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March 18, 2011

The Greatest Blog Post Ever Written?

So says Patterico.

He's referring to that HuffPo post by Lee Stranahan you might have seen yesterday, in which he, a liberal, actually analyzes whether the liberal media is guilty of bias and partisanship (and unamericanism to, I'd add myself) in embargoing the death threats made by liberals against conservatives.

And he answers the question unambiguously.

Why isn't the mainstream media talking about the death threats against Republican politicians in Wisconsin?

Try to set aside whatever biases or preconceptions you might have for a moment and ask yourself why death threats against politicians aren't considered national news, especially in the wake of the all too fresh shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other bystanders. And there hasn't just been one death threat, but a number of them.

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After the Giffords shooting, authorities have to take this sort of threat seriously. The media should too, even if the disturbed person who sent that email was motivated by exactly the kind of rhetoric that's been used by many liberals against GOP officials over and over again during the Madison protests. And there are more threats floating around the internet, in varying degrees of scary and credible.

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Ignoring the story of these threats is deeply, fundamentally wrong. It's bad, biased journalism that will lead to no possible good outcome and progressives should be leading the charge against it.

Just before writing this article, I did a Google search and it's stunning to find out that the right wing media really isn't exaggerating -- proven death threats against politicians are being ignored by the supposedly honest media. If you've never agreed with a single thing that Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly et al have said about anything, you can't in any good conscience say that they don't have a point here. Death threats are wrong and if a story like Wisconsin is national news for days, then so are death threats.

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Burying the death threat story is a clear example of intellectual dishonesty and journalistic bias.

Of course, he's being called a traitor.

If the truth is treachery let's have more such treason.

Thanks to rdbrewer for putting this up in the sidebar.


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