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The Atlantic photoshops Boehner’s head onto arrest photo of accused Irish Republican Army murderer

The Atlantic photoshops Boehner’s head onto arrest photo of accused Irish Republican Army murderer

Even mainstream liberal publications have gone over the edge in demonizing Republicans

We have noted before the extreme eliminationist rhetoric directed at Republicans and the Tea Party by the most senior Democratic politicians, who portray the House’s exercise of its constitutional power of the purse as terrorism.

That rhetoric has also moved into mainstream liberal publications. What was once expected only of DailyKos or crazy fringe left-wing websites, now is mainstream liberal media.

Here’s a partial screenshot (full here) of a Google search this morning for “Republican extortion” — note the mainstream liberal publication that show up on the first page parroting Obama’s rhetoric:

Google News Search Republican Extortion 10-10-2013 915 am - partial

But The Atlantic outdid just about everyone with this image on its story by Philip Bump, How Obama Can Deal with the Irate Republican Army (via Ed Driscoll h/t Instapundit):

Boehner Arrest The Atlantic

Smitty had it right:

As startling as the image may seem coming from a mainstream publication, consider that the source of the image was a photo of an Irish Republican Army terrorist, Colin Duffy, who was charged with the killing of British soldiers (he later was acquitted):

HuffPo AP Colin Duffy Arrest

Notice the photo of Colin Duffy is the exact same photo The Atlantic used as the source for the photoshop.

I’m sure the author and editors at The Atlantic knew exactly what they were doing, even if most of the readers didn’t pick up on the Boehner being equated to a specific accused murderer. 

Bump made sure to invoke the Irish Republican Army in the text of the post:

It is another group of Republicans that offers a reminder of how governments actually deal with terrorists. For decades the Irish Republican Army conducted a campaign of terror throughout Britain. British prime minister Margaret Thatcher publicly disavowed any negotiations with the IRA. But secretly, those negotiations happened, through backchannels. The British couldn’t risk the appearance of placating the IRA, but were obviously willing to do what they could to stem the violence.

That’s how off-the-charts even mainstream liberal publications have become.

If The Atlantic insisted on photoshopping Boehner’s head onto the arrest of an enemy of the state, I think this might have been a better source photo:

Mohammed Video Film Maker Arrest

[Note – the word “accused” was added to the title shortly after publication to reflect that Colin Duffy was later acquitted of the murder charges]


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Fascism is now mainstream. So-called liberals are now out-and-proud fascists.

    Radegunda in reply to pst314. | October 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    They haven’t been liberal for a long time. Even when it comes to “liberal” social policy, there’s a “you’d better go along with our agenda or else” element.

    rantbot in reply to pst314. | October 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    We need a better name for it. The classical Fascists were nationalists. Some were even patriots. Nobody would claim that modern leftoids are either American nationalists or American patriots.

    Aside from that, their Fascist affinities are indeed apparent.

DINORightMarie | October 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

Can’t they get into trouble for that? He is Speaker of the House, and #3 in line to the presidency………….

Ah, the jack-boots are coming out of the closet…!!!

LOVE it when these authoritarian, totalitarians come out in their true plumage!

“When asked specifically whether the government should be able to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a fine, only about 3 in 10 Americans agreed, and 68 percent were opposed.”—AP polling

When you know you are wrong, that is when you go to greatest extremes to prove your point.

    Radegunda in reply to Ragspierre. | October 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    How about requiring people to purchase something that has suddenly been made greatly more expensive by the same government action? That is diabolical.

    Too bad that angle couldn’t get worked into the legal case (not that it would have mattered). By what right does the government force a doubling (or tripling) of the price of something that most people regarded as a matter of prudent necessity already, and many were purchasing out of pocket — while the government simultaneously says, “You Must Buy This!!” (Well, I already was buying it until you, the Democrats, made it impossible.)

    And then there’s the callous Sebeliesque line: “They can pay the penalty.” Ah, so now we’re supposed to waste money on a penalty for not having insurance, when formerly we could have used that money for actual insurance that was actually (if barely) affordable.

    Is there any sign anywhere among elected Democrats of any compunction about the way they’ve hurt a great many people by a deliberate legislative act?

George Will had a good article on how long liberals have been the party of scolds, demonizing the right for things with which they had no involvement.

James Reston, the New York Times luminary, wrote in a front-page story that Kennedy was a victim of a “streak of violence in the American character,” noting especially “the violence of the extremists on the right.”

