Six other cases when the media incorrectly blamed conservatives for liberal violence

by editor on January 9, 2011

Former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” The liberal corollary seems to be “Never let a tragedy go to waste.”

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Photo of assassin Jared Loughner from his MySpace profile

The liberal media rushed to judgment after the tragedy in Tucson and without any information to back their assertions declared that assassin Jared Loughner was a conservative, that he was influenced by Sarah Palin or by Rush Limbaugh or by Glenn Beck or by the Tea Party. Or by all of the above.

When the facts came out, it turned out that he’s a left wing lunatic.

Legal Insurrection put together a good list of similar tragedies and similar inaccurate accusations:

Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen this type of reaction. The meme that opponents of Obama are crazy and dangerous has been an explicit Democratic Party campaign strategy for over two years. Here is just a partial list of events in which the left-wing and Democratic Party media operation has immediately blamed right-wing rhetoric, only to be proven wrong when the facts finally came out: Bill Sparkman, Amy Bishop, The Fort Hood Shooter, The IRS Plane Crasher, The Cabbie Stabbing, and The Pentagon Shooter.

If you’ve never read LegalInsurrection.com, give it a try. They do great work.

Source: Legal Insurrection

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CO2Insanity
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John is probably in the corner sucking his thumb with his blankie waiting for words of wisdom from the anointed one.

Sonny Palermo
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Sonny Palermo

When confronted with facts, the Alinksy playbook offers libs only three options:
ignore the facts and change the subject/challenge the questioner
call your opponent names
or, as we see here – run away.
John, can you hear me?
John?
John?

danybhoy
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danybhoy

At what point will America as a whole be blamed for the language we use to make a point or to define things? You know, all of the war references.We target candidates, battleground states, & information wars. I watch football, & I see the quarterback avoid the blitz & then throw the bomb. He also needs his offesive line to win the battles in the trenches. BTW, go Bears in the NFL playoffs. BEAR DOWN!

My point is we use war references too often for anybody to really get their underwear in a bunch about after the fact. Why? Because almost everyone uses them, so it’s pointless to bitch about right or left on this topic. The actual violence should be the issue, & outside of the odd abortion doctor shooting every 10 years or so, it’s almost always a lefty.

karenena
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karenena

Looks like the LEFT WAS THE FIRST TO “TARGET GIFFORDS” in 2008.
As usual, What a bunch of finger pointing, mamby pamby, pants wetting Hypocrites

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/25/1204/74882/511/541568

mrtim29
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Don’t forget the Michigan Militia… they were all supposed to be right wing nuts, but turned out to be a bunch of anti-obama democrats.

DMC in DC
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DMC in DC

Add to the list the Times Square bomber.

hisham
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hisham

Always firstist with the mostest with these lefties. Any time that the left can blame the right for a murder without having to actually prove it is a good thing for them. Anytime we let them get away with this is a bad day for us. We should never have let them control the media…ever.

wagsthedog
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wagsthedog

Anyone remember the movie “Death of a President”? It’s totally fine to fantasize about killing Republicans.

Necron_99
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Necron_99

What always fascinates (well really, to be honest disgusts) me is how the libtard left is always using violent language in their rhetorical rants against what they consider to be the opposition a la “Old time Reds rioting in the streets and assassinating the Tzar”… and think that it’s o.k. and fine for them to do so. But, let any conservative allude to the same b.s. and it becomes “hate mongers & crimes against humanity”.

The only conclusion I can come up with is that lefty libtards are such panty waist sissies that they must immediately assume no conservative/independent could ever take their threats serious because they (the lefties) are so ineffectual that their violent language carries the weight of a spoiled petulant child making hollow threats, and in the opposite, any Conservative utterance that could be construed as violent language carries the full weight of an aggressive and determined adult about to take action.

Bottom line: Are we supposed to believe that when leftists advocate violence it is “just words” and not to be taken seriously, and if a Rightist does the same it it should be interpreted as a clear and present danger? If so, then the left obviously doesn’t have a very high opinion of their own self worth and view the Right as the authoritative adult presence blocking them from their childish immediate self gratification.

