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‘Over the Cliff’: Notes

Chapter One: It’s the End of the World As They Know It [pp. 1-20]

Chapter Two: Into the Abyss [pp. 21-47]

Chapter Three: Reaping the Whirlwind [pp. 48-82]

Chapter Four: Bloodying the Shirt [pp. 83-110]

Chapter Five: Mad Hatters and March Hares [pp. 111-155]

Chapter Six: Right-Wing Populism and The Politics of Resentment [pp. 155-175]

Chapter 7: Fox’s War on the White House [pp. 176-221]

The Brakes Fail [pp. 222-246]

Chapter Nine: The Only Thing We Have to Fear [pp. 247-272]

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Notes: Chapter One

Chapter 1: It’s the End of the World As They Know It

Page 1

“Like the noose”: Jade Ortego, “Noose ignites tempers on campus,” The Lariat (Baylor University), November 6, 2008.

Page 2

“There were also the students”: Robert Shibley, “N.C. State in Uproar Over Racist Messages in ‘Free Expression Tunnel’,” Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, November 24, 2008.

“That night, four young men”: Christine Hauser, “After a Hate Crime Spree, an Intense Effort to Make Arrests,” New York Times, January 11, 2009.

“All four of the thugs”: Frank Donnelly, “Teen in Election Night rampage sentenced on state hate-crime charges,” Staten Island Advance, December 23, 2009.

Page 3

“The day after the election”: Dean Bohn, “KKK supporter ‘harmless’ but drew reactions,” The Saginaw News, November 7, 2008.

“A bus full of schoolkids”: David Edwards and Muriel Kane, “Idaho students chant ‘assassinate Obama’ on school bus: Report,” Raw Story, November 12, 2008.

“On election night”: Nicole Gonzales and Tom Callan, “Police investigating So. Ogden flag burning,” KSL.com, November 6, 2008.

“In Hardwick Township”: “Hate Crime Incidents: From Election Day to Inauguration Day,” Trends in Hate, February 7, 2009.

Page 4

“Two days before”: Julie Arrington, “Racial graffiti found at fire: Homeowner in D.C. for inauguration,” Gainesville Times, January 19, 2009.

“On inauguration day”: Denise Gibson, “Clippings of Obama torched on apt. door,” The Jersey Journal, January 21, 2009.

“The day after the inauguration”: John Ellement, “Killing ‘nonwhite people’ was motive in Brockton shooting spree, police say,” Boston Globe, January 22, 2009.

Page 5

“We called up the SPLC’s Mark Potok”: David Neiwert, “The racist backlash to Obama’s presidency,” November 17, 2009, Crookandliars.com.

“Among the indicators”: Associated Press, “Obama Has More Threats Than Any Other President-Elect,” NewsOne.com, November 15, 2008.

“One middle-aged Georgian”: Jesse Washington, “Obama election spurs race crimes around country,” Associated Press, November 21, 2008.

Page 6

“In June 2007″: Interview with Ray Larsen, FoxNewsChicago, June 11, 2007, cited at http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2007/06/haters-and-obama.html.

“August Kreis”: John Lantigua, “Local organizer, other supremacists say Obama’s run boosts their cause,” Palm Beach Post, July 26, 2008.

Page 7

“Rush Limbaugh ran ditties”: John Amato, “Limbaugh’s ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ on-air song has workers up in arms,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 26, 2007.

“In the Washington Times”: Steve Sailer, “The rise of Obama,” Washington Times, December 25, 2007.

“CBS News had to shut down”: Brian Montopoli, “CBSNews.com Turns Off Comments on Obama Stories,” CBSNews.com, May 4, 2007.

“In real life”: Jeanne Meserve, “Obama placed under Secret Service protection,” CNN, May 3, 2007.

Page 8

“Brown is perhaps best remembered”: Joe Conason, “Will McCain denounce Floyd Brown?,” Salon.com, April 25, 2008.

“Brown got involved”: Michael Scherer, “A Willie Horton Hit on Obama?,” Time, April 22, 2008.

Page 9

“That was the ExposeObama operation”: David Neiwert, “ExposeObama Exposed: The GOP’s Sleazy Nutcases Surface,” Firedoglake.com, April 29, 2008.

“Later in the campaign”: David Neiwert, “The Obama Smear Merchants Keep On Smearin’,” Firedoglake.com, June 18, 2008.

“Nonetheless”: Brit Hume, “Fighting Back,” Political Grapevine, FoxNews.com, June 16, 2008.

Page 10

“The viral anonymous e-mails”: Christopher Hayes, “The New Right-Wing Smear Machine,” The Nation, October 25, 2007.

“All of the quotes in question”: “In His Own Words,” Snopes.com, May 21, 2008.

“The ‘quote’ was actually taken”: Steve Sailer, “Obama’s Identity Crisis,” American Conservative, March 26, 2007. See also David Neiwert, “Wingnut E-mails Smear Obama As A Racist — By Quoting A Racist,” Firedoglake.com, June 12, 2008.

Page 11

“Perhaps the clearest sign”: Associated Press, “Official: Gun suspects no threat to Obama,” August 26, 2008.

Page 12

“An Al Jazeera camera crew”: David Neiwert, “McCain/Palin supporters let their racist roots show,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 16, 2008.

Page 13

“In Las Vegas”: David Neiwert, “Racism, hate bubble up yet again at Palin’s rally in Vegas,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 25, 2008.

Page 14

“A New York Observer report”: Jason Horowitz, “Damn the Polls: McCain’s Irreducibles Beg to Differ,” New York Observer, October 19, 2008.

“The week after the election”: “Campaign 2008: Hackers and Spending Sprees,” Newsweek, November 5, 2008.

“Representative Michele Bachmann”: David Neiwert, “Michelle Bachmann gives voice to the right’s darkest impulses,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 18, 2008.

Page 16

“Bachmann was far from alone”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck: ‘They’re all Marxists’,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 17, 2008.

Page 17

“Similarly”: Interview with Diana West, Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, October 15, 2008. Transcript available at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0810/15/ldt.01.html.

Page 18

“For instance”: Ben Evans, “Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship,” Associated Press, November 11, 2008. Accessed online at http://www.luxlibertas.com/congressman-warns-of-obama-dictatorship/.

“Then there was”: David Neiwert, “The looming Obamahitler dictatorship: Deja vu all over again,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 11, 2008.

Page 19

“Republican presidential candidate”: David Neiwert, “Ron Paul decries looming New World Order dictatorship under Obama,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 17, 2008.

Page 20

“In a February 2009 interview”: David Neiwert, “Alan Keyes: Stop that ‘radical communist’ Obama or America will die,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 23, 2009.

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Notes: Chapter Two

Chapter Two: Into the Abyss

Page 21

“David Sirota”: David Sirota, “Study: ‘Center-Right Nation’ Narrative Spiked Immediately After Election Day,” OurFuture.org (Campaign for America’s Future website), November 21, 2008.

Page 22

“In an interview”: David Neiwert, “Limbaugh and Hannity, the True Faces of Conservatism: Impotent, Irrelevant,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 23, 2009.

“Still, that didn’t keep”: Heather, “Mike Huckabee: The GOP Should Move Away From the ‘Squishy Middle’,” VideoCafe.com, December 6, 2008.

“Former secretary of state”: Chris Strohm, “Powell Says Shrinking GOP Should Return To The Center,” National Journal, May 5, 2009.

Page 23

“The response”: David Neiwert, “Powell’s critique of Republicans really sticks in Hannity’s craw,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 7, 2009.

“Even former”: John Amato, “Dick Cheney picks Limbaugh over Colin Powell,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 10, 2009.

“Powell promptly”: David Beard, “Powell to Rush, Cheney: Room for me among ‘emerging’ Republican Party,” Boston Globe, May 20, 2009.

“That same weekend”: The Rasmussen poll is no longer available online. It is cited at Maurice Berger, “Majority Of Americans Believe GOP In Congress Out Of Touch,” PollTrack, May 7, 2009, and at David Neiwert, “Republican Agonistes: GOP wrestles with the toxic embrace of its wingnut base,” CrooksandLiars.com.

Page 25

“Jerome Corsi”: Media Matters, “Corsi’s claim that Obama posted ‘false, fake birth certificate’ flatly rejected by Hawaii Health Department,” MediaMatters.org, August 15, 2008.

“The Obama campaign”: Jess Henig with Joe Miller, “Born in the U.S.A.: The truth about Obama’s birth certificate,” August 21, 2008.

“Hawaii state officials”: “Obama’s Birth Certificate Verified By State,” KITV.com (Honolulu), October 31, 2008.

Page 26

“Addressing the whole kerfluffle”: Editorial, “No doubt about Obama’s birth,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 29, 2009.

“The U.S. Supreme Court”: Associated Press, “Court: No review of Obama’s eligibility to serve,” December 7, 2008.

Page 27

“Truther Philip Berg”: John P. Connolly, “Injunction Request In Obama Case Denied,” Philadelphia Bulletin, December 12, 2008.

“The convergence”: David Weigel, “Change They Can Litigate: The fringe movement to keep Barack Obama from becoming president,” Slate.com, December 4, 2008.

Page 28

“When the army”: David Neiwert, “Hannity gleefully promotes Birther soldier’s get-out-of-service scam as legitimate,” CrooksandLiars.com, July 16, 2009.

