FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Won’t post until tomorrow: We’re off on a mission of national import involving a limited tour of the nation’s Medicaid-funded facilities.
We won’t be posting until tomorrow. Today, we’re recalling the classic, decade-long Fox News hysteria concerning The New Black Panther Party.
The liberal world finally noticed this nonsense in 2010. By that time, Hannity & Colmes had been using the Panthers to stoke tribal fears on a regular basis for years.
The New Black Panthers were a thoroughly insignificant group. But they were repeatedly hosted by Hannity and Colmes as a way to stoke fear and excitement, and of course to build tribal identity.
Watching MSNBC last night, we thought of the many years of thrills provided by the New Black Panthers.
To recall one example from 2003, just click here. To what extent is the pitiful Cliven Bundy our equal-but-opposite tribal thrill-and-fear child?
We’re not sure what we think about that. But the question occurred to us last night, perhaps at the time when the Chris Hayes guest, an assistant professor at Fordham, offered these deathless thoughts:
“Many right-wingers, especially Tea Partiers, refuse to recognize that they are the original welfare kings, right? They’re the ones who went to public schools. They’re the ones who have the GI Bill. They’re the ones who lived off of the fat-cat government for so long...”
Did you realize you’re a welfare king if you went to public school? Festivals of the current type can turn human brains to mush.
In the post to which we link above, you can see Hannity and Colmes, in 2003, turning conservative brains into mush. Warning! As we lord it over the pitiful Bundy, the same thing can happen to us.
It’s easy to find the world’s biggest kook and create a sense of peril, excitement and justification. It’s good for ratings and tribal fervor.
It may not be all that great for the human brain or the soul.