The Year in Right Wing Paranoia and Demagoguery

Media Matters takes a look back at some of the more bizarre instances of either paranoia or demagoguery (take your pick) by right wing politicians, pundits and radio talk show hosts. In retrospect, it’s hard to believe we aren’t all dead from Ebola, isn’t it?

This fall, media outlets were swept up in panic about a widespread domestic Ebola outbreak that never materialized, devoting significant column space and TV segments to fearmongering about the issue.

But according to certain conservative and fringe media figures, not only was a domestic Ebola outbreak imminent, it was also an intentional plot by President Obama inspired by his desire to destroy America.

Radio host Michael Savage, who has largely flown under the mainstream radar in recent years but still commands an audience of millions of listeners, suggested in October that Obama was guilty of treason over Ebola. According to Savage, Obama wanted to “infect the nation with Ebola” to help “make things fair and equitable” in the world.

Savage’s conspiracy (as many conspiracies often do) found a receptive audience with prominent radio host Alex Jones. Previewing an interview with Savage, Jones told his listeners that Obama was “letting Ebola in” as part of an elaborate conspiracy to bankrupt the country and potentially “start a civil war with Obama at its head as the new Lincoln.”

Morgan Brittany, a WND columnist and conservative activist, wrote a column on Ebola in early October wondering “If The Conspiracy Theories Are True.” Brittany detailed a dinner party she had attended, during which the conversation “veered into conspiracy territory,” including concerns over the government owning “$1 billion worth of disposable FEMA coffins.” (The government is not stockpiling $1 billion worth of disposable FEMA coffins.) Brittany wondered whether Ebola and other crises were all “orchestrated” by the government to declare martial law and seize people’s guns.

Also at WND, Alan Keyes quoted extensively from Machiavelli’s The Prince before launching into a barely comprehensible diatribe about how the president was intentionally importing individuals infected with Ebola as human “biological weapon[s] of mass destruction” in order to help fight off challenges to the Affordable Care Act, or something.

And then the election took place and — voila! — Ebola magically disappeared. Gee, it’s almost as if they were pushing unjustified fear to scare people into voting for them. Nah, that couldn’t be, could it?

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I know what a “disposable coffin” is, but it still sounds like an oxymoron considering that coffins tend to be single use devices.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Tabby, so you’ve never heard of Rent-A-Coffin??

  • Kevin Kehres

    Of course there are no disposable coffins. All of the FEMA death camps have state-of-the-art crematoria. Way better than the Nazis had.

  • dingojack

    Tabby – oh that’s what they tell you. Bwhahahahahahaha!!

    😉 Dingo

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You kids these days with your wasteful single-serving coffins! Back in my day, we couldn’t afford them high-falootin’ disposable coffins! We had the family coffin, which passed down from my great grandfather to my grandfather, to my father, and on the day I die, God willing, I’ll dig it up and take it from him, dagnabit!

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    As long as we’re talking about Ebola, let’s also remember Rand Paul, the self-certified opthamologist who told us, as a “medical expert,” that you could get Ebola at a cocktail party.

  • raven

    Of course there are no disposable coffins. All of the FEMA death camps have state-of-the-art crematoria. Way better than the Nazis had.

    That is a myth.

    The FEMA commies, of course, recycle. You’ve never heard of…Soylent Green?

  • daved

    As long as we’re talking about Ebola, let’s also remember Rand Paul, the self-certified opthamologist who told us, as a “medical expert,” that you could get Ebola at a cocktail party.

    I’m glad Rand and I don’t attend the same parties.

  • John Pieret

    Alan Keyes quoted extensively from Machiavelli’s The Prince before launching into a barely comprehensible diatribe …

    In other words, the situation is normal in Keyes’ case.

  • busterggi

    Ah, but you forget that Savage, eminent epidemiologist that he is (I know because he said so), made it clear that Ebola was part two of Obama’s plan. Part one was EV-D68, aka ‘the Honduran Flu’, which Obama was bringing into the country carried by diseased Latino Muslims and which was supposed to wipe all all the children in the country.

  • lorn

    Typical right-wing tactics. Amazing how people simply don’t remember how during the last Bush administration the threat level would rise and the talk of terrorist attacks would multiply right before any election, and then … the talk of those imminent threats would simply evaporate. Of course, the media would seamlessly step off into the next story without breaking stride, as if that two weeks of escalating and ever more dire predictions never really happened. The day before the election and Muslim terrorists were either on their way to setting off a nuke/dirty/ anthrax bomb downtown in your city or they were already here just biding their time so they can do the most damage. Then, once the results started coming in … nothing.