Notes: Chapter Two

Chapter Two: Into the Abyss

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

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

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

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

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

“Even former”: John Amato, “Dick Cheney picks Limbaugh over Colin Powell,”, 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,”

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“Jerome Corsi”: Media Matters, “Corsi’s claim that Obama posted ‘false, fake birth certificate’ flatly rejected by Hawaii Health Department,”, 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,” (Honolulu), October 31, 2008.

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“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.

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“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,”, December 4, 2008.

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

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

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“Dobbs kicked off”: Media Matters, “Dobbs repeatedly makes Obama birth certificate claims his CNN colleagues call ‘total bull’,”, 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’,”, July 22, 2009.

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“On his radio show”: Media Matters, “Dobbs persists: ‘Where is that birth certificate? Why hasn’t it been forthcoming?’,”, 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,”, July 29, 2009.

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

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

“In mid-January”: The Rush Limbaugh Show, January 16, 2009. Transcript at

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

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“While credulously interviewing”: Interview with Sam Antonio, Glenn Beck, CNN Headline News, July 25, 2007. Transcript available at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.

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

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

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

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“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.

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” ‘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,”, November 12, 2008.

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

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” ‘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,”, May 18, 2009.

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

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“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,”, March 13, 2009.

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