6.12.2009

Media conservatives claim Holocaust museum shooter a "leftist"

Yes! The terror attack and the Holocaust museum are the fault of the elft! Makes perfect sense! A xenophobic, racist, anti-Semite, Neo-Nazi, birther who regularly published his rantings extolling the virtues of conservatives' favorite causes -- guns, white pride and anything anti-Obama -- on conservative websites. Yes, he's a leftist!

From Media Matters:

In responding to the June 10 shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, several conservatives in the media have suggested that the alleged shooter, James von Brunn, reportedly a neo-Nazi, was a "leftist," as Talking Points Memo's Zachary Roth has noted. Indeed, in some cases, those media figures have stated or suggested that Nazism itself is "a leftist phenomenon" because the English translation of the official name of Adolf Hitler's political party was the "National Socialist German Workers' Party."

In a New Republic review of Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning -- a book that furthers a similar premise and includes a chapter titled "Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left" -- Guardian America editor Michael Tomasky wrote that Goldberg's theory constitutes "revisionism" because, among other things, "there exist about a million nearly epileptic quotes from Hitler and [Josef] Goebbels and other Nazis expressing their luminous hatreds of liberalism and of communism."

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