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The terrorist tactics of Sarah Palin & John McCain — It’s time to tell the media: “Enough is Enough!”

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John McCain vowed to take the gloves off during last night’s debate. To the disappointment of some, he didn’t. What seems to have escaped the media radar is that the McCain campaign had already taken the gloves off 4 days earlier. It is the nature of chickenshit men to only attack their opponents from behind. Hatred flourishes in dark places. Brought into the light of a public forum, the shamefulness of their acts becomes glaring. Even John McCain, in his most desperate hours, couldn’t bring himself to stoop to the level of his running mate, who has shown that she has no shame.    

 

The difference between Sarah Palin and William Ayers

There are those who think it is sometimes justified to commit violence for a cause. You could run the full gamut — from the Battle of Lexington to the war in Afghanistan, from militant anti-abortion protesters to militant anti-war protesters, from the suffragette movement to the civil rights movement (although, in that latter set, it bears mention that the violence was committed primarily by angry men and angry whites, respectively, against women and black protesters), and from Carrie Nation to William Ayers. I abhor violence. It is not my intention here to promote, excuse or argue the worthiness of any violent act over another, no matter how noble some may view the cause.    

Our history is equally pocked with instances of individuals and groups committing or urging violence out of a sheer hatred — born from ignorance and fear of other individuals and groups — which is not a noble cause by any standard, but is a sickness: from slavery to the Trail of Tears, from the KKK to neo-Nazis, from Charles Manson to Timothy McVeigh. The McCain campaign belongs in this group.  

To the extent that, at times in our history, this sickness has erupted into violence, we carry a collective wound that is continually re-injured, never quite healing. A source of shame for some, and a source of unresolved rage for others, this wound is part of our national consciousness. In some, it exists right beneath the surface, like an inflamed boil, ever on the verge of bursting into a poisonous flow of pus. In hard times, the rage and hatred are more easily provoked, requiring only a slight pricking of the surface to start the flow. Sarah Palin– on behalf of the McCain campaign — has taken a surgical needle to this wound, urging — nick by nick, code-word by code-word — the poison to the surface. 

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

The media are taking their cues from the American public on this. In the absence of our protests, they will likely continue airing, without counterpoint, the hateful, race-baiting, violence-inciting stump speeches of Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign. It is odd that, only during a presidential campaign, would such vitriol be broadcast, daylong, into our living rooms — as if the implications of Sarah Palin’s speeches were as benign as a rant on taxes, health care or energy independence.  At no other time would a public figure be allowed a national forum to incite violence. 

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I urge all people of good conscience to write the media. Send an outpouring of protest against the unchallenged airing of this dangerous vitriol. You need write no more than a sentence. Less is more. Just remember to be courteous, respectful and succinct (admittedly not my forte). Below is a list of media contacts, from the Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) site. If you’re at a loss for words, feel free to borrow some of mine, below, changing them as you see fit.

The recent tone and language of the McCain campaign is inciting a threatening atmosphere of hatred that I fear could erupt into violence. While I would never propose abridging free speech, there is a fine line between the free exercise of speech and the inciting of violence. In reporting on hate groups, such as the KKK  and neo-Nazi groups, I would not expect the media to air their hateful vitriol without a strong counterpoint. While there are many shades of gray between the two, I believe the line between free speech and violence-inciting words has been crossed, when the stump-speeches of a public figure incite the audience to jeer, “Kill him!” and “Terrorist!” and “Treason!” and (to an African American member of the media) “Sit down, boy.” Our country is in a time of crisis, with old and new angers simmering beneath the surface. I fear that, in the near future, the media will be reporting on the repercussions of these destructive speeches. I implore you to, please, exercise responsibility in the reporting of these hateful speeches.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

ABC News
77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777

General e-mail: netaudr@abc.com
Nightline: nightline@abcnews.com
20/20: 2020@abc.com

FAIR
112 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
fair@fair.org

 

 CBS News
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Phone: 212-975-4321
Fax: 212-975-1893

Email forms for all CBS news programs
CBS Evening News: evening@cbsnews.com
The Early Show: earlyshow@cbs.com
60 Minutes II: 60minutes@cbsnews.com
48 Hours: 48hours@cbsnews.com
Face The Nation: ftn@cbsnews.com

CNBC
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Phone: (201) 735-2622
Fax: (201) 583-5453
Email: info@cnbc.com

CNN
One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404-827-1500
Fax: 404-827-1784
Email forms for all CNN news programs

 Fox News Channel
1211 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 301-3000
Fax: (212) 301-4229
comments@foxnews.comList of Email addresses for all Fox News Channel programs
Special Report with Brit Hume: Special@foxnews.com
FOX Report with Shepard Smith: Foxreport@foxnews.com
The O’Reilly Factor: Oreilly@foxnews.com
Hannity & Colmes: Hannity@foxnews.com, Colmes@foxnews.com
On the Record with Greta: Ontherecord@foxnews.com

