Media Matters for America has put together a road guide to the insane comments that conservative media has proffered in creating fear and loathing against the president of the U.S.A., Barack Obama. In the article, "Summer of rage": Obama Derangement Syndrome grips conservative media once again, the following categories are delineated and attributed to Obama: anti-government speech, civil war, undermining and destroying U.S., mental state, collusion with Russians, prolonging crisis in Gulf, controlling everything, one world government and running a "thugocracy."
In recent weeks, conservative media have been consumed by "Obama Derangement Syndrome," accusing President Obama of being insane, of colluding with Russian spies, of trying to create a civil war and implement one world government, among other things, while also claiming that his administration is trying to control everything under the sun, including the Internet and, inexplicably, your toilet.
Conservative media ratchet up anti-government speech
On the June 10 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck turned to his blackboard, on which he had outlined his theory that "the politicians [had] joined with the revolutionaries so they could gain power," and said that now is the "time to break apart" that conspiracy. He then warned his viewers that the "summer of rage is about to begin." Other conservative media figures, including Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Jay Severin, and Pam Geller, have similarly elevated their anti-government rhetoric to new heights, not only spewing baseless facts and utter falsehoods, but alluding to violent revolution and civil war, all to attack and undermine the Obama administration and progressives.
Media Matters previously documented the violent, doomsday, and anti-intellectual rhetoric that had arisen in the conservative media just a few months after Obama was sworn in as president, in which conservative media figures appealed overtly, just as today, to feelings of anger and paranoia in their audience. At the time, David Horowitz dubbed this particular "hysteria" the "Obama Derangement Syndrome."
Conservative media: Obama is "trying to create a civil war"
Conservative media figures have been warning of the coming "rivers of blood" and that Obama is pushing America toward civil war.
Conservative media: Obama is undermining U.S., wants to cut it "down to size" and destroy it
Conservative media figures have accused Obama of trying to destabilize and destroy the United States, as well as its economy and social systems.
Conservative media discuss Obama's mental state
Much like conservative media figures did months ago when they discussed Obama's mental state, alleging that "something is not right" and that Obama has "deep psychological problems" and "deep-seated inferiority feelings," they have once again turned to psychoanalyzing Obama.
Conservative media: Obama may be a Russian spy, in collusion with Russians
Since the FBI arrested 11 people it suspects of being Russian undercover spies, conservative media have speculated that Obama is "one of them" and have asked why the Russians "have to spy on us" considering "Obama will tell them anything they want to know." Limbaugh has also said Obama "wants to expand" the rights of Russian spies.
Conservative media: Obama wants the disaster in the Gulf to push through agenda
Conservative media figures have pushed falsehoods and wild allegations in claiming that Obama is intentionally prolonging the crisis in the Gulf, in order to, among other things, push his cap and trade agenda and "shut down" offshore drilling.
Conservative media: Obama administration vying to control everything including Internet, "your toilet"
Conservative media have been saying that the federal government is in the process of taking over everything -- from companies, to the Internet, to "your toilet," and that it is trying to control not only the people but the information in an endless "power grab."
Conservative media: Obama is working toward one world government
Conservative media figures have been fomenting fear that Obama is pushing the United States toward a "new world order" and trying to institute a "global government" and a "single [world] currency."
Conservative media: Obama is a thug running a "thugocracy"
Conservative media figures have falsely claimed Obama's proposal for a BP escrow account amounts to "seizing private assets" and letting the administration "run the money" and have accused Obama of being a "thug" running a "thugocracy."