5) evil.”

  9. Probably why poor Sandra Bland is dead now.

    I’ll bet Officer Encinia looked her up and saw she was involved with the BLM movement.

    Why would a police officer comment on what kind of mood someone is in when they are pulled over?
    Anyone would be “upset”.

    Why is it relevant to a police officer to even ask someone that?

    Encinia was deliberately trying to provoke Ms. Bland.

  10. Strange eh? That, financially failing filth farm he loved to denigrate- is still plugging along long after he failed financially.

    Right Wingers are all the same- it’s always someone else’s fault.

  11. They don’t keep stats but I wonder how many of color has died in Americas secret prisons.

    The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

    Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
    ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
    Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
    Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  12. GOP Reagan Advisor says TEA Party are MORONS & FOX is the “Republican Party Network”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv9_aAHAFA4

    The Lies That Will Kill America
    “Fox News is its ministry of misinformation, the fake jewel of the News Corp. crown, a 24/7 purveyor of flimflam and the occasional selective truth.”
    http://billmoyers.com/2013/10/25/the-lies-that-will-kill-america/

    Fox News Pundit Admits She Watches CNN ‘If I Want To Know About News’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/fox-news-cnn-malaysia-flight-370-airlines-missing-coverage-lauren-ashburn_n_4981161.html

    Faux Nooze won the right to LIE
    http://www.projectcensored.org/11-the-media-can-legally-lie/

    Bill O’Reilly’s Alleged Lies Now Fill A Book
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/media-matters-oreilly-killing-truth-e-book_n_7019488.html

    369 examples of Fox News malaise
    http://officeofstrategicinfluence.com/issues.php?issue=fox

  13. Personally I’ve become very disappointed with the Tea Party as of late. Recently one of their most devoted activist, Tommie Woodward, was tragically killed in a freak accident. Young Tommie was well known at Tea Party rallies for his artistic sign making. In many ways Tommie Woodward epitomized what a young Tea Party member should be.
    Yet, for all his work, very few Tea Party members have commented on Tommie Woodward’s memorial page. If you would like to offer your condolences go to the following page.

    http://cosmofunnel.com/poems/memory-tommy-woodward-may-he-rest-pieces-72161

  14. Are you talking about the same Tommie Woodward who, despite both posted and verbal warnings, defiantly jumped into an alligator-infested Texas bayou and was almost immediately killed and partially eaten by one of the creatures?

    Yes, indeed, same “genius”.

    That’s not an “accidental” death, but a fatality resulting from foolish misadventure; and young Mr. Woodward has earned himself a front-runner status for this year’s Darwin Award….

  15. Your comment caused me to think about children and adolescents growing up in the homes of Fox viewers. If the political talk and dinner table chitchat is presenting young people with a world view shaped by the racist, money worshipping assertions of this network and its elitist supporting guests they will grow up even more prejudiced than the so called adults of the Tea Party.

  16. In the 60 years have had a driver’s license I have received a number of tickets. A few times I was argumentative and probably downright rude to the officer. Never did an officer demand I get out o the car and never under any circumstances was I threatened.

    I was searched once but the policeman was courteous.

    Why then, did this officer come on to a young woman in such a violent and intimidating manner? Could it be because I am a big, white male and she a petite Black female?

  17. fox news is a propaganda site for white racists only so it’s just right they are not going to demonize their core audience: bigoted white men who are potential domestic terrorists!

  18. Absolutely. Their Empire has fallen, and they aren’t taking it well.

    400 years is a good run, but the monotheistic phallus worship thing was doomed from the start.

    It’s not logical.

  19. That’s a great point, Clifton. This is why I stress the importance of getting a good education. This way, one can learn about the difference between the truth that is out there and the ‘truth’ that right wing based networks, publications and websites want to use.

    When one wants to learn that difference, it helps us all.

  20. Heres the truth, FUX NEWS isn’t going to be honest about $HIT!! that’s not their purpose! their purpose is to make the typical LILY WHITE republicans feel like victims! poor misunderstood OUTCASTS!, totally IGNORING the FACT that caucasians have been rigging the game since the 18th century! But “SOME” caucasians who remember the 1940′, 50’s 60′ look at how america is changing and they’re scared $HITLESS! that’s why they call THEMSELVES CONSERVATIVES!! they HATE PROGRESS!! especially if the GAME isn’t slanted 100% in THEIR favor! FUX NEWS sticks a teet in their mouths and they gulp that poison right down!! see my TROLLY republicans, WHITE PRIVILEGE is a two edge sword! it’s ok if the status quo is in YOUR favor but as time marches on, your WHITE PRIVILEGE has made YOU ALL babbling OLD FOOLS!

  21. I will make absolutely no argument against a good education. I was an elementary school teacher for over 40 years. What I have seen,(growing up in Virginia) is that it makes no difference how well educated you are. You stand about a 90% chance of being as racist, prejudiced and bigoted in adulthood as you were as a child.

    I have two good friends who went to outstanding universities and one of them went to law school. Both are prone to stereotype African Americans. Both believe whole heartedly that the number one problem in education is that Black children have ruined the schools. Both advocate loudly for a return to prayer in school.

    This not to say I am urging you to diminish your support for education. In an environment flooded with the prejudiced, partisan, and elitist information coming from the likes of Fox and Rush Limbaugh education is the best (though slim)hope future generations have.

  22. I have not seen the website in memorial to this man. I would not be surprised if there have been many comments critical of him for his support of the Tea Party and they have been taken off the site.

  23. American Has Become a Second Amendment Death Cult

    You can remember learning in school or at a museum or maybe on the Discovery Channel about human sacrifice in ancient or distant cultures, whether it was the temples of the Aztecs and Incans down south or the bogs of the British Isles, where the Celts performed their rituals. You can remember how you felt: the gruesome fascination followed by disbelief at the stupidity of the reasons. Killing the slaves of a dead master? Ludicrous. And the tribes and nations that sacrificed children, virgins, whoever to appease angry gods just seem insane in retrospect. The circular logic was mind-boggling: We must cut out the hearts of these kids so the gods will make the crops grow and keep away the storms or volcanoes. But if there is a storm or volcano and the crops all die, we’ll just sacrifice more kids because obviously we didn’t please our mad deities last time.

    – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/07/american-has-become-second-amendment.html#sthash.OhnWK1FA.dpuf

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