Brent Bozell

They suggest that "news" shows don't go into reruns. But it certainly seemed that way when Bill Clinton marked the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing by repeating the same reprehensible smear from 1995. "Anti-government talk" emanating from conservatives naturally, inevitably led to 168 lives snuffed out in the wreckage of the Murrah Federal Building.

On the night of April 16, ABC substitute anchor Elizabeth Vargas red-carpeted Clinton's latest attack with the title "Watch Your Words" on the screen. Vargas identified talk radio and tea partiers as the culprits: "There is a lot of attention tonight on comments made by former President Bill Clinton, who has weighed in on the angry anti-government rhetoric, ringing out from talk radio to tea party rallies. He warns that sometimes firing people up with caustic comments can have unintended and dire consequences."

The New York Daily News was even more explicit, with the headline "Bubba: Tea Party Ticking Time Bomb." Clinton said in his speech that "This tea party movement can be a healthy thing if they are making us justify every dollar of taxes we raise and every dollar of money we've spent. But when you get mad, sometimes you end up producing the exact opposite result of what you say you are for."

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Clinton tried to express that there's nothing wrong with protest -- but then suggested that these protests lead to domestic terrorism and mass murder. Reporters suggested Clinton "warned about incendiary language" -- not that his words were incendiary, mind you.

Where was President Clinton when liberal partisans took to the streets with real violence -- the kind that generates riot police, mayhem and oh, yes, injuries? Throughout all those years of ultra-left civil disruption, there was complete silence from Clinton. So hypocritical. So ... Clinton.

The most maddening thing about this repeated phenomenon is that the Clinton-adoring media helpfully paint these speeches as the plea of a unifier, a humanitarian voice for sanity and civility. Why can't they acknowledge that asserting your enemies are encouraging terrorism is not unifying, nor does it define civility?

Back on April 25, 1995, The New York Times reported that Clinton flew to Minneapolis to savage conservative talk radio: "We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other."


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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