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Alabama Man Holding 5-Year-Old Boy Hostage ‘Listened to a Lot of Conservative Talk Radio’

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Alabama Man Holding 5-Year-Old Boy Hostage ‘Listened to a Lot of Conservative Talk Radio’

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Jim Lee Dykes, 65, gunned down a 66-year-old bus driver named Charles Albert Poland Jr. and abducted a 5-year-old boy he’s still holding hostage in his bunker on his Alabama property. The Vietnam-era veteran is described as someone who listened to conservative radio and didn’t like government, starting with Obama.

The AP reported:

Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened to a lot of conservative talk radio.

“He was very into what’s going on with the nation and the politics and all the laws being made. The things he didn’t agree with, he would ventilate,” he said.

James Arrington, police chief of the neighboring town of Pinckard, put it differently.

“He’s against the government, starting with Obama on down,” he said.

Dykes also has been arrested for possession of marijuana and neighbors say he once killed a dog with a lead pipe. According to neighbors, he patrols his yard with a flashlight and a firearm, threatening to shoot children who step foot on his property.

Ironically, given his hatred of government, Dykes lives in a FEMA trailer on his rural property.

“I think he’s just a really angry and bitter guy with some anger management issues,” Morris Dees of Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery told the AP. “He is just against everything – the government and his neighbors.”

Against everything. That pretty much sums up the anti-government, Obama hating, conservative mantra.

While it’s certainly unfair to paint everyone who listens to talk radio with the same brush, it also can’t be ignored that this scenario is far from isolated. Far too often, we’re finding violent criminals who listen to conservative radio, which deliberately feeds into their paranoia and anger in order to make a profit.

A new report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center determined that violent attacks by right-wing groups and individuals have increased by 400% since 1990, and increased dramatically in the last five years. They write, “There are three major ideological movements within the American violent far right: a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

The study also finds a correlation between a contentious political environment and ideological empowerment (another service of the epistemic closure inherent in the right wing media bubble) with increasing levels of violence.

While the shock jocks make money off of scaring their base with malignant seeds of hate, they’re also scaring mentally ill people and reinforcing their sense of helplessness and hopelessness — both of which can drive people on the edge into taking action on their feelings (nothing left to lose).

Conservative talk radio isn’t responsible for the murder Dyke committed or the kidnapping of an innocent 5-year-old boy, but it’s long past the time for conservative shock jocks to have a come to Jesus moment where they do the civilized thing of questioning if they are taking things too far.

The question should be asked, if this is not their intention, then why nottone it down a notch? If they don’t mean to frighten their listeners into believing that an evil man is running the government and coming for them, then why preach that very message day after day. If they don’t mean for half of the people targeted by their rhetoric to get death threats, then why do they continue on the same path and expect different results?

Yes, they are free to say whatever they want. And that’s what children do – they say whatever they want. Grown ups consider the consequences, even if they have a right to do something. Having the right to indoctrinate vulnerable people with hate does not absolve the speaker from his or her moral and ethical responsibilities to society. Preaching terror day after day to vulnerable people has consequences.

Update 5:35 PM: MSNBC is reporting that the stand off is over, the young boy is thankfully okay and the suspect is dead.

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM
Replies (21-26):
trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM
That's exactly what the kidnapper said. He was nuts.


Quoting MsMcWithey:

Propaganda. The media is trying so hard to demonize anyone who is not a liberal/democrat to push their own agenda. Americans had better wake up before the government swoops in and takes control of their entire life. They are already taking our civil liberties and constitutional rights away.

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MsMcWithey
by New Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

 Well then, he can't have been THAT "nuts," cuz he knows what he's talking about. 

Quoting trippyhippy:

That's exactly what the kidnapper said. He was nuts.


Quoting MsMcWithey:

Propaganda. The media is trying so hard to demonize anyone who is not a liberal/democrat to push their own agenda. Americans had better wake up before the government swoops in and takes control of their entire life. They are already taking our civil liberties and constitutional rights away.

 

1Giovanni
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM
That is what happens when people have health issues and take meds. I have good days and bad days. Some days it is really hard for me to explain myself. Really that was what I was trying to say in the first place it just didn't come out like I wanted.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 


Wow, that's a lot different that what you originally posted.


Quoting 1Giovanni:

Most lies not all lies. I ALSO THINK THAT liberal radio lies a lot too. My point of what I was getting at is when you here so much hate and doom crap people are going to get angry hopefully most people will not do something stupid like this guy. I feel like all talk radio is full of crap to keep the listener interested in it. It is pretty crappy that it takes this kind of stuff to keep people tuning in each night.


Quoting Billiejeens:


 



Interesting, you jump into a thread that is entirely a made up liberal propaganda piece to tell us that conservative talk radio is lies.



Interesting.



Quoting 1Giovanni:



My husband listens to conservative radio, it makes him very angry. I just remind him that most of it are lies, don't get hooked into it. He isn't conservative, so I have no clue why he listens to it. 



 



 




 

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tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

 

Well according to Janet and Pelosi it makes you HIGHLY suspect..that and OR believeing in our 2nd amendment right...owning or wanting a gun...being a vet...etc..Pretty much anyone except liberals.

Quoting Carpy:

So do a lot of other people.  Does that mean we are all going to kill bus drivers and hold a child hostage?


 

rccmom
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I think extreme speech on either side is intended to fill the listener with distrust and anger towards the other side. Unfortunately, for someone with mental issues, and possibly already anger issues, it may help tip the scales towards violent acts. We however have freedom of speech in this country, so talk radio isn't going anywhere. On a personal note, I wish that such radio hosts would take some responsibility for what they say, and how it can affect people. I feel most of them say the most outrageous things they can say to increase their audience, and increase the money they make. They are kind of like vultures, feeding on ill will and anger.  

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

And our forefathers were all nuts too.I could not even care a bit who thinks I am nuts.I yet to harm anyone and would never do so except in self defense..but I absolutely agree that as of late conservatives are the ones being demonized.

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