Whenever anything bad happens anywhere in the world, there seems to be a race to see who gets the hottest (i.e. most offensively obnoxious) hot take. Both sides do it, but no one does it quite like Salon. You know how there was a terror attack/act of war committed in Paris by ISIS? The first thing Salon thought to write about was right-wing “hate” speech.
In the United States, the right-wing media and movement conservatives have for decades consistently used eliminationist and other violent rhetoric to describe liberals, progressives and other people with whom they disagree. As was seen in the recent attacks on a Charleston-area black church, and other violence by right-wing anti-government militias, such rhetoric does not float in the ether of the public discourse, harmless and unacknowledged. No, it does in fact lead to action.
In recent months, the right-wing media has used language such as “terrorism” and “violent,” or that the latter is “targeting police for murder” to describe the Black Lives Matter movement. Such bombastic and ugly screeds–which are wholly unfounded, with no basis in empirical reality–have also been used by right-wing opinion leaders to describe the African-American students who are fighting against racism at Yale and the University of Missouri.
1) Nothing in this article, besides being based in reality (debatable), has anything to do with what happened in Paris.
2) You want to talk about who’s slinging word bombs? Okay, which political ideology talks about the “war on women”? The head of the Democrat Party claims Republicans are domestic abusers; the Democrat President only calls Republicans the “enemy,” etc. Tell us again about words?
3) Screw you, Salon.com, the defenders of pedophiles (read No, Salon.com, I don’t need to ‘Understand’ The Plight of Pedophiles) and encouragers of all gun-owners being shot (read Salon.com Demands all Gun-Owners to be Shot. Yes, Really…)
So while first responders in Paris were dealing with bloody Parisians, dead bodies, and were hunting Islamic terrorists (redundant), Salon.com was waging a little war on people who use words they don’t like. Probably from their safe spaces. In their cushy little offices of stupidity. Crying from all the feels about all the things.
Hey Salon, trigger warning: you’re all turd-nuggets.