“Kill Some Crackers”: GOP group staffed by Marc Morano pays Fox affiliates to influence election with anti-Obama hate speech

What does Marc Morano do when he’s not cyber-bullying and urging violence against climate scientists?  Turns out he is the Assistant Treasurer of an organization that has launched a 25-minute “Breaking Point” political attack ad, which attempts to paint President Obama and the Democrats as “treacherous” and “socialist,” as people who act “often with hostility” towards America.  It also viciously smears John Holdren and Van Jones and Carol Browner with false attacks.

The video, if you have the stomach to watch it, is beyond noxious.  It is, I suppose, no surprise coming from the man who helped launched the Swift Boat smear.  But it is laughable that, on his website, the Morano has the nerve to label as assert ‘alarmists’ people who merely report what the climate science says — when his video mash up of clips from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the New Black Panther Party, Hamas, and Mao Tse-Tung is so far beyond alarmist that I’m not even sure a word exists to describe its incendiary hate speech.

With this video, Morano has now fully discredited himself as a propagandist, much like Andrew Breitbart. Brad Johnson has the story:

Several Fox television stations and one ABC affiliate in key battleground states are running a Republican front group’s anti-Obama propaganda as paid programming in the final days leading up to the election. The National Republican Trust PAC, run by conservative conspiracy theorist Scott Wheeler, has purchased airtime in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Carolina to broadcast its 25-minute “Breaking Point” political attack ad, starting last Friday. Using clips from, World Net Daily, Fox Business,, and Glenn Beck, narrator E. W. Jackson invokes the boogeymen of ACORN, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the New Black Panther Party, Hamas, and Mao Tse-Tung to paint President Obama and the Democratic Party as “extreme,” “treacherous,” “socialist,” and “with hostility” towards America:

“The mainstream media”¦ should have demanded how exactly he intended to govern outside the bounds of the Constitution.”

“The phrases ‘spread the wealth around’ may sound harmless to some. To others it was a clear invitation to adopt the destructive ideology of leftist revolutionaries. Among the public and the media, it should have ignited debate over Obama’s intentions, like: Whose wealth is to be spread around? Who would be the beneficiaries of the money Obama planned to confiscate? It wasn’t the only time that Obama displayed tendencies that some labeled socialist.”

“President Obama’s words and actions seem clear: He does not view America with an America-centric perspective, but with an outsider’s point of view, often with hostility.”

“The goodwill Obama and other Democrats always shower on those hostile towards America never seems to extend to fellow countrymen here at home.”

“During his presidential election, he wound up with a record-shattering $750 million in his campaign. To this day he refuses to report from whence it came. One reason might be that some of it originated from the terrorist group Hamas, which also endorsed Obama.”

“Obama’s science czar, John Holdren, has publicly advocated that trees be allowed to sue us in court, that we should engage in drastic population control by implementing forced abortions and sterilization, and that we should design a global regime to redistribute wealth.”

“During the 2008 campaign, President Obama pretended to turn his back on some extremists from his past. ‘You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You gonna have to kill some of those babies!'”

“Van Jones, self-avowed and unabashed Communist, was appointed to the position of green jobs czar. He held that position until his controversial views led to his resignation. Jones believed the September 11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government.”

“By circumnavigating confirmation hearings, and instead appointing these people to powerful positions within our government, Obama and the Democrats are admitting their views are far too extreme for Americans to accept, so they do it by fiat.”

In addition to the false attacks on Obama advisers Van Jones and John Holdren, the propaganda film also repeats smears against Obama staff Anita Dunn, Kevin Jennings, Carol Browner, and Cass Sunstein. It makes the flat-out false claims that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “caused the entire home mortgage industry crisis,” that health care reform would allow the “government to take over one-fifth of the U.S. economy,” and that there is a “growing number of scientific scandals” that are “further discrediting manmade global warming claims.” When not playing inflammatory clips of angry black people, the ad also comes to defense of the billionaire Koch brothers who fund the Americans for Prosperity, claiming “Obama has repeatedly attacked a group of private citizens simply because they wanted their voices heard.”

The video explicitly encourages citizens to vote against the Democratic Party. “As if to validate the very need for a citizens revolt, the establishment responded by alienating, undermining, and attacking their own voters,” the paid program electioneers, also mentioning the “midterm elections” and people “going to vote on November 2nd” in the context of defeating Democrats. In a video following the smear piece, Scott Wheeler promotes the National Republican Trust’s efforts:

An exclusive ThinkProgress survey has found that this fear-mongering political advertisement has been broadcast on at least the following local stations “” one ABC and five Fox affiliates “” in order to affect the results of the upcoming election:

– Fox 47 WMSN, Madison, WI 11/1 7 AM
– Fox 23 KBSI, Paducah, KY 10/31 10:30 AM
– Fox 56 WDKY, Lexington, KY 10/31 8:30 AM
– Fox 53 WPGH, Pittsburgh, PA 10/29 8 AM
– Fox 17 KDSM, Des Moines, IA 10/29 6:30 AM; 10/27 6 AM
– ABC 45 WXLV, Greensboro, NC 10/29 6 AM

The National Republican Trust is supported by prominent conservatives such as action star Chuck Norris, billionaire Roger Milliken, Panduit CEO Jack Caveney, Johns Hopkins University trustee David P. Nolan, and oil executives Terrence Jacobs and Jean Angle.