 MSNBC/NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Phone: (212) 664-4444
Fax: (212) 664-4426
List of Email addressesfor all MSNBC/NBC news programs
Dateline NBC: dateline@nbc.com
Hardball with Chris Matthews: hardball@msnbc.com
MSNBCReports with Joe Scarborough: joe@msnbc.com
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: nightly@nbc.com
NBC News Today: today@nbc.com

 PBS
2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA 22202
Phone: 703-739-5000
Fax: 703-739-8458

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: newshour@pbs.org


National Radio Programs 

National Public Radio
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Phone: 202-513-3232
Fax: 202-513-3329E-mail: Jeffrey A. Dvorkin, Ombudsman ombudsman@npr.org
List of Email addresses for all NPR news programs

The Rush Limbaugh Show
1270 Avenue of the Americas, NY 10020
Phone (on air): 800-282-2882
Fax: 212-445-3963
E-mail: ElRushbo@eibnet.com

Sean Hannity Show
Phone (on air): 800-941-7326
Sean Hannity: 212-613-3800
James Grisham, Producer: 212-613-3807E-mail: Phil Boyce, Program Director phil.boyce@citcomm.com


National Newspapers

The Los Angeles Times
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Phone: 800-528-4637 or 213-237-5000
Fax: 213-237-4712

L.A. Times Contact Information by Department
Letters to the Editor: letters@latimes.com
Readers’ Representative: readers.rep@latimes.com
The New York Times
620 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-556-1234
D.C. Bureau phone: 202-862-0300
Fax: 212-556-3690

Letters to the Editor (for publication): letters@nytimes.com
Write to the news editors: news-tips@nytimes.com
Corrections: senioreditor@nytimes.com
New York Times Contact Information by Department
How to Contact New York Times Reporters and Editors

USA Today
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Phone: 703-854-3400
Fax: 703-854-2078 

Letters to the Editor: editor@usatoday.com
Give feedback to USA Today

The Wall Street Journal
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Phone: 212-416-2000
Fax: 212-416-2658

Letters to the Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Comment on News Articles: wsjcontact@dowjones.com
The Washington Post
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Phone: 202-334-6000
Fax: 202-334-5269

Letters to the Editor: letters@washpost.com
Ombudsman: ombudsman@washpost.com
Contact Washington Post Writers and Editors


Magazines

Newsweek
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Phone: 212-445-4000
Fax: 212-445-5068

Letters to the Editor: letters@newsweek.com

Time
Time & Life Bldg., Rockefeller Center, 1271 6th Ave., New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-522-1212
Fax: 212-522-0003

Letters to the Editor letters@time.com
U.S. News & World Report
1050 Thomas Jefferson St., Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-955-2000
Fax: 202-955-2049

Letters to the Editor letters@usnews.com


News Services / Wires

Associated Press
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Phone: 212-621-1500
Fax: 212-621-7523

General Questions and Comments: info@ap.org
Partial Contact Information for the Associated Press by Department and Bureau

Reuters
Three Times Square, New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 646-223-4000Reuters Editorial Feedback

United Press International
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Telephone: 202-898-8000
FAX: 202-898-8048Comments and Tips: tips@upi.com

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Hothead McCain Says “Horseshit” Twice in Debate

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I wasn’t going to bring up McCain’s foul language, but since he did…. Do Americans really want to elect a man to the presidency who is so hotheaded, he can’t even control his tongue during a televised presidential debate, being viewed by the entire world?  

McCain is as notorious for his foul mouth as he is for his knee-jerk temper and hair-trigger rage. And I’m not just talking about the occasional “shit!” many of us might blurt when stubbing our toe on the footboard. I’m talking crude and gross slurs, jokes, epithets, you name it. So, in this sense, I suppose the senator is to be commended for restraining himself from calling Obama by one of the epithets he’s known to employ when speaking, among friends, about African Americans and other “different” people who make up the tapestry of this great nation he so professes to honor and love.

The irony during last Friday’s debate was that Obama’s statement was not actually “horseshit,” as McCain asserted. The fact is, McCain really did refuse to meet with Prime Minister Zapatero in his Sept. 17, 2008 radio interview, as we discussed in a recent post. So McCain’s muttering of the word “horseshit” — not once, but twice — is not as much an indictment on his foul mouth, as on his hair-trigger temper, which had already been seething, barely contained beneath the surface, throughout the entire debate, as we discussed in yesterday’s post. Again, I wasn’t going to bring up his foul mouth, but since McCain can’t seem to control himself, even when in the midst of a foreign policy debate being watched by millions of people around the world, including world leaders ….

