MSNBC's primetime lineup, starting with Chris Matthews, said nothing about the shooting at FRC -- except for Rachel Maddow, who offered a slightly longer brief than Brian Williams. This is the same network that went over the top and around the bend that someone at a tea party rally was carrying a weapon at a rally. So why can't they produce one full story on an actual shooting at a conservative office?
On Thursday morning, the network pattern continued: ABC offered another full story (adding the LGBT volunteer connection). By contrast, NBC offered a tiny anchor-read update. CBS aired nothing but did find the time for a story on the 40th anniversary of the movie "Deliverance." Burt Reynolds in make-believe is somehow more newsworthy than a left-winger aiming to massacre up an office of conservative Christians.
CNN was the most offensive of all. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage was interviewed on Thursday morning's "Early Start" and protested how the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate group" designation for several Christian conservative groups -- including FRC -- is obviously now causing real harm.
In reply, with zero sense of post-shooting decency, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin suggested the FRC absolutely deserved the SPLC's "hate group" label, reading from a 1999 FRC pamphlet on the National Man-Boy Love Association and gay activists. She berated Brown: "It is spewing hate, isn't it? ... So it's hate spewing hate."
Within 24 hours of a gay-left activist shooting at the FRC, the world-class jerks at CNN are still demeaning FRC and social conservatives as "hate groups" that should be drummed out of the public conversation.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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