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  • STUDY: When There’s a Slaughter, the Press Loves to Blame Conservatives
    by Scott Whitlock on May 23, 2022 at 9:50 am

    An avowed racist committed an unspeakable act on May 14, 2022, murdering 10 African Americans at a grocery story in Buffalo, New York. The mainstream media reacted in a sadly predictable way: They took an evil action by a disturbed individual and attempted to link conservatives everywhere to it.  According to NBC’s Chuck Todd, “the chickens are coming home to roost” when it comes to white supremacy. The New York Times smeared that congressional Republicans “have stoked the beliefs that led to the killing.” CNN’s Brian Stelter said that, in regards to the killing, “you’re talking about the biggest stars on Fox News.” CBS Mornings on Wednesday connected “many conservative politicians” to the views of the racist alleged gunman.  This is something we’ve seen again and again over the decades: An isolated loner or mentally unstable person commits violence and journalists connect it to the broader conservative movement. But when, for instance, a self-described fan of Rachel Maddow attempts to slaughter congressional Republicans at a baseball practice, they downplay connections to the political left.  Here are the most blatant attempts by the liberal media to pretend conservatives are responsible for appalling violence AND their efforts to cover up violence by left-wing extremists. Oklahoma City Bombing (1995) On April 19, 1995, terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated a bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One hundred and sixty eight people were killed. The networks joined President Bill Clinton in vilifying the right. Time magazine called conservative talk radio an “an unindicted co-conspirator in the blast.”  On the April 25, 1995 Today, then-co-host Bryant Gumbel attributed culpability to Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North: “While no one's suggesting that right-wing radio jocks approve of violence, the extent to which their approach fosters violence is being questioned by many observers, including the President of the United States.”      Church burnings in the south (1996)  The spring of 1996 saw a wave of church burnings in the south. The Washington Post looked at them in totality and found a pattern of isolated, racist young men, sometimes on drugs. But that didn’t stop Time magazine from unleashing a vile smear, blaming then-presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, and Republicans in general. Here was national correspondent Jack E. White in the March 18, 1996 issue:  The torching of black churches throughout the South punctuates the ugly rhetoric of the [Pat] Buchanan campaign....In fact, all the conservative Republicans, from Newt Gingrich to Pete Wilson, who have sought political advantage by exploiting white resentment should come and stand in the charred ruins of the New Liberty Baptist Church in Tyler [Alabama]...and wonder if their coded phrases encouraged the arsonists. Murder of abortion doctor George Tiller (2009) On May 31, 2009, a man murdered Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller. Prominent pro-life organizations condemned the killing. Yet, the next day, NBC speculated that then-Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly fueled the killing with “his blunt remarks regarding abortion and Dr. Tiller.” Then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann proclaimed a “straight line” from O’Reilly to the shooter.  Holocaust Memorial shooting (2009)  On June 10, 2009, anti-Semite James von Brunn entered the Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. and murdered a police officer. Rather than put the blame solely on the disturbed individual, a man with a history of arrests for kidnapping, hostage-taking and other crimes, MSNBC waited just hours to slime talk radio. On that night’s Hardball, journalist Joan Walsh connected, “There is a very disturbing and disturbed element of political discourse. And I would throw in Rush Limbaugh.”  Gabby Giffords shooting (2011) On January 8, 2011, Jared Loughner murdered six people and injured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D) at a constituent meeting in Arizona. Within hours, The New York Times published Paul Krugman blaming Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh:  “We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before.... She was on Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘crosshairs’ list.... You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead.”  It would turn out that Loughner had previous offenses for drug possessions and believed in conspiracy theories about the gold standard and mind control. Yet, for years, media outlets tried to connect conservatives to the killing. In 2017, The New York Times falsely wrote in an op-ed: “The link to political incitement was clear...Sarah Palin’s [PAC] circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”  As NewsBusters Executive Editor Tim Graham wrote in a January 26, 2022 column: “This was deeply wrong, and it wasn’t an innocent mistake. The Times itself had reported this was untrue! Loughner wasn’t motivated in any way by Sarah Palin or her map. The map merely suggested that 20 Democrats who voted for Obamacare should be defeated in the next election.”  Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre (2012)  On July 20, 2012, James Holmes massacred 12 people at a midnight movie theater screening. Hours later, ABC’s Brian Ross appeared on Good Morning America and said, “There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well. Talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don't know if this the same Jim Holmes.” It wasn’t.      ABC President Ben Sherwood later apologized for the comment, but Ross wasn't shown the door until 2018 for mangling the facts on an unrelated story.  Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting (2018) After an anti-Semitic terrorist entered a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue and murdered 11 people on October 27, 2018, CNN’s Brian Stelter brought on Bill Kristol to blame Donald Trump: “Can we talk about the fact he's helped create an environment that made this possible?” The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan said the killer’s target list “reads like a list of Sean Hannity’s pre-broadcast crib notes.”   Burying the Left-Wing Links to Violent Attacks    How do journalists react when there are violent acts or murder by individuals connected to left-wing causes or celebrities? They quickly change the subject. Here are some recent examples:  Attack on the Family Research Council (2012)  On August 15, 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins entered the FRC lobby and shot a security guard. He chose his target from a Southern Poverty Law Center so-called “hate map.” Corkins was an LGBTQ volunteer and, according to CNN, he planned to rub Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the dying faces of staffers he expected to kill. NBC did one story on it. The networks never covered his trial, conviction and sentencing to 25 years in prison.  Dallas Police shootings (2016)  On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, shooting and killing five officers, and injuring nine others. Johnson said he was upset about police shootings of black men and tried to join Black Lives Matter organizations. MSNBC’s Brian Williams the next day brought on a guest to spin that Black Lives Matter protests “have never been anti-police.”  CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on July 12, 2016 attempted to contain the damage: “The thing they wanted to stress most is that Black Lives Matter didn’t have anything to do with the shooting....the shooter was someone who had nothing to do with the cause and has sort of tainted the movement...”  Congressional baseball shooting (2017) On June 14, 2017, left-wing political activist James Hodgkinson opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball practice, almost killing Congressman Steve Scalise. Before the attack, in a series of letters to a local Illinois newspaper, Hodgkinson declared, “One of my favorite TV shows is The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.”  His affinity for the liberal host was not mentioned on ABC, CBS and NBC. However, a somber Maddow addressed the killer’s fandom for her on June 14, 2017. She defensively noted, “I should tell you we went through our correspondence today as soon as we got his name, as soon as we got that detail about him. We didn’t find evidence he ever sent anything to this show or tried to contact us at all.”      Hodgkinson’s support for Bernie Sanders was mentioned on the networks for a day then dropped. Attack on the Capitol and murder of a police officer (2021)  On April 2, 2021, Noah Green drove his car into a barricade at the Capitol in Washington D.C. and then stabbed a police officer to death. He was a black nationalist and follower of the radical Louis Farrakhan. There were three quick mentions of Farrakhan and Green’s motive. But by three days later, the networks had totally dropped the story.  Firebombing of pro-life group (2022)  On May 7, 2012, a radical pro-abortion group firebombed a pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin. The networks allowed just 77 seconds. There was no attempt to blame the pro-abortion left.  If you needed additional proof of a corrupt media, this should be it. Any time there’s an opportunity to exploit a tragic outburst of violence, journalists jump at the opportunity to blame conservatives and Republicans. But when a killer has a left-wing background or appears to draw inspiration from powerful liberal figures, these same media personalities bury the connections.  Violent killers are responsible for the actions of violent killers. And unless there is direct, reliable proof connecting violence to politics, it’s time for our media to stop slandering those they disagree with as somehow part of the death and destruction. 