“Similarly, Rush Limbaugh”: Media Matters, “Limbaugh: ‘God does not have a birth certificate. Neither does Obama’,” MediaMatters.org, June 10, 2009.

Page 29

“Dobbs kicked off”: Media Matters, “Dobbs repeatedly makes Obama birth certificate claims his CNN colleagues call ‘total bull’,” MediaMatters.org, July 17, 2009.

“Filling in for Dobbs”: Heather, “Lou Dobbs Tonight With a Double Dose of Birther Crazies– Orly Taitz and Alan Keyes,” VideoCafe, July 18, 2009.

“Nonetheless, on his”: Heather, “After (R) Mike Castle shoots down Birther, Lou Dobbs Raises Questions About Obama’s Birth Certificate,” VideoCafe, July 21, 2009.

“Rather than back down”: Media Matters, “Dobbs says Obama could “make the whole… controversy disappear… by simply releasing his original birth certificate’,” MediaMatters.org, July 22, 2009.

Page 30

“On his radio show”: Media Matters, “Dobbs persists: ‘Where is that birth certificate? Why hasn’t it been forthcoming?’,” MediaMatters.org, July 24, 2009.

“When the resulting”: Chris Ariens, “Jon Klein on Birthers: ‘It Seems This Story is Dead’,” TVNewser, July 24, 2009.

“That night”: Heather, “Lou Dobbs: The “Left Wing Media” Has Attacked Me– While He Continues His Birther Attack on Obama,” VideoCafe, July 24, 2009.

“As the controversy raged”: David Neiwert, “Now Lou Dobbs wants to pretend he was just ‘reporting’ Birther claims,” CrooksandLiars.com, July 29, 2009.

“Eric Boehlert”: Eric Boehlert, “Mainstreaming the fringe: Lou Dobbs fuels birther bonfire,” Media Matters, July 23, 2009.

Page 31

“Even before his inauguration”: David Neiwert, “The Obama ‘resistance’: Wingnuttery never sleeps,” CrooksandLiars.com, December 26, 2008.

“In mid-January”: The Rush Limbaugh Show, January 16, 2009. Transcript at http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_011609/content/01125113.guest.html.

Page 32

“At the Conservative”: David Neiwert, “Limbaugh’s excuse for hoping Obama fails — ‘Dems did it too’ — is baloney,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 3, 2009.

Page 33

“While credulously interviewing”: Interview with Sam Antonio, Glenn Beck, CNN Headline News, July 25, 2007. Transcript available at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0707/25/gb.01.html.

“Still, he gave”: David Neiwert, “BillO and Beck’s Excellent Adventure on Planet Bizarro,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 16, 2008.

“The show also featured”: David Neiwert, “The Eyes of Glenn Beck Are Upon You,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 4, 2009.

Page 34

“when he was parodied”: David Neiwert, “Stephen Colbert does Glenn Beck one better: Peer deeeep into his gut,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 12, 2009,.

“A few weeks after”: David Neiwert, “They Call Him Mr. Maudlin: Glenn Beck, You Are A Nut A Loon,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 14, 2009.

“On his Feb. 4″: David Neiwert, “Beck: Obama has us on the road not just to Socialism but Communism,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 5, 2009.

Page 35

“Two nights later”: David Neiwert, “Beck-Ingraham duet on Fox: Incoherent ideological babble has the ring of Newspeak,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 8, 2009.

Page 36

“Finally, on his March 4″: David Neiwert, “Projection much? Glenn Beck warns: ‘Fascism is on the rise’,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 2, 2009.

“But fascism”: See esp. the History News Network, ” HNN Special: A Symposium on Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism,” including David Neiwert, “Introduction,” and Robert O. Paxton, “The Scholarly Flaws of Liberal Fascism”.

Page 38

“He frequently fretted”: David Neiwert, “Malkin-Beck freakout: Imminent Mexico collapse could doom America!,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 29, 2009.

“At other times”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck’s latest looming apocalypse: Iran,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 10, 2009.

“Soon the paranoia”: David Neiwert, “FEMA concentration camps? The militia good times are rollin’ again,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 17, 2009.

Page 39

“He also discussed them”: Interview with Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel, March 3, 2009. Video available at YouTube.

“Funny thing”: See Neiwert, “FEMA Concentration Camps?,” op. cit.

Page 40

“A month after”: David Neiwert, “Credit where it’s due: Glenn Beck’s thorough debunking of FEMA camps confirms C&L’s reportage,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 7, 2009.

On March 24″: David Neiwert, “Birchersville: John Bolton helps Glenn Beck whip up ‘one world government’ paranoia,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 25, 2009.

Page 41

“Taking away guns”: David Neiwert, “Beck and NRA’s LaPierre warn of insidious Obama plot to grab our guns,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 19, 2009.

“A month later”: Interview with Wayne LaPierre, Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel, April 17, 2009. Transcript available at Fox News.

“In the list”: Peter Baker, “Economy May Delay Work on Obama’s Campaign Pledges,” New York Times, January 10, 2009.

Page 42

“The initial spike”: Judson Berger, “Obama Driving Surge in Gun Sales, Firearms Groups Say,” Fox News, January 16, 2009.

“The only time”: David Theroux, “Halbrook to Testify in Hearings on Eric Holder for Attorney General,” The Beacon (The Independent Institute), January 14, 2009.

“What upset the gun crowd”: Eric Holder, “Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists,” Washington Post, October 25, 2001.

“When the gun-sales data”: Kevin Bohn, “Gun sales surge after Obama’s election,” CNN, November 11, 2008.

Page 43

” ‘Barack Obama would be’ “: Chris J. Cox, “Obama and Guns: Words matter and the record doesn’t match,” Washington Times, October 30, 2008.

“Warnings like that”: “Gun owners blast firearms bill,” Globe and Mail, cited in David Neiwert, “Gun sales and the paranoid right: A sucker born every minute,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 12, 2008.

“Michael Steele”: Kevin Bohn, “NRA thrives amid fears of heightened gun-control efforts,” CNN, May 15, 2009.

Page 44

” ‘Right now is’ “: Tim Gaynor, “U.S. gun owners wary of Obama at NRA convention,” Reuters, May 15, 2009.

“Video footage”: David Neiwert, “The NRA thrives on paranoia, and the rest of us will pay,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 18, 2009.

Page 45

“A common organizational theme”: David Neiwert, “’Molon labe’: Folks on the fringe right are fearfully fingering their triggers,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 17, 2009.

Page 46

“One of these veterans”: Lindell Kay, “Former Marine indicted for alleged threats against Obama,” encToday, February 26, 2009.

“Glenn Beck, of course”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck thinks ‘political correctness’ is driving people to shooting rampages,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 13, 2009.

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Notes: Chapter Three

Chapter Three: Reaping the Whirlwind

Page 48

“Until his dog peed”: Jon Schmitz and Moriah Balingit, “Affidavit outlines shootings that left three Pittsburgh police officers dead,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 6, 2009; also, see Dennis B. Roddy, “Poplawski was ‘Braced for Fate’ in days leading to attack,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 6, 2009.

Page 50

“Perkovic told reporters”:Associated Press, “Gunman Kills Three Pittsburgh Police Officers,” KDKA, April 4, 2009.

“Poplawski, it turned out”: David Neiwert, “The emerging portrait of Richard Poplawski: a white-supremacist radical,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 5, 2009.

“Mark Pitcavage”: Mark Pitcavage, “Richard Poplawski: The Making of a Lone Wolf,” Anti-Defamation League, April 8, 2009.

Page 51

“However, an astonishing thing”: David Neiwert, “Poplawski’s neo-Nazi activism included posting Glenn Beck video, but media talk about dog pee,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 7, 2009.

“Far right blogger”: Robert Stacy McCain, “The ‘logic’ of gun control,” The Other McCain, April 6, 2009.

“Then there was Glenn Beck”: John Amato, “Glenn Beck blames CrooksandLiars and Kos for pointing out his role in the Pittsburgh shootings,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 6, 2009.

Page 55

“The account from”: Brian Maas, “Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point,” CBS4, August 25, 2008.

Page 56

“Federal court records”: Deborah Sherman, Jace Larson and Nicole Vap, “New details about plot to kill Obama,” KUSA-9 News, September 7, 2008.

Page 57

“Even more siginficant”: Ernest Luning, “Court docs: Suicide mission planned in plot to kill Obama at DNC,” Colorado Independent, Sept. 3, 2009.

“The day after news”: Transcript from video of Troy Eid press conference, August 26, 2008, Denver, CO, online at Truveo.

“When questioned further”: Kristen Wyatt and Lara Jakes Jordan, “US Attorney: Evidence Doesn’t Support Obama Threat,” Associated Press, August 26, 2008.

“This was an interesting choice”: Rupert Cornwell, “Tall stories: The plot to topple Chicago’s Sears Tower was not all that it seemed,” The Independent, June 25, 2006.

Page 58

“Another funny thing”: “Exclusive: Man Who Wrote McCain Letter Explains Actions,” ABC7 News, August 22, 2008.

