All You Need is Hate

I did something unexpected the other day: I watched a little of The O’Reilly Factor. The host made two proclamations that might’ve made me chuckle if they weren’t so frighteningly emblematic of America’s intellectual vacancy. According to O’Reilly, Arianna Huffington is a member of the “far left” and her website, Huffington Post, is home to “hate speech.”

Of course, the myth of a monolithic Left—one that includes everyone from Dan Rather to Derrick Jensen, from Barack Obama to Ward Churchill—is extremely useful to anyone seeking to stifle public debate. However, it only requires an iota of objectivity to recognize that Arianna Huffington dwells in the realm of what might generously be characterized as the “liberal Left” (or, more accurately, the “soft Left”). Along with Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Al Franken, and others of her ilk, Arianna Huffington may not actually be a radical, but will gladly play one on TV.

But let’s move now to the far more noteworthy O’Reilly claim: the Huffington Post is a hate site. In a recent article, the popular Fox TV host focused on Huffington Post visitor comments like this one about an ailing Nancy Reagan: “I feel no pity for the bitch who took delight in watching thousands die of a horrible disease and watching the poor having to eat out of dumpsters because of her husband’s political beliefs.”

Of course, one could justifiably take issue with the harsh tone, the use of the word “bitch,” and the assumption that Just-Say-No Nancy consciously “took delight” in others’ misery. I’m certainly not endorsing the cowardly commentary of internet trolls, e.g. childish name-calling or the spineless reliance on sexism, racism, etc… but the primary point of the above comment seems germane to me. Our society and our planet are in critical condition (or worse) thanks to willful decisions made by human beings occupying positions of power. So, why are we being so damn polite when talking about these elites? Why do we show any mercy when discussing the villains who knowingly pollute, exploit, wage war, steal, and treat all living things as if they were expendable? Why are we so afraid to hate those most responsible for our current global nightmare?

Well-paid entertainers like O’Reilly cow us into fearing the label of “hater” when, in reality, elected [sic] officials and the corporations that own them display sheer, unrestrained hatred in every move they make. They hate freedom, they hate justice, and they hate solidarity. They hate the environment, plants, animals, and even humans. They hate everything… except fame, power, and profits. Why the hell do we give any of them one shred of respect? They haven’t earned our deference; they haven’t earned our patience; they haven’t earned the benefit of anyone’s doubt. They have earned nothing except our utter contempt and loathing.

Pacifist types might cringe at my words and urge us all to eschew hatred. Moderates will talk of the need to find common ground. The candlelight vigil crowd tells us that we must love our enemies. Personally, I’d rather heed the words of Malcolm X: “We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”

I feel no solidarity with the professional liars who make up the corporate media. I feel no compassion for the career criminals that stock the corporate ranks. I hold no love for the pinstriped mountebanks we call “politicians.” If that sounds like “hate speech” to you, well… that’s because it is.

Mickey Z. is the author of 11 books, most recently the novel Darker Shade of Green. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on an obscure website called Facebook. Read other articles by Mickey.

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  1. D.R. Munro said on March 28th, 2008 at 5:48am #

    “We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”

    That is it, right there. That’s the general idea.

  2. rosemarie jackowski said on March 28th, 2008 at 6:59am #

    O’Reilly is an over- paid bully with the intellect of a fruit fly. He is a mean spirited entertainer who who usually deals in hate speech and trivia. He is a former teacher which explains why so many in the US graduate brain-washed and uneducated. I watch him often because it is important to see how the public is being manipulated.

    It would be great to see a debate between O’Reilly and Phil Donahue. Bill wouldn’t last 5 minutes. Hummmm, how about the “Phil and Bill Show”. MSNBC are you out there listening…………………….

  3. hp said on March 28th, 2008 at 8:41am #

    There’s more than one way to stifle public debate.
    Perhaps the most insidious tactic is to never debate a certain subject at all.

  4. Don Hawkins said on March 28th, 2008 at 11:02am #

    Ohhh! Great warrior! [laughs and shakes his head]
    Wars not make one great!

    “You must unlearn what you have learned.” “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will…”

    Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things.

    “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. “

  5. HR said on March 28th, 2008 at 12:15pm #

    Great article. We are conditioned from birth to respect and honor our “betters” here in the supposedly classless U.S. We are taught the myth that the, “… office deserves respect irrespective of how bad the officeholder may be …” and we buy into that tripe, as the rulers laugh as they make their way to the bank, along a road paved with the dead and torn bodies of our children.

