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Celebrities' New Sport: Fearmonger with Fake News

March 14,2017 02:33

When your hatred of President Donald Trump and conservatives runs so deep you end up mistakenly accusing a cancer patient of being a “Nazi” — it may be time to reexamine how you spend your energy. Late-night television host Samantha Bee has ...and more »



When your hatred of President Donald Trump and conservatives runs so deep you end up mistakenly accusing a cancer patient of being a “Nazi” — it may be time to reexamine how you spend your energy.
Late-night television host Samantha Bee has become the latest liberal entertainer to fearmonger through outright fake news. In a recent video segment on her show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” that was meant to criticize and poke fun at this year’s CPAC, a picture of a young man with a partially shaved head was shown on the screen, while a “Full Frontal” correspondent said, “This year, the bow ties were gone, replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair…”
The fervent desire to connect conservatism with Nazism stood in the way of any presentation of the facts. Turns out, the person shown was Kyle Coddington — a young man who has stage 4 brain cancer.
“When @iamsambee makes fun of your brother for having ‘Nazi hair.’ He actually has stage 4 brain cancer, but whatever floats your boat,” wrote Coddington’s sister, Megan, on Twitter.

TBS removed the video segment from its YouTube page and the show released an apology through an official Twitter account.
"We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece."

To make matters worse — Coddington is a registered Democrat and was attending CPAC as a member of the press for Outset magazine.
In an interview with "Fox & Friends," Coddington said he saw little sincerity in the public apology.
"It is kind of a half-apology, I would say," he said. "The effects of this go much further than just insulting me and the illness itself. It's just inconsiderate and very unprofessional to lump together anyone with a certain hairstyle or by just the way they look."
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Bee is not alone in her attempts to convince her audience of an impending Nazi or authoritarian threat through lies. Comedian Sarah Silverman tried convincing her Twitter followers that swastikas were being spray-painted out in public to scare people. She tied it all to President Trump, of course.
"Walking to get coffee saw these all over a sidewalk in the town I'm in. Is this an attempt at swastikas? Do neo nazis not have google?" she tweeted out in a rush of words.
The markings were just construction markings.

Silverman even defended her ignorance and her frightening willingness to jump to Nazi-related conclusions. "To the excited-to-pounce, smelly condescending c**** who say ima dummy 4 seeing swastikas in street markers: I'm seeing swastikas in everything fratboys. It started w Bannon's rise & festered when trump decided not 2 mention Jews re the Holocaust."
Musician Moby also fed into the irresponsible conspiracy theories by claiming "proof" of Russia "controlling" the president. He, of course, provided none of his said "proof."
So ready are these celebrities to be angry at what they see as the "enemy" that they don't care about the people who become collateral damage.
"After spending the weekend talking to friends who work in dc i can safely (well, 'accurately'…) post the following things: 1-the russian dossier on trump is real. 100% real. he's being blackmailed by the russian government, not just for being peed on by russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things," he wrote on Instagram.
He continued, "2-the trump administration is in collusion with the russian government, and has been since day one. 3-the trump administration needs a war, most likely with iran. at present they are putting u.s warships off the coast of iran in the hope that iran will attack one of the ships and give the u.s a pretense for invasion. 4-there are right wing plans to get rid of trump. he's a drain on their fundraising and their approval ratings, and the gop and koch brothers and other u.s right wing groups are planning to get rid of trump."
It was nonsense — another celebrity trying to create something out of nothing to justify his or her rage.
On and on it goes. Pop culture voices like Bee, Silverman, Moby, Rosie O'Donnell, Alec Baldwin, and so many others have a shocking willingness to give into unwarranted rage. So ready are they to be angry at what they see as the "enemy" that they don't care about the people who are collateral damage for their ridiculous attacks.

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