St. Louis Tea Party co-founder and political pundit Dana Loesch thinks hard-line conservatives such as herself are being smeared by media accounts referring to Norway's Anders Behring Breivik as a "right-wing extremist."
As you surely know, Breivik is currently in police custody after killing 76 people this weekend in coordinated bomb and gun attacks. The suspect was allegedly targeting Norway's Labor Party, which he considered to be too tolerant of Muslim immigrants.
But as Loesch argues in a piece in Big Journalism, the media has it wrong. Breivik is not a right-wing extremist. He's a left-winger, at least, according to a classic definition of the term she found on (where else?) Wikipedia.
No where in political history is "right wing" used to describe the ideology of limited government except during recent times by the left to discredit American conservatism -- and many American conservatives allow such an uneducated misuse...The media, in misusing "right wing" to immediately politicize the Oslo tragedy, indicted themselves on both ignorance and callousness.As you might suspect, many folks have since questioned Loesch's argument. Adam Shriver at St. Louis Activist Hub does a good job debunking her interpretation of the term and notes that Loesch's online bio refers to her as a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy." (Loesch argues on Twitter that the marketing department at 97.1 FM Talk wrote that copy.)
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