That’s why I still say liberalism is a mental disorder that can be cured with a healthy dose of self discipline and a lot of growing up.

wagsthedog
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wagsthedog

Are we on Bizarro world? It should be obvious to anyone who has a few synapses that are firing properly that 99.9% of the violence and violent rhetoric comes from the LEFT! Lets not forget our wonderful, peace loving union members. When they aren’t beating the crap out of conservatives, they spend their time perpetrating ugly acts of intimidation, like busing in hundreds of people to hold a protest on private property. I guess the MSM will tell us they are right-wing also.

Necron_99
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Necron_99

Personal experience at a union meeting: The goonish president of my union told us “S.I.U. don’t go down da gangway, S.I.U. goes up da gangway…. Wit base ball bats if necessary!” And the crowd goes wild as I looked at my friend (the only other sane person in the room not giving that statement a standing ovation) and said, “These people are nuts.”

YouCanCallMeAL
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YouCanCallMeAL

I like that Necron_99. I used to be with the Teamsters..NUFF SAID!!

Necron_99
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Necron_99

Every time I’ve been subjected to union shills from “esteemed president Sacco” on down to shop stewards, their language is always filled with violence and threat.

YouCanCallMeAL
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YouCanCallMeAL

We would get free beer at the Teamster union meetings

Necron_99
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Necron_99

Never saw libations stronger than coffee offered up in the union hall, but there was plenty of crack cocaine out in the parking lot.

Paden
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Paden

john, the “far right extremists” are of little concern because they ain’t sitting in Washington. they don’t control the media and they are not about to hand over our national sovereignty to the damn UN.

When the far right starts doing as much damage as the liberals, then we’ll worry about them.

On the other hand, Id rather be a right-wing nut job, than a liberal with no nuts and no job. 🙂

oic
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oic

a target symbol is not a violent rhetorical. Its like “beat”, “defeat your opponents”. When Obama tell his supporters to punch his enemies twice as hard, which he did, is that violent rhetorical?

Pat from Michigan
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Pat from Michigan

This reminds me of one of those moron ‘authors’ on Huffington Post who moaned and groaned at great length about the horrid Palin bomb-site. Of course this idiot’s webpage had pictures of actual bomber’s on it dropping bombs – no violence there. What a bunch of hypocrites. The saddest thing about these left wing geniuses is the fact that they have never listened to Palin or Beck, they simply hate whoever their nit-witted leaders tell them to hate.

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From Lisa Knobel on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ihatethemedia):

Add to the list the transsexual, anarchist who broke the windows at the Colorado Democrat Party Headquarters.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/politics/20548292/detail.html

Note Dem Party Chair Pat WaaK willingness to blame the vandalism on anti-Obamacare people.

Ruben
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Ruben

PLUS… it was the same transsexual anarchist who had volunteered to work for the state Dem party. He/she/it did this to make conservatives look bad. When confronted with this tidbit, Waak double-down instead of admitting to horse-assery!

llk
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llk

Try googling “Byron Williams”

trinity
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trinity

I love reading “Legal Insurrection,” but not as much as I love reading “I Hate the Media.” You guys have a unique way with words that I really appreciate.

The left has to have somebody to blame other than the obvious…the 22 yr old lunatic that committed this horrible crime. The left will also use this to scream about gun control. In my thinking, if a few people in the crowd had had a gun on them, they might have been able to drop this whackjob before he could shoot anybody else.

RockingHorseGuy
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Actually, according to a report I read, there were people in the crowd with guns, as Arizona has a lot of common sense as far as allowing the carrying of weapons. Problem with them dropping this guy is that the armed citizens are smart enough not to open fire in the middle of a crowd. I’m sure if anyone of the gun carrying citizens had gotten a clear shot, the shooter would have been stopped a little sooner.

Nancy
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Nancy

http://redwhitebluenews.com/?p=7302
Obama tells audience there will be ‘hand-to-hand combat’ if Republicans win.

who’s the violent one?

RockingHorseGuy
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Ok, I’m surprised. Or not.

ANthonyX
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ANthonyX

you forgot to mention the NY times Square bomber….where the Mayor suggested it had to do with the health care issues.

connor
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connor

and how the automatically assumed it was a white man and not a muslim

KimmyQueen
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I was sooooo pleasantly surprised to hear that he was upset at his mistake and deeply apologized for his assumptions… wait what? he didn’t apologize well… I am sooo shocked… aren’t the left the side of good and stuff?

john
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john

So you just automatically disregard the violent rhetoric coming from the far-right extremists in the past year, specifically Palin’s map with crosshairs targeting Democratic districts? Also, is there a link with evidence that proves your claim of Loughner being a leftist?

