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article imageOp-Ed: Was Mass Murderer at Fitness Club Influenced by Fox News?

By Carol Forsloff     Aug 10, 2009 in Crime
As Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity of Fox News declare Barack Obama a threat to democracy and destroying freedom, and suggestions are made that Nancy Pelosi be poisoned, does that add to disturbed thinking so some people act unreasonably in response?
The full diary of George Sodini who killed several women and himself in an angry outburst of gunfire at a fitness club near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania within the past few weeks reveals a man with hate and violence simmering. Initial reports quoted Sodini’s excerpts about loneliness and an interview with a neighbor who described Sodini as strange. But the full diary shows a good deal more about a man with intense feelings, anger and suspicion about black men, mentioning specifically Barack Obama.
Here are a couple of excerpts reported by AP that were often quoted but don’t address the other issues expressed by Sodini had with respect to race, sex, politics and social policies.
"Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below. I kept a running log that includes my thoughts and actions, after I saw this project was going to drag on."___
Nov. 5, 2008: "November 5, 2008: Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome."
It’s the rest of the story in the full diary that reveals the motivation behind the killing, the anger, the frustration, enough to be worrisome about how news might affect some people.
.”“Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome. This particular one got so much attention and I was just curious. Not like I give a flying fcuk who won, since this exit plan was already planned. Good luck to Obama! He will be successful. The liberal media LOVES him. Amerika has chosen The Black Man. Good! In light of this I got ideas outside of Obama's plans for the economy and such. Here it is: Every black man should get a young white girl hoe to hone up on. Kinda a reverse indentured servitude thing. Long ago, many a older white male landowner had a young Negro wench girl for his desires. Bout' time tables are turned on that shit. Besides, dem young white hoez dig da bruthrs! LOL. More so than they dig the white dudes! Every daddy know when he sends his little girl to college, she be bangin a bruthr real good. I saw it. "Not my little girl", daddy says! (Yeah right!!) Black dudes have thier choice of best white hoez. You do the math, there are enough young white so all the brothers can each have one for 3 or 6 months or so
Do news media introduce concepts that might enhance thinking already distorted in the minds of angry folk? Let the reader examine the links and evidence from contemporary news and consider what affect they might have on some people:
Beck Jokes About Poisoning Pelosi
GOP Rep. Jokes About Dems Getting “Lynched” at Health Care Town Halls
How about Rush Limbaugh’s continuing discussions about Democrats and the Nazi Party and a headline that says, “Obama Dispatches Union Thugs
to Intimidate American Citizens?
There are also questions about Obama’s citizenship, possible status as a Muslim and relationship with a radical preacher along with issues about health care and economic reform that has had the right continuing to make points on Fox News just as it did prior to the Presidential election of November 2008.
Did Fox News incite Sodini? The diary doesn’t say, but it does state hostility about a black man as President, his concerns about black men’s sexuality and his fears about what might happen in the future. It is significant to have the piece of writing in a diary that shows the mind of a man with a definitive agenda that certainly could not help but be interested in negative reports about someone he hated so much and have that as part of the motivation to kill as one writer considers may indeed have happened at the fitness club in Pittsburgh.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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