October 28, 2008

From McCain To The Skinheads In Four Easy Steps

photo: cbs.com mccain

Mccain Iowa-1

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This undated photo obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Daniel Cowart, 20 of Bells, Tenn. holding a weapon. Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday Oct. 27, 2008. In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond.  (AP Photo)  ** NO SALES ** ** AP provides access to this photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events surrounding the plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and murder 102 black people in Tennessee.**

I’m skeptical about drawing conclusions about Obama’s near, middle or long-term safety based on the so-called plot by two crazy skin heads disclosed yesterday. What I am concerned about, however, is three things:

a.) All these haters being given more than their fifteen minutes of fame based on a right-wing hail mary intended to sow doubts about the physical viability of Obama or Obama’s ability to lead white Christian America.

b.) The media’s propensity to give this extremism and fear-mongering a platform because it sells.

c.) That certain crazies might actually be coming out of the woodwork right now as the result on an extended period of instigation and fomentation by McCain and Palin.

BAGnewsNotes references for shot 1 – 3: Egging On –>McCain’s Mouth –> “B”

(image 1: cbs.com; 2: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. Davenport, Iowa. October 11, 2008. 3: unattributed. 4: AP via MySpace)

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