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Melissa Ryan @MelissaRyan
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Grieving families shouldn't have to make statements like this. kwwl.com/story/38933638…
I wrote a post for @mmfa, expanding on the above point and to give folks a flavor of what the Tibbetts family had to see/hear/read about their deceased daughter today. mediamatters.org/blog/2018/08/2…
A few examples of what the Tibbetts’ family members are having to deal with, just a day after Tibbetts’ body was found:
Former Speaker of the House and conservative pundit Newt Gingrich emailed reporters about how Tibbetts’ death was potentially good news for Republicans in the fall, provided they could exploit it enough.
TP USA communications director and right-wing social media star Candace Owens got into an argument on Twitter with someone who says she is Tibbetts’ second cousin, accusing her of hating Trump and his supporters more than Tibbetts’ alleged murderer.
Fox News contributors Sebastian Gorka &Tom Homan (the former acting director of ICE), Fox News guest Jonna Spilbor, CRTV host Eric Bolling, and Breitbart editor-at-large Joel Pollak cited the murder as a reason to build a wall on America’s border with the Mexican border.
Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren, and Fox News guest Mike Huckabee cited the murder as a reason to end the policy of “sanctuary cities.”
Mike Cernovich used the occasion to promote his involvement with Republican Senate candidate Kelli Ward’s campaign. Ward has already run a Facebook ad on the matter.
Users on 4chan and 8chan have been actively celebrating Tibbetts’ death. Anonymous postings on these message boards have been highlighting an old tweet of hers and claiming she got what she deserved because of a combination of her political views and her gender.
Mentions of Tibbetts on these boards spiked just as the Manafort and Cohen stories were dominating news coverage. Other far-right communities have pushed the meme as well. And the neo-nazi site Daily Stormer published a misogynist screed in the same vein. Here's the headline:
Grieving families shouldn't have to beg powerful people not to exploit the tragic death of a loved one. They shouldn’t have to watch in real time as their loved one is defamed and dehumanized until her memory is merely a caricature to be memed on the internet in perpetuity.
But they do. Right-wing media exploit tragedies and rewrite biographies of victims in the blink of an eye. The Frogs have no consideration for the victims they claim to care about or the grieving families and friends they’ve left behind.
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