If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume you’re a hateful right-winger. At least, it’s safe to assume that the mainstream media will assume you’re a hateful right winger.
As one example, the cover of the latest Newsweek promises to uncover “Hate on the Right.” Well, how’s that news? Where else would it be?
The story notes that “the FBI arrested individuals for making death threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington for their votes on health-care reform.”
But it plays down the fact that a Pennsylvania man was recently charged with threatening to shoot Republican Rep. Eric Cantor. “Some threats come from people who are truly unhinged,” the story says. “The suspect is not competent to stand trial.” Oh. Are there a lot of sane people threatening to shoot congressmen? If so, they’re probably all right-wingers.
This bias against conservatives explains why the media was so quick to place blame when congressional lawmakers cried racism.
“Protesters outside the Capitol hurled epithets at Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as they left the building after President Obama delivered an 11th-hour speech on behalf of the health care bill,” announced a story in The Washington Post March 20. “I have heard things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to get off the back of the bus,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn told reporters.
After the incident, Rep. Carson told reporters he’d heard the “n-word” chanted “15 times.” Things were so bad, “I expected rocks to come.” After all, terrorism “really comes from racial supremacist groups” such as the Tea Partiers he’d just encountered.
Strong accusations. But where’s the evidence?
We live in an age when everything is on tape. Watch CNN for an hour and you’ll see pictures you never dreamed of: a train hitting a fire truck, a car careening into a rockslide. It’s YouTube on cable. Yet, at the biggest news story of the year, with dozens of cameras, scores of journalists and an untold number of camera phones, nobody managed to tape a protester shouting the “n word.” Fifteen times.
“I want to know,” Rep. Carson added, “those people who had cameras. I would love to get the actual [video].” Wouldn’t we all. If it existed, there’s no doubt we’d have seen it by now.
But why wait for evidence? Journalists were ready to run with the story.