Meet Molotov Mitchell
The WorldNetDaily video commentator claims he's talking "for the record," but his version of the "record" is filled with lies and smears.
By Terry Krepel
Who is Molotov Mitchell?
To begin with, his real name is Jason, and during the 2008 presidential election season he produced a number of inaccurate, smear-laden anti-Obama videos (including an embrace of the Obama birth certificate conspiracy). Also, he's a part of something called the Zealot Movement, an extremist Christian movement built on the straight-edge punk lifestyle that, according to Mitchell, "avoid[s] the pitfalls of American, effeminised Christianity" and embraces "sexual purity through the practice of abstinence until marriage and the abolition of homosexuality."
"Abolition of homosexuality"? Interesting wording, that. Such an apparently homophobic attitude would seem to fit in with his declared philosophy of embracing "the lost value of extremism."
In a May 6 "For the Record" video posted at WorldNetDaily attacking the DHS "right-wing extremism" report, Mitchell stated: "Did you know that Hitler wasn't right-wing? He was actually a socialist. That's what Nazi means -- national socialist. He had a lot more in common with Obama than he did with Reagan or Bush or Bush Jr." Likening Obama to a Nazi is a frequent occurrence at WND, so Mitchell's smear doesn't even stand out.
But, apparently feeling that he wasn't making his point crudely enough -- remember, he aspires to be extreme -- Mitchell also included the following image to accompany his words:
Mitchell also repeated the right-wing talking point that "the Ku Klux Klan wasn't a bunch of Republicans in those bedsheet ... the KKK was actually founded by and comprised of racist, inbred Democrats." This falsely implies that the Democratic Party carries the same policies on race it did in the 1800s (or even the 1950s). Surely a "for the record" dude like Michell knows that's false. Perhaps Mitchell can do a follow-up video on why white segregationists like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond switched their affiliation from Democratic to Republican in the 1960s after Democratic leaders expressed support for civil-rights legislation, or why Richard Nixon's "Southern strategy" was so successful in helping Republicans win elections. Then again, that might be too extreme even for him.
In listing a number of people who purportedly fall under the DHS report's description of "right-wing extremist," Mitchell showed a picture of the Dalai Lama, with the caption "Anti-gay bigot":
In fact, the Dalai Lama's views on the subject are not so easily pigeonholed. According to the Religion Facts website:
In a 1997 interview, the Dalai Lama (the leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a widely-respected spiritual figure) was asked about homosexuality. He did not offer any strong answer either way, but noted that all monks are expected to refrain from sex. For laypeople, he commented that the purpose of sex in general is for procreation, so homosexual acts do seem a bit unnatural. He said that sexual desires in themselves are natural, perhaps including homosexual desires, but that one should not try to increase those desires or indulge them without self-control.
nature arranged male and female organs "in such a manner that is very suitable... Same-sex organs cannot manage well." But he stopped short of condemning homosexual relationships altogether, saying if two people agree to enter a relationship that is not sexually abusive, "then I don't know. It's difficult to say."The Dalai Lama was more specific in a meeting with Buddhist leaders and human rights activists in San Francisco in 1997, where he commented that all forms of sex other than penile-vaginal sex are prohibited for Buddhists, whether between heterosexuals or homosexuals. At a press conference the day before the meeting, he said, "From a Buddhist point of view, [gay sex] is generally considered sexual misconduct." But he did note that this rule is for Buddhists, and from society's viewpoint, homosexual relationships can be "of mutual benefit, enjoyable, and harmless."
If Mitchell really believes in doing stuff "for the record," he should stick that "anti-gay bigot" caption where it much more accurately belongs: under a picture of Joseph Farah.
Mitchell remains obsessed by the Obama birth certificate conspiracy. His June 17 video repeated at least two lies regarding Obama's birth certificate -- lies WND itself has previously told -- contradicting his claim that "these are the facts":
Mitchell also channeled Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn by asserting that Obama has "sealed all records that could indicate his national origin."
Obama hasn't been the only target of Mitchell's smear videos. In his June 10 video, Mitchell appeared to endorse the killing of abortion doctor George Tiller, asserting he "killed babies for money" and claiming: "Two weeks ago, George Tiller was killed in a fourth-trimester abortion, a lethal lead injection." Mitchell added "You can't call someone a racist just because they disagree with you."
But that's exactly what Mitchell did one week earlier, assaulting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and La Raza in a June 3 video:
Picking an anti-American racist like Sotomayor is classic Obama. I wouldn't be surprised if this broad lived in a commune with Bill Ayers at some point.
Despite calling his video "For the Record," Mitchell didn't back up his claim that Sotomayor is either "anti-American" or a "racist." And his claim that La Raza has "ties to crazy groups like Aztlan" ignores the record completely; in fact, it doesn't support Aztlan.
Further, if Mitchell cares so much about "the record," then he must surely know that the place where his videos appear has already declared the Obama birth certificate he posted in his video to be "authentic" (as ConWebWatch has repeatedly detailed).
Again, Mitchell -- extreme dude that he is -- apparently decided his words alone weren't offensive enough. So he threw in the following image for good measure:
Far from being concerned or offended by Mitchell's extremism, WND appears to be rather proud of it. The day after Mitchell's video appeared, WND's PR team sent out an email with the headline:
MOLOTOV'S NEW PUNK VIDEO INCINERATES SOTOMAYOR
The following message was also prominently displayed: "MOLOTOV IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS."