  • MRC’s Bozell Nukes Liberal Media Who ‘Hate America,’ Blame Conservatives After Shootings
    by NB Staff on May 23, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Armed with reams of research, Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell was firing on all cylinders Sunday night while speaking with conservative talk radio legend Mark Levin on the latter’s Fox News Channel show Life, Liberty, & Levin. Over two segments, Bozell slammed the liberal media’s repugnant penchant for blaming conservatives for mass shootings, torching them for “hat[ing] what America stands for” and “love” seeing growing divisions. Levin affectionately introduced Bozell as “the head muckety-muck of the [MRC]” and first asked him what he thought about “this constant refrain from the Big Media, the corrupt media, every time there is some horrific, horrific murder or horrific event, they attack the right,” “conservatives,” and “conservative media.”     Bozell said it’s been “stunning because the cynicism is not to be believed” and “beyond that Kevin Bacon six-degrees of separation” as “[t]hey just immediately try to blame” the right. Teed up by Levin reminding views of how The New York Times has been sympathetic to Castro, Hitler, and Stalin and then the fact that the alleged Buffalo shooter is a virulent racist whose writings reject conservatism, Bozell tied this back to “the politics of the Obama administration” (click “expand”): BOZELL: Well, you know, this just goes back to the politics of the Obama administration. They started it then and it has continued to this day, which is trying to divide America by race, trying to divide America by class, trying to divide America by gender. This is what they've wanted to do. This is how, by the way how Barack Obama won the election. Now this is how he did it. One of the ways to do that is to look for any — let me ask you this about White supremacists. They say that that the KKK has 4,000 members in a nation of 333 million. If CNN stopped doing documentaries on the KKK, it might just disappear for good. But Mark Levin, do you know of any White supremacist group? Do you know of anyone who knows of a White supremacist group? Do you know of anyone who knows of anyone who knows of anyone of a White supremacist group? Where are these White supremacists groups that they're talking about? LEVIN: Well, they used to be in the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was aligned with the Klan. The Democratic Party supported slavery and segregation. The Democratic Party supported Jim Crow. Joe Biden supported segregation. Joe Biden was buddies with a full throated racist, and I could go on and on. The only ones I know of are on my website, Stormfront, that has a real hate on for me because I'm Jewish, and I think conservative and a constitutionalist. People need to remember, as best as I can tell, these Neo Nazis and White supremacists have something in common with the Marxists and the Black nationalists. And it's this: They want to destroy America. They don't believe in our institutions. They don't believe in a civil society. They attack the Constitution. They hate Donald Trump. They hated Ronald Reagan, they hate everybody and so they all want to drive this country into the dirt. Before a break, Bozell brought up the 2017 attempted murder of congressional Republicans by a far-left activist who was a Bernie Sanders supporter and MSNBC viewer, but that never resulted in repercussions for the left. If this were a fair discussion in our broader body politic, Bozell noted, we would be doing the same to Black Lives Matter (BLM) since the man who murdered five Dallas, Texas police officers was a BLM supporter. As for why, Bozell was dead on: Why don't they have the rules for the left that they have for the right? Answer: Because they want to do everything in their power to slaughter the integrity of the conservative movement, and anyone who supports America. In their second of two blocks, Bozell gave viewers an in-depth history lesson of how the left’s hatred for conservatives and tying them to deranged lunatics has stretched back decades, ranging from their campaign to tie conservative talk radio to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing through the 2018 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue (click “expand”): [L]et's go back to 1995 and the bombing of Oklahoma City with Tim McVeigh and all the deaths that took place there. Time magazine said that conservative talk radio was, quote, “An unindicted co-conspirator in the blast.” On NBC, Bryant Gumbel named, by name, Rush Limbaugh, Gordon Liddy, and Ollie North, all of whom had shows. He said: “While there's no suggestion that right-wing radio jocks approve of violence, the extent to which their approach fosters violence is being questioned by many observers. That just said that that talk radio had approved of the violence.” Church burnings in the south in 1996. This is from Time magazine. “The torching of Black churches throughout the south punctuates the ugly rhetoric of the Buchanan campaign.” It was Pat Buchanan who was responsible. The Holocaust Memorial shooting of 2009. This guy goes in there and he commits murder. Who did MSNBC blame? Yes, Rush Limbaugh. The Gabby Giffords shooting in 2011. Congressman Gabby Giffords was almost killed. Six people were murdered. Within hours, The New York Times, Paul Krugman had blamed Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. And the interesting thing was, The New York Times said the link up to political incitement was clear. Sarah Palin's PAC circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Mrs. