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Dorner sympathy goes mainstream: “Like watching ‘Django Unchained.’ It’s kind of exciting!”
Hotair ^ | 02/14/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM

Posted on 02/14/2013 8:26:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A liberal critic of my comments on "The O'Reilly Factor" this week tweeted his displeasure with my assertion that factions of the "Left" and "some liberals" sympathized with Chris Dorner and even made him into a folk hero. He asked for examples. Here's one:

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It's hard to imagine how Marc Lamont Hill could have put this more appallingly. One member of the panel starts by rather sensibly bemoaning the waste of life, manpower, and ink in this chase. Hill responds:

"There's no waste here, though. I mean, this has been an important public conversation that we've had about police brutality, about police corruption, about state violence. I mean, there were even talks about making him the first domestic drone target. I mean, this is serious business here. I don't think it's been a waste of time at all.

And, as far as Dorner himself goes, he’s been like a real-life superhero to many people. Now, don’t get me wrong, what he did was awful, killing innocent people is bad. But when you read his manifesto, you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy. He had a plan and a mission, here. And, many people aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people; they’re rooting for someone who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system. It’s almost like watching ‘Django Unchained’ in real life. It’s kind of exciting.”

Hill and I have been on many of the same TV shows. We have been paired as sparring partners. We have been in TV doing commentary for approximately the same amount of time. Please imagine a scenario in which there is a fugitive who killed four people, two of them police officers, wounded four others, taunted the families of his innocent victims, held a couple hostage for days, and led one of the largest manhunts in recent history because he felt the government was too overbearing a force, spending too much money, and taking too much freedom from its citizens. Imagine his manifesto referenced issues about which I care deeply, such as the need for entitlement reforms and the need for charter schools and school choice, and name-checked Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson as admired figures. And, I went on TV and said this:

“There’s no waste here, though. I mean, this has been an important public conversation that we’ve had about entitlement reform, about some of endangered liberties, and about school choice. I mean, this is serious business here. I don’t think it’s been a waste of time at all.

And, as far as [Quadruple Murderer] himself goes, he’s been like a real-life superhero to many people. Now, don’t get me wrong, what he did was awful, killing innocent people is bad. But when you read his manifesto, you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy. He had a plan and a mission, here. And, many people aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people; they’re rooting for someone who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system. It’s almost like watching ‘Red Dawn’ in real life. It’s kind of exciting.”

First of all, we’d never be having this conversation on TV, because it’s a warped and deeply insensitive conversation to have. Quite the opposite: as a conservative, I would have been forced to carefully distance and denounce for a week straight (and, by the way, would be required to do this even if there were no evidence the murderer shared my belief system, as in the case of Jared Loughner). Never would there be a discussion of whether we should consider whether the murderer had a legitimate grievance, nor should there be. You have lost the privilege of a “national conversation” about your grievances once you have killed four fellow citizens. If anything, I would curse the perpetrator not just for his murders but for making it nearly impossible for me to speak publicly about the concerns he, regrettably, shared with me.

Second, I would never, ever, ever say this because it is morally deranged. I believe many of the country’s problems are immediate, moral concerns. I believe there are government policies that are actively hurting people at this very moment, and I’d like to have a spotlight on them. I even believe that far too often, police investigations are faulty and police tactics can hurt innocent people, as they did in this manhunt. (Update: Come to think of it, I actually did on “O’Reilly” this week exactly what Hill failed to do—made clear that Dorner deserves no sympathy while also holding LAPD accountable for injuries to civilians.) Standing in the spotlight afforded you by the murderer of four fellow citizens, however, while broadly smiling and comparing it to watching a really sweet revenge fantasy flick is not the way to solve these issues. If I tried to pull this crap on Marc on TV, I daresay he’d find it disgusting.

Hill’s not the only one, either. As Buzzfeed notes, Dorner support is going mainstream.

Alternet, the leftist online magazine, ran a story by Chauncey DeVega arguing that Dorner could “be transformed through popular culture and storytelling into a figure talked about for decades and centuries to come, with multiple versions of his tales and exploits, shaped by the griots and bards for their respective audiences.”

“Christopher Dorner dared to tell his version of the truth regarding the LAPD’s history of corruption and racism,” DeVega writes. “They do not like tattle tales and ‘snitches.’ Dorner was a particularly noxious threat to the status quo both because of his violent actions, as well as the symbolic power of his words and deeds.”

Salon’s Natasha Lennard has written a couple of stories sympathetic to Dorner (“Ex-cops sympathize with Dorner’s anger,” “Were Dorner’s complaints legitimate?”). Vice, in a story about whether or not Anonymous will retaliate after Dorner’s death, implicitly compared Dorner to anti-establishment heroes like Bradley Manning and Aaron Swartz, while acknowledging that “a murderous ex-cop is a lot harder to defend than these nonviolent liberators of information.”

Hill has been defending his comment on his Twitter feed, saying he was merely speaking for “many people” who feel that way about Dorner and his rampage. If that’s the case, then he’s also obligated to make clear that he thinks this inclination is disgusting and, ahem, %^&*# crazy. Sadly, the truth is, “many people” don’t think that inclination is disgusting and ^&T*# crazy, and he is one of them.

I don’t support murder and I empathize with ALL the victims. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t also understand Dorner and his perspective.

— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) February 13, 2013

We are capable of having 2 thoughts at the same time. To leverage this crisis in the service of justice is not to disrespect the victims.

— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) February 13, 2013

I 100% get why Dorner is not hated by everybody or merely marked as a villain. Not because I condone it, but bc there’s a bigger picture.

— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) February 13, 2013

Bonus viewing: Katie Pavlich going after Hill:

Well well look at that, no wonder @marclamonthill is sympathetic to Dorner, he co-authored a book with cop-killer Mumia ow.ly/hGZLK

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 13, 2013

U referred to him as a superhero, u not only didn’t dismiss him, u upheld him as something to be celebrated @marclamonthill @michellemalkin

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 13, 2013

How about criticizing the former *police officer* named Christopher Dorner for murdering fellow cops? @marclamonthill @michellemalkin

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 13, 2013

I’ll ask again @marclamonthill does Dorner’s murderous rampage count as “police brutality” 2 u? Or is it ok because he got his feelings hurt

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 13, 2013

You didn’t criticize Dorner, you called him a superhero and a modern day Jango, but nice try @marclamonthill

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 13, 2013



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: copkiller; dorner

1 posted on 02/14/2013 8:26:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I have a feeling we'll all be experiencing Django Unchained before the end of the year.

It's what Ubama has been striving for.

2 posted on 02/14/2013 8:29:01 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SeekAndFind

Marc Lamont Hill = Liberal and Socialist

Anything he says has to be questioned - he has an agenda and it’s not for the betterment of the US traditional system of values


3 posted on 02/14/2013 8:38:55 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t buy any of this. It’s Obama’s trolls out to disrupt.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 8:42:01 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind
Another of Obama's sons bite the dust.

Of course with odds of 2000-1, one could easily predict the ending. And they sure as hell didn't intend to capture him.

5 posted on 02/14/2013 8:42:27 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah well, it didn’t work out too well for ole Chris P Dorner.


6 posted on 02/14/2013 8:43:31 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: freekitty
If this guy had been a white guy they would be condemning the racist white and moving on the the next drive-by story...........I think we all know that to be the case.
7 posted on 02/14/2013 8:45:37 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Sacajaweau

8 posted on 02/14/2013 8:48:11 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: SeekAndFind
does Dorner’s murderous rampage count as “police brutality” 2 u?

Good Question

9 posted on 02/14/2013 8:49:16 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

"...and uhh I'm glad you're dead."

10 posted on 02/14/2013 8:51:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: AppyPappy
Chris P Dorner.

Heh.

11 posted on 02/14/2013 9:07:33 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Dorner was (without much doubt) a murderer who deserved capture, a trial, conviction (probably) and a swift execution.

The fact that we’re dealing with a Grade A A**-H*** still allows us to question whether the cops upheld high standards of constitutional law enforcement, like Due Process, or whether in a vendetta executed a plan to murder him without Due Process.

If the Left wants to defend him, they’re idiots. If Conservatives want to uphold Constitutional standards, by all means, let us debate whether Constitutional standards were met in this case.


12 posted on 02/14/2013 9:11:57 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: SeekAndFind

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13 posted on 02/14/2013 9:47:44 AM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
...he’s been like a real-life superhero to many people. Now, don’t get me wrong, what he did was awful, killing innocent people is bad. But when you read his manifesto, you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy. He had a plan and a mission, here. And, many people aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people; they’re rooting for someone who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system.

Yeah, this guy was kind of a leftwing Timothy McVeigh, wasn't he? Except nobody on the right tried to make a hero out of McVeigh.

14 posted on 02/14/2013 9:48:52 AM PST by Kenton
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To: Uncle Miltie
" let us debate whether Constitutional standards were met in this case."

There seems to be no independent investigation of the LAPD's attempt to turn a pickup truck and two occupants into Swiss cheese.

15 posted on 02/14/2013 9:54:49 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: V_TWIN

Yep. It’s part of Obama’s organization. They are doing this on purpose.


16 posted on 02/14/2013 10:09:46 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Paladin2

There shouldn’t be an “independent investigation” there should be assault and attempted murder charges. Dorner was a leftist scum and I will shed no tears over him but his actions did expose the lawlessness of the LAPD. As far as I am concerned those cops that shot up the two women, and the ones that rammed and shot the surfer are criminals. The fact that not one employee of the LADP has even voiced concern over these actions shows the organization is rotton top to bottom. As far as I am concerned this was two groups of bad guys fighting eachother and my only sympathy goes to the cabin owners.


17 posted on 02/14/2013 10:15:44 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Uncle Miltie

“If Conservatives want to uphold Constitutional standards, by all means, let us debate whether Constitutional standards were met in this case.”

It seems laughable to even consider this debate given the outcome. No reward payment because he was not captured alive when the order was given by SWAT to burn him to the ground? The LAPD (and their compatriots) have a wicked sense of humor. The fact that he was fired for lying, isn’t that standard procedure when you cross over the thin blue line?

His flawed & failed attempt to shine a disinfecting light on the diseased cockroaches supposedly protecting & serving was a waste of time & blood.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 10:22:27 AM PST by BraveMan
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To: RightOnTheBorder

The fact that none of the involved cops and their chain of command will be fired and then tried speaks volumes.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 10:23:48 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

DuhJango was about as far out on the liberal whacknut tree as you’re going to get...


20 posted on 02/14/2013 11:05:51 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind
I bet Foxx can't play a guitar or shoot a gun!
21 posted on 02/14/2013 11:15:59 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind

This racist pig Hill frequently appears on FOX. Most of the hosts just laugh at him, but just giving him airtime is an insult.


22 posted on 02/14/2013 12:24:27 PM PST by ozzymandus
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