Tools of Fear/Demonization/Tragedy in Tucson
On Demonizing Rhetoric & Aggressive Action
Highlighted Essay: The Political Economy of Character Assassination: Who Invests in and Profits from the Discourse of Hate? by Jonathan Michael Feldman
After Tucson: The Right-Wing Media Offensive by Political Research Associates
Conservative pundits have been quick to criticize as opportunistic the suggestion that Jared Lee Loughner, the accused shooter in the January 8 Tucson killing spree, might have been influenced by right-wing conspiracy theories or violent rhetoric.
Earlier Warnings of Bigotry or Violence Stemming From Right-Wing Rhetoric
- Toxic to Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, and Scapegoating, by Chip Berlet, Political Research Associates. June 2009.
- Extremism, Conspiracy Theory And Murder, Chip Berlet interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, June 18, 2009
- “'Who Will Rid Me of This Troublesome Doctor?': Bill O’Reilly, King Henry II, and George Tiller," by Chip Berlet on Religion Dispatches, June 24, 2009.
- Does hateful rhetoric really lead to violence? History gives us the clear answer: yes by David Neiwert on Crooks and Liars,
September 20, 2009
- Right-wing violence, threats are on the rise -- and getting a wink and a nudge
by David Neiwert on Crooks and Liars,
October 29, 2010
- Tea party in the Sonora: For the future of G.O.P. governance, look to Arizona, by Ken Silverstein, Harper's, July 2010.
Outlandish Right-Wing Rhetoric
Multiple Reports on Media Matters for America
Political Research Associates
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