Here is the poster that was used by Pearl Jam to advertise their concert in Missoula, Montana earlier this week:
Republicans and one of our local "newspapers" are upset with it. Here is the lede from the Associated Press story three days ago (which the News-Register did not publish):
Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.
If you look real carefully at the bottom of the poster, you may be able to see it.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament created the poster and said this about it:
“The role of artists is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling. I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse. Love, from the First Amendment, Jeff Ament.”
Yesterday, the Wheeling News-Register wrote an editorial in which they equated the poster with Trump's various calls for violence. It concluded:
Trump is accused frequently of advocating violence against political foes. The liberal crowd goes into virtual hysterics over that.
Yet when the target is Trump, the left is strangely silent.
Perhaps Trump's critics simply do not comprehend the hypocrisy of their position. No matter. Millions of Americans see it quite clearly.
I'm sorry. Equating a small section of a poster for a rock concert in Montana with President Trump's frequent and documented (not just "accused") calls for violence is absurd -- it's a textbook case of false equivalency. Maybe the News-Register can get back to me when Jeff Ament or any other member of Pearl Jam becomes president and thus has the power that Trump has to incite violence.