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5 Pathetic Exploitations of Charleston Murders

5 Pathetic Exploitations of Charleston Murders

Bringing “never let a tragedy go to waste” to a whole new level.

This week’s attack on a historical black church in Charleston has sent the liberal political and media classes into a political feeding frenzy.

The families of the dead, by contrast, has defied the odds embraced love and forgiveness.

Here are five examples how some people sought to exploit the murders for political gain:

1. When in doubt, blame Fox News

The left has always had an abusive relationship with the journalists at Fox News, and never waits long before trying to tie the latest domestic tragedy to the “hate filled rhetoric” “spewing” from the conservative network.

South Carolina Democratic Representative Todd Rutherford all but blamed the Charleston massacre on “things like Fox News,” and when confronted by Bill O’Reilly, doubled down. Watch:

Newsbusters has the breakdown:

Before things got heated, O’Reilly played a clip of Rutherford’s original comments in which told CNN’s Jake Tapper that:

And he [Dylann Roof] did so based on some ill gotten belief on some wrong belief that it’s okay to do that. He hears that because he watches the news and he watches things like Fox News where they – where they talk about things that they call news but they are really not. They use that coded language, they use hate speech. They talk about the President as if he is not the President.

Recognizing that Rutherford is “upset and I know it’s an emotional day” in having lost a friend in State Senator Clementa Pinckney, O’Reilly gave him an opportunity to further explain his remarks, but Rutherford doubled down:

No, no, it is disturbing but it is disturbing to most African-Americans to watch as Fox News continues to cover stories as to whether the President is truly the President and whether he was born in this country, whether his birth certificate is legitimate.

After asserting O’Reilly didn’t know “know anybody on this network who does that,” he continued on: “Now, you say that this Roof kid watches Fox News. Do you know what he watches Fox News?”

Rutherford then repeatedly tried to excuse his comments by stating that Roof sought outlets “like Fox News” and asserted that it led to him allegedly referencing during the shooting that “black people [are] raping white women.” O’Reilly, who seemed shocked, asked: “You are equating what Dylann Roof did in our church to our commentary here?”

At least they’re consistent?

2. …and All Whites

Salon’s thinkpiece culture is always good for a laugh, but their molten take on the shootings in Charleston was nothing but a 1000 word attempt to hold all white people responsible for the actions of Dylann Roof. The tag line claims that Charleston has “revealed a double standard” on race, but unfortunately for Salon, all they’ve done is reveal their own enthusiasm for reverse racism.


Charleston church massacre: The violence white America must answer for …there are several phrases and words that are likely to not be used by the corporate news media in the discussions of the Charleston mass murders at the Emanuel Baptist Church. They include: 1. What is radicalizing white men to commit such acts of domestic terrorism and mass shootings? Are Fox News and the right-wing media encouraging violence? 2. Is something wrong with the white family? Why are their sons and men so violent? 3. What should law enforcement and white politicians do about white crime? 4. Is the Charleston mass shooting just one more sign that America needs sensible and reasonable gun control policies? … Once and again, white privilege is the power to be the ultimate individual where one’s actions and behavior rarely if ever reflects on the collective character of white people en masse. By comparison, Black and brown Americans, Muslims, Arabs and the Other more generally are routinely subjected to group punishment and demonization.

Well, we might as well just round them all up and [invoke Godwin’s Law right now because we all know that’s coming in a subsequent article.] #SalonPitches is a thing for a reason, people.

3. Projection coming from our top men. Top. Men.

Always. Every time. Probably until forever. Is this man never not on the stump?

Here’s a snippet from President Obama’s statement following the massacre:

We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.

Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear:

At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.

I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.

4. The handcuffs that weren’t…and then were.

We’ve all gotten caught up in the heat of breaking news; we’ve all probably posted something to Facebook or Twitter that, in hindsight, wasn’t 100% accurate. It happens, things get deleted, and apologies are made—unless you’re Dr. Drew.