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs. Only one problem, that was false. It didn't happen. Not only that, it turned out that shooter was a Marxist who had done that. That story never came out. The Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre in 2012. When that happened, Brian Ross went on Good Morning America. And he said this: “There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Tea Party as well.” And then he said, “Now, we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes.” Guess what? It wasn't. The Colorado Tea Party had nothing whatsoever to do with it. The Pittsburgh Tree of Life shooting in 2008 in October, anti-Semitic terrorist attack. Eleven people were killed. Who does CNN's Brian Stelter blame? He brought on Bill Kristol to blame Donald Trump. He said, “Can we talk about the fact that he (Trump) has helped create an environment that made this possible?” How about the shooting in the synagogue, the Poway — if I said that right — shooting in 2019 [sic]? This is what they had to say. ABC said that Trump needed to quote, “Look in the mirror and understand that the rhetoric, the words he uses and all of his influence is part of what's going on in America, and it gives permission to the most craziest people in America.” This goes on and on and on and it culminates now, here and now, you know, if time permits, I can give you the flip side, I can show you what happens when there's a leftist attack the media go radio silent. Levin closed by wondering whether his friend saw “see any distinction between the policies, the talking points, the politics of the Democratic Party and the main media” and, boy, did Bozell give him an answer as he called them “the tip of the spear” for the left. Bozell concluded: The fact that this is a continuation of the left's attempt not to bring America together, but to rip America apart. And that this, at its very fundamental core, I've got to say this, and I'll say this over and over again, it is what you said — it is neo-Marxism in America. These are people who hate America. They hate what America stands for. They hate the American idea of liberty. They hate American exceptionalism, and they love what's going on to try to destroy America. For more on the history of the press smearing conservatives for mass slaughter, see this just-released NewsBusters study with all the examples.  To see the full transcript of Bozell’s May 22 appearance, click here.

  • 'The Simpsons': Leftist Robert Reich Sings 'Greedy Rich Men Kicked Our Ass' and Destroyed the Middle Class
    by Karen Townsend on May 23, 2022 at 7:53 am

    The history of post-war America’s economy is set to music in the season finale of The Simpsons. Airing on Fox on May 22, the episode titled “Poorhouse Rock” uses a musical production to explain the rise and fall of the middle class in America, courtesy of a cameo appearance by leftist Robert B. Reich. Reich, who served in the Ford, Carter, and Clinton administrations, also served on former President Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board. He’s a go-to guy for explaining liberal economic policies. He does just that in his cameo in this episode. Bart Simpson decides he wants to be a part of the middle class like his father, Homer, after spending time with him on the job. After seeing how easy Homer’s job is and the paycheck Homer receives, Bart goes all in. Lisa tries to warn him that middle-class jobs are vanishing. Like Reich, she is a liberal who blames greedy corporate CEOs and the shrinking influence of unions, for the demise of the middle class. Cue the musical production. Note that the voice of the custodian is that of Hugh Jackman.   