Is CNBC a co-conspirator in inciting violence?

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TPM has a story that needs to get out:


Tea Baggers are hoping for a literal “riot” at an upcoming town hall event, in order to create a spectacle for CNBC’s cameras. And the event will be hosted by a Democratic congressman who this week had a swastika painted on a sign outside his district office.

Yesterday, Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin sent an email, obtained by TPMmuckraker, to a Tea Party google group. Martin told the group: “We have a media request for an event this week that will have lots of energy and lots of anger. This is for CNBC.”


Later that day, a Tea Bagger named Pat Wayman responded with a suggestion, also obtained by TPMmuckraker: “This one should be a riot! literally….” he wrote.

Wayman then posted information for an upcoming town hall meeting hosted by Rep. David Scott (D-GA).

So, if this is true, CNBC is asking Teabaggers to create a riot or near riot so they will have good footage and their right wing TV personalities can play Glenn Beck.  If it is true.

There are at least two things that CNBC/GE Legal really should look at: (1) Potential criminal liability as a co-conspirator if any laws are broken; (2) Potential civil liability for any personal injury or property damage under joint and several liability principles.  

WTF is all I can say.  GE needs to rein in CNBC before someone is hurt.


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    • TomP on August 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Please spread the word.

  1. think that we need some regulation of the media. Free speech seems to be being abused and inciting violence and fermenting hate for the agenda of the corporate owned media and the sponsors who pay huge revenues is not really free speech. It’s using these lunatics to stop our democratic procedures. while cable is not the public air waves or some such nonsense it must be held accountable. I often wonder why these entities are defined legally a people yet seem immune to any of the laws or regulations we as actual people are subject to. I thought like a fool that after Bush left the so called news shows would at least stop being a conduit for the propaganda of and for the wingers but it seem to be worse. I guess they are scared, but they sure seem to be barking up the wrong tree as most are horrified by the America they seek to perpetuate.      

  2. The pro “no-nothing” bias obviously still exists. An in depth look at Freedom Works by the major networks is warranted, instead they might mention the astroturf outfit in passing, but the whole tea bagger theater is treated as mostly legitimate.

    Contrast the coverage of the crazies at Town Halls to the nearly invisible coverage of the massive anti-Iraq War rallies in 2003.

    • TomP on August 13, 2009 at 1:08 am

    All the interconnecting links between the vast right wing conspiracy and the trad med are being exposed.  

  3. but was told to hit this diary and read.  This is really super sucky.  Will go to TPM and read.

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