On MSNBC’s All In, Angelo Carusone calls out the media for ignoring conservative rhetoric that led to a pipe bomb being sent to George Soros
Media Matters President Angelo Carusone: "The violence that it leads to is a feature, not a bug"
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From the October 23 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:
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CHRIS HAYES (HOST): Trump says [George] Soros and others paid for the Kavanaugh protesters. Congressman Matt Gaetz claimed cash payments to the migrant caravan, suggesting Soros was behind it. And in the midst of this rhetoric, which is constant on the right, a bomb was found in the mailbox of George Soros' suburban New York home yesterday. It was detonated by bomb squad technicians. Soros was not home at the time. An employee had opened the suspicious package and alerted the authorities. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are now investigating.
HAYES: I am a little surprised that an apparent assassination attempt on George Soros, or a bomb at his house, hasn't been a bigger issue.
ANGELO CARUSONE: I am surprised by that, but I'm -- I'm not surprised that -- a little surprised, I thought for sure this would maybe shock the mainstream media into thinking about it differently. A lot of times when they cover it, they cover it in ways that actually reinforce right-wing myths about him, or false equivalences, right? They portray him as, "Oh, he's just the liberal analog to the Koch brothers," which is entirely incorrect, and that's how they kind of dismiss it.
They only look at it through a very narrow, partisan political lens, and they ignore both the global context, as well as the culture context that's at play here, and the fact that the attacks against him are representative of the fact that part of the right-wing narrative is -- and the violence that it leads to is a feature, not a bug. It's not an anomaly.