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Admin

John, here’s a screenshot of the DailyKos with a bullseye attached to congresspeople, including Giffords. We’re about to post an article with another dangerous Daily Kos attack on her specifically. Did they contribute to this leftwing nut’s shooting spree?

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Mike
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Mike

Trying to compare a bullseye to a sniper’s crosshairs may seem on the surface to be superficial, but it’s not.

John Gruber: “Much attention is now being paid to the gunsight crosshair imagery Sarah Palin used to target 20 congresspeople last year, including Gabrielle Giffords. Some of those defending Palin are pointing to this image from the Democratic Leadership Council after the 2004 election. It uses a bull’s-eye to mark “target” states in the then-next presidential election. In a nation like ours, with its history of political assassinations by gun violence, I don’t like that imagery, either. But there are some significant differences.

Tommy Christopher: “A bullseye is commonly associated with target practice, and as such, the bullseye itself is the inert, nonliving target. Crosshairs, on the other hand, represent the mechanism by which a target is acquired and killed. It is also an image that resonates in popular culture through countless repetitions, in films and television shows, of the assassin’s POV shot. That the intent was to evoke something like a bullseye (only way tougher), and not the spectre of assassination, is an obvious, yet moot, point. Once that reasonable objection was raised, the image should have been abandoned.”

wagsthedog
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wagsthedog

He’s assuming the target is alive. Mr. Christopher also references imagery from countless films and television shows. Hmmm, I wonder who produces most of those films and shows? The bottom line is, if you are moved to commit an act of violence by crosshairs on a chart, or a movie, YOU ARE F***** UP!

perlcat
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No, what you are doing here is referred to by us technicians as “pissing with semantics”. It fools no one.

Both sides use metaphors. However, one side routinely uses threats of violence. That same side hides behind a thin veneer of “freedom of speech”, all the while attempting to prevent the other side from exercising their same right. Yes, I am referring to the democrats.

StrinaM
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John, I’d like to know WHAT violent rhetoric, specifically, you are referring to that is coming from the right…?
For everything I’ve seen, the right has been calling for a PEACEFUL revolution. It is Van Jones and the others in the left that are specifically calling for a VIOLENT revolution.

StrinaM
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Notice our good friend John didn’t come back with any specifics???? Could it be that he couldn’t find any, or was confused by the word specifics?

Elrond Hubbard
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Elrond Hubbard

Hey John, speaking of violent rhetoric, let’s read some quotes from Barack Obama:

“If they bring a knife to a fight, we bring a gun.” [July, 2008] “We want to talk to these people…so we know whose ass to kick. [June, 2010] “I don’t want to quell anger, people have a right to be angry. I’m angry.”[March 2010]

There’s more. So does violent rhetoric and imagry from the President of the United States result in actual violence?

jukin
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jukin

You forgot “Get in their faces!!” Please all sane people need to remember threats from left of violence is perfectly acceptable if it gets us to a totalitarian state faster. Ends justify the means for the communist democrats.

Administrator
Admin

HaHa! Those are great. Any more?

Elrond Hubbard
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Elrond Hubbard

“I want you to argue with them and get in their face!”[Barack Obama, September 2008]

“A Republican majority would mean hand to hand combat on Capitol Hill for the next two years.”[ Barack Obama, October 2010]

“We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand by us on issues that are important to us.” [Barack Obama, October 2010]

perlcat
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“Trust me. I know what I’m doing.” — Barack Obama

Oh, wait. That’s misattributed. He could never be accused of knowing what he is doing.

“That’s above my pay grade.” — Barack Obama

Well, that one’s about the most universally true statement that man has ever made, considering his true pay grade is around $3.35 an hour.

hope4uyet
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hope4uyet
DeanH
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DeanH

That is interesting. I can hardly wait to hear them say something like “there’s a BIG difference between crosshairs and dartboards” or something about how obviously less threatening it is since there is only one per state. Of course, it doesn’t matter that it’s just a map.

Bill Sabol
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Bill Sabol

America is not a country without faults, of course. Exhibit A: Our liberal mainstream media, a national disgrace.

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