Homer: ♪♪ I need cash for food and gas ♪♪ ♪♪ Black light posters, beer and grass ♪♪ ♪♪ Time for me to join the middle class ♪♪ ♪♪ Time for me to join the middle class ♪♪ Custodian, chorus: ♪♪ Oh, boy, that middle class ♪♪ ♪♪ Go join that middle class ♪♪ Homer: ♪♪ Well, I'm not smart, I'm not a go-getter ♪♪ ♪♪ My drinking problem's not getting better ♪♪ ♪♪ What job could I possibly do? ♪♪ Mr. Burns: - Nuclear safety inspector Homer: -Whoo-hoo! Custodian, chorus: ♪♪ Your dad and his buddies had it swell ♪♪ ♪♪ But gradually it all went to hell ♪♪ ♪♪ Factories closed, unemployment would spike ♪♪ ♪♪ Here to explain it is Robert B. Reich ♪♪ Reich:  The decline of unions, rampant corporate greed, Wall Street malfeasance, and the rise of shortsighted politics all contributed to increased economic inequality, widespread real unemployment, wage stagnation, and a lower standard of living for millions of Americans. Custodian: ♪♪ They chopped salaries to raise stock prices ♪♪ Reich: ♪♪ Cut up the pie and kept all the slices ♪♪ Custodian: ♪♪ Tax breaks went to CEOs ♪♪ Reich: ♪♪ Never trickling down to average Joes ♪♪ Custodian and Reich: ♪♪ And so it came to pass ♪♪ Reich: ♪♪ Greedy rich men kicked our ass ♪♪ Custodian, Reich, Chorus: ♪♪ Fiddling while they burned our middle class ♪♪ ♪♪ Poor little middle class ♪♪ Bart's looking for an easy way to make money and says he’ll be an influencer and use his video skills. The nuclear plant’s custodian advises Bart to burn everything down and rebuild it to his satisfaction after Bart realizes he’ll never have a career as an influencer. Instead, Bart sets his treehouse on fire and has to be rescued by the fire department. Bart is grateful for the first responders and decides to be a firefighter himself after quizzing one of them about pay and benefits. Wait until he realizes what hard work it is to be a first responder. Naturally, in the end, when Bart sees himself as a firefighter, he’s encouraged to pursue the career by other firefighters because “the planet is on fire.” There’s always room for a climate change reference, right? The musical production is an interesting way to present the liberal propaganda coming from Reich and his custodian friend. The history of America’s post-war economy isn’t seen in the same way as that of Reich by conservatives, but this is The Simpsons and lately, Lisa, the precocious liberal daughter, has been running the show. Conservatives Fight Back! This episode was sponsored by Old Navy and Disney.  Let them know that re-writing history to score political points isn’t acceptable.

  • Brian Stelter and Guest Bemoan America's Bad News 'Brain Fog' Under Biden
    by Tim Graham on May 23, 2022 at 7:39 am

    On Sunday’s Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter found an incredible amount of negative news: “Every time you turn on the news these days, you are swamped by a tsunami of negative news. The only things not happening are tsunamis.” Inflation, stock market losses, war in Ukraine, baby formula shortages – and apparently none of them are President Biden’s fault. The title on screen was “The news cycle is full of doom and gloom.” As if CNN wasn’t a Doom And Gloom Network under Trump? Stelter said forget about who to blame, this gloom is just a bad thing!    BILL CARTER: I don't remember a gigantic pile up as bad as this, nor really a dangerous period -- more dangerous period. I think it's really dangerous for the country. BRIAN STELTER: And political talkers, always trying to focus on what does it mean for the Democrats and Biden in the midterms? Forget about that for a minute. What does it mean for our psychology for our health as a nation in a world? When you're just inundated by seemingly negative headlines all the time? CARTER: It feels like, long COVID. We're in the middle of -- STELTER: It feels like -- CARTER: We came out of long COVID. It's like everything is bad and we can't get healthy again. And really, it's a tremendous challenge, I think, particularly for the media because what stories do you focus on? Stelter came back around to the "long COVID" metaphor, that we're all just a little sick. Carter said "It's psychologically a long COVID. And people say, when you have it, you have brain fog. Well, that's what we sort of have now. Where we're like -- we can't even think clearer. What are we supposed to really do? How can we attack this?" Stelter pulled this "brain fog" out and highlighted it in his Sunday night newsletter.  When Stelter asked what was "underappreciated" in all this bad news, Carter gave Stelter exactly the narrative he wanted, in that the Big Story was America is being ruined by the Republican Party. "Well, I do think the overarching idea that we have a party that really wants to go autocratic is really a threat. It's really dangerous. But the war in Ukraine, that is enormous because that has geopolitical implications that we can't foresee. It could be really long-term." Then Carter lamented there's "race-based incidents" and "it's spilling over into homophobia" with some "thing online with this guy saying he's going after LGBT people."  Stelter tried to find a silver lining: "But to make the counterargument, is it possible that because we see all this bad news in our social feeds, as well as on television, it makes the world out to be even uglier than it actually is?" In other words, should we watch less cable news? That's always funny when it comes from cable news. The Stelter show was brought to you by Verizon.

