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What a bunch of scumbags. If there's no law to lock them up, I hope they're tracked down and sued for distress.

#8 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2017-10-27 01:35 PM | FLAG:


You need to see the reader comments on the Fox News version of the story. Most of those commenting agree with the cretins making the death threats!

Sheeple, on another thread (well, on many threads, actually), you mocked Democrats for their "mass hysteria" over Russia's efforts to skew American opinion. I would argue that the threats against Braden Matejka have their roots in a similar phenomenon.

The effectiveness of Russian election interference can be argued, but its intent cannot. Russia has figured out ways -- some subtle, some not -- to piggyback on years of manipulative, paranoid propaganda dished out every day by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Alex Jones, Breitbart, and Fox News. The far-right media have managed to convince a huge chunk of Middle America that everything they once accepted as fact is a hoax, and that they've been played the fool for their whole lives. Naturally, this means government is the worst offender. You know, the swamp. Ergo, the rise of the Tea Party and the alt-right. Ergo, the ongoing expungement of establishment politicians, as well as the identification and targeting of scapegoats. I have no doubt that this long-running campaign of intentional misinformation is behind the rise of nationalism and mistrust. The apple cart has been upset. Civility is discarded as a sign of weakness. The propagandists want us to believe that our enemies are everywhere -- some of them in this very room! Russia sees what's going on and joins in, because it knows it can gain clout on the world stage as America stumbles through intrafamilial turmoil.

People like Stephen Paddock and the Nazi wannabe who killed his father were clearly unhinged regardless of politics, but I think it's foolish to discount the effects of the daily drumbeat of lies and paranoia from the far right. That drumbeat is a big reason Mr. Matejka is being harassed.

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