R. Bannerman

Let’s Play “Are You Smarter Than an MSNBC Anchor?” It’s Prime time Scare TV!

2010 June 21

Beating war-drums and ominous music set the stage for the prime-time TV show’s opening scene. Men decked out in camouflage, loading their weapons, flash across the screen. The camera cuts away to crowds waving signs and carrying flags, then zooms in on a graphic of cross-hairs on a U.S. map. The drums beat faster—louder. Suddenly, we’re in the woods, watching the camouflaged men fire their weapons and an unseen TV host warns us of, “Anger, militia, tea parties, revolution, running with the pack, the flag with the coiled snake, the extreme right wing,” verbally painting a picture of wolves, snakes poised to strike and Nazis. As the scary music and beating drums crescendo, he asks in an alarmed tone,

Will rage lead to violence?

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