Sunday, November 3, 2013
Hatred of the TSA, The Product of Mockery by Late-Night Talk Show Hosts, Politicians, the News Media?
Brian Bennett of the Los Angeles Times reports that "The killing of a TSA screener in Los Angeles is symptomatic of a growing antipathy toward government workers and TSA personnel in particular . . . . Specialists on hate crimes and union officials decried what they said was a general atmosphere of mockery and derision toward TSA agents that they said is amplified by late-night talk show hosts, politicians and news media.
"When people or institutions are vilified on national television and in the public square, you often see people latch on to them as enemies to be destroyed," Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in an interview."