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Here he blows! Glenn Beck can always take a tragedy and make it darker for the victims. Apparently youth groups meeting from the left are now considered Hitler's babies. If you side with the people or labor, you must be a Nazi sympathizer.
The bomb in Oslo targeted buildings connected to the Labour Party government, and the youth camp on Utoeya island was also run by the party.
I doubt you'll hear Fox News or Beck mention that the shooter was a fan of right wing bloggers from the US.
In the New York Times, Scott Shane looks at the undeniable influence of people like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller on the Oslo terrorist: Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.
And as usual, the most incoherent defense comes from hate group leader Pamela Geller:
Mr. Breivik frequently cited another blog, Atlas Shrugs, and recommended the Gates of Vienna among Web sites. Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of Islam who runs Atlas Shrugs, wrote on her blog Sunday that any assertion that she or other antijihad writers bore any responsibility for Mr. Breivik’s actions was “ridiculous.”
“If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists,” she wrote.
As I wrote yesterday, the chain of responsibility in this case is much clearer than it was in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. There’s no doubt whatsoever that Anders Behring Breivik was seriously influenced by these people, and they know it. Their guilty consciences are showing.
In the document he posted online, Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of bombing government buildings and killing scores of young people at a Labor Party camp, showed that he had closely followed the acrimonious American debate over Islam.
His manifesto, which denounced Norwegian politicians as failing to defend the country from Islamic influence, quoted Robert Spencer, who operates the Jihad Watch Web site, 64 times, and cited other Western writers who shared his view that Muslim immigrants pose a grave danger to Western culture.
And Rep. Peter King still plans another fearmongering anti-Muslim hearing on Wed.
As Markos points out, right wingers gleefully jumped immediately in when this story broke to attack Muslims.
Right-wingers could hardly contain their glee when news first broke Friday of the terrorist attacks in Norway. None stepped in it more spectacularly than the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin.
Oh, they desperately wanted Norway's attacks to be the handiwork of jihadists so they could continue justifying the trillions of dollars and countless lives wasted on our overseas adventures.
Then, it turned out the terrorist was a white Christian conservative, and poof! They lost interest. I mean, how dare you smear an entire group of people based on the actions of just one bad apple? Then those same conservatives shifted into damage control mode when it also turned out that the terrorist was hugely inspired by the tea party.
Jennifer Rubin should post an immediate apology or be fired from her job. C&L covers this topic as well as anyone ever has and since our book Over The Cliff hit the stands last year David and I do our best to be accurate about what's being reported as the rise of violence erupts in our society. It doesn't warm the soul to be right in the conclusion that we drew in our book.