Archive for August 25, 2010

is the title of my Latest examiner column. It concerns the events surrounding the Firebombing of Russ Carnahan (D) MO-3 office and the ensuing media firestorm media silence :

Russ Carnahan is a 3 term Democratic congressman representing the Missouri 3rd district. Unlike his two previous campaigns where he won over 65% of the vote, the bad economy, the unpopular healthcare plan and the tea party movement has put Mr. Carnahan in the political fight for his life.

On August 16th his office in St. Louis was firebombed

As you can guess despite the media template the suspect is in fact a man of the left

The story in fairness is really gateway pundit’s who has been all over it.

Camp of the saints was kind enough to already link even before this post made it up saying:

A good example of this was when the Times Square Bomb Plot was discovered and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg immediately speculated that someone or ones opposing Obamacare were behind it. As we now know, it was a Jihadist who was the plotter.

Another example of the Left blaming the Right without justification was when that Census worker was found dead in Kentucky. Turned out [sadly for the Bolshes] that it was a suicide.

We’re used to this dishonorable and disgusting behavior from the Left and methinks we’re all developing thick skins and long memories [I certainly hope the latter is true — forgiveness is a fine and admirable thing, but never, ever forget the calumnies hurled against you by your enemies].

And if we weren’t already in full irony overload mode we have the Manhattan Borough president proclaiming on Fox the guilt of the tea parties hours after the Politico reported the opposite and US NEWS reporting death threats against Freedom Works.

In an infinite universe mathematics tells us sooner or later the media will actually find an actual example of Tea Party violence but it would seem to me we ought to classify the media and leftist belief in the “violent tea party” as a religion that way it can be a matter of faith rather than reason. (Sola MSNBC?)

I can’t wait for the day when this kind of thing will surprise me again.

tonight on O’Reilly.

Scott Stringer apparently hasn’t read this story from that well known tea party organ the Politico:

The apparent anti-Muslim assault on a New York city cabbie by a man shouting “Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint” produced an immediate round of recriminations over its connection to opposition to a New York Islamic Center and an apparent rising tide of Islamophobia.

But as often at the intersection of politics and violent crime, the story doesn’t appear to fit any easy stereotype: The alleged assailant, Michael Enright, is — according to his Facebook profile and the website of the left-leaning media organization Intersections International — a student at the School of Visual Arts and a volunteer for Intersections, which recently produced a statement of support for the Park51 project and is funded by the mainstream, liberal Collegiate Church of New York.

Yet just now on O’Reilly he blames the tea party, Newt Gringrich and Sarah Palin for blood.

I await his apology. I will be awaiting it for a long time I suspect. As I said in my examiner column today on a different subject:

So yet another potential: “Tea Party rage” story fizzles. So when will the media stop using this template? The answer lays in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

A spaceship is marooned in a wasteland until “flights stores are complete” when it’s pointed out that there is a no civilization outside the autopilot answers

The statistical likelihood is that other civilizations will arise. There will one day be lemon-soaked paper napkins. ‘Till then, there will be a short delay

Coverage won’t come until the media gets the tea party violence it seeks. They’ll wait as long as it takes.

I’d like to say I was amazed but I’m not.

I have called and e-mailed his office with questions concerning if and when he found out this was false. I will let you know if I hear anything.

Update 2: Michelle Malkin lists the litany of error

I talked to Chris Resmini at the Charlie Baker event on Monday:

If we are going to change Massachusetts we need to support these first time candidates when they emerge. You will also note from his facebook page that Chris has been active in attending events and supporting his fellow republican candidates.

More please

You mean the firebombing of Russ Carnahan office last week is yet the latest chapter of tea party violence that wasn’t:

The suspect was reportedly a disgruntled progressive activist employed by Russ Carnahan. An unnamed source familiar with the case released the information. Suspect Chris Powers reportedly was upset because he did not get paid so he firebombed the Carnahan finance offices at 2 in the morning.

What a complete shock.

Will we see any pullback from the media about the tea party since the suspect is a blogger at TPM, active in the progressive movement for years? Of course not, mathematically sooner or later they are bound to be right on one of these stories so why stop betting on it now?

If you were wondering why this story has gotten no national play, this is why.

Update: Dana Loesch asks the question:

Did the Carnahan camp know this and consent by silence to the media’s attempt to trump this up as a tea party incident? If this is true, doesn’t this make the fourth incident in which people associated with the Carnahan campaign have run afoul of the law and have engaged in illegal behavior? Why didn’t the Russ Carnahan campaign correct the narrative of the local alternative weekly and Jake Wagman’s subtle suggestion that it was a tea partier? Because he’s in the campaign of his life and is desperate for anything, even the sympathy vote?

Update 2: Memeorandum thread here.