Dr. Drew has a show on HLN that is described as such: “Driven by current events, ‘Dr. Drew” on HLN focuses on the human – and human behavior – at the center of the story.'”

The good doctor’s tweets, however, seem to be driven less by behavior and more by very convenient…oversights:

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The debunking! The double down! Did it end with an apology for a statement that could have caused a riot? Nah—Drew and his team just hugged it out:

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5. A “whiff of white supremacy”

It wouldn’t be a “pathetic liberal” listicle without Chris Matthews making an appearance.

MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson made a guest appearance on Hardball this week, and did his best to blame the evil insanity of Dylann Roof on…right wing “atmospherics?” I’m not sure what an “atmospheric” is, but Matthews swallowed the bait, and away we go!

Newsbusters has the transcript:

I mean, there’s more than a whiff of white supremacy in the air. It’s still a stench. It’s fainter than it used to be, but it’s there. And somehow he breathed it in. He was in an environment in which, um, you know, this became meaningful to him.

MATTHEWS: …Anyway, I do think you’ve got something there with the atmospherics and it’s not all one person acting alone, it’s always about something that gives moral license to certain kind of behavior.

ROBINSON: Exactly.

MATTHEWS: I thought when Kennedy was killed down in Dallas that time in ’63, I thought it was an atmosphere there–

ROBINSON: Exactly.

MATTHEWS: –even though he [Oswald] was a man on the left and that [the city of Dallas] was on the right, it was atmospheric.

It’s not the stupidest argument Matthews has ever nodded along with, but his comments about Lee Harvey Oswald, militant leftist, being influenced by vast right wing atmospherics is among his more bizarre comments.

It’s exploitation, pure and simple—but you’ll never see a headline about that in the mainstream media.


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Collectivists long ago decided being unabashed ghouls was OK as a tactic.

They are driven by emotion themselves, and see the value in rousing the rabble who will cooperate with being manipulated.

It’s been done enough that most Americans see it for what it is and just go about our business.

We HATE lies and liars. And we HATE people who try to manipulate us over a “crisis”.

These “progressives” in the media and government are vile red bastards. They are only surpassed in vileness by the murderer himself.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Whitewall. | June 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    They are “as” guilty.

    Because their entire lives are wrapped up and obsessed with wanting these incidents to happen – so they can run out and stroke their ugly egos in public spotlight….

Number 5: Matthews and Robinson could have accurately been discussing Islam and these muslim “lone wolfs,” yet you would never hear anything like that from the left.

That type of political incorrectness is only acceptable when discussing white people.

“but Matthews swallowed the bait, and away we go!”

Matthews swallows a lot … especially anything from 0bama …

    platypus in reply to walls. | June 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I see what you did there.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to walls. | June 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I thought Matthews croaked years ago – dead from Obama Leg Tingling Disease……

    Must be some expensive Democrat nursing home Matthews is kept in….

    Snark Snark!

MouseTheLuckyDog | June 20, 2015 at 11:46 am

You forgot Hillary blaming Donald Trump.

At MSLameBC, “atmospherics” refers to the apparent lack of oxygen in the studio, that causes stupid liberal thinking.

We need to start having “White Guilt” parades in all of our major cities. Actually we could even have a “White Guilt” month each year. A whole month wearing hair shirts (made in China by exploited little yellow people), walking through the streets self flagellating (except in San Francisco where this is considered foreplay) and apologizing to everyone who got a D- in high school English because they hated Shakespeare or were forced to become Journalism majors because Newton developed calculus.

    CloseTheFed in reply to Anchovy. | June 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

    We need monthly “American Pride” parades. All participants are American citizens, and none of them are hyphenated.

Meanwhile, leftists are adamant that the “hateful rhetoric” in the Koran and hadith and the “hateful rhetoric” that’s spewed in mosques and in Islamic media has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any violent act that any Muslim commits in the name of Islam.

The sad thing is, the people spewing this drakh actually believe it! There aren’t enough asylums to house these nut jobs.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to SeniorD. | June 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    They don’t really believe it. It’s just the pose they take so they can irritate you. Once they are totally ignored, they change their pose.