“A number of legal experts”: See Brad Jacobson, “Special Report: Scant Coverage of Obama Assassination Plot — Irresponsible Or Cautious?,” Media Bloodhound, August 29, 2008. It’s worth noting that before he was named a U.S. attorney, Troy Eid and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff worked together at Greenberg Traurig, the top Washington lobbying firm where Abramoff ran his brief K Street empire and its illegal dealings, including the multimillion-dollar defrauding of American Indian tribes. Eid – who specialized in environmental and federal tribal laws – in fact handled two of the clients enmeshed in Abramoff’s scams. He was appointed U.S. attorney for Colorado in 2007 after having been vetted by Monica Goodling, the notorious Karl Rove-directed political operative in the Justice Department who was at the center of the scandal over the politicization of the department in its selections of U.S. attorneys. And he was appointed over the explicit wishes of the state’s Republican Senator, Wayne Allard, who wanted the currently serving U.S. attorney, William Leone, to remain in the job. See also Brad Jacobson, “Legal experts question US Attorney’s decision not to prosecute Obama ‘assassination plot’,” Raw Story, October 31, 2008.

Page 59

“Nonetheless”: Laura Jakes Jordan, “Assassination plot targeting Obama disrupted,” Associated Press, October 27, 2008.

Page 60

“In his story”: Max Blumenthal, “Obama and the Neo-Nazis: Why white supremacists are looking forward to an Obama administration,” The Daily Beast, October 29, 2008.

“The ADL reported”: “Supreme White Alliance: An ADL Backgrounder,” Anti-Defamation League, October 28, 2008.

Page 61

“The Philadelphia”: “A New Way of Hate,” Philadelphia Daily News, October 29, 2008. (No longer available online. Excerpt at David Neiwert, “Neo-Nazis, Obama, and the real domestic terrorists,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 1, 2008.)

“Michael Ward”: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff, “Fears for Obama: Neo-Nazi threats as great a worry as Al Qaeda?,” Newsweek, October 29, 2008.

Page 62

“In February 2009″: David Holthouse, “The Year in Hate: Number of Hate Groups Tops 900,” Intelligence Report (Southern Poverty Law Center), Spring 2009.

Page 63

“The case of James Cummings”: Walter Griffin, “Report: ‘Dirty bomb’ parts found in slain man’s home,” Bangor Daily News, January 3, 2010.

Page 64

“On February 27″: Alex Denis, “Early Morning Shooting Kills 2 Injures 3 in Miramar Beach,” WJHG-TV, February 27, 2009.

“However, when Baker”: Robbyn Brooks, “Dannie Baker a mystery, even to those who met him,” Northwest Florida Daily News, March 3, 2009.

“In one e-mail:” Associated Press report, March 13, 2009. No longer available online; cited at David Neiwert, “Florida killer’s motives become clearer,” Orcinus, April 27, 2009.

Page 65

“The Chilean Government”: “Florida man shoots 5 Chilean students, kills two,” Agencie-France Presse, February 27, 2009. Also, Robbyn Brooks, “Three still in hospital after Thursday morning shooting,” Northwest Florida Daily News, February 27, 2009.

“In the end”: Kimberly White, “Dannie Baker judged incompetent to stand trial,” Northwest Florida Daily News, November 19, 2009.

Page 67

“It’s a critical red flag”: “Common Officer Safety Situations Involving Extremists,” Anti-Defamation League, from “Officer Safety and Extremists: An Overview for Law Enforcement Officers.”

“In 2009″: Missouri Information Analysis Center, MIAC Strategic Report, 2/20/09, The Modern Militia Movement.

Page 68

“The report created”: “Missouri report on militias, terrorists draws criticism,” Kansas City Star, March 18, 2009.

Page 69

“On his March 19″: David Neiwert, “Yes, Glenn Beck, militias can be very ordinary-seeming. That’s their purpose,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 20, 2009.

Page 71

“Nonetheless”: David Neiwert, “Is Oakland somewhere near Missouri? Watching Glenn Beck, it’s hard to tell,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 24, 2009.

“For instance, take the case”: Missouri Highway Patrol Most Wanted, Timothy Thomas Coombs. See also “Unsolved: Man Who Shot Highway Patrol Trooper,” KSPR-33 TV, March 6, 2009.

Page 72

“For 2009 alone”: Archive of Extremist Events by State: 2009, Anti-Defamation League.
“Moreover, in recent years”: Anti-Defamation League, Extremism in the News, “Five Men Charged in Racially Motivated Attack in Missouri,” February 10, 2004; “Missouri White Supremacist Convicted of Stomping Murder,” September 22, 2004; “White Supremacist Stabs African-American Co-Worker in Missouri,” November 7, 2005.

Page 73

“Moved to action”: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis Assessment, April 7, 2009.

Page 75

“A week later”: Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake, “Federal agency warns of radicals on right,” Washington Times, April 14, 2009.

“The howls”: Michelle Malkin, “Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real,” MichelleMalkin.com, April 14, 2009.

Page 76

“In a July 2008 report”: “White Supremacist Recruitment of Military Personnel since 9/11,” Federal Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Assessment, July 7, 2009.

Page 78

“On Fox News”: The O’Reilly Factor, April 16, 2009. Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “Is the DHS watching returning veterans? Only when they join far-right hate groups,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 17, 2009.

“On his nightly”: Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, April 14, 2009. Transcript at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0904/14/ldt.01.html.

“Even televangelist”: David Neiwert, “Pat Robertson urges his callers to crash Homeland Security hotline,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 17, 2009.

“Virtually every Fox anchor”: David Neiwert, “Right wing homes in on first Obama-admin smears-and-lies target: Janet Napolitano,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 25, 2009.

Page 79

“There was one notable exception”: David Neiwert, “Shepard Smith blows the ‘DHS is picking on the Tea Parties’ meme out of the water,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 16, 2009.

Page 80

“Initially Napolitano defended”: David Neiwert, “Napolitano rebuts the fearmongering over DHS domestic-terror bulletin,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 19, 2009.

“However, the clamor”: Spencer S. Hsu, “Napolitano Apologizes to Veterans,” Washington Post, April 16, 2009.

“Napolitano later”: Michael O’Brien, “Napolitano: DHS memo based on past experience,” The Hill, April 16, 2009.

Page 81

“This time it took place”: Andrew Gant, “Shooting deaths: ‘None of it makes sense’,” Northwest Florida Daily News, April 26, 2009.

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Notes: Chapter Four

Chapter Four: Bloodying the Shirt

Page 83

“Tiller was no stranger”: Robin Abcarian and Nicholas Riccardi, “Abortion doctor George Tiller is killed; suspect in custody,” Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2009.

“Scott Roeder had been”: Ed Pilkington, “For years anti-abortionists tried to stop Doctor Tiller. Finally a bullet did,” The Guardian, June 1, 2009.

Page 84

“The belief system”: Leonard Zeskind, “Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Murder of Dr. Tiller,” Huffington Post, June 2, 2009.

“Roeder became”: Judy L. Thomas, “Suspect in Tiller’s death supported killing abortion providers, friends say,” Kansas City Star, May 31, 2009.

Page 85

“Roeder’s interest in Shannon”: Judy L. Thomas, “Suspect in George Tiller shooting is linked to anti-government group,” Kansas City Star, June 1, 2009.

“Scott Roeder sat in”: Laura Bauer and Judy L. Thomas, “Operation Rescue adviser helped Tiller suspect track doctor’s court dates,” Kansas City Star, June 3, 2009.

Page 86

“Tiller’s death”: The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, June 3, 2009. Transcript at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31103875/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/.

“In an interview”: Amy Goodman, “Abortion Clinic Manager Reveals He Warned FBI of Suspect in Murder of Dr. George Tiller, Says Killing Could Have Been Avoided,” Democracy Now!, June 3, 2009.

Page 87

“As Daphne Eviatar”: Daphne Eviatar, “Little-enforced law opens window for suits against extremist groups,” Colorado Independent, June 3, 2009.

Page 88

“In 2006″: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, November 6, 2006. Transcript at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,227658,00.html. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYulgba5BPE.

Page 89

“A few days later”: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, November 10, 2006. Transcript at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,228628,00.html.

“In February”: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, “’The Factor’ Comes Face-to-Face With Kansas Abortion Doctor, George Tiller,” June 13, 2007. Transcript at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,281861,00.html.

“Where was O’Reilly”: Operation Rescue, “Video: O’Reilly Confronts ‘Tiller the Baby Killer’ In Wichita,” OperationRescue.org, June 13, 2007.

Page 90

“In one instance”: Media Matters, “O’Reilly 2006 anti-Tiller rant: ‘[I]f I could get my hands on Tiller — well, you know. Can’t be vigilantes. Can’t do that. It’s just a figure of speech’,” MediaMatters.org, June 1, 2009.

“Just as immediate”: John Amato, “Bill O’Reilly says he knew the left would blame him; uses biased panel to smear Dr. Tiller,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 1, 2009.

Page 91

“The next night”: Media Matters, “O’Reilly falsely claimed he only ‘reported what groups’ were calling Tiller,” MediaMatters.org, June 2, 2009.

“But PolitiFact”: PolitiFact, “Bill O’Reilly called George Tiller ‘a baby killer’ without attribution,” PolitiFact.com, June 5, 2009.

“Salon.com’s managing editor”: Hardball With Chris Matthews, MSNBC, June 10, 2009. Transcript at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31249295/.

“O’Reilly began”: David Neiwert, “’Talk about blood on your hands’: Walsh smacks O’Reilly with Jim David Adkisson — and shuts him up,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 13, 2009.

Page 93

“The next night”: Nicole Belle, “Bill O’Reilly Selectively Edits Joan Walsh Interview,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 16, 2009.

“Meanwhile, Scott Roeder”: Roxana Hegeman, “Scott Roeder, Abortion Doctor Murder Suspect, Warns Of More Violence,” Huffington Post, June 7, 2009.

