Liberal media turns tragedy into opportunity
In recent weeks those who monitor major news outlets have been bombarded by news of the Arizona shooting and of Congresswoman Giffords’ miraculous recovery.
The cause of the shooting has many different faces to many different people. Many members of the liberal media attribute the shooting not to alleged shooter Jared Loughner and not to inefficient gun laws. Talking heads say that the violent rhetoric of the conservative party and the call to arms made by conservatives like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other Tea Party figureheads led to the shooting of Giffords.
The ensuing mudslinging and finger pointing was not contained to either party or commentators in the media such as Bill O’Reilly of Fox News and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s “Countdown.”
According to the O’Reilly Factor and the New York Post, James Eric Fuller walked into a Tea Party meeting last Monday in Tucson, Ariz. and issued a death threat to leader Trent Humphries. Fuller was apprehended and, under Arizona law, taken to a mental institution for 72 hours to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Fuller, who is a liberal activist, a fact confirmed by to Bill O’Reilly, the New York Post and CNN, was one of the people injured in the Arizona shooting that left Congresswoman Giffords in the hospital after being shot in the head. Fuller, who was shot in the knee, was in the hospital for a short time before being released. On his radio talk show, “Democracy Now”, Fuller said that Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin had claimed their first target in Giffords’ shooting.
While recovering at home, he became incensed by those who were accused of calling for the shooting, namely the conservatives.
“There should be torture and then an ear necklace, with Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin’s ears towards the end,” Fuller said to the New York Post.
Fuller’s threats were not covered by any of the mainstream news outlets. Instead, Bill O’Reilly featured the story on his show, “The O’Reilly Factor” which is aired on Fox News channel.
Other major news outlets such as MSNBC and CNN had short blurbs of the story that made mere mention of Fuller’s comments before going back to Giffords’ recovery. These one paragraph stories were buried on the websites and required a search of Fullers’ full name to find the articles.
O’Reilly said on his show that this story was not broadcast in the liberal media since people could make the “logical conclusion” that the “liberal attack machine” would have been a large factor in the threat. O’Reilly also said that before the New York Post broke with the story he had no idea it had happened.
This is a continuance of a one-sided spin on all news and political happenings by the liberal media. The liberal media, which include such outlets as MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC, are all notorious for spinning issues in a way that demonizes Tea Party and conservative viewpoints and deifies any liberal.
With the lack of coverage of the Fuller threats, the media can still say that it was the conservatives’ “violent rhetoric” that was to blame.
One must wonder; should a man who threatened a public figure with death be given a free pass while other public figures who had nothing to do with the shooting or the shooter are thrown under the bus and publicly slandered?
The answer is pure and unbridled media bias towards those who oppose the liberal idea of an earthly utopia free of conservatives.