Most people would be ashamed to promote such hate. Not WND and its publicist, Maria Sliwa. And certainly not Molotov Mitchell. He's extreme, man! Like, totally!
And the hate just keeps coming. In his June 24 video, Mitchell went through a host of negative gay stereotypes and misleading claims. Mitchell wore a "Homosexuals Are So Gay" T-shirt through the video, which he delcared is "hate crimes compatible." He then ranted about homosexuals stealing the word "gay":
Originally, the word "gay" meant happy or joyful. So naturally, liberals hated it. Homosexuals took the word and redefined it so that it would mean homosexual intercourse. I guess they were trying to get people to associate that with flying a kite or something. Now, when somebody says, "The movie was totally gay," they don't mean that it was happy or homosexual -- they mean it was lame.
Mitchell thus takes the side of former Washington Times managing editor (and white supremacist) Francis Coombs, who claimed that the Times' longtime ban on "gay" was based on "preservation of the language."
Mitchell then claims: Look, if you want to understand the gay community, heart and soul, don't watch 'Will and Grace'; Go to a gay parade. And don't bring the kids." If that's true, then it can be reasonably argued in response that if you want to understand the birther movement, heart and soul, don't read WorldNetDaily (or watch Molotov Mitchell); check out James von Brunn. Oh, and don't bring the kids.
Mitchell concluded, amid on-screen text stating, "Has gay culture earned our respect?": "People have to earn respect, no matter who they are. And breaking the records for drug abuse, infidelity and suicide won't make you popular. Getting the government to punish people who don't like you doesn't help either. The people I respect are the ones who left the gay lifestyle. By leaving that demographic, you may not be protected by hate-crimes legislation, but your life expectancy just jumped by 20 years."
Mitchell sourced the life expectancy claim to the International Journal of Epidemiology, but it's outdated. That study was published in 1997 and examined data "obtained for a large Canadian urban centre from 1987 to 1992," and the life expectancy differential was specifically attributed to losses "due to HIV/AIDS." But the first antiretroviral drug to treat HIV was introduced only in 1987 and was only partly effective and thus can be argued to have no significant effect on mortality rates during the time period of the study. It was not until the mid-1990s -- well outside the window of the study -- that more effective treatments became available.
In other words, Mitchell committed the lie of trying to convince you that data from 20 years ago can support a claim made today.
As if the lying wasn't enough, Mitchell scattered numerous negative stereotypical images of gays throughout his video, such as these:
When he's not editing himself, though, Mitchell really lets the vitriol fly. Mitchell posted on his Illuminati Films YouTube channel the video of his speech at a sparsely attended anti-Obama tea party July 4 in Charlottesville, Va., and it's not pretty -- Mitchell's Obama-hate shines through in a way that not even his WorldNetDaily videos capture.
He starts his rant by telling the crowd, "I know how you feel -- like the underground." He continued:
You spend your 9-to-5 taunted by the Obama bobblehead on the new guy's desk or that stupid "Hope" poster he just put up by the copy machine. ... You huddle around your radios like refugees, like British families during the Nazi bombing raids. You coming to hope as dispensed by Rush or Sean or Mark -- or Michael Savage if you're really crazy, like me.
Mitchell then engages in his usual denigrating of people he doesn't agree with: "A handful of pencil-necked, metrosexual socialists in Washington can't possibly defeat a nation of red-blooded, God-fearing patriots." He then endorsed a military coup against Obama:
The spirit of Thomas Jefferson is alive and well in Honduras -- especially in Honduras, where their Marxist just tried to tamper with their constitution, and guess what happened? The Honduran military took that socialist dictator wannabe to the border and said, "Hasta la vista, baby. Better luck in Costa Rica." Sounds nice, doesn't it? Sounds nice to me. Time will tell.
Next, he embraced the birther conspiracy again:
I have actually personally interviewed most of the experts involved. I've spent time with Dr. Ron Polarik, who proved conclusively that that image you see on the Web that they claim is his birth certificate is actually fraudulent. This now -- listen, I'm not hearing this secondhand. I interviewed the expert. I interviewed Phil Berg -- we were actually one of the first groups to actually film him and explain the situation at the outset, so I know a little bit of what I'm talking about here. Let me give you a few facts. I think this is worth noting.
In fact, as noted above, he's not imparting facts.
Mitchell then unleashed the full-on Obama-hate:
But for now, we have a counterfeit king living in the White House. And I use the word "king" advisedly. Because when you have our leader who's wining and dining Michelle-my-belle in Gay Paree, when you have him taking her to Broadway, when you have Hannah Montana being paid to come into the White House to entertain his kids, when he's flying in pizza chefs for tens of thousands of dollars for one pizza while you and me have double-digit unemployment, while we're up to our necks in recession, we have a king just like our founding fathers faced.
In fact, Obama didn't pay "tens of thousands of dollars for one pizza"; as blogger Tommy Christopher pointed out, the pizza chef flew coach, his boss at the restaurant paid for his travel he was already making a business trip to Washington, and Obama himself picked up the tab, not the taxpayers.
"For the record"? Not so much. For the hate of anyone who dares to disagree with him or even perhaps just looks or acts different than him? Absolutely.