Ok, you guys, I know it is summertime and I shouldn’t be blogging or something, but ya know, it’s been raining for like a week and it’s slow at work, so…yeah.
But anyway, quick little heads up to remind everyone that the paper wins. (We always win.) In April, Fordham’s conservative blog the Liberty Forum posted a piece titled “Obama Administration: conservatives are the real terrorists.” Author Rachel Ring was inscensed by a Homeland Security memo predicted that the election of the first African American president and the advent of economic hard times could worsen the threat from right-wing extremist groups. Ring stated: “He’s [Obama] truly a left leaning liberal who would support the prosecution of people who are deemed “right wing extremists” who simply just differ in opinion with him on matters of gun control, immigration and abortion”
It was pretty clear back in April that the author hadn’t even taken the time to read what she was writing about, so the paper peppered their comments section, saying: “This report (should any of you have given it a gander) addresses the possibility of political exploitation used to radicalize an otherwise peaceful and acceptable political philosophy by fear mongers and irresponsible leadership,” and suggesting they read an article about a young, heavily-armed white supremacist who had shot two black police officers just days after the memo was released as evidence that right-wing extremism is indeed alive and well in our country.
Well, after George Tiller’s murder and this week’s shooting at the Holocaust Museum, we bet you guys feel like assholes, huh? This article in the New York Times and this article in the Washington Post are about the conservative outcry over the memo (which Ring was desperately trying to echo), and why they were all so very, very wrong.