Via the Washington Whispers blog at US News:
One of Washington’s principal supporters of the Tea Party movement, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, has been receiving death threats and profanity-laced phone calls as it gets involved in the fall elections. The number and intensity have reached such heights that the organization is leaving its downtown location near the FBI and moving to a high-security building near the U.S. Capitol.
“FreedomWorks and Dick Armey receive dozens of threatening and harassing calls and E-mails each day. Many imply violence and use of weapons,” spokesman Adam Brandon tells Whispers. “As we get closer to the election we expect the harassment to increase.”
FreedomWorks provided some of the recordings of the threatening calls to Whispers and they include physical threats and profanity aimed at the group, Tea Party spokesmen and even conservative talkers. “You guys better watch it,” says one caller. “Now, we are going to destroy and obliterate Rush [Limbaugh] and Sean Hannity,” said another. “Those two guys are dead.”
This is despicable, of course, and I hope when Freedom Works moves to its more high security location that the threats stop, although I doubt they will. The far left just grows more and more out of control as its big government agenda is rejected more and more each day by a majority of Americans.
I’m curious, though, as to how many mainstream news media outlets will report this. Remember last summer and how the MSM unofficially treated it as the “summer of right wing hate” because a few extremist nut jobs (some of them not even “right wingers”) got stupid and made some threats? Journalists thought those threats were worthy of widespread reporting at the time. I think this story is a pretty big deal – especially considering the media’s obsession with the Tea Party. Not holding my breath that this story will get much attention outside of the beltway, though, because it doesn’t fit the established mainstream media narrative about how it’s only extremists on the right who will threaten the political opposition.