Right-wing media is creating the ‘antifa shooter’ narrative out of thin air

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    • #127573
      eridani
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      Right-wing media is creating the ‘antifa shooter’ narrative out of thin air

      For the record, antifascist activists have never killed anyone. They are usually on a mission to protect community members from the threat of white nationalists, whose ideology — conversely — can actually be connected to the murder of more than 175 people worldwide over the past eight years.

      The most recent example of white nationalist terror is, of course, the mass shooting that took place in El Paso, Texas earlier this month. The shooter opened fire on a multiracial crowd in a Walmart, killing 22 people. In the manifesto he left behind, the shooter used standard white nationalist talking points — like the demographic replacement of white people by non-white immigrants — to explain his motivation.

      Less than 24 hours later, a shooter in Dayton, Ohio took aim at a crowd of people, including his sister, killing nine. While his motives were less clear, since he didn’t leave behind a manifesto, that didn’t stop right-wing figures from suggesting that the killer was associated with antifa. They immediately seized upon some vaguely leftist opinions on his Twitter account as proof that he was politically motivated and associated with antifascist organizations.

      The New York Post even published a story saying the Dayton shooter “may be antifa’s first mass killer.” Meanwhile, other right-wing outlets ran stories focused on what they saw as the shooter’s left-wing orientation, picking out Twitter posts as clear motivating factors for his violence. In one instance, the white nationalist podcast “The Daily Shoah” went so far as to say that the shooter was “definitely” a member of an antifascist gun club — an unsupported conspiracy theory first forwarded on 4Chan and other web forums.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #127583
      rampart
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      by the time their media is done every shooter and terrorist is “leftist” “democrat” and their new boogy man “Antifa.” even the muslims are democrats and the abortion bombers are American heros.

      it is hust what they do.

      Are These Shooters All Democrats?

    • #127584
      HalfCentury Man
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      They are trying to build a false equivilance. They seek justification for crimes previously committed. “See, it was a war all along. We knew the left was plotting our replacement/extermination”. They know we have weapons of mass destruction.

       

       

      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

      John F. Kennedy: 13 March 1962.

    • #127854
      ravensong
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      The farther to the right that a right winger is, the farther out of touch with reality they are. Right wingers are ignorant, gullible fools, and the very foundations of the their worldviews are created by ridiculous propaganda disseminated by a malicious, greed and power driven ruling class that uses them to prevent the rest of us from establishing systemic democracy, social justice, and economic justice.  In order to support the intricate web of lies that comprises their thought processes and belief systems. ie, their consciousness, they must, over the course of their lifetimes, spin fact and truth in such a way as to support their fantasy based belief systems.  Otherwise, the stone cold facts that their entire lives have been wasted, that everything they believe in is based in, and on, complete bullshit manufactured by the wealthy private interests that control them, would drive them insane with regret, despair, and hopelessness.

      Or, as happens in rare instances, they can have an epiphany, a breakthrough into a reason based existence, that leads them to understand that they have been living life based in self-perpetuating lies, and they can begin evolving into reality based individuals who have the ability to empathize.

      It’s heartbreaking to think about these poor suckers.  Nevertheless, either the rest of us quarantine right wingers from having power and control over us, or they definitely will, as they ignorantly plod through their manufactured fantasy based existence, burn the planet, themselves and us, to a crisp.

      Researchers help define what makes a political conservative

      Politically conservative agendas may range from supporting the Vietnam War to upholding traditional moral and religious values to opposing welfare. But are there consistent underlying motivations?

      Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:

      • Fear and aggression
      • Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
      • Uncertainty avoidance
      • Need for cognitive closure
      • Terror management

      “From our perspective, these psychological factors are capable of contributing to the adoption of conservative ideological contents, either independently or in combination,” the researchers wrote in an article, “Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition,” recently published in the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin.

      https://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/07/22_politics.shtml

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

    • #128259
      peacecorps
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      Rule #1 on the far-right: Always accuse the other side of doing what you are already doing.

      The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.

      "Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.

    • #128406
      carrotguy
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      like most RW canards, they know (or don’t care if) a point is untrue…   they only want to see their opponents hand wring with vocal opposition.

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      bobthedrummer
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