I predicted it as soon as I read the headline about the AZ shooter. The media was going to label him an extreme right wing activist, upset about healthcare or spending or Obama’s birth certificate, or some other right wing cause. I also predicted they would be wrong. I wasn’t the only one who saw their slant coming. They don’t have the best track record on these things. Actually, considering Paul Krugman’s admission that the left was just waiting for this to happen, I wouldn’t be surprised if the media had the story pre-written, just waiting to enter the date and location. But once again they were disappointed.
For example, remember the angry TEA Partier who flew his plane into the IRS building? Except wait, he was a George Bush hater upset about the war and how the IRS was coming after him for unpaid taxes. Or how about angry TEA Partier who went to the Discovery channel and held hostages because they are part of the hated leftwing media and show videos about evolution? No wait, James Lee was an extreme leftist eco-terrorist who had watched Al Gore’s movie and wanted to help control the population to stop Global Warming. He was also pro-abortion. What about the TEA Partier who tried to set off a bomb in Times Square? Wasn’t he upset about the healthcare bill? That’s what Mayor Bloomberg automatically assumed. Turns out the bomber was a Muslim extremist. The only people who were surprised were the left and the media.
Between James Lee and the Unibomber, with their Al Gore literature and movies, it reminds me of Mel Gibson in the movie Conspiracy Theory. Perhaps whenever the CIA wants to find a crazy person, they just have them buy a copy of “An Inconvenient Truth”.
If you want an interesting read, check out the NY Times version of Jared Loughner. On page 1 of the article, we learn that Loughner “…became an echo chamber for stray ideas, amplifying, for example, certain grandiose tenets of a number of extremist right-wing groups — including the need for a new money system and the government’s mind-manipulation of the masses through language.”
Excuse me, what? How many “right-wing extremists” do you know who believe the government is manipulating their minds through language? I think the greater insight into Jared Loughner can be found on page 3 of the story.
“He became intrigued by antigovernment conspiracy theories, including that the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetrated by the government and that the country’s central banking system was enslaving its citizens. His anger would well up at the sight of President George W. Bush, or in discussing what he considered to be the nefarious designs of government.”
That sounds more like Rosie O’Donnell than a right-wing extremist! In fact, the 9/11 conspiracy seems to be about as popular as works by Al Gore among recent violent extremists.
Of course, when the left talks about hate speech, they generally are talking about disagreeing with Obama. Rarely do they admit hate speech when leftists were carrying Bush as Hitler signs or when Kanye West said Bush didn’t care about black people, or how about Rosie O’Donnell spreading the myth that Bush and the government killed 3,000 people on 9/11. Krugman’s own admission of his prejudice against TEA Partiers is very revealing.
Of course, Krugman is one of those special sort of intellectuals who believes a nation’s wealth should be measured by the depth of its government’s coffers. He also seems to believe that if you borrow a million dollars that makes you a millionaire. But he, like Al Gore, Barack Obama, and Yassar Arafat, has won a Nobel prize so he must be some sort of reliable authority.
From the Democrats at Westboro Baptist, the Muslim shooter at Ft Hood (remember? The President said to not jump to conclusions), to the extreme left leaning whackos like Lee and now Loughner, I think we can start making some assumptions of our own. If the media fails to mention political party, religion, or conservative/liberal when someone goes off the deep end, or if they accuse them of being a TEA Partier, we can assume the opposite.
Now Palin is being criticized for responding to her critics, who had basically charged her with murder. She apparently used language that the Anti-Defamation league thought would be “painful” to WWII survivors. Where was the Anti-Defamation league when Dick Durbin accused our troops of using tactics like Nazi prison camps or Soviet Gulags?
Well, it turns out the real hate speech in America is having an effect. You can now see a compilation of assassination threats against Sarah Palin posted on Youtube. Obama warned us to not accuse each other and not turn on each other during times like this, but his warning came out only after it was discovered that Loughner was a crazy left-leaning druggie.
And despite Obama’s warning, one of the shooting victims made his own death threat against conservative activist Trent Humphries at an ABCNews organized townhall just days later. Between the conspiracies, accusations and assumptions, perhaps the left and media should do some self examination before they unwittingly produce the next Jared Loughner.