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“Militant anti-abortion ideologues”: See, e.g., the letter written by Army of God figure Chuck Spignola in 2004 to the editors of Salon: “The wicked civilian and the federal government appear to be co-conspirators in their coup to overthrow Christ and his people. For the most part the wicked are no longer terrified of the God-fearing man. Those blessed few that actually do terrify the wicked are vigorously denounced and punished by the government ‘of the people.’ I often weep over the persecution of the Christian terrorist in this country, for their oppression accomplishes three goals. First, it comforts and strengthens the wicked. Second, it discourages the would-be Christian terrorist from action. Third, it makes the Christian terrorist feel alone in his cause. … Most of the time when I leave the killing place my self-esteem diminishes, as I have failed where others have succeeded. Pleading, politics and pandering have done precious little to stop the holocaust against the innocent. But the Christian terrorist is not so inadequate. Dead abortionists don’t kill babies, and a fire-bombed death camp can no longer facilitate the holocaust against them. … As cream rises to the top, so the Christian terrorist rises above the huddled masses of churchgoers and the many voices that denounce their violent attempts to defend the innocent from their murderous assailants.”

“In 2001″: David G. Savage and Greg Miller, “Defining Terrorism Stirs Words of Dispute,” Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2001, accessed online at http://www.peacenowar.net/Oct%201%2001–LAT.htm.

Page 95

“The blind spot”: David Neiwert, “Sarah Palin, like most right-wingers, doesn’t get it: Abortion-clinic violence is terrorism,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 1, 2009.

“One of the most significant”: CNN, “Threats against judges mushrooming, marshals say,” CNN.com, May 29, 2009.

Page 96

“In 2009″: Jerry Markon, “Threats to Judges, Prosecutors Soaring,” Washington Post, May 25, 2009.

“The gun-show crowd”: Max Blumenthal, “Pro-Guns, Anti-Obama,” The Daily Beast, April 29, 2009.

Page 97

“Whatever agitation”: Eve Conant, “Rebranding Hate in the Age of Obama,” Newsweek, April 25, 2009.

“When the Department”: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis Assessment, April 7, 2009.

Page 98

“The lone-wolf concept”: Louis Beam, “Leaderless Resistance,” The Seditionist, No. 12, February 1992; accessed online at http://www.resist.com/Articles/literature/LeaderlessResistanceByLouisBeam.htm . See also Jessica Stern, “The Protean Enemy,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2003.

“A white supremacist”: Anti-Defamation League, “Alex Curtis,” ADL.org, July 29, 2002.

“The strategy”: Charles Montaldo, “Profile of Serial Killer Joseph Paul Franklin,” About.com.

Page 99

“Stephen Tyrone Johns”: Michael E. Ruane, Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams, “At a Monument of Sorrow, A Burst of Deadly Violence,” Washington Post, June 11, 2009.

Page 100

“It was not the first time”: Darryl Fears and Marc Fisher, “A Suspect’s Long History of Hate, and Signs of Strain,” Washington Post, June 11, 2009.

“Here’s how Von Brunn”: Transcript of screen shot from von Brunn’s now-defunct website at David Neiwert, “What motivated an 89-year-old to shoot up the Holocaust Museum? White-supremacist hate and fear,” Crooksandliars.com, June 10, 2009.

Page 101

“After the shooting”: Anti-Defamation League, “James Von Brunn: An ADL Backgrounder,” ADL.org, June 11, 2009.

“You can get the flavor”: Transcript of screen shot from von Brunn’s now-defunct website at David Neiwert, “What motivated an 89-year-old to shoot up the Holocaust Museum? White-supremacist hate and fear,” Crooksandliars.com, June 10, 2009.

Page 103

“Perhaps most telling”: Brian Montopoli, “Von Brunn: ‘Obama Was Created by Jews’,” CBSNews.com, June 11, 2009.

“And yet, within mere hours”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck and his fellow wingnuts proclaim Holocaust Museum shooter not a right-winger,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 10, 2009.

“On his radio program”: Media Matters, “Limbaugh on Holocaust museum shooter: ‘This guy is a leftist if anything’,” MediaMatters.org, June 11, 2009.

Page 104

“On his June 12 show”: David Neiwert, “Beck and Goldberg team up to claim that James von Brunn was a left-winger,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 13, 2009.

“Goldberg explained”: Jonah Goldberg, “A Silly Game of Connect-the-Dots,” National Review, June 12, 2009.

“Goldberg, in arguing thus”: Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (New York: Doubleday, 2007), p. 7.

Page 105

“When we attempted”: Jonah Goldberg, “Neiwert, Again,” Liberal Fascism: The Blog, January 22, 2008.

“something Goldberg also managed”: See Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, pp. 259-260.
Page 105

“Beck, on an earlier show”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck and his fellow wingnuts proclaim Holocaust Museum shooter not a right-winger,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 10, 2009.

Page 108

“As Stephen Budiansky explains”: Stephen Budiansky, The Bloody Shirt: Terror After the Civil War (New York: Plume, 2008), pp. 1-8. The portion cited here was excerpted in the New York Times.

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Notes: Chapter Five

Chapter Five: Mad Hatters and March Hares

Page 111

“In Ron Paul’s case”: Stephen Dinan, “Paul breaks single-day online fundraising record,” [no longer available] Washington Times, November 6, 2007.

Page 112

“The first Paul ‘money bomb’ “: Michael Levenson, “Ron Paul’s tea party for dollars,” Boston Globe, December 16, 2007.

“By the end of the day”: Kenneth P. Vogel, “Ron Paul becomes $6 million man,” Politico.com, December 16, 2007.

Page 114

“On September 23″: Mark Landler and Steven Lee Myers, “Buyout Plan for Wall Street Is a Hard Sell on Capitol Hill,” New York Times, September 23, 2008.

Page 115

“Finally, on February 11″: David M. Herszenhorn and Carl Hulse, “Deal Reached in Congress on $789 Billion Stimulus Plan,” New York Times, February 11, 2009.

“At around the same time”: Jane Hamsher, “A Brief History of Tea Bagging,” Firedoglake.com, April 15, 2009.

“A protest on”: “President Signs Massive Stimulus In Denver: Republicans Protest Stimulus At State Capitol,” ABC7 News, February 17, 2009. Malkin described the Denver Tea Party at her blog as being organized by these groups. See Michelle Malkin, “ ‘Yes, we care!’ Porkulus protesters holler back,” MichelleMalkin.com, February 17, 2009.

Page 117

“When President Obama”: Gary Grado, Sonu Munshi, Hayley Ringle, “More than 500 protest Obama’s arrival,” East Valley Tribune, February 18, 2009.

“Few Americans had heard”: Multiple versions of Santelli’s rant abound, but the most popular can be found at YouTube.

Page 119

“By the end of the day”: Brian Beutler, “FreedomWorks’ Long History Of Teabagging,” TalkingPointsMemo.com, April 14, 2009.

“Some close observers”: Barry Ritholtz, “Rick Santelli’s Planted Rant?”, The Big Picture, February 28, 2009.

“TalkingPointsMemo.com”: Beutler, “FreedomWorks’ Long History,” op. cit.

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“FreedomWorks created”: Les Christie, “Backlash grows against the housing bailout,” CNNMoney.com, April 24, 2008.

“It was the business-friendly”: Michael M. Phillips, “Mortgage Bailout Infuriates Tenants (And Steve Forbes),” Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2008.

“On February 27″: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Channel, February 27, 2009. Transcript at “ ‘Fair and balanced’ Fox News aggressively promotes ‘tea party’ protests,” MediaMatters.org, April 8, 2009.

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“O’Reilly told his audience”: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, March 16, 2009. Transcript at Media Matters, “ ‘Fair and balanced’ Fox News aggressively promotes ‘tea party’ protests,” MediaMatters.org, April 8, 2009.

“On March 13″: David Neiwert, “They Call Him Mr. Maudlin: Glenn Beck, You Are A Nut A Loon,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 14, 2009.

“On March 20″: Media Matters, “‘Fair and Balanced’ Fox News,” op. cit.

Page 124

“A few days later”: Media Matters, “Beck says you can ‘celebrate with Fox News’ at any of four ‘FNC Tax Day Tea Parties’,” MediaMatters.org, April 6, 2009.

“Beck was prolific”: Media Matters, “Hosting the party: Fox aired at least 20 segments, 73 promos on ‘tea party’ protests — in just 8 days,” MediaMatters.org, April 15, 2009.

“One of the more piquant”: David Neiwert, “Beck’s version of ‘Thomas Paine’ compares Obama’s budget to Pearl Harbor and 9/11,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 11, 2009.

“Beck’s fellow Fox hosts”: Media Matters, “Hosting the party,” op. cit.

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“Fairly typical was”: Media Matters, “‘Fair and Balanced’ Fox News,” op. cit.

Page 126

“Marcus wrote a song”: A copy of the lyric, titled “American Tea Party Anthem,” is available at FoxNews.com.

“Fox News’ Web site”: Media Matters, “Hosting the party,” op. cit.

Page 127

“David Asman”: Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “That DHS domestic-terror report isn’t about the Tea Parties — it’s about the Poplawskis,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 15, 2009.

Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “That DHS domestic-terror report isn’t about the Tea Parties — it’s about the Poplawskis,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 15, 2009.

