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MoveOn launches campaign against vitriolic language — despite sordid history of using vitriolic language

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Despite having a sordid history of using vitriolic rhetoric, George Soros-funded advocacy group MoveOn has seized upon the tragic shooting of Ariz. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and other attendees of a public event in Tucson Saturday as a means to go after “overt and implied appeals to violence in our political debate.”

The left-wing group has launched a congressional petition campaign to get members of Congress and the news media to drop any references to “violence” from political discussion.

“In the wake of the mass shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others in Tucson, we must end the violent rhetoric that has exploded in American politics over the past two years,” MoveOn’s website states. “That’s why we’re calling on every member of Congress, as well as the major TV news networks, to put an end to overt and implied appeals to violence in our political debate. A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to Congress and the major TV news networks.”

MoveOn seems to have forgotten the hate campaigns and vitriolic language it and its members have used. Though its website states that “violent rhetoric” has taken over American politics in the “past two years,” MoveOn has been engaging in such rhetoric for much longer.

Just last year, one of MoveOn’s members choked a Tea Partier at a political event in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s district during midterm election campaigning. Republicorps and MoveOn member Fred Highton told The Daily Caller in October that he regretted initiating a physical altercation with a conservative Tea Partier at that political event at the University of Arizona.

“If I’m going to take part in these political events, I need to learn some self-control,” Highton said in October.

MoveOn did not return TheDC’s requests for comment or clarification, nor would the group decry Highton’s violent actions.

WATCH: MoveOn supporter chokes Tea Partier at political event in Giffords’s district:

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Also, MoveOn sponsored an advertisement in 2003 that compared then President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. Over reddened footage of Hitler and Nazi troops marching, the MoveOn advertisement reads, “A nation warped by lies, lies fuel fear, fear fuels aggression, invasion, occupation. What were war crimes in 1945, is foreign policy in 2003.”

WATCH: MoveOn compares George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler

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Another MoveOn-sponsored smear campaign attacked General David Petraeus in 2007. The left-wing group ran a full-page ad in The New York Times that read, “General Petraeus or General Betray Us” and accused Petraeus of “Cooking the books for the White House” and as being “constantly at war with the facts.”

  • sunnyr

    MoveON is getting rid of all their trash? Poor old George!!

  • talibangelical

    I agree – Moveon and Sara Palin are both wrong. Thank you DC!

    • jonavark

      Palin did absolutely nothing .. not a thing. Her little target maps were no big deal compared to all the crap we have seen from the lefty fringe over the years. Common political terminology.

      Natalie, why hasn’t the media addressed the left’s complicity in this? The Kos target shots, etc? Good list of them is at Malkin’s site. Are you strong and honest enough to address that?

      What the left is doing now is actually raising far more anger than a little campaign map ever could.

      • Scrap Iron

        They are not “target” maps. (Okay, maybe they ARE target maps) BUT
        The “crosshairs” are NOT crosshairs, but are map icons called “point of interest” and are taken from the USGS website for maps.

        • talibangelical

          If there was no issue, then why did she take it down from her site.

          Let me repeat — I do not think this had anything to do with the shooting, but from either side of the aisle, it has no place in politics. To claim it has all be on the Left, and not on the Right is just intellectually dishonest.

          When you tell people to Reload, you better be ready to refudiate the consequences.

          • truebearing

            talitard, you idiot, stay on the thread topic, for once. I know you have trouble concentrating, but even you should be able to do better than that.

            Now you’re afraid of graphic symbols? If I accuse you of shooting your mouth off, is that inciting an insane person to shoot you? (actually that could be construed as inciting you to commit suicide, couldn’t it)

            Martial metaphors have been used forever, and will be forever. It is part of human history and every language on earth. Face reality, for once, and maybe you’ll hit the target, any target, for the first time. Maybe you need to adjust your crosshairs before you pull the trigger. As much as you like to snipe, you could at least try to be accurate. Try making bulleted points instead of your scattergun approach, and don’t go ballistic when you get shot down. Maybe you’re too quick on the draw, but aimless.

  • rockhard

    Dem maps that target repubs with the bulleyes, and where is the media to expose the lying dems who have attacked and blamed Sarah palin for her maps, dem seem to think its fine for them to use bulleye but not Sarah..

    http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647

  • JDoe

    I can’t believe anyone actually took the time to read all that fool’s drivel.

    I was out at the second silly, made up word. Didn’t anyone else think “this is just infantile” and go on to the next comment?

    “Die Hard” seems to just be some high school kid getting off on his Mommy’s laptop.

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  • rockhard

    One honest liberal Bob Beckle dem strategist today said attacking Sarah Palin over her list where she put targets on dem for defeat and blaming her is dead wrong, he admits and says he invented putting bulleye targets on republicans he wanted defeated and said we dems do it all the time.

    I wonder how many in the left wing media will show the bulleye used by dems against republicians. not to mention the liberal website used it themselves against the congresswomen Gifford, because she was not left wing enough for them.

    • Matthew Boyle

      On Saturday night, Rachel Maddow and Wolf Blitzer advised against politicizing the tragedy, too, something I do commend them for.

      • jonavark

        Yes.. they usually do that a couple of days after they’ve actually been doing what they preach against. It’s a lot like when CNN spends a full week trashing someone or propagandizing and then, on Sunday they have Kurtz on to discuss whether the media is going overboard. A typical tactic. And the funny thing, the answer is always.. “No”

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  • torispelling

    You know….tactics come back to bite you, since your opposition can both learn from and replicate them eventually.

    Morons.Org is a perfect example of the tactics of the Left coming back to haunt them.

    They started it. And it is hilarious to see them try to counter it.