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December 14, 2013

The Tweetable Guide To Media Myths And Left-wing Violence

As Andy noted this morning, the Denver Post was busy scrubbing the Colorado school shooter's socialist beliefs from its own reporting. On Twitter, I reviewed the media's history of convenient speculation and outright lies when it comes to the perpetrators of violence.



Sparkman wanted it to look like he'd been murdered so his family could collect on his life insurance.


Several media outlets simply scrubbed Stack's quotation from the Communist Manifesto out of their publications of his suicide screed.


Dr. Amy Bishop turned out to be a potential serial killer after scrutiny revealed the unusual shotgun killing of her brother decades earlier. She was also a registered Democrat suffering from suicidal thoughts related to her failure to obtain tenure.


To this very day, if you type "John Patrick Bedell" into Google, the very first autofill suggestion is "John Patrick Bedell tea party." That's not deliberate malice from Google. The predictive search is based on how often a word or phrase was searched. In other words, folks were so desperate to find out if Bedell was a tea partier, they taught Google to watch for it.


Mayor Bloomberg, without any information about the bomber at all, decided to speculate that it was someone upset about the new healthcare law. And nobody thought to question him on that.


Even better: the Lefty art student off his meds had actually done some work for the PR firm hired to promote the Ground Zero Mosque.


Lee was a particularly toxic example of leftwing nutbaggery. He was once convicted for smuggling illegal aliens into the United States. He wrote in his manifesto that he wanted to save the planet by "stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies!"


That's one I had forgotten about. Thank you to @verumserum for the reminder.


The Tucson shooting set off my very first rant and list of media myths about nonexistent right-wing violence.


I dusted off and added to the list following ABC's Brian Ross' beclowning and was asked to write it up for an op-ed in the NYPost.


This was the case of the media that didn't bark. A politically-motivated shooting in the media's own backyard. They grudgingly covered the shooting itself, but were curiously quiet about Corkins' motive in targeting FRC, which he explicitly said was based on the Southern Poverty Law Center's target list.


Twitter pal Amy Otto (@CAAmyO) reminded me that should have been "Obama-voting jihadist scum." Good point. The Tsarnaev's had the whole profile of modern American mass killers: jihadists, leftists, nutters.


Media's desire to pin violence on the right is so overwhelming they're actually rewriting history to do it.

In 2012, I wrote:

The media's habitual blaming of the political right is endemic and incurable. Media figures sincerely believe the right wing is violent, so naturally assume that violent people must be right-wing. This wont be the last time they make that mistake.

I'm telling you again: this won't be the last time I have to pull out this list.

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