The media? Once again a failure. Falsely reporting rumors as facts is just part of it.
Today I am writing about politicizing the story, assigning an agenda to it.
What I saw after the story broke about the April 15th bombing wasn't just speculation that the bomber was a "right wing extremist." I saw hope that it was. Watching the coverage, over and over the media figures posited about, "anti-government," "extreme right wing," "tax day" and the like.
Even more blatant were many of the well known scumbags on Twitter. Michael Moore, not quite coming right out and saying it, but giving the old wink wink, nudge nudge, tweets of "Tax Day. Patriot's Day." David Sirota, who apparently doesn't understand the difference between political disagreements and hate/lack of sympathy, wrote an article in Salon titled, "Let's Hop the Boston Marathon Bomber is a White American." Geraldo Rivera weighed with similar opinions.
Once the facts came out, the media went silent. No correction, no apologies, just silent.
And this is not the first time.
When DA's in Texas were being assassinated, immediately it was the "extreme right wing." Turned out to be a disgruntled wife.
When James Holmes shot up the Aurora Theater, the media reported that the 20 something perp was a middle aged TEA Party member.
When Faisal Shahzad planted a bomb in Time Square on New Years Eve there were similar reactions and speculation. Michael Bloomberg stated blamed the TEA Party.
When Gabbie Giffords was shot, they blamed the TEA Party and talk radio. That was until classmates described Jared Lee Loughner as "left wing."
When the anarchists plotted to blow up a bridge outside of Cleaveland, they rushed to blame right wing extremists. It turned out they were connected to the Occupy Movement. To Occupy's credit, no one at Occupy would go along.
When Joseph Stack crashed his plane into the IRS offices in Austin, TX, the media and left claimed it was because he was a right winger. Then his suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.
The Beltway Snipers were said to extreme right wing or Christian militants. John Allen Muhammad was a member of the Nation of Islam.
The list goes on. Every time their lies are proven wrong, they never apologize, they never retract, they just leave it out there. Like Dan Rather on the forged Bush AWOL documents, they are false, but accurate.
Are there dangerous extreme right wing groups out there? Sure. But there is a second tier to this.
Look at the way the media throws around the word "extreme." It is used to describe the KKK, the Aryan Brotherhood, the TEA Party and the Republican Party. It is used to describe anyone who is devout Christian, anyone who is pro second amendment and who wants smaller government.
Formula is simple, label people you disagree with, TEA Party, Republicans, et al. with the same thing you label bad guys with, KKK, Separatist Militias, and so on. Make them indistinguishable in mind of the public. Stretch it as much as you need to. Then when an act of terror can be pinned on the "extreme right wing" it was be as if it WERE the Republicans or TEA Party or your grandpa.
That's what this is about. Slandering and marginalizing non liberal, progressive, leftists. To make them appear a certain way so their ideas can be silenced.
Who knows, maybe they'll get a violent right winger on the next one. Afterall, even a broken clock is right twice a day.