  6. Don Hawkins said on March 28th, 2008 at 12:35pm #

    HR that is the truth. Wars have never solved the problem. We are now at the crossroads and we need to use the knowledge we have to overcome our instincts. We need to relearn what we thought was true and fast. Hate to overcome instinct or holding on to nonsense because it is easy. I don’t think that will work out well. We need to stop buying the products the dark side tells us we need or want. Not as easy as it sounds.

  7. Robert B. Livingston said on March 28th, 2008 at 1:12pm #

    What worries me is that, like terrorists who “win” by making us react with fear– our enemies like the corporate state and its spokespeople with their limited vocabularies– vicariously teach us to hate.

    Don’t turn on the T.V. for God’s sake!

    Do I hate the consensus that targets every manifestation of health and life on our planet? Yes.

    But I am conflicted. What is the next step? Give like for like, or light our damned little candles?

    Like a dog that goes silent, I am ready to bite. (But I am ready to forgive and love also.)

    There must be a creative golden mean– and I am still searching for it.

  8. Don Hawkins said on March 28th, 2008 at 2:01pm #

    “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. “
    Does this mean we sit idly by and do nothing, no. Somehow we have to make the voice of reason heard. The stuff you hear on TV or from these Candidates is that reason no it sure isn’t. It is very shallow thinking on a superficial level. Easy stuff not to hot not to cold just right except when it comes to talking about each other like anybody should care. The answer is there is no answer just yet. When we do try and solve the problems it is not going to be easy not in the least and when do we try soon I think

  9. Hue Longer said on March 29th, 2008 at 4:52am #

    rosemarie jackowski said on March 28th, 2008 at 6:59 am #

    “It would be great to see a debate between O’Reilly and Phil Donahue. Bill wouldn’t last 5 minutes. Hummmm, how about the “Phil and Bill Show”. MSNBC are you out there listening…………………….”

    This is just for you then, Rosemarie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctlmholr45c

  10. Erroll said on March 29th, 2008 at 11:48am #

    I clicked on the link which showed Phil Donahue on O’Reilly’s program and after seeing it thought of Susan Jacoby’s latest book the Age of American Unreason, where she discusses the dumbing down of the American public. Here one sees a prime example of this, where Bill O’Reilly is allowed to spout his nonsense while Donahue was fired from MSNBC in 2003 because he dared to present an anti-war point of view. O’Reilly rips into Cindy Sheehan because she had the temerity to point out an obvious truth, i.e. that the Iraqi resistance have a right to defend their country by killing American troops. The demagogue O’Reilly goes on to defend and laud the fact that his nephew has joined the Army, which is perhaps an attempt to deflect from the fact that the [alleged] patriotic O’Reilly managed to mysteriously avoid being drafted while the Vietnam conflict raged on in the 1960s.

    As Ms. Jacoby observes in her book, when so many people in this country tune in to Bill O’Reilly and other junk programs, it is little wonder that intellectualism, or any attempt to think intelligently and clearly, is so frowned upon in this country.

  11. John Hatch said on March 29th, 2008 at 6:22pm #

    Good article.
    As a Canadian, I’m always amazed at the gulf between rhetoric and reality in America. It seems that myth trumps reality every time, and truth not only doesn’t matter, it’s something to be avoided.

    That O’Reilly and others not only get (public) airtime but are taken seriously is hard to understand but less so when you consider the calibre of the Republican candidate.

  12. rosemarie jackowski said on March 30th, 2008 at 11:28am #

    Hue Longer…Thanks for the video.

    John Hatch…I agree. I think a big part of the problem is that those entrusted to deliver the real news, are under educated, misinformed, and generally incompetent. I am talking about the White House Press corp etc. Helen Thomas is one of the few qualified news people. O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, Olberman, etc are entertainers who will say anything to get ratings. Accuracy is sometimes boring to the average USAer.
    We have been dumbed down by a media culture that values junk over substance. OBL discussed Bill Blum’s book in one of his videos. Most in this country discuss trivia. I wonder if that means that OBL would make a better dinner guest than the guy down the street?

  13. DavidG. said on March 30th, 2008 at 5:58pm #

    Those who deliver the news are doing what their bosses tell them, pure and simple. Their bosses aim is to make profit and they’ll support any political party who puts that on the top of their agenda!

    Forget the MSM. The internet has more reliable and trustworthy news!

  14. Hue Longer said on March 31st, 2008 at 6:13am #

    If anyone is still reading this thread check http://www.fknnewz.com/index.php

    everything entertainment news could be…screw John Stewart