Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Now All Of A Sudden The Media Is Interested In The Extremism

Turns out the far left media is quite selective on when they report on extremism.

The shooting at the Holocaust Museum today was carried out by an anti-Semite white supremacist.

(Note: I erroneously posted that the shooter was dead in the original writing. This is wrong, the shooter was not killed, the security guard was. My sympathies to the family of the guard, Chuck)

What is interesting about this though is the media's new found interest in extremism and what they decide is extremist. If you recall, there has been considerable discussion over the shootings last week of an abortion doctor and two servicemen at a recruiting station. Most of the discussion has been about the difference in reporting by the media.

The shooting of the abortion doctor was by an anti-abortion zealot, yet the reason for the shooting at the recruiting center was, shall we say, downplayed.

Now today, the media has an interest in extremism again. CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and ABC are all reporting the white supremacist angle prominently. MSNBC even went as far as writing a separate article on the rise of extremism (with the emphasis on right wing extremism). They even managed to include a reference to the Homeland Security Departments report on returning veterans and their propensity to become terrorists.

The MSNBC article did mention (briefly) the Black Panthers as one of their extremist groups but the discussion was on the immigration debate and the election of the first black President leading one to believe that it's focus was essentially on right wing extremism. I can only assume the Black Panthers are not out in the street harassing people over Obama being elected. I mean, there's not even an election going on.

I want to be outraged but that ship has already sailed. All we are left with now is the goal of doing all we can to see that these far left extremist sites from the CNN, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC organizations are closed down so we can get back to a more balanced news reporting.

As an aside, as of now I haven't heard if Obama has released a statement calling the shooting an outrage. Maybe he'll do like he did in the recruiting center shooting and release a statement to the Israeli media only and only after they request it.

(Note: Since the writing of this, Obama has released a statement. I stand by the original intent of this comment in that Obama has developed a practice of treating incidences like this differently based on his political beliefs and not in keeping with the role the President of the United States has historically taken in treating all of their citizens equally, Chuck)


Loren Christie said...

Hi Chuck!
It's such a sad situation for all involved,(the recent shootings). It's always tragic when there is a loss of life, even for the person who caused the attack. What really alarms me as a citizen is the idea that the government had a track record of hate acts that included served jail time on this man who shot someone at the museum, and they did not follow him closely as a potential terrorist.

DaBlade said...

I remember Rush being blamed for Timothy McVeigh also. I'm as right wing as you get and these killers have nothing to do with us. The media knows this, but that won't stop their assault.

Flavor Country said...

Obama's Statement

"I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.

"Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time."

Always On Watch said...

The shooter died? I thought the guard had died, not the shooter.

I have so say the following. If the shooter had been a Moslem, would we be getting wall-to-wall coverage of this story in our local D.C. media?

BTW, a few hours ago, the Examiner published a good article about today's atrocity. Check it out here. Note this interesting portion:

The anti-semitism of von Brunn is the first thing one notices when visiting these bizarre websites. However, like those of most "white supremacists", many of von Brunn's political views track "Left" rather than "Right." Clearly, a re-evaluation of these obsolete definitions is long overdue.

Chuck said...

Loren, it is the third time in a week one of these guys had gotten through. Too busy watching vets I guess

DaBlade, I agree. Same with neo-nazis, skin heads, etc. The media tries to lump them all with us.

Flavor, at the time I wrote this, he had not released a statement. The point still stands though, he has developed a track record of treating these incidents differently.

AOW, thanks for the correction, bad information. A lot of these groups actually have left leaning ideas. In the mind of the meida they are bad so this automatically equates right.

Flavor Country said...

Chuck I'm not sure where you get all of your info from, but I can tell you CNN covered that shooting at the recruitment center as much or more than FOX. Even O'Reilly had to apologize to CNN.

They were the first to break the story. Even yesterday it was them and MSNBC (Not FOX) that carried the press conference on the wounded solider that was involved.

Of course blogs and websites are different, it's all about their views. And of course Fox and MSNBC have their evening folks like Hannity and Olbermann who push only their point of view.

Why do you assume the media is all of a sudden concerned about extremism? It's a story and after a couple of days you won't here about it anymore. The media only cares about what happening now. That simple


Chuck said...

Flavor, I should be more specific, I am going by what I see on the news websites. My schedule does not allow me to watch the news a lot. I do watch CNN at work and while they are better than MSNBC, they are not a fair and balanced network. Often the issue is not what they are reporting but how they report it. I will see their "news" people reporting on a story like this and sneering.

People like Dobbs, Hannity, O Reilly, etc are not news people, they are entertainers (some more entertaining than others). The issue is how the people that are supposed to be reporting the news do it and CNN is not a balanced network. Granted Fox is not either but as I have said before, there is an overwhelming body of research that says Fox is the most balanced network and the rest are not.

I did not say that this is the first time the far left media is intersted in extremism, the only time they are interested in it is when they can attack the right. There was not as much interst in the Black Panther issue or any other left leaning extremism, animals rights groups burning labs, protesters throwing urine on visitors at the Republican National Convention, ultra-leftist protests at economic summits, etc. These issues simply do not get the same coverage.

LomaAlta said...

Chuck, good post.
Obama is a racist and will always treat some citizens and non-citizend (such as himself) better than others based on skin color. That is the basis of redistribution of wealth--skin color.

shoprat said...

The media is always interested in extremism but seems to believe that it exists only at one end of the spectrum and doesn't seem to know what is and isn't an extreme position. As far as a few of them are concerned, anyone who didn't vote for Obama is an extremist.

mksviews said...

Apparently this POS believed that 9/11 was an inside job, i don't think the MSM will be headling that bit will they. Cos it sounds an awful lot like a lot of leftists.

I hope they hang that SOB. But then who is against the death penalty.

Chuck said...

LomaAlta, agreed although I'm not quite ready to say it's based on race as much as political ideology. I think he does see some things through the prism of race and act accordingly. His SCOTUS pick is just the latest example.

Shoprat, to them extremism = right wing

MK, it's turning out that he is anti-Christian and anti-right wing, not likely he'll be called a leftist. Most likley they will stop talking about his extremist views.