  • The Law and Racism
    by Cal Thomas on May 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    The overt racism and anti-Semitism written in the Buffalo shooter’s 180-page “manifesto” has been rightly denounced by civilized people. The usual questions are being asked. These include how did he get the gun after he was admitted to a hospital last year for symptoms of mental illness? Another question: Why did President Biden go to Buffalo when as many, or more people, have been shot on an average weekend in Chicago? Thirty-three were shot last weekend in that city. The president didn’t visit the sites of other recent shootings. Last July, after more than 100 people were shot in Chicago, Biden declined to visit the city, opting instead for a speech about infrastructure in suburban Crystal Lake. Didn’t those lost lives and wounded victims matter as much as the people who were tragically cut down in Buffalo while shopping for groceries? As a New York Post editorial correctly noted, “One thing’s clear…(the shooter) never should have been able to get his hands on the Bushmaster assault rifle…” Press reports say the gun shop owner who sold the 18-year-old the weapon could not find any information that would have disqualified him from making the sale. Why? Did the hospital that evaluated him for mental health problems not share information with authorities about his diagnosis? It wasn’t the first time he had demonstrated mental instability. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has pledged to close “loopholes” in state gun laws. Buying large magazines is already illegal in the state. That didn’t deter the shooter. People intent on committing evil acts will find a way, no matter how many laws are passed. Most TV networks defaulted to their usual position as to what’s needed to stop or reduce shootings: more gun control laws. They never tell us which laws a lawbreaker intent on killing people are likely to obey. There is something else about the continuing narrative of race and racism in America. One doesn’t have to be a cynic – just an observer of how politicians and politics work – to conclude that most shootings involving Blacks shooting other Blacks don’t fit the “America is a racist nation” narrative for the media and especially Democratic politicians. These incidents appear to receive less national coverage and fewer denunciations than when a white person shoots Black people. Here’s my suggestion on one way to fight racism. As one who has worked in television most of my professional life, I want to challenge my colleagues to start doing stories on successful, family-oriented and religious African Americans. I attend a diverse church where the pastor is a man of color and the congregation is made up of different ethnicities – Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Black, as well as white. We sing the same hymns and pray together. No TV cameras are there to record the service as a positive image of diversity. Too often, TV focuses on stories about the corrupt leadership in the Black Lives Matter organization, criminals who are Black, minority welfare recipients who are able-bodied, but don’t work, while ignoring whites who are able-bodied but don’t work. I’m not saying these stories don’t deserve attention, but they should be balanced with stories about the overwhelming number of people who obey secular and moral laws. Covering stories that show people at their worst while mostly ignoring them at their best is racism and contributes to negative stereotypes and perceptions. It would also help if more Republican leaders and conservatives were seen as denouncing racist ideology. I do. Good and evil don’t exist in a vacuum. Whichever is promoted, tends to dominate.