This Wednesday, Rachel Maddow discussed the growing phenomenon of right wing extremists who do not recognize the United States government.
She began by revisiting the so called “Sagebrush War” of the mid-nineties, kicked off on July 4, 1994 when Nye county, Nevada county supervisor Dick Carver climbed aboard his Bulldozer and opened a closed road in the Toiyabe National Forest, claiming that the land belonged to the county and not the federal government.
The case was lost in court, but as the recent standoff in Clark county demonstrated, extremists who deny the authority of the federal government do not accept the findings of U.S. courts as valid either. Over the course of the next few years, several Forest Service and BLM offices in the state were bombed by these domestic terrorists.
Having given the background of this un-American movement, Maddow then noted the support these anti-government militias have found from none other than the Fox News Channel.
“This time for those politics, they’ve got the prime time stars of a big cable news network called the Fox News Channel,” she said. “Which for several days now, more than a week now trying to turn this particular guy into a household name.”
Cue Cliven Bundy, the latest hero in “Mr. Ailes’ Neighborhood,” demanding that sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm the Park Service and that he order the county to tear down the entrances to all national park lands, all to the raucous approval of those gathered who shout, “Do your job, Sheriff!”
Maddow noted that the standoff was off for now, not because anything had been resolved, but rather because so many had showed up with guns and expressed their willingness to shed blood, prompting the government agents to do a tactical withdrawal to avoid violence. The “militiamen” had employed terrorism to achieve a goal — and at least for now succeeded.
As Rachel points out, it really is no surprise when the usual suspects on the far-fringe of right wing media such as WND and Alex Jones continue to hype the story, attempting to fuel the delusions of those who don’t accept the authority of the government. What she finds disturbing is that a major cable channel such as Fox is also doing it.
“It becomes something else when a media institution called the Fox News channel decides to promote the worst of this stuff, when they drag this stuff up out of the far right, pitiful fringe and turn it into a national conservative cause celeb,” she said.
Watch the video below.