Politics = Hate, but ‘Hate Maps’ = Love Maps

Yesterday, Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty to three criminal counts involving his August 2012 shooting attack on the Washington D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council. He told the FBI that he picked his target from a “hate map (!) on the web site of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You’ll recall, I’m sure, that when a disturbed individual went on a murderous shooting rampage in Arizona…

  1. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    By the way, you simply must read the comments to my post on this over at the media analysis site GetReligion. They are … fascinating …

    Basically the argument goes that Sarah Palin should be blamed for murders she had nothing to do with because, well, she’s Sarah Palin and she used violent imagery when talking about, uh, campaign …. battles … whereas SPLC’s “hate map” isn’t violent or mean in any way and is really about love and puppy dogs and even though the shooter named it as the means by which he identified his targets we shouldn’t ask them any tough questions about whether their rhetoric contributes to a violent climate.

    I’m sure it will make sense if I noodle on it enough.

  2. Nick Stuart

    We need to understand that we are in a civil war of world views in this country. It has been cold, or at least cool up until recently, when it has begun to heat up with hot spots flaring up like Kenneth Gladney, union thugs in Wisconsin & Michigan, Floyd Corkins, Obama’s call to “get in their face,” etc. etc.

    The Leftist commentariat has few conscientious scruples when it comes to criticizing their shock troops, or reining them in for that matter.

    Personally I’m done giving them the benefit of the doubt. I believe many of them are quietly pleased with physical violence matching their rhetorical violence.

    Between their propagandists at their keyboards, and their brownshirts [noun purposely chosen] in the streets, they will push, push, push, and push until one day something snaps and the pushback begins. This is a big reason why the Left is so adamantly determined to disarm everyone.

    It won’t be pretty. I’m not advocating it. I am predicting it.

  3. Merina Smith

    Thanks for the heads-up on the comments, Mollie.  It’s dreadful and pathetic that the MSM and their minions are so irresponsible, but it’s quite hilarious to see people twist themselves into pretzels trying to make their case in this instance, when the evidence is so glaringly obvious.  Nice job of sarcastic put-downs on your part!

  4. Barkha Herman

    Mollie – should we create our own Hate Map and put all the Mosques in the country as “Anti-Gay”?   How about all left wing media outlets as misogynists? (tongue in cheek)

  5. Barkha Herman

    All abortion supporters as anti-human rights?

  6. Astonishing

    Good work, Mollie.

    But don’t you tire of pointing out the obvious? I don’t have the patience or the energy to do it anymore. Feels like wasting my breath. Short bits of weary sarcasm are about all I can’t manage these days.

  7. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Barkha Herman: Mollie – should we create our own Hate Map and put all the Mosques in the country as “Anti-Gay”?   How about all left wing media outlets as misogynists? (tongue in cheek) · 9 minutes ago

    It’s something I find interesting about the SPLC. I mean, if they were consistent, I think they’d do just that (or at least put Muslim advocacy groups in a hate category of *some* kind) but they don’t.

    More than anything, I hope that people would just engage those with whom they disagree on the merits of the case, not by shutting down communication by calling it “hateful” or some such. To be honest, I think this happens amongst partisans of many stripes.

  8. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Astonishing: Good work, Mollie.

    But don’t you tire of pointing out the obvious? I don’t have the patience or the energy to do it anymore. Feels like wasting my breath. Short bits of weary sarcasm are about all I can’t manage these days. · 8 minutes ago

    Well, yes. It’s something I struggle with over at GetReligion a lot these days. I fear the media are getting worse, more brazen in their political advocacy. They don’t even care any more.

    What’s more, if you read the comments to my piece, they come up with the most amazing mental gymnastics to defend the shoddy work. It’s wearying. Good word for it.

    Reporters and others tell me, time to time, that what I do there is important. Still, I wonder …

  9. Tom Meyer

    I’m usually the first to roll my eyes at double-standard defenses, but gall involved in this one is simply astounding.

    Good work, Mollie.

  10. Tobias Vaughn

    This kind of blatant inconsistency tends to bother me a lot. It’s very common among the left in general and the media in particular. I think there are two kinds of people who engage in it. The first kind (probably the majority) are those with very limited basic reasoning skills, i.e., the fundamentally irrational people. The second kind realize they are being inconsistent but strategically decide to propagate the inconsistency, i.e., the fundamentally dishonest people. I have no respect and no concern for either of these two kinds of people. They’re to be avoided and forgotten as much as possible. It’s too bad they’re so loud, but they won’t be loud forever.

