MSNBC featured the Republican Party's elephant logo in a segment on Wednesday's "MSNBC News Live" about the possible rise of right-wing hate groups. Anchor Contessa Brewer introduced the piece by asserting, "The White House is warning that a bad economy, combined with the election of the nation's first black President, could draw new extremist right-wing members, especially war veterans, to a dangerous cause." An onscreen graphic behind her featured a red and blue Republican elephant and fretted, "New Right-Wing Threat?" Even if one were to believe the report, how fair is it for MSNBC to link one of America's two major parties to such violence?So according to this backwards logic groups like Code Pink, PETA, Planned Parenthood and The New Black Panther Party and the like are representative of the Democratic Party, therefore making Dems responsible for all their heinous acts. Bottom line, MSNBC needs to STFU and look in the mirror before they call anyone biased.
A second graphic for the remainder of the segment hyperbolically wondered, "Rise of the Radical Right?" Brewer interviewed Washington Times correspondent Eli Lake, who broke the story of the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on Tuesday. After Lake pointed out that a footnote in the DHS analysis defines right-wing extremists as both hate groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, and also those concerned with state rights, Brewer inquired, "Are there any of these groups that have shown violent tendencies, trying to organize, overthrow the government or anything along those lines?" Lake chuckled and mused, "I mean, other than, I guess, you know, people in the Revolutionary War in 1776?"To be fair to Brewer, she did appear skeptical of the report at times. In one instance, she asked "how realistic" this supposed threat is. The host also queried as to whether the analysis was an effort to push "people who disagree with the administration, disagree with the stand on stimulus, trying to push them into something far more radical?"