When most people think of beheadings and a possible link to Islamic ideology, the words funny and hilarious probably don’t come to mind. Yet a panel of guests during Melissa Harris-Perry’s show on MSNBC somehow concluded that people should take their focus off of the Alton Nolen/Jah’Keem Yisrael conversion to Islam angle on the story, and instead focus on the ‘workplace violence’ aspect of the attack.
In doing so, the panel concluded that we should start a new stereotype – “Muslims are hilarious!”
SooperMexican at the Right Scoop writes:
Of all the responses that American Muslims might have to the Oklahoma beheading, I think, “Muslims are hilarious!” is probably one of the more preposterous ones you can have. But that’s the conclusion that this MSNBC panel gets from their discussion of the horrid case.
Even more startling in this clip is when one of the panelists says when he hears a story like this he thinks, “Please don’t let them be Muslim.”
Another panelist later on claims we don’t link all school shootings to white men, to which Melissa Harris-Perry responds “It just doesn’t even happen in anyone’s mind, it just doesn’t even occur.”
To the contrary, MSNBC has been as guilty as any news organization in linking Tea Party members to instances of violence almost instantaneously.
Newsbusters has a good compilation of such instances including:
- During MSNBC’s live coverage of the Giffords shooting, Luke Russert blamed Obamacare opponents when he theorized: “Remember, this is the deepest fear that was in the back of everybody’s mind going through the health care debate. A lot of members were threatened…It looks sadly like it’s come to fruition today.”
- MSNBC’s Chris Matthews got into the blame game on the January 11, 2011 Hardball when he pondered: “What’s been the role of talk radio in fueling the heated language?…People like Mark Levin, Michael Savage, for example who every time you listen to them are furious, furious at the Left with anger that just builds and builds in their voice, and by the time they go to commercial, they’re just in some rage, every night, with ugly talk…And they use that language, when they talk about the other side, isn’t that part of the problem? And my question is doesn’t that give the moral license to people who have crazy minds to start with?”
- Salon’s Joan Walsh was on Hardball and linked Rush Limbaugh to the Holocaust Museum shooter when she blurted: There is a very disturbing and disturbed element of political discourse. And I would, I would throw in Rush Limbaugh. Not blaming him, but when you say that our President is more dangerous than al-Qaeda you’ve gone off into crazy nut job land. You are off the charts crazy. And you are, you are whipping people up.”
I don’t recall MSNBC ever starting a drive to refer to Tea Partiers as “funny” or “hilarious.”
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