Page 128

“Things started off swimmingly”: Transcript of video at David, “Fox anchor rants about fascism during tea party coverage,” VideoCafe, April 15, 2009.

Page 129

“Glenn Beck’s event”: Media Matters, “Live from Alamo tea party, Beck hosts Joe Horn, who ‘shot 2 illegals burglarizing home’,” MediaMatters.org, April 15, 2009.

“In reality”: Ralph Blumenthal, “Shootings Test Limits of New Self-Defense Law,” New York Times, December 13, 2007.

“In Sacramento”: Jed Lewison, “Live mic catches Fox host inflating crowd estimate by 300%,” DailyKos, April 15, 2009.

“In Atlanta”: Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “Tea Tantrum Indeed: The right-wing populists have officially taken over movement conservatism,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 16, 2009.

Page 131

“In Oklahoma that day”: Kevin Poulsen, “Oklahoma Man Arrested for Twittering Tea Party Death Threats,” Wired, April 24, 2009. Screen shots of Hayden’s tweets at David Neiwert, “Fox News’ ‘Tea Party’ hysteria really did whip up the far-right nutcases,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 27, 2009.

Page 132

“As David Weigel”: David Weigel, “Tea Party Movement Loses Steam,” Washington Independent, July 3, 2009.

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“Even before the July”: “White Supremacists May Attempt To Co-Opt July 4 ‘Tea Parties’ To Promote A Hateful Agenda,” Anti-Defamation League press release, July 2, 2009.

Page 134

“These warnings”: David Neiwert, “As ‘Tea Parties’ lose steam, fringe conspiracists step up to the fore,” CrooksandLiars.com, July 6, 2009. The transcripts that follow are taken from the video at this post.

Page 136

“Van Susteren brought on”: David Neiwert, “Will the ‘Tea Party’ tantrums become a vehicle for right-wing thuggery?,” CrooksandLiars.com, July 29, 2009.

Page 137

“And it turned out that”: Lee Fang, “Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’,” ThinkProgress, July 31, 2009.

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“Some of the advice”: A PDF of the memo can be found at ThinkProgress.
“Chris Good at”: Chris Good, “Lawmakers Will Face Tea Parties, And More, In August,” TheAtlantic.com, July 30, 2009.

Page 139

“On August 1″: Richard Dunham, “Dogging Doggett: Conservative protesters disrupt health event,” Texas on the Potomac, August 3, 2009.

“Doggett later”: W. Gardner Selby, “Doggett says he’s more resolved than ever to pass a health-care plan,” Statesman.com, August 3, 2009.

“On August 6″: Adam Smith, “Mayhem, amid protesters at Kathy Castor, Betty Reed town hall meet,” The Buzz (TampaBay.com), August 6, 2009.

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“It left an impression”: Beau Zimmer, “Healthcare reform sparks meeting mayhem,” 10Connects.com (WTSP-TV), August 15, 2009.

“As Paul Krugman put it”: Paul Krugman, “The Town Hall Mob,” New York Times, August 6, 2009.

Page 141

“Some members of Congress”: Michael Andersen, “Baird fears foes may plan ‘ambush’,” The Columbian, August 6, 2009.

“However, Baird made clear”: Kathie Durbin, “Death threat disclosure by Baird draws criticism,” The Columbian, August 21, 2009.

“A prime example”: David Neiwert, “’Brown Shirts’? Town Hall teabaggers’ ranks are indeed riddled with right-wing extremists,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 8, 2009.

Page 142

“The rant came”: National Association of Rural Landowners, “About.”

“The extremism began”: Declan McCullagh, “Gun-Toting Man Draws Scrutiny Outside Obama Town Hall,” Political Hotsheet (CBSNews.com), August 11, 2009.

Page 143

“The next day”: David Neiwert, “Matthews lays into gun-toting protester with some well-placed righteous anger,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 12, 2009.

Page 144

“Anderson vowed”: Full audio of the sermons, as well as transcripts, are at David Neiwert, “Gospel of Hate: Arizona pastor Steve Anderson spews bile toward Obama, Frank, and gays,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 22, 2009.

Page 145

“The next day”: Justin Elliott, “Activist Who Staged Gun Interview At Obama Event Was Prominent Defender Of ’90s Militia,” TPMMuckraker.com, August 18, 2009.

“Sanchez also interviewed”: Interview with Joseph Petro, CNN Newsroom, CNN, August 18, 2009. Transcript at http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0908/18/cnr.07.html.

Page 146

“If the gun toters’ assurances”: David Neiwert, “Gun-toting Arizona protester belongs to hate-mongering pastor’s flock,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 25, 2009.

“Broughton was interviewed”: Stephen Lemons, “Meeting President Obama with an AR-15,” Phoenix New Times, August 25, 2009.

“Travel guru”: Arthur Frommer, “Do Guns at Political Events Disturb You? Then Consider Skipping Arizona for Now,” Frommer’s Online, August 19, 2009.

Page 147

“Lou Dobbs entertained”: Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, August 13, 2009. Transcript at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0908/13/ldt.01.html.

“Mostly, the pundits”: David Neiwert, “The anti-Obama teabaggers can’t really pretend they don’t attract far-right extremists anymore,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 20, 2009.

Page 148

“In late August”: David Neiwert, “’Tea Party Express’ ads showing up on Fox broadcasts,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 27, 2009.

“Early on, CNN”: David Neiwert, “CNN gives ‘Tea Party Express’ free publicity, free room to lie about their anti-Obama origins,” CrooksandLiars.com.

Page 149

“The tour was sponsored”: Diane Farsetta, “Our Country Deserves Better: The Russo Marsh Crowd Bashes Obama from Coast to Coast,” CommonDreams.org, October 29, 2008.

“In October 2008″: Kyle, “Obama Worse Than Hitler And Ahmadinejad,” RightWingWatch.org, July 2, 2009.

“CNN was susceptible”: David Neiwert, “Fox gives the sore losers of the ‘Tea Party Express’ much more than just free advertising,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 11, 2009.

Page 150

“However, Jenkins’ role”: Heather, “Fox News Producer Caught Rallying the Crowds During the 9/12 Protests,” VideoCafe, September 21, 2009.

“Two days before”: David Neiwert, “Fox gives the sore losers,” op. cit.

“District of Columbia”: Joe Markman, “Crowd estimates vary wildly for Capitol march,” Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2009.

“Afterward, Beck and his supporters”: Media Matters, “Beck claims 9-12 protests ‘largest march on Washington ever’ based on ‘overseas’ reporting,” MediaMatters.org, September 14, 2009.

Page 151

“On Fox & Friends”: Media Matters, “Beck, Limbaugh run wild with estimates on size of 9/12 protests,” MediaMatters.org, September 14, 2009.

“Some conservative bloggers”: Catherine Richert, “‘Tea party’ photo shows huge crowd — at different event,” PolitiFact.com, September 14, 2009.

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Signs: Links to these images can be found at Kombiz, “How I missed the 2 million man teabagging flash mob today,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 12, 2009.

“Journalist Max Blumenthal”: Max Blumenthal, ” ‘Get the Government Out of My Social Security!’ Inside the 9.12 Teabagger Rally,” Huffington Post, September 14, 2009.

Page 153

Former U.S. senator: David Neiwert, “Is crazy anti-Obama rhetoric intended to unhinge the mainstream right?,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 19, 2009.

“A few nights later”: Media Matters, “Hannity asks Steele of Obama: ‘Is there anything that he likes about this country?’,” MediaMatters.org, April 17, 2009.

“Over on Michael Savage’s”: Scoobie Davis, “Exclusive: Washington Times Commentator on President Obama: ‘You are a traitor to your country’,” The Real Sun Myung Moon, April 14, 2009.

“A week after”: Rick Klein, “Nancy Pelosi Chokes Up Amid Fears of Political Violence,” The Note (ABC News), September 17, 2009.

Page 154

“Glenn Beck tried”: David Neiwert, “Does hateful rhetoric really lead to violence? History gives us the clear answer: yes,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 20, 2009.

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Notes: Chapter Six

Chapter Six: Right-Wing Populism and The Politics of Resentment

Page 155

“A giveaway moment”: David Neiwert, “Tea Tantrum Indeed: The right-wing populists have officially taken over movement conservatism,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 16, 2009.

Page 156

“Rush Limbaugh”: Media Matters, “Limbaugh defends AIG from ‘lynch mob’,” MediaMatters.org, March 18, 2009.

“Glenn Beck had”: David Neiwert, “Beck & Super Friends decry ugly populist threats of which they of course are innocent,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 19, 2009.

Page 157

“It’s accurately described”: Wikipedia, “Producerism,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Producerism.

Page 158

“Chip Berlet”: Chip Berlet, “The Producerist Narrative in Repressive Right Wing Populism,” Political Eye (Political Research Associates).

“The producerist narrative”: See Steven Watts, The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), page xi.

“Glenn Beck has”: David Neiwert, “To attack Obama’s New Deal, Beck invokes Henry Ford — the Nazis’ friend,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 12, 2009.

Page 159

“It seems to have vanished”: David Chalmers, Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan (Durham: Duke University Press, 1987), pp. 30-35.

Page 161

“The one exception”: Glenn Beck, CNN Headline News, July 30, 2008. Transcript at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0807/30/gb.01.html.

