Right-wing reaction to issues in the news this week brought to mind a classic 1980s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial, but with a wingnut spin on the famous line: “Hey, you got your Malaysian airliner in my Benghazi!”
Across the wingnut-o-sphere, right-wingers tried desperately to link the Malaysian airliner shot down over the Ukraine to… Well, you name it:
- Fox News Host Megyn Kelly falsely claimed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not limited flights over the Ukraine, in an attempt to bash President Obama for the FAA’s temporary ban on flights to and from Israel.
- The FAA decision to prohibit U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport also inspired an epic Glenn Beck rant.
- Rush Limbaugh linked President Obama’s response to the Malaysian Airlines crash to the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack.
- RedState founder Erick Erickson invoked Benghazi by tweeting, “Thankfully the president didn’t blame a YouTube video.”
- Radio host Laura Ingraham mused that President Obama is focused on foreign affairs like the Malaysian airliner crash to distract the media from covering immigration.
- Fox News pundit and WorldNet Daily columnist Erik Rush now thinks Obama shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
- Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul blamed the US and EU for the Malaysian Airlines crash, and said the US may be using it to start a war with Russia.
- The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer tweeted that President Obama is using the Malaysian airlines tragedy “to press the radical homosexual agenda.”
Here’s the best of worst in wingnuttia this week:
- Sean Hannity invited Palestinian-American leader on his show, just to yell at the guy. This is what passes for journalism on the right.
- Glenn Beck says the Boston Marathon bombing victim he falsely accused of being a Boston Marathon bomber can’t sue because he became an “involuntary public figure” when Beck accused him of being a terrorist.
- It looks like Right-wing radio host and Georgia GOP congressional candidate Jody Hice wasn’t able to disappear all of his archives in time for his bid to replace Rep. Paul Broun (R, Georgia). Hice told his listeners that the second amendment gives citizens the right to own “cannons and bazookas and missiles. In a radio interview with Liberty conservatives, Hice also suggested a “Second Amendment solution” to the border crisis.
- NRA News commentator Billy Johnson floated the idea of “gun required zones” and requiring kids to show “gun proficiency” to advance to the next grade. Who needs final exams when a drive-by or a school shooting could qualify you for graduation?
- Tea-party backed Texas state Rep. David Simpson got an earful of tea party mendacity when he had the temerity to suggest that the child refugees at our southern border deserve compassion.
- The gang at “Fox & Friends” was outraged that emergency services actually respond to 911 calls from undocumented migrants.
- Univision anchor Jorge Ramos schooled Bill O’Reilly on his “absurd” and “useless” idea to send the National Guard to the US/Mexico border.
- Creationist Ken Ham called for the end of the U.S. space program; because extraterrestrials are already damned to hell, so there’s no point in spending money to look for them.
- Center for Immigration Studies policy analyst Stephen Stenlight told a gathering of Florida tea partiers that President Obama not only deserves impeachment, but “being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.”
- It may not come to that. Conservative columnist Gina Miller called on God to intervene and remove President Obama from office. Miller fears her prayers will go unanswered, that God will not intervene, because “America worships the ‘proud’ flaunting and writing into law of homosexuality and other sexual deviancy,” and Obama may be God’s “judgment on this wayward nation.”