“I totally get the very correct desire to avoid violence. But allowing a bunch of militia freaks and gun-toting thugs to run off federal agents trying to act against a rancher who’s refused to pay grazing fees for using federal lands for 20 years seems like a very, very bad idea.”
Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
Amen to that. Fox News has really outdone themselves on this story. Sean Hannity didn’t challenge Cliven Bundy when he claimed his cattle aren’t on federal land. That’s because in Bundy’s alternative universe, there’s no such thing as federal ownership of land. I doubt Sean would be so sympathetic if a bunch of young African-Americans took over a federal building in New York City. But when it’s an old white guy in a cowboy hat, Sean doesn’t call him out for the criminal he is.