“Ron Paul also drew”: David Neiwert has previously reported extensively on the right-wing extremists attracted to Ron Paul’s 2007-08 presidential campaign, particularly at his own blog, Orcinus (dneiwert.blogspot.com). See esp. “The dark side of the ‘Paul Phenomenon’,” November 14, 2007; and “The clearing view of Ron Paul,” January 16, 2008.

“Don Black”: David Neiwert, “Surviving Ron Paul,” Orcinus, January 10, 2008.

“Virtually every far-right entity”: Neiwert has described Paul’s background as a right-wing extremist at Orcinus,along with his co-author at the blog, Sara Robinson, including: “Man of the Hour,” June 7, 2007; “Ron Paul vs. the New World Order,” June 8, 2007; “Ron Paul’s record in Congress,” November 11, 2007; and “Ron Paul’s Far Right Foundations,” January 8, 2008.

Page 162

“Palin had been”: Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert, “Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals,” Salon.com, October 10, 2008.

Page 163

“In her singular debate”: Transcript of the Sarah Palin-Joe Biden vice-presidential debate, October 3, 2008, at http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/02/debate.transcript/index.html.

“Moreover, after the election”: See, e.g., Media Matters, “Beck claims Bush, McCain were ‘progressive,’ adds that ‘the country may not survive Barack Obama’,” MediaMatters.org, Sept. 23, 2009.

Page 164

“When Palin abruptly”: David Neiwert, “Beck’s prediction: Sarah Palin positioning herself for third-party run — and a third party will win in 2012,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 31, 2009.

“Even before the election”: David Frum, “Palin the irresponsible choice?,” National Post, August 29, 2008.

“After the election”: Mark Lilla, “The Perils of ‘Populist Chic’: What the rise of Sarah Palin and populism means for the conservative intellectual tradition,” Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2008.

Page 165

“Palin’s defenders”: William Kristol, “Panicked Over Palin,” Washington Post, July 6, 2009.

“Replied Frum”: David Frum, “Good reason to fear Sarah Palin,” National Journal, July 8, 2009.

Page 166

“Joseph Aistrup”: Joseph Aistrup, The Southern Strategy Revisited: Republican Top-Down Advancement in the South (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996), pp. 8-9.

Page 167

“There was strong dissent”: Philip Klinkner, “Race and the Republican Party: The Rise of the Southern Strategy in the Republican National Committee, 1960-64,” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association meetings, Chicago, 1992, p. 24.

“Kentucky Senator”: George Bailey, “A Republican Footnote,” Reporter, May 23, 1963, p. 14.

“Nonetheless, it became”: Reg Murphy and Hal Gulliver, The Southern Strategy (New York: Scribner’s, 1971), p. 2.

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“As Aistrup described it”: Aistrup, The Southern Strategy Revisited, op. cit., p. 19.

“Nixon played”: See esp. Rick Perlstein, Nixonland:The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (New York: Scribner, 2008), pp. 445-448.

“As Aistrup described it”: Aistrup, The Southern Strategy Revisited, op. cit., p. 61.

Page 169

“Reagan had a history”: Complete audio, video and a transcript of the speech are available online at American Rhetoric.

Page 170

“His speeches also featured”: Haynes B. Johnson, Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003), p. 79.

“In a speech”: “Nation: They’ve Got a Little List,” Time, September 1, 1980.

“I believe in states’ rights”: Audio of the speech is available at http://www.onlinemadison.com/ftp/reagan/reaganneshoba.mp3.

Page 171

“As columnist”: Bob Herbert, “Righting Reagan’s Wrongs?,” New York Times, November 13, 2007.

“In 1981″: Lamis, Alexander P. et al., The Two Party South (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990). See also Bob Herbert, “Impossible, Ridiculous, Repugnant,” New York Times, October 6, 2005.

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“Atwater had employed”: See Tom Turnipseed, “What Lee Atwater Learned, And the Lesson For His Proteges,” Washington Post, April 16, 1991.

Page 173

“As the 1988″: Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover, Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars: The Trivial Pursuit of the Presidency, 1988 (New York: Warner Books, 1989), pp. 159–161.

“The ad was not”: “Independent Ads: The National Security Political Action Committee ‘Willie Horton’,” InsidePolitics.org.

Page 174

“However. He had run into trouble”: Julian Borger, “The Brains,” The Guardian, March 9, 2004.

“The most notorious of these”: Richard H. Davis, “The anatomy of a smear campaign,” Boston Globe, March 21, 2004.

Page 175

“Rove orchestrated”: Michael Isikoff, “CIA Leak: Karl Rove and the Case of the Missing E-mail,” Newsweek, October 17, 2005.

“He also masterminded”: Tom Hamburger and David G. Savage, “Karl Rove took active role in U.S. attorney’s firing, documents show,” Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2009.

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Notes: Chapter Seven

Chapter 7: Fox’s War on the White House

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“That all changed”: Reliable Sources, CNN, October 11, 2009. Transcript at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0910/11/rs.01.html. See also John Amato, “White House’s Anita Dunn says Fox News is a wing of the Republican Party,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 11, 2009.

Page 177

“However, he had rejected”: Nicole Belle, “Chris Wallace Whines That The White House Are A Bunch Of Crybabies. Look In The Mirror Lately, Chris?,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 20, 2009.

Page 178

“Dunn’s critique”: CNN, “Obama: Nobel Peace Prize is ‘call to action’,” CNN.com, October 9, 2008.

“Rather than congratulate”: David Neiwert, “Obama’s Nobel makes wingnut heads explode. So why do right-wingers hate America?,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 9, 2009.

“Rush Limbaugh”: The Rush Limbaugh Show, October 9, 2009. See also Alex Koppelman, “Limbaugh: Obama Nobel more embarrassing than Olympics loss,” Salon.com, October 9, 2009, and video at Media Matters, “Right-wing media root against America … again: Media conservatives cheer when America loses, fume when it wins,” MediaMatters.org, October 9, 2009.

“Republican National Committee chair”: Greg Sargent, “Michael Steele Seizes On Obama’s Nobel To Revive ‘Celebrity’ Meme,” The Plum Line, October 9, 2009.

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“The Obama-bashing”: Matt Corley, “Beck: Obama should turn down the Nobel and give it ‘to the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project’,” ThinkProgress.org, October 9, 2009.
“Brian Kilmeade”: Media Matters, “Kilmeade asks whether Obama delayed decision on Afghanistan troop request in order to receive Nobel Peace Prize,” MediaMatters.org, October 9, 2009.

“Nearly all of Fox’s anchors”: David Neiwert, “Fox wonders why White House sees them as reflexively anti-Obama. Then its pundits bitch about his Nobel Prize,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 13, 2009.

Page 180

“Beck had been”: Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel, October 12, 2009. See also Media Matters, “Conservative media fearmonger that Fox News is part of White House ‘enemies list’,” MediaMatters.org, October 14, 2009.

Page 181

“The campaign to undermine Obama”: Logan Murphy, “After Roberts’ Oath Flub, Wallace Wonders If Obama Is Really President,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 21, 2009. See also Josh Marshall, “Fox Eats Wallace’s Brain,” TalkingPointsMemo.com, January 20, 2009.

Page 182

“Because these things”: Margaret Talev, “Obama retakes the oath of office after busy first day,” McClatchy Newspapers, January 21, 2009.

“Sean Hannity”: Media Matters, “Hannity advances false comparison of inauguration costs,” MediaMatters.org, January 22, 2009.

Page 183

“At the site’s discussion forum”: Gotta Laff, “Hannity’s America: What kind of revolution appeals most to you?,” Political Carnival, February 26, 2009.

“Lord, in the memory”: Lynn Sweet, “Rev. Lowery Inauguration benediction. Transcript,” Chicago Sun-Times, January 20, 2009.

“This was too much”: David Neiwert, “Obama’s election ended racism so we don’t ever want to hear about it again!,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 21, 2009.

“Back in early January”: Matea Gold, “Fox News’ Glenn Beck strikes ratings gold by challenging Barack Obama,” Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2009.

Page 184

“Sean Hannity invited”: David Neiwert, ” Limbaugh on Hannity: Racism is ‘the exclusive province of the left’,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 22, 2009.

Page 185

“Scouring through”: Heather, “Phil Donahue Spells Out A Few Things For Hannity,” Video Café, March 19, 2009.

“On February 18″: John Amato, “Hannity produces Armageddon like video presentation of the Stimulus bill: Socialism you can believe in. The new America,” CrooksandLiars.com, February 19, 2009.

“On March 30″: David Neiwert, “Morris, Hannity agree: The black-helicopter crowd was right,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 31, 2009.

Page 186

“On the April 3 edition”: Media Matters, “Hannity truncated Obama quote to claim it was an example of ‘blame America first’,” MediaMatters.org, April 4, 2009.

Page 187

“What Hannity didn’t show”: Remarks by President Obama at Strasbourg Town Hall, April 3, 2009.

“Hannity then went to his”: David Neiwert, “Bill Cunningham manages to make Sean Hannity look like the voice of sanity,” CrooksandLiars.com, April 30, 2009.

Page 188

“On his May 5 show”: David Neiwert, “Is Sean Hannity urging Americans to armed revolt?,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 6, 2009.

“Hannity’s May 16 show”" David Neiwert, “Randall Terry: Obama speaking at Notre Dame is like giving Nazis a podium after the war,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 16, 2009.

Page 190

“Beck picked up on”: Aaron Klein, “Will a ‘red’ help blacks go green? White House appoints ‘radical communist’ who sees environment as racial issue,” WorldNetDaily, April 12, 2009.