  11. C. U. Douglas
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Well, yes. It’s something I struggle with over at GetReligion a lot these days. I fear the media are getting worse, more brazen in their political advocacy. They don’t even care any more.

    What’s more, if you read the comments to my piece, they come up with the most amazing mental gymnastics to defend the shoddy work. It’s wearying. Good word for it.

    Reporters and others tell me, time to time, that what I do there is important. Still, I wonder … · 30 minutes ago

    Political advocacy in the media has gotten a lot more brazen overall, not just in the news but in many forms.  In entertainment I find it irksome, but in the news I’m finding it downright dangerous.

    The comments where enlightening, at least in a psychological sense when seeing the minds of others.  It’s clear the facts of the two issues and the point of your article mattered little:  Palin bad; fire bad; SPLC good.

  12. drlorentz

    Fascinating, Mollie. The word hate has lost its meaning. Or, perhaps more accurately, it has come to mean “You disagree with me.” It puts violence and true hate in the same category as valid political or moral disagreement. Even that’s not quite right since some odious groups don’t make the SPLC’s hate list. Looking over the list for my home state, there’s quite a mixed bag, from skinheads to a Catholic book club. Oh, no! A BOOK CLUB. Run for your lives! They probably know Latin.

    Is it even possible to have a civil conversation in which people differ at all (outside of Ricochet)? Apparently not over at the SPLC. Maybe not on the Left altogether.

  13. Astonishing

     

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Astonishing: . . . But don’t you tire of pointing out the obvious?  . . .

     . . What’s more, if you read the comments to my piece, they come up with the most amazing mental gymnastics to defend the shoddy work.  . . .

    Speaking of obvious, the very first commenter on your Get Religion article excuses the SPLC with a suggestion that the SPLC hate map isn’t an incitement: “Merely naming the FRC as a ‘hate group’ isn’t an incitement to violence by any standard.”

    But the SPLC’s hate map is a double incitement because it inflames both sides. When SPLC accuses others of being hateful, it inflames both the those accused of hate and the SPLC’s own adherents.

    The hate map attempts to humiliate and to ostracize its targets. Anger, and sometimes even violence, are predictable human responses to humiliation and isolation.

    Because hate is unreasoning and dangerous, the accusation that political opponents’ views are rooted in hate implies that reasoning  with them would be fruitless, and thereby excuses SPLC adherents from attempting to resolve disagreement through reasonable discussion, which leaves violence as an obvious alternative for dealing with such dangerous and unreasoning persons.

  14. Foxfier
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: By the way, you simply must read the comments to my post on this over at the media analysis site GetReligion. They are … fascinating …

    I think I’ll avoid it, lest I start considering what it’d take to gnaw through my own wrists…. *dark humor*

    ****

    Yes, what you’re doing is important.  I shared this on my personal facebook and was told that I’d better write it up.

    Everybody here knows that there’s media bias, or should.  I hadn’t realized that, even with knowing that, I was falling prey to it– my view of the FRC shooter was that he was a cartoonish failure.  Sure, he shot someone, but it was almost amazing he hadn’t managed to shoot himself.  Good grief, he was packing Chick-fil-A bags– what, as camouflage?   Show them at the door and you’ll get in fine?  etc.

    *****

    Astonishing- poisoning the well, I believe it’s called.

  15. Sisyphus

    The SPLC has worked so hard to get noticed, much less be seen as still relevant by someone, somewhere, sometime, and when they finally succeed in some small way, this is it.

    With enemies like that, who needs friends?

  16. drlorentz
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: By the way, you simply must read the comments to my post on this over at the media analysis site GetReligion. They are … fascinating …

    Those comments make me despair for the future of the human race. They are smug, yet patently illogical. Words fail me. Mollie, how do you have the strength to go on?

  17. Tommy De Seno
    C

    Terrific post, but infuriating topic. 

    I feel so frustrated. 

    ps:  Daily Kos used the same targeting imagry on Gabby Giffords as did Palin, but no one in the MSM blamed him.

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