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PROTEST: Bundy ranch and right-wing hypocrisy

Letter by David Kappenman, Lacey on April 15, 2014 at 11:51 am | No Comments »
April 15, 2014 12:06 pm

Re: “Feds end controversial cattle roundup in Nevada” (TNT, 4-13).

We got one of the best examples of the right-wing conservative media’s hypocrisy: Cliven Bundy’s illegal use of federal land. Conservative media were perfectly OK with this family doing it.

This family grazed their cattle on federal land and by doing so needed to pay a usage fee that all other ranchers do in the Southwest. They decided to stop paying those fees in 1993. They owe more than $1 million. Yet Fox News did quite a few segments on how the federal government is creating a “showdown.”

The surfer guy is a despicable person for using food stamps at $2,400 a year, but this rancher is a hero for standing up against the government. He is not standing up against government; he just isn’t paying his bills.

The right-wing media complain over and over how President Obama has broken the law and we should not stand for it. Yet they are OK with this family blatantly breaking it. This story was covered by every major conservative media outlet and not one word about how they were lawbreakers.

Now if a black neighborhood took control of a few blocks and you had hundreds more come into the area carrying guns because they didn’t want to pay property taxes, what do you think we would have heard if the police just left?

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