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Revealed: How Conservative Radio Creates an Echo Chamber of Hate

A new study looks at the ways right-wing radio amplifies certain extreme voices and legitimizes their anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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The study also mentioned a tragic consequence of Geller's rhetoric; a New York Times story on Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind last July's massacre in Norway that left 77 people dead, reported that he “frequently cited” Geller's own "Atlas Shrugs," the platform from which she launched onto the airwaves. Naturally, Geller accused the "liberal media" of drumming up hateful sentiments – around her.

And as Crooks & Liars' David Newert asserts, the situation hasn't been getting better this election season. As Republican rhetoric grows ever bolder in its implications, “what emerges is a discourse that remains insular rather than open and that finds alignment, repetition, and amplification through social media,” the study says.

That might explain why, in the wake of the Oak Park gurdwara shooting, even Republicans have begun calling for people like talk-radio favorite (four appearances during the survey, including three on the Savage show)  Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to tone down her efforts to “expose” Muslim influence in Washington.

Yet, the radio element the study examines will not take these kinds of suggestions in stride.

“It is our right and our duty to criticize the people who have put the fate of our country in peril,” Rush Limbaugh told the Times after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting last year. What he fails – or refuses – to consider is whether he needs a mirror to do that.

Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
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