Skip to comments.Media assumptions that violence is right-wing are routine — and routinely wrong. [media bias]
Posted on 07/24/2012 5:06:39 PM PDT by grundle
Hanged census-taker Bill Sparkman in rural Kentucky fueled media speculation that hed been killed by anti-government Tea Partiers. In fact, hed killed himselfe.
Joe Stack flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. The media immediately suggested that the anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party led to the attack. In fact, Stacks suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.
A professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor.
John Patrick Bedell shot two Pentagon security officers. The media went wild with speculation that a right-wing extremist had reached the end of his rope. Bedell turned out to be a registered Democrat and 9/11 Truther.
New York authorities disarmed a car bomb in Times Square. The media trumpeted the idea that crazed conservatives had turned to violence. In fact, the perp was Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic extremist.
Michael Enright stabbed a Muslim cab driver in the neck. It was immediately dubbed an anti-Muslim stabbing, with rising Islamophobia on the political right to blame. In fact, Enright, a left-leaning art student, had worked with a firm that produced a pro-mosque statement.
James Lee, 43, took hostages at the Discovery Channels headquarters. The media speculation was unstoppable: Lee was surely a climate-change denier whod resorted to violence. Oops: He was an environmentalist who viewed humans as parasites on the Earth.
Jared Lee Loughner went on a rampage in Tucson, Ariz. The media knew just who to blame: the Tea Party and its extremist rhetoric. In fact, Loughner was mostly apolitical.
Media figures sincerely believe the right wing is violent, so naturally assume that violent people must be right-wing.
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Just as Obama’s “You didn’t build that” statement was Obama
projecting his affirmative action roots on to hard working business owners.
My gosh it's been this way for as long as I can remember. NY Times James "Scotty" Reston, et al denounced the conservatives' "climate of hate" and the violence that led to the assassination of JFK.
Even Republicans joined the fun.. Pennsylvania governor William Scranton (or was it Michigan gov George Romney?) denounced Goldwater conservatives as "purveyors of hate."
People older than me must remember how it was in the 1930's -- and people older than that remember the 1920s and on and on . . . .
So now we are FINALLY going to confront the lying little pests and get it over with?
Don’t forget the Beltway Sniper.
Which group has been demonstrably more violent? Right-wing Tea Partiers, or left-wing Occuppiers?
Yeah. It’s a no brainer. The left is a culture of violence and death. Liars, haters of God, reprobate, deviants, implacable, unmerciful, ...
The author is naive if he thinks these libels are a “mistake”.