Friday, April 16, 2010

Comments on the Tea Party

Former President Clinton: Tea Party OK, but anti-Obama rage may inspire another Oklahoma bombing

By Richard Sisk
Daily News Washington Bureau
Originally Published:Friday, April 16th 2010, 3:40 PM
Updated: Friday, April 16th 2010, 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton warned Friday that the anti-government fringe could provoke the kind of political extremism that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.

"Before the bombing occurred, there was a sort of fever" in the political dialogue that was in ways similar in content to the anger currently boiling up on talk radio and on the Internet, Clinton said at a forum on the 15th anniversary of the attack by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168.

"The fabric of American life had been unraveling" in 1995 amid high unemployment, Clinton said.

"The structure of the Cold War -- the clear bipolar world -- was coming to an end," Clinton said. "There were more and more people having trouble figuring out where they fit in. It is true that we see some of that today."

Clinton said people have the right "to advocate whatever the livin' Sam Hill they want to advocate" but they must observe "the basic line dividing criticism from violence or its advocacy."

The enthusiasm for the current Tea Party movement was essentially within bounds, Clinton said.

"This Tea Party movement can be a healthy thing if they are making us justify every dollar of taxes we raise and every dollar of money we've spent," Clinton said.

"But when you get mad, sometimes you end up producing the exact opposite result of what you say you are for."

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Fox News orders Sean Hannity not to broadcast from Tea Party

Friday, April 16th 2010, 10:12 AM

Fox News execs were furious Sean Hannity was going to broadcast  his show from the rally -- and ordered him back to NY.
Fox News execs were furious Sean Hannity was going to broadcast his show from the rally -- and ordered him back to NY.

Conservative Fox News threw a big wet blanket on to talk show host Sean Hannity's plans to broadcast his show at a Tea Party tax rally in Cincinnati Thursday night. Top Fox News brass learned that Hannity's nightly show was turned into a fund-raising event by Tea Party organizers.

"Fox News never agreed to allow the Cincinnati Tea Party organizers to use Sean Hannity's television program to profit from broadcasting his show from the event," executive vice president Bill Shine told the Los Angeles Times.

"When senior executives in New York were made aware of this, we changed our plans for \[the\] show."

Rally organizers had listed Hannity as the headliner of a four-hour Tax Day rally that organizers hoped would draw as many as 13,000 people to the University of Cincinnati.

Participants were charged a minimum of $5, with seats near Hannity's set going for $20, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which reported that any profits would go to future Tea Party events.

Media Matters for America noted that Hannity's personal website directed supporters to a link to buy tickets for the Cincinnati rally.

Fox News executives said they first learned of the event Thursday morning from John Finley, Hannity's executive producer who was in Cincinnati to produce Hannity's show.

Furious, top officials recalled Hannity back to New York to do his show in his regular studio.

Critics of Fox News have accused the network of promoting the Tea Party even as it covers the political movement as a news story.


Annie said...

As long as people insist on equating the lunatic fringe with the Tea Party, the Tea people will continually be mocked and derided. As a movement, it is a good thing. It is grass roots. People are speaking up because they feel they are not being heard and they are refusing to shut up anymore.

When former President Clinton puts the tea party and political extremism together in the same breath and then warns of potential further bombings and violence, he does nothing to help calm the divisiveness between people that has come to grip our country.

I also think that people have a right to be angry, no matter their political beliefs. Expressing their anger does not necessarily lead to violence.

Annesphamily said...

Bill Clinton sold our American souls when he signed NAFTA. I worked in politics at a tender young age right out of high school. I have no regard for any baloney he has to say about anything! People should be angry. How darn that pompous horses behind compare the Tea Party people to what happened in OKC. Americans are not extremists! All this politically correctness is going to destroy our country! These two bit politicians that try to turn us against each other. They make me sick to my stomach! I am so sorry to be so upset but Americans fall for all their garbage and then they turn our attention to the disgusting likes of Tiger Woods or some other nonsense! All this and I am not even a fan of Sean Hanitty and certainly not a fan of Fox News! Annie certainly said it best! I just can hardly stand the lying cheating antics of Washington DC anymore! When Washington can't have their way with all the American people they will make sure some deplorable act of violence happens! Look at history, most all of our presidents in my time have been members of the Selected Societies like Club of Rome, Builderburger's, Council on Foreign Relations. the Illumanati and the Trilateralists! Don't sit back and let your own government fool you!

♥ Kathy said...

That's scary.

Gattina said...

I can't comment on that because I don't understand anything anymore. The only thing that I and people I know here in Europe understand is that there was enough money for a stupid unjustified war and now there is not enough money for a good health care. Apparently some people prefer to pay taxes to finance a war but not for financing the health of their compatriots. Obama is very much appreciated where I live.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Gattina, you may not realize it from the news but Obama is much appreciated in this country as well! I for one am so glad we finally have a president that cares about the people and I couldn't agree with President Clinton more, there will be some lunatic that does something just like Oklahoma.