Saturday, July 01, 2006

Morgan, Coulter Propose Death For U.S. Journalists. What If Someone Took These Conservative Clowns Seriously?

In the past few days, occasional MSNBC pundit Melanie Morgan and occasional Fox News Channel pundit Ann Coulter have expressed their desire that U.S. journalists should die.

Now, before anyone gets in a huff, this is not an argument against the First Amendment. Some conservatives want to open a government office for censorship, but I cherish our right to free speech.

However, just as a manager doesn't appreciate someone yelling fire in a crowded theater, and perhaps tells the yeller they are no longer welcome, isn't it about time that MSNBC and Fox, respectively, tell Morgan and Coulter to take their hate-mongering elsewhere?

Certainly there are other conservative pundits available. There are conservatives who can strongly advocate positions. There are conservatives who have large followings and can help MSNBC and Fox get ratings. There are even ones who look good on television -- which it's been suggested is a reason that Coulter, for one, is popular.

But among the field of conservative pundits, I would imagine most of them have not advocated death for U.S. journalists.

Morgan, who also has a talk show on San Francisco's KSFO-FM, wrote on Friday in an e-mail-based interview with The American Prospect's Greg Sargent:

MORGAN: However, the best solution that I can think of to deal with any newspaper editor, whether it's from the NY Times, LAT, WaPo, or the Wall Street Journal who is responsible for leaking national security classified information, is to be locked in a steel cage with the family members of slain troop members who would happily deliver the ultimate punishment of death. And then sent to the hottest corner of hell.

Meanwhile, Coulter on Thursday appeared on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, and told co-host Alan Colmes that she stood behind her claim that Timothy McVeigh -- who was executed for his role in bombing a federal building in Oklahoma City -- should have instead bombed the New York Times office, especially if the reporters were inside.

COULTER: No, I think the Timothy McVeigh line was merely prescient after the New York Times has leapt beyond -- beyond nonsense straight into treason, last week.

Coulter, of course, frequently wishes death on her political adversaries. She "joked" during a January speech that liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned. "We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee," Coulter said at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. And just a few weeks ago, Coulter told a right-wing website that Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) is “the reason soldiers invented ‘fragging.’ Fragging is a term most commonly meaning to assassinate an unpopular member of one’s own fighting unit by dropping a fragmentation grenade into the victim’s tent at night.

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What if someone took Morgan or Coulter seriously?

What if someone kidnapped a New York Times reporter or editor, as Morgan alluded, and then tortured that reporter or editor? What if someone snuck a home-made bomb in the Times building and killed innocent people?

Would they apologize? Would that be enough reason to make sure that MSNBC or Fox News no longer broadcast their venom? Does it really have to come to that?

The U.S. has enough enemies, most notably Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Within the U.S., there are "terrorists" to bring to justice -- people as evil as McVeigh or Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph. The nation should be concerned with these real enemies, not the fake ones that hate-mongers like Morgan and Coulter attack.

8 Comments:

Anonymous rimone said...

'However, the best solution that I can think of to deal with any newspaper
editor, whether it’s from the NY Times, LAT, WaPo, or the Wall Street Journal who is responsible for leaking national security classified information, is to be locked in a steel cage with the family members of slain troop members who would happily deliver the ultimate punishment of death. And then sent to the
hottest corner of hell.'

not the preznit, cheney or rove? oh wait--she said 'any newspaper editor.'

personally, i think it's only a matter of time before some asshole strikes out at his/her perceived enemy journo (i hope i'm wrong about this). but if it happens, i'm hoping the enablers like morgan, malkin, coulter et al are held accountable.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morgan and Coulter, and anyone else who thinks the New York Times writing stories about the U.S. government monitoring terrorist bank accounts (something both the Clinton and Bush Administrations announced was already being done) results in the deaths of our troops, or whom suggests such violence would not only lead to more violence, is in serious need of psychiatric help.
The fact that few, if any, Republicans will come out and publicly denounce such statements and the blo holes making them
demonstrates that our government and media is in the stranglehold of a dangerous, deranged psychosis.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

I hate the treasonist media and would not shed a tear if any of them had an
'accident.'

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandy, you're a moron.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Miami Seven is reported to not have had any connection to Al Qaeda or any other terrorist group. They had no miltary equipment, no surveillance equipment, no financial whatsoever means to carry out an attack they imagined on the Sears Tower.
What they did have was the "ambition" to do it. This "ambition" was cited by the Bush Administration for the reason they were dangerous and a threat to national security.
What do Morgan and Coulter have in common with the Miami Seven? There's a desire to kill innocent people and --- the "ambition" (well at least for someone else to do it).

8:55 AM  
Anonymous tammara said...

well, i think you could lock up the media members with the parents and wives of gold star families, and they would be show the media the pictures of their slain children, tell of their belief that bushcheneyrove inc. killed them. so... maybe they would need a lot of kleenex, i know i do when i am around them.

i believe that someone should pull the plug on coulter and morgan as well, but any nutjob that follows carries out their wishes has earned the karma then engender. i guess it takes a nutjob to follow a nutjob.

speaking of nutjobs, sandy professes to be a christian... but the hate she spews is indicative of something else... so... the usual response when she manifests from hell is....

Get thee behind me Satan

9:22 AM  
Anonymous ShortnFiery said...

Why isn't Coulter behind bars for making a TERRORIST threat?

11:02 AM  
Anonymous ayeshahaqqiqa said...

I would think that if someone did do that horrible deed, was captured, and said they did it because Coulter "told them to", she could be, at the very least, be sued by the next of kin of the victim(s), and very possibly be charged with some form of depraved indifference.

11:03 AM  

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