December 27, 2012 by Ish
Well, todays entry is casting aspersions on the Left’s perpetual boogeyman, Fox News*. Unsurprisingly, there are some slight issues with it. The most obvious one being that this is not a story from Fox News, instead being a response piece from The Gateway Pundit to a news item that appeared in The Cochrane Times.
Commentors on this image at the Being Liberal FB group are referring to these bikers as Hell’s Angels. They are not. I couldn’t read the patch clearly, but I could tell the name of the chapter on the bottom read “Torrington, CT.” So I did a Google Image Search for “Torrington CT Motorcycle Club,” a very clear image that matched the patch led me right to the homepage of the MC. Took thirty seconds, tops. The bikers depicted are all wearing kuttes** that identify them as members of The Brotherhood Of United Biker’s Motorcycle Club Torrington, CT chapter. I don’t know if The Brotherhood Of United Biker’s MC is political and I really couldn’t care less. I doubt I’ll ever meet any member of this MC, but I tell you what, I meet anyone wearing this MC’s kutte in a bar and they’ll be having their beers put on my tab.
So… Being Liberal has the wrong website sourced for the story and identified the wrong MC as being the counter-protestors. But at least they called out the lie of Fred Phelps being a left-wing Democrat, right? That’s clearly the truth… Only, no.
Fred Phelps is a Democrat. He was a Democratic primary candidate for the governor of Kansas in for governor in 1990, `94, and `98. He was a Democratic primary candidate for U.S. senate in `92. He has twice been a Democratic candidate for mayor of Topeka.
He might not be well liked by the rest of the Democratic party (or, y’know, the rest of the human species) but that doesn’t change the facts. Phelps self-identifies as a Democrat, so The Cochrane Times was quite clearly in error when it said he was a right-winger, and The Gateway Pundit was correct to point out that error. Furthermore, the Westboro Baptist Church — being something of a cult of personality for Fred Phelps and mostly made up of his extended family — holds to his political beliefs and those beliefs — while waaay out on the fringe — are generally classified as “left-wing” by any first-year political science student: anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti-American, racist, Statist, and Collectivist. (All of which were, at one time or another, planks of the official party platform of the DNC. But don’t tell the Blacks!)
Way to go Being Liberal, way to go.
* No, I don’t watch Fox News. I haven’t had any television service since roughly 2001. I have Netflix, Crunchy Roll, Amazon Prime, and a library card.
** Yes, I only know that term from Sons of Anarchy. Damn, is that a good show.