Missouri Lieutenant Governor Accuses Labor Professors Of "Terrorism"

April 29, 2011 2:54 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

Peter Kinder

Conservative smear artist Andrew Breitbart has found his latest target in labor professors at the University of Missouri who, according to him, advocated union violence in their lectures. Like previous efforts to tarnish his political opponents, Breitbart's allegations are based on "choppy, heavily edited videos" that take the speakers' words out of context. As Media Matters notes, the videos were released a week after Breitbart announced his intention to "go after the teachers."

Now, one of Missouri's highest-ranking officials is embracing Breitbart's campaign. During a radio interview yesterday, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) complained that the story isn't getting more attention in the "lamestream media" and agreed with host Dana Loesch, editor of the Breitbart-owned website BigJournalism.com, that the context of the quotes didn't matter. Going a step further, Kinder exclaimed, "This is terrorism. Let's call this what it is. Industrial sabotage tactics are a form of terrorism."

KINDER: It's a farce that this kind of teaching is being conducted under something called the Institute for Labor Studies at our great flagship state research university. It is a disgrace. And it's something that the interim president of the university and all the members of the board of curators, as well as the governor and other responsible state officials should stand up and be heard on. And we need an investigation into how stuff like this goes on where a mass murderer like Mao Zedong is approvingly quoted saying that power comes out of the barrel of a gun.

LOESCH: Or where we have union leaders talking about how they would intimidate people.

KINDER: Industrial sabotage.

LOESCH: And public funds being used to pay for it.

KINDER: This is terrorism. Let's call it what it is. Industrial sabotage tactics are a form of terrorism.

LOESCH: It is, absolutely. Well, I appreciate your calling this out and being ahead of the game instead of with [Democratic] Governor [Jay] Nixon on this, because he apparently didn't — I guess maybe he doesn't have a problem with it. I don't know.

KINDER: Well, he appoints the members of the board. He is ultimately accountable here, and I'm not going to let this go, Dana. I'm going to be heard from again and again on it.

Listen to the whole conversation (transcript begins around 6:35):

Read more about Breitbart's deceptive tactics at Media Matters.

[h/t: Fired Up! Missouri]