“That article”: Eliza Strickland, “The New Face of Environmentalism,” East Bay Express, November 2, 2005.

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“Beck brought the story”: Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel, July 23, 2009. Transcript at Media Matters, “Beck caps off week of race-baiting by calling Obama a ‘racist’,” MediaMatters.org, July 30, 2009.

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“Beck repeated the lie”: Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel, August 11, 2009. Lexis transcript cited at Media Matters, “Beck repeatedly gets basic facts wrong despite boasting that ‘some of the biggest minds in America’ do his research,” MediaMatters.org, September 30, 2009.

“Beck eventually corrected”: Media Matters, “‘Four months’ later, Beck retracts falsehood that Van Jones was a convicted felon,” MediaMatters.org, December 4, 2009.

“He had been on Beck’s show”: David Neiwert, “Beck, corporate shill proclaim climate bill a ‘watermelon’: Thin layer of green on the outside, ‘Communist red’ inside,” CrooksandLiars.com, June 27, 2009.

“Kerpen returned”: Media Matters, “Fox News on a witch hunt for Obama ‘czars’,” MediaMatters.org, September 9, 2009.

“For a while it seemed”: Jason Linkins, “Fox News Shocked Van Jones Called Republicans ‘Assholes’ — In February,” Huffington Post, September 2, 2009.

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“Jones apologized”: Glenn Thrush, “Van Jones: A**hole remark ‘inappropriate’,” Politico.com, September 2, 2009.

“But it didn’t”: Amanda Carpenter, “Green jobs czar signed ‘truther’ statement in 2004,” Washington Times, September 3, 2009.

“Jones publicly renounced”: Joe Garofoli, “Obama adviser on green jobs under attack,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2009.

“Indeed, it later emerged”: Ben Smith, “Trutherism-lite, and a second Jones tie,” Politico.com, September 4, 2009.

“Republicans in Congress”: Garance-Franke Ruta, “Leading Republican Demands That White House Fire ‘Green Collar’ Adviser,” Washington Post, September 4, 2009.

“Senator Kit Bond”: Press release, “Senator Highlights Jones’ Repugnant ‘Truther’ Association and Inflammatory Language,” Office of Senator Kit Bond, September 4, 2009.

“So late on Saturday”: Garance-Franke Ruta, “White House Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy Over Past Activism,” Washington Post, September 6, 2009.

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“The next day”: George Stephanopoulos, “Gibbs Responds To Van Jones Resignation,” ABC News, September 6, 2009.

“Fox, and particularly Glenn Beck”: David Neiwert, “With Van Jones’ blood in the water, the right-wing sharks at Fox are circling,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 9, 2009.

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“Obama had told reporters”: News Conference by the President, East Room, July 22, 2009.

“Beck interpreted”: CSPANJunkie, “Barack Obama Has A Deep-Seated Hatred Of White People! Glenn Beck,” Video Café, July 28, 2009.

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“Even Howard Kurtz”: David Neiwert, “Beck’s ‘racism’ charge hits Howard Kurtz’s outrage meter,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 3, 2009.

“Fox officially”: Chris Ariens, “FNC Responds to Glenn Beck Calling Pres. Obama a ‘Racist’,” TVNewser (Media Bistro), July 28, 2009.

“In September”: Heather, “Glenn Beck Sorry for ‘The Way It Was Phrased’ When Asked About His ‘Obama is a Racist’ Comment,” Video Café, September 23, 2009.

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“Couric persisted”: Ben Armbruster, “Beck Refuses To Define What He Meant By The Phrase ‘White Culture’: ‘Ummmmm, I Don’t Know’,” ThinkProgress.org, September 24, 2009.

“On his August 27 show”: David Neiwert, “Obama’s ‘SS’: Glenn Beck sees scary black people,” CrooksandLiars.com, August 28, 2009.

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“It emerged a couple of weeks”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck’s scary negro militants turn out to be really, really scary dancers,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 8, 2009.

“The Monday after”: David Neiwert, “With Van Jones’ blood in the water, the right-wing sharks at Fox are circling,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 9, 2009.

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“When her nomination”: “A Latina judge’s voice: Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s 2001 address to the ‘Raising the Bar’ symposium at the UC Berkeley School of Law,” UC Berkeley News.

“Media Matters observed”: Media Matters, “Politico, Wash. Post omit context of Sotomayor remark about ‘Latina,’ ‘white male’ judges,” MediaMatters.org, May 27, 2009.

“Rush Limbaugh”: David Neiwert, “Limbaugh the Hutt weighs in on Sonia Sotomayor,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 26, 2009.

“The talking point”: David Neiwert, “Look who’s calling Sonia Sotomayor a ‘racist’: The Right’s leading bigots,” CrooksandLiars.com, May 27, 2009.

“But Glenn Beck”: Media Matters, “Beck calls Sotomayor a ‘racist,’ who ‘is not that bright’ and ‘divisive’,” MediaMatters.org, May 28, 2009.

“He also dismissively”: Media Matters, “Beck on Sotomayor nomination: ‘Hey, Hispanic chick lady! You’re empathetic … you’re in!’,” MediaMatters.org, May 26, 2009.

“and for good measure”: David Neiwert, “NRA lying in wait to ambush Sotomayor — with popguns,” Third Branch, July 14, 2009.

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“On other occasions”: Media Matters, “Beck: ‘The health care bill is reparations. It’s the beginning of reparations’,” MediaMatters.org, July 22, 2009.

“It was nothing more”: John Amato, “Rush Limbaugh Uses Innocent Detroiters As Show Pinata,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 10, 2009.

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“Beck, of course”: David Neiwert, “Beck: Black Obama fans were ‘taught to be slaves,’ while progressives like Stern are ‘taking you to a place to be slaughtered’,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 4, 2009.

“Even when Beck”: David Neiwert, “Glenn Beck gets to ask dumb white-guy questions to a room full of black conservatives,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 14, 2009.

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“Sean Hannity got to work”: Amanda Terkel, “Hannity: Starting Now, My ‘Job’ Is To ‘Get Rid Of Every Other One’ Of Obama’s Czars,” ThinkProgress.org, September 8, 2009.

“Megyn Kelly”: Media Matters, “Fox News on a witch hunt for Obama ‘czars’,” MediaMatters.org, September 9, 2009.

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“That evening”: Media Matters, “Hannity falsely claims science adviser Holdren ‘advocated compulsory abortion’,” MediaMatters.org, September 9, 2009.

“Both Beck and”: Media Matters, “Fox News on a witch hunt,” op. cit.

“But with Van Jones’ scalp”: David Neiwert, “Waaaah!!!! Sean Hannity wants him an Obama White House scalp too! Too bad his attack on Jennings is BS,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 1, 2009.

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“A couple of days later”: Media Matters, “Exclusive: Statement from former student at center of Fox-fueled Jennings controversy,” MediaMatters.org, October 2, 2009.

“But Hannity refused”: David Neiwert, “Sean Hannity’s scalp-hunting desperation descends into fabricating NAMBLA connections to Jennings,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 8, 2009.

“Then, on October 16″: Media Matters, “Dem strategist Menendez calls Hannity out on Jennings’ smears, points out student was 16,” MediaMatters.org, October 16, 2009.

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“Some examples”: This list is only partial, and is largely compiled from the Media Matters report, “Fox’s news programs echo its ‘opinion’ shows: Smears, doctored videos, GOP talking points,” MediaMatters.org, October 13, 2009.

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“On the October 11″: David Neiwert, “WATB of the Week: Bill O’Reilly claims, ‘There was no cheerleading of President Bush on this network’,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 13, 2009.

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“Beck opened the show”: David Neiwert, “Another Glenn Beck weepfest, because Americans need to wake up to the evil Marxist radicals in the White House. Hooboy,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 16, 2009.

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“So on October 19″: David Neiwert, “Bogus! Glenn Beck truncates Anita Dunn’s ‘Mao’ remarks to wildly distort what she actually said,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 20, 2009.

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“Sean Hannity also”: Media Matters, “Hannity airs cropped, misleading Dunn quote, then tells Davis ‘you don’t have a clue what she was saying’,” MediaMatters.org.

“On his October 23 show”: David Neiwert, “Beck Goes Batsh*t: To depict Obama White House as Capone-like thugs, he waves a Louisville Slugger,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 24, 2009.

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“Two days later”: David, “Chris Wallace compares White House ‘war on Fox’ to gangster tactics,” Video Café, October 25, 2009.

“The Feinberg charge”: Christina Bellantoni, “WH: We’re Happy To Exclude Fox, But Didn’t Yesterday With Feinberg Interview,” TalkingPointsMemo.com, October 23, 2009.

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“As Media Matters put it”: Media Matters, “Fox’s news programs echo its ‘opinion’ shows,” op. cit.

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“The consummate example”: David Neiwert, “Sally Quinn sniffs at that gauche Alan Grayson fellow, and White House’s ‘war on Fox’, in classic Village style,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 24, 2009.

“ABC News’ Sunday”: Heather, “Ingraham Claims the White House Puts Fox in the Same Category as Islamic Jihadists,” Video Café, October 26, 2009.

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“About the only realistic”: Joe Klein, “Outfoxed?.” Time, October 23, 2009.

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“In late October”: “Fox News Viewed as Most Ideological Network,” Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, October 29, 2009.

“A previous Pew poll”: “Fox News Stands Out as ‘Too Critical’ of Obama,” Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, April 22, 2009.

