Monday 10 January '11 show notes

Monday 10 January '11 show notes

  • Why is the right more inclined to violence than the left?
  • Mark Potok, Director, Intelligence Project-Southern Poverty Law Center. Giffords shooting, hate groups.
  • Lee Fang, Reporter/blogger at Think Progress.org. Giffords shooting and SarahPAC.
  • Zaid Jilani, Reporter/Blogger-Think Progress.org. Giffords spoke out against "Brewercare".
  • JFK Historian Lamar Waldron, co-author (w/Thom) of Ultimate Sacrifice. Environment of hate then vs now.
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Television and Radio CEOs need to make a choice in the coming days - profits or patriotism....
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is still in critical condition in a Tucson hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the brain. The Congresswoman was the main target in a shooting rampage on Saturday morning as she met with constituents at a local Safeway grocery store. Also victimized - a federal judge - John Roll - who was killed along with 5 others - including a 9-year-old girl. 14 people were injured in the attack.


When a Member of Congress is targeted for assassination - it's a big deal. What separates America from more volatile countries in the world is the peaceful transition of power. When one side loses, it doesn't bring tanks or march troops on to Capitol Hill to reclaim power. Instead, the newly elected majority is granted legitimacy by the minority. But in the years following 2008, coinciding with the rise of the Tea Party, a dangerous notion was propagated within the Conservative community. That notion was that somehow President Obama and this Democratic majority were illegitimate and were a threat to the American way of life. And from that basis, some of the most vitriolic hate speech in decades was hurled across the radio and television. And when a government loses legitimacy, then political violence can seem like not only a rational, but a noble cause to the unbalanced and the obsessive. Sadly, when that notion is taken even further and popularized on a larger scale - it can also incite the sane of mind to violence as well. If things don't change - this could be where we are headed.


Saturday's political massacre is not a call for censorship - it's a renewed call for responsibility within our media. While stoking fear and broadcasting the sensational may be a recipe for high ratings and high profits for our corporate media outlets, it can also breed the violence our country witnessed in Tucson on Saturday. Television and Radio CEOs need to make a choice in the coming days - profits or patriotism. Our Democracy is at stake.


-Thom


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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... What We Know About Alleged Attempted Giffords Assassin Jared Lee Loughner (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: What We Know About Alleged Attempted Giffords Assassin Jared Lee Loughner? With Mark Potok, Director Intelligence Project-Southern Poverty Law Center.
 
Who is Gabrielle Giffords With Eleanor Clift, Senior Writer-Newsweek and Contributor-The Daily Beast.
 
Who is Jared Lee Loughner With Nick Baumann of Mother Jones Magazine.
 
The Becking of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Possible Racist and Anti-Immigrant Tie to Alleged Arizona Assassin With Chip Berlet , senior analyst at Political Research Associates and co-author of "Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort".
 
Giffords shooting and SarahPAC with Lee Fang, Reporter/blogger at Think Progress.org.
 
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Quote: "Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create" -- Pope John Paul II.
 
Hour One: Why is the right more inclined to violence than the left?
Article: "Did Giffords subscribe to assassin's YouTube?" by Jerome R. Corsi, WND.
Article: "Described by Classmate as 'Left-Wing Pothead'..." by James King (Drudge's headline).
Article: "SCARY FREAK!" by David A. Fahrenthold (Drudge's headline).
Article: "Neal Boortz talking to Don Lemon on CNN Newsroom", Monday, Jan 10, 2011.
Article: "British paper slams 'right-wing' speech" by Ewen MacAskill, Guardian (WND's headline).
 
Article: "Erickson draws fire for gun comment" by Mike Stucka.
Article: "Michele Bachmann: I Want People "Armed And Dangerous" Over Obama Tax Plan" by Rachel Weiner ("I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous", "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing", "a foreign correspondent on enemy lines").
Article: "McCain: Sarah Palin is Not Inciting Violence" by Brian Montopoli.
Article: "Chris Matthews And James Clyburn: Violent Republican Protesters And Sarah Palin Must Be Stopped! " (MIKE VANDERBOEGH, FORMER MILITIA LEADER: There are rifles being cleaned right now. Do you folks understand that?).
 
Giffords shooting, hate groups With Mark Potok, Director, Intelligence Project-Southern Poverty Law Center.

Hour Two: Giffords shooting and SarahPAC with Lee Fang, Reporter/blogger at Think Progress.org.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent.
Article: "OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Post-shooting healthcare truce won't last" by Julian Pecque ("Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) for example has called on Republicans to rename the "Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act").
Article: "Biden Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan" by Justin Duckham.
Article: "Conservative groups warn House GOP to 'fulfill this mandate'" by Susan Crabtree (8 point plan).

Hour Three: Giffords spoke out against "Brewercare" with Zaid Jilani, Reporter/Blogger-Think Progress.org.
 
Environment of hate then vs now with JFK Historian Lamar Waldron, co-author (w/Thom) of Ultimate Sacrifice.
Book: "Legacy of Secrecy" by Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann.
 
Article: "VIDEO: The Extreme, Violent Rhetoric Of GOP Lawmakers" by Lee Fang, Mar 26th, 2010 (MCCAUL: They fought against tyranny and oppressive taxes, do that sound familiar? We’re continuing that revolution right here in Austin, Texas today. Thomas Jefferson said the Tree of Liberty will be fed by the blood of tyrants and patriots. You are the modern day patriots).
Tweet: "If a Detroit Muslim put a map on the web w/crosshairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he b sitting right now? Just asking." Michael Moore".
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