Ed Driscoll

Today's Top Story to be Buried by the MSM

Get to know the name Chris Dorner — you’ll be hearing it a lot in the coming days from the starboard side of the Blogosphere — if not from the MSM. As John Hayward writes at Breitbart.com, “Hoist upon their own Climate of Hate petard:”

I hope everyone has seen the flashback video of Piers Morgan telling Mark Kelly that Sarah Palin should call Kelly’s wife, Rep. Gabby Giffords, to apologize for her alleged role in creating the “Climate of Hate” that led to the Tucson shooting.

If not, give it a couple of spins while you listen to Morgan whining and crying like a pitiful wretch, now that L.A. spree killer Chris Dorner specifically named Piers Morgan as one of his inspirations.  Time to live up to your own standards, Piers.  Get on the phone and start apologizing to the families of Dorner’s victims for your role in the murders.  Do it live on the air, and maybe you can squeeze out a few more ratings points for CNN.

I am not going to say that the people Dorner praised and followed were responsible for his actions.  That was reprehensible slander when the Left was doing it; in fact, it borders on totalitarianism, and if you reread some of the stuff liberals were writing in the days after the Tucson shootings, it’s debatable which side of the border they were on.  (Never mind that they had to fabricate the supposed connection between right-wing Tea Party types and the bizarre Jared Loughner out of thin air.)

At Hot Air, Allahpundit adds:

The left, needless to say, is blameless for Dorner’s actions. Also needless to say, if his manifesto had extolled gun rights and called Obama “a vile and inhumane piece of sh*t” instead of Wayne LaPierre, this would be a five-alarm media inferno floating on a sea of sweaty rhetoric about The Conservative Movement turning to madness over gun control. The goal, as it was with Palin and as it always, always, always is in a situation like this, would be to cow law-abiding people on the right into softening their opposition to liberal policies or else be accused of complicity in some random crank’s bloodletting. It’s just a nastier version of Obama bringing kids up onstage when he signed those executive memos on guns last month: Instead of O implicitly accusing conservatives of being accomplices to murder, the immediate aftermath of a prominent act of violence tends to bring accusations that are more explicit. But when, as today, the facts don’t lend themselves easily to a “right-wing apocalypse” narrative, then suddenly all of the grander meaning in the killer’s political sympathies melts away. The double standard has become so obvious and so grotesque that I doubt most media liberals would even deny it anymore when challenged on it. It’s unmistakable and indefensible and they know it.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in 2005, while gathering the material that would become Liberal Fascism:

Liberals are geniuses at unleashing social panics because A) it never occurs to them that their motives are anything but pure and B) because they are almost exclusively focused on short term tactics. And yet they are invariably shocked when these moral frenzies come back to bite them. McCarthyism was a direct consequence of both the Red Scare and the Brown Scare. And when the tactics they mastered were turned on them, they acted as if they came from nowhere.

And of course, right on cue today: “Master murder-politicizer Piers Morgan: Don’t politicize Dorner murder spree.”