Thursday, August 2, 2012

Episode 6: Bullies

Episode 6, once again, contains a whole lot more opinion than fact, but it’s not my job to debate those opinions. So, here are the facts.

In Will’s interview of a woman speaking out against a proposed Muslim community center at Ground Zero, he lists some atrocities carried out in the name of Christianity. While he starts off okay with organizations that do commit atrocities in the name of Christianity, the individuals mentioned (Timothy McVeigh, John Hinckley, Jr., James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman, and John Wilkes Booth) did not commit their acts in the name of Christianity though they all, at some point, undoubtedly went to church. Most of the people he mentions were likely, if not confirmed, sociopaths. The perpetrators of the attack on the World Trade Center did it in the name of Allah. There is no question about that. Were they also sociopaths? Likely. It takes a certain level of detachment from society, or brainwashing, to do something so terrible.

As far as the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster goes, they’re a little late to the level 7 party. On April 11th, 2011, the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency did, in fact, raise it to a level 7. However, multiple international nuclear agencies had reached that conclusion by the end of March. These agencies are the ones who determine the levels, not the operating company.

Sutton Wall is a fictional character, although probably based on former Santorum aide, Robert Traynham. The quotes from Rick Santorum are real, and Santorum is pro-life and anti-same-sex marriage. Mr. Wall was clearly a good dramatic vehicle to bring up some of the issues that the Santorum candidacy faced, as well as the show’s view on those issues. I tried to get in touch with the Santorum camp for comment, but I received no response to my email.

Overall, this was a little light on facts to be checked as it focused on Will’s issues rather than actual events. What they did show wasn’t horribly misrepresented.

Will’s list of killers analyzed:

John Hinckley, Jr. - Was obsessed with Jodie Foster and was doing it to impress her.

Timothy McVeigh – Militia movement sympathizer who was angered by the
handling of the Waco, Texas Siege.

James Earl Ray – Was a repeat criminal and fugitive that hated blacks.

Lee Harvey Oswald – Was a criminal and communist sympathizer.

Mark David Chapman – Was inspired by The Catcher in the Rye. He was definitely a sociopath.

John Wilkes Booth – Was an outspoken Confederate sympathizer and conspirator to overthrow the Union.

Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do this every week! I like the show, but it's nice to be able to have a dose of reality and see if things are being misrepresented.