On Monday, Pith's Jeff Woods posed a question: Do right-wing radio and TV hosts like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh bear any responsibility for the actions of people like Richard Poplawski, the Pittsburgh man who killed three police officers on Saturday?
As we all know, Woods is a limp-wristed liberal who's never kissed a girl in his life. So any claims he makes about manly things like guns or booze or booze and guns are to be sneered at. But maybe, in this instance, we should hear him out:
Woods remains a dirty hippie. And no matter how many times he turned into Fox News, Poplawski was still the only one who pulled the trigger.
An astonishing thing seems to have happened to the case of Richard Poplawski
and the three dead Pittsburgh policemen: It's been turned into a story
about dog pee -- and not about the fact that Poplawski was fueled by a
toxic mix of white-supremacist/conspiracy-theorist paranoia and
mainstream-media fearmongering, including from the likes of Glenn Beck and Fox News.
Maybe the media are collectively embarrassed by the way this caseThe classic instance of this: A few weeks ago, Poplawski posted a
demonstrates how they play an important role in whipping up the
far-right crazies out there -- and they should be.
Because not only did Richard Poplawski avidly participate in
white-supremacist online forums and right-wing conspiracy-theory sites,
he also avidly consumed mainstream conservative media, particularly Fox.
clip of Beck talking about FEMA concentration camps on the neo-Nazi Stormfront forum site (emphasis ours).