BELOW: McCain apparently has a history of hurling barnyard excrement at people who disagree with him or otherwise annoy him. In the first video below, he hurls chicken shit, plus the F-word at a fellow Republican senator during a heated debate on immigration reform in May 2007. In the second video, McCain at least checked his profanity at the door, but not his temper. The NYT reporter in this April 2008 video is to be commended for her bravery. Lesser journalists might have slinked under the nearest seat.

A former Capitol Hill chief-of-staff, Doug Thompson, went on the record to make public some of the jokes he heard Senator McCain tell to his drinking buddies at Bullfeathers, the popular Capitol Hill watering hole (see quotes, below, sourced “DT”). Thompson has, in turn, been widely slandered by Republicans as being a liar. Thompson stands by his version of history, as heard by his own two ears on many occasions, including time spent, by invitation, at McCain’s own table. According to Thompson, McCain didn’t use polite language in the jokes: He used names like “fags” or “queers” or “dykes” or “niggers” or “spics” or “wetbacks” or “gooks.” Below, you will find a litany of other examples of McCain’s foul food for the soul.    

WARNING: Some of these are really, really gross, vulgar, crude and offensive. I repeat these here, because they are an established part of John McCain’s record that is not as well known as it should be. My opinion is that these belong in a nuclear waste repository. Hopefully, statements like these will one day be erased from our national psyche, as we retire men like John McCain from the world stage. 

I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live. — John McCain, 2000 (Note: after using this term for 27 years, McCain retired it during his presidential campaign, in the wake of public criticism

For me to stand here and say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.” — John McCain, 2007

Two dykes are talking at a bar and one leaves. As she walks toward the door, the other watches her leave and says out loud: “God, I’ve love to eat her out.” Two men are standing near by and one turns to the other and says: “I’d like to do the same. Guess that makes me a dyke.” — John McCain 1980s (DT)

Question: Why does Mexican beer have two “X’s” on the label? Answer: Because wetbacks always need a co-signer. — John McCain 1980s (DT)

ABOVE: John McCain stereotypes Irish as drunks in this joke, just last week, on Sept. 21, in Scranton, PA

Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, ‘Where is that marvelous ape?’ — John McCain (DT) (see also Keith Olbermann’s comment here on this joke and others).

Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father. — John McCain 1998 (DT)

ABOVE: McCain joins in the spirit of the “How do we beat the bitch?” question in November 2007

I play to win. I do whatever it takes to win. If I have to fuck my opponent to win I’ll do it. If I have to destroy my opponent I won’t give it a second thought. — John McCain, spoken before a gathering of GOP operatives at the National Republican Senatorial Committee where McCain outlined his campaign strategy in his senate race (DT)

 Do you know the best thing about having Alzheimer’s? You get to hide your own Easter eggs. — John McCain, spoken at a GOP fundraiser, shortly after Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer’s Disease (DT)

ABOVE: McCain jokes about killing Iranians, July 2008. This video is followed, below, by his infamous “Bomb, Bomb Iran” joke, told in April 2007.

ABOVE: Here is a similar joke, this time a joke about bringing IEDs onto the Daily Show, which many found offensive, considering that American soldiers face the not-so-funny risk of being blown up by IEDs, better known as roadside bombs, on a daily basis.

BELOW: Listen to McCain’s March 2008 response to those who criticized his above jokes. Specifically, he said, “When veterans are together, veterans joke, and I was with veterans, and we were joking. And if somebody can’t understand that, then my answer is please get a life,” an explanation he was to repeat several times on the campaign trail.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days. — from the book, “The Real McCain” by Cliff Schecter

 

ABOVE: Racial innuendo against African Americans (Tiger Woods = black man = Barack Obama = not someone you’d want your white sons to emulate) made during a McCain event in April 2008. The maverick didn’t see fit to dispute the racist remark. 

ABOVE: Here, McCain takes a more subtle approach in his infamous “celebrity” ad. Whether or not this was intended to be racist remains a topic of controversy. 

LASTLY, in the “lie down with dogs, you get fleas” category, here’s is a 2007 radio commentary on McCain’s choice of advisers/managers for his presidential campaign.

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My friends (as John McCain is fond of saying) when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Or — to put it more succinctly and within the context with John McCain’s world view — when you’re a horse’s ass, everything looks like shit. With friends like John McCain, do the people of this country really need enemies?

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For more reading on McHothead’s temper:

Washington Post: McCain: A Question of Temperament

Huffington Post: McCain Gets Testy with Des Moines Register (Check out the videos and story from McCain’s interview with the Des Moines Register this past Monday — a mere 3 days after the debate, on Sept. 29th. It seems the old guy’s struggling harder each day to keep his rage to a simmer)