Excellent piece by A. Barton Hinkle over at Reason.com, carefully comparing the way our increasingly despicable news media play down violence at left wing demonstrations while playing up any unpleasantness at right wing gatherings. Hinkle ascribes the discrepancy to:
…big-government bias. To much of the establishment media, a preference for limited government is a dangerous idea. Ergo, its supporters must be dangerous, too. But liberals don’t find a preference for big government threatening, so they view its supporters as non-threatening as well.
The predominance of left wing violence is a major theme in Ann Coulter’s new book Demonic as well. The dangerous confusion of political beliefs with virtue makes people feel justified in all sorts of horrors.
[h/t to Instapundit for the Reason link.]