Is Tokyo Rush Cartoonishly Incredible on Purpose?

10 06 2009

“Tokyo Rose” was convicted of treason for broadcasting popular but demoralizing propaganda in time of war.
tokyo rose from wikipedia

She was imprisoned despite being an American citizen and claiming she was really on our side the whole time because although forced to broadcast, she was “cartoonishly incredible” on purpose, to subvert any damaging effect.

Ironically it was another popular, vitriolic radio personality campaigning relentlessly against her on the air, that brought her down.

She was stripped of her U.S. citizenship and received a sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She was sent to a federal women’s prison in Alderson, W.Va., where she was said to have spent many hours playing bridge with “Axis Sally” Gillars.

But she was released for good behavior after six years and eventually pardoned by a president, and she certainly fared better than American-born “Lord Haw-Haw” hanged for broadcasting wartime propaganda in England.

Having just endured the most venomous rant to date from Tokyo Rush as “notorious instrument” against the critical interests of the USA at home and abroad and specifically, with excruciating malice aforethought, against the person of our president and commander in chief — ending darkly with “SOME-how [pause] he needs to be stopped!” — I think the cartoonishly incredible defense won’t work any better for him.

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