Never mind that adjacent to Reston’s article was a Times report on Oswald’s Communist convictions and associations. A Soviet spokesman, too, assigned “moral responsibility” for Kennedy’s death to “Barry Goldwater and other extremists on the right.”

I marvel that they claim Republicans are holding government hostage, when funding for everything except a little part of Obamacare is waiting ONLY on Democrats. This is why they have to insert “Republicans shut down government” in every other sentence. Because it is Democrats refusing to pass all the funding bills waiting in the Senate, until they get complete surrender.

And all too often even more conservative media says both sides are equally responsible. But Obama prioritizes causing pain to “we the people”, spending more to cause pain than to leave parks and monuments open. As a trustee required to conserve funds and serve the people, this is surely illegal. (as Ace argued yesterday, parks don’t belong to Obama and his rangers)

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Midwest Rhino. | October 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    As usual, the leftists are projecting their own actions and motives onto the conservatives. The leftist progressive collectivists are actually the terrorists, destroyers, hijackers and thugs.

    Ya shoulda heard what was on KPBS (no lie-San Diego public radio) yesterday afternoon. Some author saying how Dallas was a hotbed of right-wing segregationists and otherwise awful people who hated Kennedy and called him a traitor, and Martin Luther King had been there “only months” before some sort of mob incident involving the wealthy in Dallas and JFK.

    Of course, Dr. King was a Republican, and Kennedy was a Democrat, and Texas was a Democratic state at the time…..

    So, it follows that the ugly mob was …. Democrats.

    The interviewer was not interested in addressing this little point, and seemed to conflate Dr. King with JFK.

Exactly what we want.

The NATIONAL SOCIALISTS here in the USA need to be “smoked out” of their crevices, hiding away in the MSM, the IRS, in Agencies, Boards and Committees.

Thanks, American Nazis, for revealing yourselves. And a shout-out to the Internet for taking away the monopoly on information that you sh**heads MUST HAVE to succeed.

I feel the same way about Boehner, but for polar opposite reasons.

NC Mountain Girl | October 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

They have resorted to name calling because nothing has gone according to their game plan. The Obamacare roll out made the New Coke look like a success. The Republicans stiffened when they were expected to fold on the budget. The closing of the National Parks has resulted in a huge public opinion backlash about out of control government employees. Even college kids are blaming Obama for the shutdown.

Reality is a bitch.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | October 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Did you know you are now basically world famous? Yup. Got quoted by Ace hiss’f over at AoSHQ:

    “Caveat: NC Mountain Girl says drinking water handles are routinely taken off as winter approaches, so this might not be a Shutdown Theater production at all.”

    Story: Spite House Open Thread —Ace

    In the words of Navin R. Johnson:

    “This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people! I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now!”

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to Henry Hawkins. | October 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Johnson may have overstated the case. I’ve been in print under my own name for some time now and very little has happened except some personal satisfaction at getting my two cents into the national conversation. That and a couple of new friends.

This sort of thing is so lowbrow, it is less fascism than Barnumism, as in Barnum & Bailey, ‘sucker born every minute’ hucksterism.

From my side of the fence, I cringe whenever a conservative website or show does the same in reverse, like an image of Reid with Hitler’s head shopped in, and to the extent there are any halfway intelligent people on the other side, you’d think they’d cringe as well, negating the effect, such as it is. Well, you’d think.

It’s always about the poor, little government. It is never about the poor, little man or woman whose labor is exploited with liberal abandon to support the government’s bad habits.

Even mainstream liberal publications have gone over the edge in demonizing Republicans

If that’s a change, it’s a change in degree, not in kind.

In the 1960s the was MacBird!. In recent years a film depicted the assassination of George Bush.

Those two examples came immediately to mind. I’m sure there are (many) other.

The lefties at The Atlantic should remember that the IRA won.

At this point, we know who the people writing for the Atlantic are, and we know the readership of that rag are simply indcorinated drones.

On the other hand, WE are outrageous idiots for tolerating an incompetent, backstabbing coward such as John Boehner as the most public, most powerful GOP elected official. As such, we have to temper our criticism of the indoctrinated drones we mock. At least the drones are ignorant. We have no such excuse.

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BannedbytheGuardian | October 11, 2013 at 4:19 am

Why are the British arresting Boehner?