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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:53 AM

Right Flight

In early January, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin made another scary appearance in Drudge Report, the Internet aggregator known for recasting all things ho-hum into something breathless and apocalyptic. Pictures of the two worst mass murderers ever were used above a headline: “White House Threatens ‘Executive Orders’ on Guns.”

Oh, my. And the executive orders? Well, the president called for a safe and responsible gun owner campaign, better coordination and tracking of sales, and research into the causes and prevention of firearms violence, among other small steps.

The Hitler hit was so over-the-top that it prompted the Anti-Defamation League to issue a plea to stop comparisons that are “historically inaccurate and offensive, especially to Holocaust survivors and their families.”

Rush Limbaugh, who sits atop the right-wing media food chain along with Drudge, has compared the president to Hitler for years. On Fox News, Hitler allusions are less overt, but crazy talk about Obama — dating to a 2008 suggestion that Michelle Obama’s playful knuckle bump with her husband may have been “a terrorist fist jab” — is the stock in trade.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/right-flight/?hp

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