Toxic to Democracy
What about the right-wing media foghorns? Convicted in the fatal shooting of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in a church in Wichita, Kansas, Scott Philip Roeder was a regular consumer of conservative talk radio, television, and websites. But did Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck—or any other commentator whipping up an audience with overheated demonizing rhetoric—actually help pull the trigger?
It’s not that simple, explains Chip Berlet, senior analyst for the independent think tank Political Research Associates (PRA), in a new study entitled Toxic to Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, and Scapegoating. “They are not legally culpable for the assassination of Dr. Tiller, says Berlet, “but they must share some portion of moral responsibility for creating a dangerous environment."
According to Berlet:
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PRA Senior Analyst Chip Berlet on NPR's Fresh Air program in a half-hour interview with host Terry Gross.
For other articles that shed light on the complex relationships between thought and action behind the assassination of Dr. Tiller, click here.
Author Berlet and Public Eye magazine contributor Fred Clarkson speak about the murder on this Democracy Now video.
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