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When the horrific news from Boston broke, I was on the air with Cam Edwards, host of Cam and Company. All we had to go on was photos of mass chaos obscured by clouds of smoke. I remarked that the photo - not the circumstance - reminded me of shots from 9-11. My prayers are with Boston. Like all Americans, I want to know who perpetrated this horrendous act. But as I tweeted:
"The rush to be first should never overtake the rush to be right. Facts matter. #BOSTONMARATHON"
Right on schedule, since per Rahm Emanuel, one should "never let a serious crisis go to waste," CNN's National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and Esquire blogger Charles J. Pierce suggested the bomber could have been a "right wing extremist" since, after all, it happened on April 15th - tax day across the country and Patriot's Day in Massachusetts. MSNBC's resident hater, Chris Matthews, pronounced that domestic terrorists "tend to be on the far right." Their common goal, as always, is to tie violence to small government activists and the Tea Party.
It was Cenk Uygur, a Progressive liberal host on Current TV, who opined that the bombing would have had less coverage if someone had shot people in the crowd:
If shooter killed 17 people in Boston Marathon w/ assault rifle it wouldn't get near the reaction it would if a terrorist kills 3 w/ a bomb.
Mass shootings don't get media coverage? Since when is the mainstream media controlled by the pro-Second Amendment crowd?
On Piers Morgan's program, Mark Botok of the Southern Poverty Law Center commented that the bomber was probably not part of the political right. Why? Because the target, "...was not a government building, it was not the IRS, although it was Tax Day on Monday. It was not a minority group. It wasn't black people or Jewish people or gay people or Muslims."
This is more than bias; it's bloodlust. They look at the scene and say, "3 dead and 176 injured in a bombing? That's a great time to connect it to the political right!"
Actor and radio host Jay Mohr blamed the bombing on gun owners, saying that the 2nd Amendment "must go":
"What bothers me most about today is that we're getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change".
When the twitter response was overwhelmingly negative, he followed up:
The 2nd Amendment lends itself to the CULTURE of violence we are living in. Stop blowing up my timeline w your gun/porn fetishes.
He then tried to walk it back:
LISTEN! The 2nd amendment has nothing 2 do w 2day in Boston. I didn't say it did. Last few times in front of tv like this was guns. F***off
But "2nd amendment must go. Violence must stop. Culture must change" can't be walked back. To date, there is absolutely no connection between the right to bear arms and the bombs in Boston. Yet Mohr, Bergen, Pierce, Matthews and Uygur have a mandate to connect violence with the political right, no matter how far-fetched. The mandate is to indoctrinate.
Facts don't matter to Progressives. The shooters in the Tucson, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook murders each were in some way connected to the left. But in aftermath of those shootings, the media machine worked overtime to make a connection between conservatives and the mass murders.
Once we know who set the bombs there will be time for commentary. In the meantime, Americans should be alert to pseudo-journalists interested not in truth but rather in a Clockwork Orange approach of forcing you to throw up when you hear the words Republican, right, freedom, rights, or guns - regardless of the truth.