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The Naked Partisanship in Coverage of Maniacs


This morning I’ll be on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” around 9:40 or so.

The last Morning Jolt of the week offers more thoughts on changing the culture, some dire numbers on employment among America’s young people, and then this horrific news out on the West Coast:

Contemplating the Awful Danger Out in California Right Now

Yesterday, on Cam & Company, I talked about the maniac out in California who’s killing cops, and how the coverage of the shooters’ obsessions A) probably encourages copycats and other disturbed minds yearning for attention and B) is based upon a rather ludicrous effort to persuade people that one side of the spectrum is full of murderous maniacs and the other isn’t.

Allahpundit sums up how these maniacs get covered:

The rest of this post you can write yourself, especially if you read yesterday’s item about the egregious double standard between the media’s treatment of Palin after Tucson and the SPLC after the FRC shooting. The left, needless to say, is blameless for Dorner’s actions. Also needless to say, if his manifesto had extolled gun rights and called Obama “a vile and inhumane piece of sh*t” instead of Wayne LaPierre, this would be a five-alarm media inferno floating on a sea of sweaty rhetoric about The Conservative Movement turning to madness over gun control. The goal, as it was with Palin and as it always, always, always is in a situation like this, would be to cow law-abiding people on the right into softening their opposition to liberal policies or else be accused of complicity in some random crank’s bloodletting. It’s just a nastier version of Obama bringing kids up onstage when he signed those executive memos on guns last month: Instead of O implicitly accusing conservatives of being accomplices to murder, the immediate aftermath of a prominent act of violence tends to bring accusations that are more explicit. But when, as today, the facts don’t lend themselves easily to a “right-wing apocalypse” narrative, then suddenly all of the grander meaning in the killer’s political sympathies melts away. The double standard has become so obvious and so grotesque that I doubt most media liberals would even deny it anymore when challenged on it. It’s unmistakable and indefensible and they know it. And rest assured, the next time some lunatic kills a bunch of people and it turns out his MySpace profile lists Ayn Rand as one of his “likes” or whatever, they’ll do it all over again. Lessons will not be learned because this isn’t about lessons. It’s about reptilian political advantage.

But I repeat, the left is not to blame here. Although, in the interest of taking every precaution, maybe we should ask CNN to cancel Piers Morgan already.

It’s for the children, Piers.

Tags: Guns


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