The Appalling Media Double Standard on Reporting Political Violence
During the recent health care debate in Congress, the media was quick to latch on to every perceived slight or hurt, real or imagined, directed at Democrats. They offered wall-to-wall coverage of phoned-in threats of violence against Democratic representatives, even as they hastened to downplay the stray bullet that crashed through an office belonging to Republican Eric Cantor.
These same media outlets were quick to pounce on reports that a handful of Democratic offices were vandalized, and they seemed to relish in discussing the glory-hound, former militia leader who sought to claim credit for the handful of broken windows.
The message from the media was clear: any violence against their liberal allies will be broadcast far and wide, and any threat or slur will be published as fact, no matter how dubious the claim.
The reverse, sadly, is not true, and that is not a recent development.
While the media is all over the recent bombing attempt in Times Square, they quickly swept the 2008 bombing of the Times Square military recruiting station under the rug. The hometown New York Times relegated the terror attack to regional news, even as experts suspected it was the work of a repeat bomber.
When left-wing Indymedia writer Andrew Mickel ambushed and killed a Red Bluff, California, police officer in 2001 in hopes of triggering an insurrection, he was caught and sentenced to death, but his story was all but ignored. A solitary Washington Post story chronicled his saga of murderous left-wing rage.
Carlos Hartmann is another left-wing kindred spirit of Mickel's. A soldier-hating radical furious over the war in Iraq and the NATO commitment to send troops in support, Hartman left his home in Michigan and flew to the Netherlands in 2007, hoping to murder U.S. or allied soldiers. Unable to find a soldier to ambush, he instead decided to kill a defenseless Dutch student at the Roosendaal train station -- with an axe.
Once again, the mainstream media in the United States all but buried this sensational story even though it was freely available on the AP wire. Hartmann's militant soldier-hating mindset was too eerily similar in tone to those of the left-wing anti-war protesters the media has continually championed for the past half-century. It was (and is) better for their narrative to pretend that left-wing political violence is an anomaly instead of a constant theme.
This blind eye continued recently as left-wing radicals in New Orleans chased down and beat up a Republican campaign staffer for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in New Orleans after a April 9 fundraiser. Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend were attacked from behind by protesters organized by the leftist/anarchist Iron Rail Collective as they left Brennan's Restaurant in the French Quarter. Both Bautsch and Brown were hospitalized with multiple broken bones after they were jumped by a group of three to five thugs. Another group leaving the restaurant nearly suffered the same fate, but escaped in a taxi.