It is unclear if National Republican Trust coordinates with the Republican Party or other conservative groups. Marc Morano, a Swift-Boat operative who has helped coordinate the Heritage Foundation, Republican lawmakers, and polluter lobbyists, is one of the registered agents for the National Republican Trust. The organization is registered to a UPS drop box on M Street in Washington DC.

— Brad Johnson, in a ThinkProgress cross-post.

JR:  Again, Marc Morano has now lost what microscopic amount of credibility he had.  The next time he works up the nerve to accuse a science-based truth-teller of being alarmist or a fear mongerer remember this video and laugh — or cry.  I look forward to the denunciations of Morano from those ‘skeptic’ bloggers and others who had been (rightly) critical of the 10-10-10 video, which was far less consequential, and, of course, which was quickly taken down, whereas the repulsive “Breaking Point” video is still being actively shown and used for fundraising.

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13 Responses to “Kill Some Crackers”: GOP group staffed by Marc Morano pays Fox affiliates to influence election with anti-Obama hate speech

  1. toby says:

    Should we dare to see this as a Republican shot in the foot?

    I think it will be mostly ignored. Sounds like an attempt to re-hash tired old memes.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    The Democrats should use this in an ongoing media campaign, showing the kinds of people the Republicans hang out with- or even give instructions to. Morano has clear connections with Rove and RNC. This video should be shown in college campuses and high schools. Young people may be often ignorant these days, but they don’t go for these kinds of monsters, and the Republican Party can be permanently discredited.

    The Democrats have been handed a gift. Let’s see if they’re wise enough to take advantage of it.

  3. Nick Palmer says:

    Time to change your constitution. The “free speech” bits were originally crafted to allow the truth to be freely told and not suppressed. They were to help good people and hinder bad. These repulsive, dangerous attack ad people are misusing the amendments to spread lies, misdirection, propaganda, hate. Maybe they are too stupid to realise what the truth is any more – or maybe they don’t care…

  4. John Mason says:

    One of these days people in general will wake up with regard to this guy. I’d like to see him try to talk his way out of the mess when they do!

    Cheers – John

  5. Bob Doublin says:

    Does he ask whether Obama has stopped beating Michelle yet? Or is that question passe’?

  6. Leif says:

    Fear Corporate Greed. With a 40% turnout 21% control the future of America. With an 80% turnout the pollution-for-profits agenda is toast. This election is not about donkeys and elephants. This election is about a future livable Earth with viable ecosystems opposing short term Corporate profits. Nothing less.
    Love or roaches… Even the bottom of an outhouse is utopia to some life forms.
    What is in your genes?

  7. neot says:

    We need to mobilize a national campaign to boycott advertisers who bankroll Fox’s cynical anti-democratic propaganda. Nothing else will make a difference. Here’s a good place to start:

    Handy links to companies contacts, simple short letters should do. I’m giving myself a few minutes to see how many I can contact.

  8. Vicki says:

    Hateful and evil slop from the most hateful and evil villains in our politics for years. I despise the swift boat liars and their vile slithering venom. Too bad there are so many very gullible and mentally simpleminded voters against all that is right.

  9. Leif says:

    Vicki @ 8: “Too bad there are so many very gullible and mentally simpleminded voters against all that is right.”

    Only about 20% and a lot of selfish money. Take a friend to vote.

  10. Mike Roddy says:

    Good analysis, Leif, and good idea, Neot. Have you contacted environmental NGO’s?

  11. Chris Winter says:

    “The National Republican Trust PAC, run by conservative conspiracy theorist Scott Wheeler, has purchased airtime in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Carolina…”

    Based on what I heard on 60 Minutes Sunday night, they could have saved the money they spent in Iowa. The piece focused on Newton. That city is hurting, having lost 5,000 Maytag factory jobs to Mexico. Now small businesses are being forced to cut way back or close. There is a lot of pain and anger out there, not only in Iowa but in most states.

    I’m not endorsing the aims or actions of the NRT PAC, just trying to gauge the public mood at the moment.

  12. Chris Winter says:

    Mike Roddy wrote: “The Democrats have been handed a gift. Let’s see if they’re wise enough to take advantage of it.”

    They’ve been handed many gifts of this sort. They don’t seem to know how to take advantage of them. It was the same when Clinton ran for president. He urged his party to respond more quickly with strong counter-ads, but seldom was listened to.

  13. Leif says:

    I just heard a “Conversation” on my local PR station about states selling advertising space on public property. Pros and cons.

    The lines between corporations and government as well as religion and government are becoming cloudy as most on CP know. If Corporations want the right to advertise on taxpayer supported property they should be required to sigh a humanitarian code of ethics at the very least, supporting scientific understanding and sustainable environmental endeavors. There is absolutely no justification for Corporations to be permitted to make money on the one hand while using deceptive advertising undermining the very society that allows their prosperity on the other by auctioning off public domain. If I had my way each and every money making entity should pledge compliance as a prerequisite for doing business. But alas…