In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Oslo, Norway, the manifesto of accused killer Anders Behring Breivik is being examined, and commenters are noting that he frequently cited fringe, so-called “antijihad” writers including Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller. Geller has long been a reliable source for Fox when the network needs or wants to highlight far-right, fringe, and extremist opinions — and Geller has only benefited from the exposure. And now that the opinions Geller proudly holds have been connected to a horrific act of violence, Fox News’ role in mainstreaming Geller and her brand of Islamophobic activism should be put under the microscope.
Some other people and sites that influenced Anders Behring Breivik include Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, Front Page, Islam Watch, right-wing gay conservative Bruce Bawer( who is shocked to learn that his hate speech influenced anyone) and Unibomber Ted Kaczynski. It is also know that Breivik had contact with the anti-Islamic right-wing English Defense League(a group praised by Gellar and Spencer). Breivik claimed there are no moderate Muslims. Sentiments echoed by Gellar, “I have long derided the ‘moderate Islam’ meme as a theory with no basis in reality or history.” All of the groups and persons mentioned that are associated with Breivik engage in the kind of slanted propaganda that Matt Drudge uses against African-Americans. They select acts of violence or hate speech and slam entire religions and races based on those stories. Hate Catholics? They’re an easy target. All you have to do is run stories about the Catholic Church and child molesters, child abuse and other aberant behavior by the preisthood. Against women’s rights. It is easy to make a case against women’s rights by taking a laser-like focus on situations in the work place, the armed forces or the home where a woman did something incompetent, dangerous or violated some social norm. Groups of people that share a common religion, races, cultural heritage, set of political beliefs are easy to demonize because all groups of people are going to have flaws just as individuals do. certainly some people, especially those who have made a pact for a common cause deserve their reputations – Stalinists, the Taliban, America’s white Christian Oath Keepers, The KKK, Ireland’s IRA, radical Hindus in India, The Third Reich and so forth. Gellar and others mentioned in articles acorss the net are now really pissed that that they are being mentioned. Geller is saying everyone is accusing her of being responsible for pushing Breivik over the edge. I have not read any major publication that has said Geller used the words that made Breivik pull the trigger. That does not mean that some misguded individuals here and there have not made that accusation, only it is primarily Geller reading the accusation into simply being listed as someone who Breivik admired. Geller and her defenders are generally just accusing the “media”. If said media has made such an accusation it should be easy to pull some quotes to support her claims to victim hood as in this article defending Geller at The right-wing Daily Caller – Pamela Geller strikes back at NY Times for tying her to Oslo shooter
Moving forward, Geller hopes other Americans recognize what she says she has observed in the mainstream media. “This to me is naked agenda bias,” Geller said. “Clearly the media is no longer taking a passive role, or even objective reporting. The media has become an activist voice for supremacists and the far left.”
The problem with her portrayal of herself is what the NYT actually wrote,
Mr. Breivik frequently cited another blog, Atlas Shrugs, and recommended the Gates of Vienna among Web sites. Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of Islam who runs Atlas Shrugs, wrote on her blog Sunday that any assertion that she or other antijihad writers bore any responsibility for Mr. Breivik’s actions was “ridiculous.”
Apparently what would make geller and the others mentioned in the NYT piece is that the newspaper and Norwegian authorities leave out information about who Breivik read and admired. Leaving out information like that is one of the things Geller and the Right constantly accuse the media of doing when it comes to violence that may or may not have been committed by radical jihadists. If Geller is guilty by association – her concern – that is only because of the incredible number of simple-minded people in the world. Geller does make a good point here (also from the Caller piece),
Conservative blogger and anti-jihadist Pamela Geller told The Daily Caller it’s “outrageous” that she’s been “assign[ed] blame” for Oslo shooter Anders Behring Breivik’s actions.
“It’s like equating Charles Manson, who heard in the lyrics of Helter Skelter a calling for the Manson murders,” Geller said in an exclusive phone interview. “It’s like blaming the Beatles. It’s patently ridiculous.”
Telling the public what Anders Behring Breivik liked, read or believed in does tell us about his ideology. It does not tell us why he committed such horrid acts. He might not even know. A lot of people are, as is usual in mass murders, calling Breivik a psychopath. That is probably not the case. he methodically built up his belief system over the last twenty years. he gave careful thought to what he was doing. he seems conscious of the difference between reality and fantasy and between right and wrong. I does seem as though he was yet another empty vessel. or mostly empty. he had some of the simmering resentments we all have toward some individual or group of people who have done us a wrong or injustice. He found a system of beliefs, of fears, of half baked thoughts and justifications among mostly writers on the far Right (though he is said to have hated Hitler and admired John Locke. He will not be the first or last person to corrupt Locke. Pundits on the conservative and libertarian Right frequently do. They carry him to the nonsensical level where you can’t object to anything they do because Locke said we all have personal rights. Not stopping where your rights began – they have a god given right to dump their toxic waste where they want. You are a tyrant for trying to stop them. Balance is hard.) While I sympathize with Geller’s cause and effect argument, it also creates quite the conundrum for Geller, the Islamophobic hate mongers – Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Pete King(R-NY) ,the Matt Drudge acolytes and much of the far Right in the US and Europe. They do not want to be treated to the same kind of paranoid, superstition based, xenophobic scatter-shot propaganda to which they subject all Muslims.
With President Obama and Republican leaders calling for cutting the budget by trillions over the next 10 years, it is worth asking how we got here — from healthy surpluses at the end of the Clinton era, and the promise of future surpluses, to nine straight years of deficits, including the $1.3 trillion shortfall in 2010. The answer is largely the Bush-era tax cuts, war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recessions.
Some of the usual suspects mentioned above also have less than consistent standards on history. They claim that all the debt on the books is Obama’s fault because Bush is gone and damn it he has to take responsibility because if he doesn’t it makes them look bad. Anyone out there still making rent or mortgage payments on a contract you signed years ago. Y, i thought so. Debts are like that. On the other hand those suspects think all living Muslims should be held to account for their historical violence – which they as expected inflate. History matters, history doesn’t matter. Hard to keep up with all these ever sifting rules.