“And eventually”: David Bauder, Associated Press, “Fox’s Major Garrett gets Obama interview,” USA Today, November 17, 2009.

“Fox News’s employees”: David Neiwert, “Rupert Murdoch says Glenn Beck ‘was right’ that Obama is a racist who hates white people,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 10, 2009.

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Notes: Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight: The Brakes Fail
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“President Obama, in a meeting”: Ali Frick, “Obama tells GOP: Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh,” ThinkProgress.org, January 23, 2009.

“Representative John Boehner”: Hugh Hewitt, “House Republican Leader John Boehner on the non-stimulus bill and Rush,” HughHewitt.com, January 26, 2009.

“Limbaugh responded”: Matt Corley, “Are Republicans Starting To Hit Back At Limbaugh For Throwing ‘Bricks’ From ‘The Extreme Right’?,” ThinkProgress.org, January 28, 2009.

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“Representative Phil Gingrey”: Jonathan Martin, “Gingrey apologizes over Limbaugh,” Politico.com, January 28, 2009. See also David Neiwert, “Rush Rooolz! GOP Congressmen Cower Before the Mighty Limbaugh,” CrooksandLiars.com, January 28, 2009.

“A similar fate”: David Neiwert, “I smell a right-wing feud in the offing: Limbaugh vs. Steele,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 2, 2009.

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“The next day”: John Amato, “Rush Limbaugh attacks Michael Steele and then Steele apologizes to RushBo,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 2, 2009.

“Steele, too”: Mike Allen, “Steele to Rush: I’m sorry,” Politico.com, March 2, 2009.

“Meanwhile, there were”: John Amato, “GOP tells Michael Steele: Shut up about Limbaugh or you’re fired,” CrooksandLiars.com, March 3, 2009.

“Senator John Cornyn”: Ben Smith, “Cornyn petition: Limbaugh attack is an ‘outrage’,” Politico.com, March 5, 2009.

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“But by early October”: Alex Isenstadt, “Tea partiers turn on GOP leadership,” Politico.com, October 11, 2009.

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“Incumbent Republicans, too”: John Amato, “Lindsey Graham gets teabagged by climate change deniers at Town Hall: ‘You’re a Traitor’,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 15, 2009.

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“Local Republicans”: David Weigel, “The Lindsay Graham Censure,” Washington Independent, November 12, 2009.

” ‘I believe in the Constitution’ “: Shaila Dewan, “South Carolina Rift Highlights a G.O.P. Debate,” New York Times, November 29, 2009.

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“The battleground chosen”: “2009 New York CD-23 Special Election: Dede Scozzafava (R) vs Bill Owens (D) vs Doug Hoffman (C),” Pollster.com, chart of aggregated poll results.

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“Then Hoffmann picked up”: Eric Kleefeld, “DeMint Endorses Conservative Party’s Hoffman In NY-23,” TalkingPointsMemo.com, October 27, 2009.

“and Republican representatives”: Eric Kleefeld, “GOP Reps. Cole And Rohrabacher Back Conservative Party’s Hoffman In NY-23,” TalkingPointsMemo.com, October 27, 2009.

“On the 21st”: Glenn Beck Program, “Glenn interviews candidate Doug Hoffman,” October 21, 2009.

“Beck is my mentor”: The Week, “Video: Doug Hoffman: Glenn Beck is my ‘mentor’,” November 3, 2009.

“Meawhile, on the 22nd”: “Palin: Ready to shake things up in New York,” Reuters, October 22, 2008.

“This set off”: Andy Barr, “Top Republicans jump ship in NY-23,” Politico.com, October 24, 2009.

“Scozzafava did draw”: Tony Romm, “Gingrich endorses Scozzafava in NY-23 race,” The Hill, October 16, 2009.

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“On Saturday, October 31″: Mike McAndrew, “Republican Dede Scozzafava urges friends to vote for Democrat Bill Owens after exiting NY-23 House race,” The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), November 1, 2009.

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“The initial response”: Erick Erickson, “In NY-23, Conservatives Win,” RedState.com, November 4, 2009.

“Glenn Beck’s denial”: Amanda Terkel, “Hoffman ‘Un-Concedes’ The NY-23 Election After Prodding From His ‘Mentor’ Glenn Beck,” ThinkProgress.org, November 16, 2009.

“A week later”: David Weigel, “NY-23: Hoffman Concedes, Again,” Washington Independent, November 24, 2009.

“The disappointed conservatives”: Michelle Malkin, “Newt for 2012? No, thanks,” MichelleMalkin.com, October 26, 2009.

“At RedState.com”: Alex Koppelman, “Conservatives revolt over congressional candidate,” Salon.com, October 16, 2009.

“But more important”: John Amato, “Rush Limbaugh blames Newt Gingrich for Hoffman’s loss in NY-23,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 5, 2009.

“So Gingrich”: John Amato, “Newt Gingrich the latest Conservative to bow down to Rush Limbaugh,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 5, 2009.

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“Three weeks after the election”: Logan Murphy, “Palin Disaster in NY-23 Prompts GOP To Call For Party Purity,” CrooksandLiars.com, November 24, 2009.

“Titled ‘Resolution”: Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, “A GOP Purity Test?” First Read (MSNBC.com), November 23, 2009.

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“When President Obama”: Nicole Belle, “Staying Classy the GOP Way: Cong. Joe Wilson Yells Out ‘You Lie!’ During Obama’s Speech,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 9, 2009.

“It was unheard of”: David Neiwert, “Obama heckler Joe Wilson a member of neo-Confederate SCV, fought to keep Dixie flag flying in South Carolina,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 10, 2009.

“In short order”: Carl Hulse, “In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol,” New York Times, September 9, 2009.

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“Among the Tea Party crowd”: Erick Erickson, “Joe Wilson: Great American Hero! Bob Bennett: Unrepentant Fool,” RedState.com, September 9, 2009.

” ‘There are a lot of folks”: Andy Barr, “Joe Wilson: Right-wing folk hero,” Politico.com, September 16, 2009.

“Former president Jimmy Carter”: Mark Murray, “Carter: Race Plays Role in Obama Dislike,” First Read (MSNBC.com), September 15, 2009.

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“Michael Steele at”: Ben Smith, “Steele denounces ‘race card’,” Politico.com, September 16, 2009.

“Meanwhile, on all the cable shows”: Media Matters, “Reaction to Carter, Pelosi comments show media reluctant to discuss racism, extremism in Obama attacks,” MediaMatters.org, September 18, 2009.

“So had longtime Fox anchor”: David Neiwert, “Brit Hume says that crying racism is bad. What about when Glenn Beck does it?,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 19, 2009.

“Another former president”: Katie Escherich, “Bill Clinton: Race ‘Not Driving Opposition to President Obama on Health Care’,” Good Morning America, September 22, 2009.

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“Karl Rove appeared”: David Neiwert, “Karl Rove adamantly denies health-care debate is connected to race. But the numbers suggest otherwise,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 23, 2009.

“As it happened”: Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler, “Health Care, Race and Political Polarization,” Washington Post, September 21, 2009.

“After Glenn Beck appeared”: David Von Drehle, “Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?,” Time, September 17, 2009. See also David Neiwert, “Dear Time Magazine: About that subscription renewal …,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 18, 2009.

“former Bush speechwriter”: Peter Wehner, “Glenn Beck: Harmful to the Conservative Movement,” Commentary, September 21, 2009.

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“Joe Scarborough”: David Neiwert, “Joe Scarborough agrees: Glenn Beck is bad news for the conservative movement,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 22, 2009.

“New York Times columnist”: David Neiwert, “David Brooks: The problem for Republicans is that race-baiters like Limbaugh and Beck own them,” CrooksandLiars.com, September 21, 2009.

“Peter Wallsten”: Peter Wallsten, “Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme,” Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2009.

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“WND had been especially keen”: See, e.g., Joseph Farah, “Y2K, FEMA and ‘domestic terror’,” WorldNetDaily, December 13, 1999; David M. Bresnahan, “Government plans for the worst in Y2K,” WorldNetDaily, March 4, 1999; David M. Bresnahan, “Clinton set to declare national emergency,” WorldNetDaily, November 29, 1999; and David M. Bresnahan, “Is the government hiding something?,” WorldNetDaily, March 4, 1999.
“In 2009″: See, e.g., WorldNetDaily, “Is this really smoking gun of Obama’s Kenyan birth?,” WorldNetDaily, August 2, 2009; WorldNetDaily, “Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ not acceptable in Hawaii?,” WorldNetDaily, June 7, 2009; and Bob Unruh, “New bid to unseal Obama’s birth certificate,” WorldNetDaily, May 28, 2009.

“A story by”: David Weigel, “Far-Right Site Gains Influence in Obama Era,” Washington Independent, September 4, 2009.

“Some conservatives”: Jerome Corsi, “Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for ‘emergencies’,” WorldNetDaily, February 1, 2009 .

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“The spread of the falsehood”: Jon Henke, “Organizing Against WorldNetDaily,” TheNextRight, August 31, 2009.

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“As David Weigel explained”: David Weigel, “Joseph Farah Responds to WorldNetDaily Critics,” Washington Independent, September 2, 2009.

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“On the October 13 edition”: David Neiwert, “Sean Hannity helps Jerome Corsi promote his black-helicopter ‘New World Order’ conspiracy theories,” CrooksandLiars.com, October 14, 2009.

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