Rush Limbaugh likens Boston bombing suspect to Trayvon Martin
Ever the demagogue, radio blabber Rush Limbaugh has virtually likened Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarniev to gun-violence victim Trayvon Martin, as we see HERE:
“The news media are doing to Dzhokhar what they did to Trayvon Martin,” Limbaugh observed. “They’re regularly showing a photo of Dzhokhar that was taken when he was about 14. Soft, angelic, nice little boy. Harmless. Cute. Big, loveable eyes.”
“Not at all what he looks like today,” Limbaugh added. “The way, when we’re shown Osama bin Laden, it’s in his shepherd pose with his walking stick, walking through the mountains or whatever.”
Limbaugh said that the news media is actively attempting to frame Tsarnaev as an innocent child by repeatedly showing the image of him as a young teen.
Limbaugh’s little rant is profoundly wrong on several counts, of course. For starters, Trayvon Martin was a victim — repeat, a victim — and was not charged with any crime in association with the incident in which he was shot to death. Moreover, the man who shot him has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial.
And Limbaugh’s claim that the media are trying to portray Dzhokhar Tsarniev as innocent is preposterous on its face. Rather, the media are taking for granted that young Tsarniev did the terrible things with which he is charged. Only Tsarnaev’s parents and a few other delusional people are arguing that he’s innocent.
Steve M. at NoMoreMisterNiceBlog SAYS Limbaugh’s nonsense in this matter is symptomatic of far-right propaganda in general:
According to Limbaugh, it’s impossible to hold the following two thoughts in one’s head simultaneously: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seems to have been a really decent kid and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty of an unspeakable crime. But I don’t know anyone who has trouble thinking those two things at once…[E]ven as we ponder Dzhokhar’s very normal American adolescence, do you see any broad call in liberal America for him not to be in custody, not to be charged, not to be accused of a capital crime? Is anyone out in the street protesting any aspect of this? Are there petitions? Are there editorials? Is there a movement?
There was discontent when Dzhokhar wasn’t read his Miranda rights for a couple of days. There’ll be discontent from death penalty opponents if he’s sentenced to death. But no liberal is going to be upset at the mere fact that he’s been convicted and sentenced. None of us are going to be upset if he’s held accountable for what he’s done.
You see, we can simultaneously believe that a person is guilty of horrible things and is also a human being. We can believe that a person is capable of decency and can lose his grip on the ability to be a decent human being.
And Limbaugh’s inability to hold those two thoughts in his head at once tells us a great deal about American right-wing thinking in general.
Right-wingers can’t regard Barack Obama merely as a guy with whom they have very strong disagreements. No — he has to be the Antichrist. He has to be literally committed to the goal of destroying America. He has to intend the enslavement and impoverishment of the population. He has to intend the dismantling of the nation as it’s existed for centuries. He has to be pure evil.
The same for the rest of non-conservative America — we’re all Hitler. The media is guilty of treason. The universities are disloyal. Hollywood wants to destroy the nation’s foundations. Democrats in Congress are tools of Satan.
This is the conservative mind in our time. To them, everyone is either saved or damned. They don’t acknowledge the existence of any point in the middle.