Calvin Freiburger

Crooks and Liars Pansy Thinks Sean Hannity’s Audience Is Going to Kill Him

Posted on October 13 2010 6:23 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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If I thought for a minute that the Left’s war on extreme conservative rhetoric was sincere, I’d think they were the biggest pansies on the face of the earth. Case in point: Dave Neiwert of the ironically-named Crooks and Liars is terrified to see Sean Hannity engaging in “eliminationist” humor. The offending exchange

Hannity: My mind needs to be free so I can think about attacking liberals.

Schoen: You know what, we need to stop attacking and just try to come together.

Hannity: No, I want to attack liberals.

Schoen: Well, I want to solve problems.

Hannity: Well, by defeating liberalism we solve our problems, Doug.

Schoen: If we all work together, we solve our problems.

Hannity: If we get rid of liberals, we solve our problems.

Schoen: Well, most of them are going to lose this time anyway.

Rhetoric like this, you see, “eventually begets action, with inevitably tragic results”:

The problem with eliminationism isn’t that it is simply unpleasant or ugly or even uncomfortable discourse, which is what can often be said of the Left’s frequently charged rhetoric. The problem, as we already noted, is that it implies the death of discourse, as well as its dissolution into violence and the use of force.

And what the eliminationists call jokes aren’t. The humor in their statements—whatever might be funny about them—is entirely contingent on their listeners’ underlying attitude about their fellow Americans, an attitude that not only demonizes them but also reduces them to subhuman level, prime targets for violent elimination. Jokes shouldn’t have a concrete real-world effect and these do: at some point members of their audience (particularly the more hate-filled and mentally unstable types) will act on them.

The eliminationist project is in many ways the signature of fascism…

Yes, you read that right: Not only is this bound to lead some deranged right-winger to kill someone, Sean Hannity just unintentionally revealed that he has fascist tendencies. Actually, the only real shocker in this post is the revelation that Neiwert got somebody to turn this crap into an entire book.

The passage about “listeners’ underlying attitude about their fellow Americans” is revealing—more revealing, I’d wager, than the author meant it to be. It’s Neiwert’s attitude about his fellow Americans—conservatives in general and Hannity in particular—that infers dramatic significance in Hannity’s words, not the attitude of the average Fox News viewer. Neiwert apparently isn’t content to feel that he’s got a better take on the issues than Hannity; he has to feel morally superior as well, not to mention a constant potential victim of a right-wing powder keg that’s always just on the verge of exploding.

Normal people would probably take Hannity’s words in any number of ways—for instance, “getting rid of all the liberals” in Congress by beating them at the polls, or maybe wishing for there to not being liberals anymore because they’ve all changed their minds and become conservatives. But not our “eliminationism” expert. David Neiwert sees dehumanization and violence and fascism in Hannity’s words for no other reason than that he wants them to be there (that, and he’s got a book to sell).

With murder-minded right-wingers routinely telling jokes that are just waiting to be interpreted as kill orders by scores of viewers, it’s a wonder left-wingers dare to get out of bed in the morning at all. (Boy, at least we can take comfort in the fact that leftist personalities never say dehumanizing things to large groups of people!)

Be sure to tune in next week when David Neiwert is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his courage.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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