Liberal Radio Host: Hannibal Lecter More Respectable Than Cheney

Trial lawyer and liberal radio host Mike Papantonio really knows how to draw attention to himself. The Radio Equalizer blog reports he was subbing on Ed Schultz's radio show on Monday and not only claimed like Rep. Andre Carson that conservatives favored "lynching black people for real," but suggested Hannibal Lecter, the fictional cannibal/serial killer from "The Silence of the Lambs," was more respectable than Dick Cheney:

You know, it was easier to at least respect a character, a fictional character, like Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs" because Hannibal Lecter at least readily admitted that he was a dangerous mutation and he was somebody capable of lying and manipulating and even killing to get what he wanted.

But we could write a part into a fictional book where we're able to put a character like Hannibal Lecter in a cage, we're able to get him away from society. But in real life, justice just doesn't work that way. In real life, a dangerous sociopath can become a Republican vice president of the most powerful country in the world.

Papantonio does not believe that the Tea Party has been domesticated. Oh no, their fiendish ways have just begun;

Don't believe it, it's not true. The rage has just started. We got a glimpse of that hate, if you'll remember, when we saw the signs they held up at their rallies. There were pictures of Obama depicted as a monkey. Or Obama hanging in effigy like the good ol' days to this crowd, when this same group no doubt would be lynching real black people for real...

They’re playing the Christian card. In day one, they're talking like Christians. In day two, they're showing us their low breed, angry hate. The floundering tea party, I gotta tell ya, is almost an exclusive club of white conservative Republicans who really believe that government should be heavily influenced with conservative religion.That's their new talking point, just listen to Michele Bachmann, listen to Rick Perry, even though the overwhelming majority of Americans say you need to separate the two [government and religion].

Papantonio is one of those lefties who touts wacky here-come-the-fascists books like "The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis