Political correctness is keeping Hollywood from properly stigmatizing Muslims—so said Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel. He issued this complaint during a 2006 episode of Right Side Radio, a syndicated show McDaniel hosted for three years before being elected to the state Senate in 2007.
"It's funny how the movies have portrayed themselves lately and how the video games have portrayed themselves lately," McDaniel said in the segment. "There's one person that cannot be a villain in Hollywood, ever. One group that cannot be villains. Who is that? [Cohost: The Muslims.] Yeah, isn't that neat? They'll go out of their way to find some Russian white guy that's just nuts, and he's the terrorist, which I've never seen that. But the Muslims, they've just disappeared from Hollywood's radar."
"I think the true enemy is Ron Howard and Andy Griffith," he joked. (The remarks were first reported by a local politics blog, Dark Horse Mississippi.)
McDaniel didn't have it quite right. Islamic extremists played the roles of terrorists in seasons two, four, and six* of the television show 24; the Showtime series Sleeper Cell; and a variety of movies, including Syriana, The Kingdom, Rules of Engagement, The Siege, True Lies, and Zero Dark Thirty. The Muslim-as-villain has been such a long-standing stereotype that a 1998 New York Times story reported on the difficulties Arab American actors faced in obtaining roles beyond that as hijackers.
Other audio clips unearthed by Dark Horse Mississippi feature McDaniel warning about the dangers of the "homosexual agenda" and describing a grand plan by Democrats to make "homosexual marriage and polygamy completely legal in all 50 states." Speaking before the 2006 election, McDaniel rattled off a "parade of horribles" that would come to pass if Democrats ("the party of sex on demand") took control of Congress; these included "new social taxes, new social programs," and "new hate crime laws for homosexuals."
In another episode of his radio show, McDaniel mocked San Francisco lawmakers who had decried an ad campaign depicting a white woman wrestling a black woman, under the slogan "White is coming."
"They're elite," he said of the city's residents, before taking a shot at the city's LGBT community. "Right next to gender misidentification is IQ, I suppose. That's gonna get me in trouble."
Last week, Mother Jonesreported on a promotional clip from Right Side Radio in which McDaniel blamed rising gun violence on hip-hop. As he put it, "It's a problem of a culture that values prison more than college; a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry; a culture that can't stand education."
*Correction: This story originally misidentified the villains in season five of 24.
On Wednesday, at the end of a day dominated by reports that his aides had gleefully shut down a bridge as payback to a political rival, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a moment to apologize. Sort of. "What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable," Christie said in a statement. "I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge." The political apology (or non-apology, as the case may be), is an art form. But as with other art forms, its intricacies are often lost on the general public.
Below are excerpts from some of the more infamous apologies made by American politicians and Rob Ford. Can you match the apology to the offender?
But Montana's Matt Rosendale attended a lecture by a conpiracy theorist who thinks the Rockefeller and Rothschild clans are part of a new world order.
Tim MurphyJan. 8, 2014 7:00 AM
A Montana Republican congressional candidate attended a December seminar featuring a speaker who argues that environmentalists are "domestic terrorists" and that a small group of bankers led by the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds—a Jewish family long targeted by conspiracy theorists—secretly control global politics. Sponsored by a conservative group called Defend Rural America, the event was attended by a handful of Republican legislators, including state Sen. Matt Rosendale, who last fall launched a campaign for the state's open House seat, and state Sen. Jennifer Fielder, the vice-chairwoman of the Montana Republican party. Rosendale is one of four Republican candidates vying to replace Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who is running for Senate.
The event's main speaker was Defend Rural America's founder Kirk MacKenzie, a former Ross Perot campaign aide who since 2011 has traveled the Mountain West giving a two-hour presentation on how the federal government and international bodies are trampling over the rights of locals—and how to fight back. Rosendale's attendance was first reported by the Missoula Independent.
Rosendale, a first-term Republican, told Mother Jones he disagrees with MacKenzie's statements about bankers and environmentalists. "I don't believe that using inflammatory rhetoric on either side of a debate is productive," he said in an email. "I try to use, and furthermore, strive to focus on the actual facts surrounding and impacting any issue." Still, Rosendale thinks there's a larger truth to MacKenzie's message: "[I]t is critical for the United States to maintain our sovereignty and not surrender it to any other entity." Rosendale is not considered the front-runner in the race, but no polls have been conducted of the current field of declared candidates.
“[It’s] a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry.”
Tim MurphyJan. 7, 2014 1:40 PM
In a promotional segment for his Christian conservative radio program, Right Side Radio, Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel blamed rising gun violence on a "hip-hop" culture that "values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry."
The comments were featured in a teaser for the program, which McDaniel hosted from 2004 to 2007, and recently flagged by the politics blog Darkhorse Mississippi. McDaniel, a state senator who has the backing of prominent tea party and conservative groups, is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran in June's Republican primary.
"The reason Canada is breaking out with brand new gun violence has nothing to do with the United States and guns," McDaniel said in this promotional sampler for his syndicated radio show. "It has everything to do with a culture that is morally bankrupt. What kind of culture is that? It's called hip-hop."
On Tuesday, Ohio businessman Ted Stevenot will announce he would challenge Gov. John Kasich in May's Republican primary. Stevenot is, by his own admission, a relative newcomer to state politics and has not run for a major office before. His main credential prior to entering the race was his 10-month stint as president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, a statewide network of tea party groups. The OLC's agenda tracks closely with similar tea party groups in other states: It opposes the Common Core natural curriculum standard, it worries that the state's elected Republicans are too soft on President Obama, and it likes guns.
But the group has a habit of expressing its views in inflammatory ways. A photo posted to its Facebook page (see above) last January, shortly before Stevenot took over, compares Obama to a collection of notorious dictators, including Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler, because of their shared habit of occasionally appearing in photos with children. Another image recommends using assault rifles against "the people who try to take them away"—in this case, the federal government:
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And here's the president of the United States, after being punched in the face:
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Stevenot has accused Kasich of being too close to Obama, because the governor used federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid program. He's not leaving himself open to a similar charge.