As widely reported, the ex-Los Angeles police officer Chris Dorner who (allegedly) has gone on a murderous rampage in Southern California left a “manifesto” of sorts where he praises Senator Feinstein, presses for an assault weapons ban and goes after those who criticize President Obama. Dorner also plays media critic:
Willie Geist, you’re a talented and charismatic journalist.Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.
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Revoke the citizenship of Fareed Zakaria and deport him. I’ve never heard a positive word about America or its interest from his mouth, ever. On the same day, give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws but you must understand that your critics will always have in the back of their mind that you are native to a country that we won our sovereignty from while using firearms as a last resort in defense and you come from a country that has no legal private ownership of firearms. That is disheartening to American gun owners and rightfully so.
He goes on and on, but as Charles Cooke points out on Twitter, there is “No mention of the political contents of Dorner’s manifesto in a combined 3240 words in lead stories from NYT, LA Times, and AP.”
Compare the lack-of-politics as a motive for Dorner’s rampage to the Gabby Giffords shooting, when the media found it credible that Sarah Palin’s map inspired Jared Loughner in Arizona. Paul Krugman, for example:
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list. [...]
Now, I personally don’t blame politics for Dorner’s killings, but who am I to argue with a Nobel Prize winner like Paul Krugman? If he says politics are a motivating factor, then it must be true.