When Did It Become Humorous For Conservatives To Threaten To Kill U.S. Journalists?
"Powder Puff Spooks Keith" screamed the headline on yesterday's "Page 6" of the conservative-friendly, Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post.
Seems someone isn't too happy with Olbermann, host of MSNBC's Countdown and a frequent critic of the Bush Administration. Olbermann received a letter at his Manhattan home with a batch of white powder in it and a note saying it was payback for his on-air comments. An NYPD HazMat unit later determined the envelope contained soap powder.
"However, that wasn't enough to satisfy Olbermann, who insisted on a checkup. He asked to be taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where doctors looked him over and sent him home. Whether they gave him a lollipop on the way out isn't known," wrote the Post's Richard Johnson.
Haha. Olbermann gets a death threat from a conservative prankster, but because Olbermann is a) a journalist; and b) a liberal, that's funny stuff.
This has become the year for conservatives to actually propose -- apparently without any repercussions -- that U.S. journalists should be killed. Sadly, the response from the right to such open threats has been a case of the giggles.
In case you missed it:
-- In July, Ann Coulter admitted that she sent the New York Times an envelope with an X scrawled through it and a suspicious powder inside. The powder was later determined to be cornstarch."So glad to hear that the New York Times got my letter and that your friend at the Times thinks I'm funny," she e-mailed a journalist after the incident
.-- In June, Coulter told Fox News Channel's 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.
-- Also in June, San Francisco conservative radio host and sometimes MSNBC political analyst Melanie Morgan wrote in an e-mail-based interview with The American Prospect: "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."
What has happened to our country? When did it become humorous to threaten to kill a U.S. journalist?
And take it a step further: What if someone took these conservative yahoos seriously, and instead of sending cornstarch or soap powder, actually sent anthrax? What if instead of threating to blow up the New York Times, someone actually listened to these conservative yahoos and actually did it?
Would conservatives still laugh?