You just explained why FOX News has been whanging those other news outlets in the ratings.

I started watching FOX when I boycotted CNN for lying about American soldiers “targeting” journalists (Wikipedia does NOT mention this in its section on “controversies” for CNN, one of many reasons to doubt that source for any real information)

The Washington Post article does not include all the information, namely that Eason Jordan, a VP and “Chief News Executive,” had been making these charges in multiple overseas venues for about two years. When some US bloggers finally caught him dead to rights, CNN refused to disclose tapes of the conference.

When I started watching FOX, they had this format where they would invite Democrats and Repubs to discuss things, and the only Democrats they could get would be low-level True Believers or perhaps, sacrificial lambs. It did not make for the best exposition of the Democratic Party.

Lately, though, they have been getting better interviewees. Their coverage of the riots in Baltimore was good, and I was very glad to see them find prominent, knowledgeable, local blacks to explain what was happening, along with their efforts to tamp down the violence.

I lived near Baltimore for a number of years, and I know there is a large number of congregations, ministers, priests, and people of ordinary authority who have been working very hard to build a beautiful, workable city.

It’s worth pointing out (again) the ludicrous nature of the Kennedy assassination meme.

A communist shot Kennedy because of the right-wing atmosphere of hate in Texas? This deserves to be mocked every time it rears its head.

    Phillep Harding in reply to clintack. | June 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    “MATTHEWS: –even though he [Oswald] was a man on the left and that [the city of Dallas] was on the right, it was atmospheric.”

    I thought that was sarcasm.

    DaveGinOly in reply to clintack. | June 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    So we’re supposed to believe that a commie killed JFK in Dallas because he thought he’d get an “attaboy” for doing it there? What drivel.

Come on we need another Mosby story , her answer to the latest filing,is classic, Jim Garrison case may soon be considered the second ranked miscarriage of justice

One interesting thing that’s come to light out of the scum’s alleged “manifesto,” is that apparently even in (allegedly) deeply racist South Carolina, in the (allegedly) deeply racist South, there just aren’t many actual racists to be found…


“We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet.”

(via Insty)

Here now we learn that another deranged individual in Graz, Austria ran his dark green SUV into a crowd of people, then stepped out and stabbed many, including police officers and the elderly, leading to at least three deaths (including one child), thirty four injured, six of them seriously injured:

So, learning from this, should we blame it on Bosnian hostility against Austrians?
Should we blame it on the inadequacy of domestic violence protective orders to protect anyone at all?
Should we ban SUVs, especially the dark green ones?
Should we ban knives?
Or should we acknowledge that there are deranged individuals among us capable of great violence against their fellow man who will use whatever weapon they can access, even items not usually considered weapons?

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste, and what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Rahm Emanuel

Salon: “Is something wrong with the white family? Why are their sons and men so violent?”

One white person goes off the deep end and suddenly there is something wrong with the “white family” (as if we consider ourselves related or something). Yet hundreds of black rioters and looters can burn down a neighborhood, and the left shuts down the any attempt to discuss what might be wrong in the black community with the word “racist.” Makes perfect sense to me.

    Ragspierre in reply to DaveGinOly. | June 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    The Salon asphole who wrote that was being “cute”.

    You’ll notice that all but one of those questions is a mirror-image of questions you see often asked relative to the ghetto culture that leads to so many young black men having criminal records/careers/deaths.

    I’ll bet the crew at Salon thought it was so funny, and SOOOOOOOOOOooooooo deep…!!!

Plenty “ray-ciss” goin’ round. Bet she does not get a particle of the very proper condemnation that Roof will for his racism. And, of course, he did terrible things. But does she hate less?

“black people [are] raping white women”

I don’t know if he was actually saying that, but it happens to be true. Blacks do rape whites at high and disproportionate (the white on black rape rate is approximately zero) rates. Of course one is forbidden to say it publicly.