It should come as no surprise that the conservative media fails to mention that the man who opened fire in a Lafayette, LA movie theater espoused right-wing views. If you’re really shocked by this, I suggest you head over to the Facebook pages for my local TV stations and take a look at the people who are upset that KATC reported that the shooter had an online presence that mostly consisted of short, far-right rants about liberals.
While these people are angry that KATC is reporting these findings, especially since many of them leave similar rants on social media, there is no doubt that there is a problem with right-wing domestic terrorists here in the United States.
The last thing someone posting as Rusty Houser posted on Facebook was in 2013, when he linked to an article called “A woman’s place in the church and the weak church elder.”
He wrote, “The bible doesn’t ask me to like what it says, only to obey it. Death comes soon to the financially failing filth farm called the US.”
He only had two things liked on Facebook, among them “I hate liberals!”
Police called Houser a drifter and said he had only been in Lafayette since early July.
A man identified as John Russell Houser on Twitter tweeted only twice. He wrote, “If you don’t think the internet is censored, try reading a newspaper from a country that hates liberals the way I do,” in June 2013.
A little earlier, he wrote, “The Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America members not brainwashed.” (Source)
Now, if you head on over to Fox News, you won’t read a word about this, or the fact that Louisiana has the most lax gun laws in the country – or one of the highest gun death rates in the United States. At the time I am writing this, Fox News has a lead story on the Lafayette movie theater shooting, without one mention of his extremist views, even though they are collecting their information from our local news sources.
WLTZ in Alabama confirmed that John Russell Houser was a guest host on a program called “Rise and Shine” that was produced in their studios back in the 1990s, but he was never an employee of the station. He wrote on his Linkedin profile that he “Guest host one day per week for more than 60 episodes. Invited political controversy on every one of them, and loved every minute of it.” Houser also appears to have been a business owner, an accountant and possibly a failed investor. He included his phone number and Gmail address at the bottom of his profile inviting people to contact him, stating “It would be my pleasure to assist you in financial matters or things more important.”
As I’ve said before, our country has a problem with right-wing extremists and the conservative media refuses to admit it exists. The reason is very simple: it’s easy to blame someone who looks different from the audience. Fox News and others like them would go off the air if they were to confront their audience with the fact that people like John Russell Houser look and speak a lot like themselves. Don’t believe me? Just go to the comments below the news story on Fox News and read the rants if you have the stomach for it. That’s all the proof you need.
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