The shameful media

By Tom Quiner

Another public mass murder.

What does the MSM try to do? Pin it on conservatives.

This time, it was ABC’s Brian Ross. On Good Morning America, he suggested the murderer belonged to the Tea Party when he said that there is …

“a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Tea Party site,” which mentions Holmes “talking about joining the Tea Party last year.”

Did he know for a FACT that it was the same Jim Holmes? No …

“We don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”

Would he have brought this up if the guy was a member of the ACLU?

Would he have brought this up if the guy was an employee of Planned Parenthood?

Would he have brought this up if the guy was a member of  Transgendered and Loving It? (I made that up.)

The answer, of course, is no. As a member of the shamelessly biased Mainstream Media, Mr. Ross felt quite comfortable smearing a conservative group with guilt by association when he didn’t even know if there was any association.

There wasn’t.

We saw the same dynamic at work when Jared Loughner killed six and gravely wounded Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords in Arizona. New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, immediately pinned the blame on conservatives:

“It’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence. Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right.”

In its reporting, the Times went into overdrive to slant their coverage. They described the killer as a pro-life fanatic, quoting a student from one of Mr. Loughner’s classes as follows:

“After another student read a poem about getting an abortion, Mr. Loughner compared the young woman to a ‘terrorist for killing the baby.’”

The same story was covered by ABC News slightly differently:

“One Pima Community College student, who had a poetry class with Loughner later in his college career, said he would often act ‘wildly inappropriate.’

“‘One day (Loughner) started making comments about terrorism and laughing about killing the baby,’ classmate Don Coorough told ABC News, referring to a discussion about abortions. ‘The rest of us were looking at him in shock … I thought this young man was troubled.’

“Another classmate, Lydian Ali, recalled the incident as well.

“‘A girl had written a poem about an abortion. It was very emotional and she was teary eyed and he said something about strapping a bomb to the fetus and making a baby bomber,’ Ali said.”

ABC presents Mr. Loughner as a disturbed young man. The Times presents him as a disturbed pro-life whacko.

The same facts, an entirely different perspective.

Why do you think the MSM is losing their audience? Because of this type of coverage.

I know not everyone is as political as you and I. But most folks want facts, not biased speculation.

The mainstream media’s insistence on smearing conservative groups through false speculation is shameful.