| The Pipe-Bombs Story: Another Example of Why No One Trusts the Media By Andrew C. McCarthy
| Thursday, October 25, 2018
National Review : The political Left has been known to orchestrate frame-up attacks
designed to make it appear that right-leaning opponents are responsible
for violent acts and plots.
If I wrote the paragraph above in the context of reporting or
commenting on the pipe bombs that were reportedly sent by an
unidentified person or persons to prominent Democrats, many people would
react angrily, and rightly so.
After all, there is no evidence that the
atrocious but thankfully unsuccessful targeting of the Obamas, the
Clintons, CNN, George Soros, and Eric Holder (as well as “Debbie Wasserman Shultz,” whose Florida office, with her name misspelled,
was given as the return address on some of the packages) was carried
out by political leftists.
There is no proof that any Democrat was
hoping to cast suspicion on Republican supporters, to suggest to voters,
less than two weeks before the midterms, that Trump and GOP rhetoric
incites violence. To intimate, in the absence of any proof, that
left-wing agitators may be responsible would be a condemnable smear
That’s why this paragraph, by the usually sensible Will Rashbaum in the New York Times’s report on the apparent attempted bombings, is so infuriating:
Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Soros and CNN have all
figured prominently in conservative political attacks — many of which
have been led by President Trump. He has often referred to major news
organizations as “the enemy of the people,” and has had a particular
animus for CNN.
The report goes on to say that the CNN bomb package was addressed to
former Obama CIA director John Brennan (who is actually a commentator at
MSNBC, not CNN). The Times then adds, gratuitously, that
Brennan “is a harsh critic of Mr. Trump,” who revoked Brennan’s security
clearance “in what was seen as an act of retribution.” There is plenty of media commentary at the moment about incivility, in the form of incendiary rhetoric and actions.
This is entirely appropriate. But I’m at a loss to understand how the climate is improved by spicing up reports with thinly veiled suggestions that President Trump may have triggered a series of potentially murderous attacks on political opponents.
When Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson opened fire on the Republicans he targeted and nearly killed Representative Steve Scalise, I don’t recall much Times speculation about whether he could have been set him off by Democrats urging their supporters to get aggressive — “get in their face”; “if they bring a knife, we bring a gun” — when dealing with political adversaries.
Read it all here...................
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