Apparently... Not All 'Crazies' are Created Equal


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Apparently... Not All 'Crazies' are Created Equal

On Wednesday an 88-year-old man armed with a rifle started shooting inside the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. When all was said and done, a brave security guard was killed, and the shooter was critically wounded. This act of violence was perpetrated by James W. von Brunn who is clearly "off the deep end."

What is frightening to see is how this act by a deranged elderly man is being portrayed by the media. In recent weeks, we have had three incidents which have drawn attention. Two of them have received massive coverage, while one is pushed to the side. Two of them have drawn hours of analysis in which commentators attempt to link the shooters to larger movements, while one is ignored. It's not enough to be crazy and motivated by hate... It seems you need to be the right kind of crazy in order for the media to pay attention.

As noted in an Associated Press story, "Law enforcement officials said James W. von Brunn, a white supremacist, was under investigation in the shooting and that his car was found near the museum and tested for explosives. The weapon was a .22-caliber rifle, they added. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss the investigation just beginning."

Here is some background on von Brunn from the news story:

Von Brunn has a racist, anti-Semitic Web site and wrote a book titled "Kill the Best Gentiles," alleging a Jewish conspiracy "to destroy the white gene pool." Writings attributed to von Brunn on the Internet say the Holocaust was a hoax.

In 1983, he was convicted of attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board and served more than six years in prison. He was arrested two years earlier outside the room where the board was meeting, carrying a revolver, knife and sawed-off shotgun. At the time, police said von Brunn wanted to take the members hostage because of high interest rates and the nation's economic difficulties.

"At Auschwitz the 'Holocaust' myth became Reality, and Germany, cultural gem of the West, became a pariah among world nations," it says.

Please keep in mind this important quote from the news story: "We've been tracking this guy for decades," said Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which tracks hate crimes. "He thinks the Jews control the Federal Reserve, the banking system, that basically all Jews are evil."

So, we have an elderly, racist man who has been filled with hate for years and years. He was convicted for crimes in the early 1980s. Clearly, whatever has been bothering him has been around for a long time.

However, as soon as the shooting occurred and information started pouring out, the media instantly turned the story into a referendum on right-wing groups. Even Fox New's Shepard Smith spent an entire segment, not on von Brunn, but rather on the people like him... the right-wing "crazies."

And, of course, there's more. As noted in a posting on Newsbusters, " Editor-in-Chief Joan Walsh, on Wednesday night's 'Hardball,' cited 'conservatives' like Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin and Bill O’Reilly for 'whipping up' a climate that sparks the likes of alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn." Walsh went on to say: "There is a very disturbing and disturbed element of political discourse. And I would, I would throw in Rush Limbaugh. Not blaming him, but when you say that our President is more dangerous than al-Qaeda you've gone off into crazy nut job land. You are off the charts crazy. And you are, you are whipping people up."

First of all, von Brunn has been crazy for years. I just noted some dates above. And also, it is just as logical to reason that someone motivated by a hatred of Jews and picking the Holocaust Museum to send his message could have been motivated been spurred on by Barack Obama's trip to the Holocaust Museum in Germany just the other day. Secondly, this is another classic example of how an isolated incident is spun by the media to implicate an entire group of people -- in this case, conservatives.

In a panel discussion on CNN, NewsBusters reports that "Dallas Morning News's Wayne Slater becomes one of the first pundits after the shootings at the Holocaust Museum on Wednesday to hint that there was a connection to mainstream conservative activists."

In response to a question by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez on whether people like von Brunn are "motivated or do they need to be motivated?", Slater said:

SLATER: They absolutely need to be motivated and are being motivated. Each of these episodes in recent weeks- whether it’s [the] killing of an abortion doctor- whether it was this Holocaust denier today, or whether it was others- whether you’re talking about Tim McVeigh or anti-tax secessionists in Texas- the interesting thing is they’re all separate, but they’re all hearing portions of the same echo chamber, a kind of dialogue- a toxic dialogue that’s subterranean in large parts. Remember, the man who was accused- who is accused of the most recent shooting of the abortion doctor, according to his ex-wife, had connections with the Montana Freemen, a kind of wild radical secessionist group. You hear not only these conversations about blacks and Jews, but about the government and about other hate-filled issues. It is -- although they are separate -- they are connected by a kind of dialogue of toxic ideology.

Toxic ideology? The ideology of von Brunn appears to have existed for decades, and yet the media want to make conservatives the story!

The exact same thing happened a few weeks ago when Scott Roeder killed infamous late-term abortion doctor George Tiller. Prolife groups immediately denounced the murder, yet the media took the opportunity to tie an isolated murder into a larger issue. On ABC's Good Morning America of the May 31st murder made no references to the many statements that were issued by pro-life groups condemning the murder. Instead, they discussed the entire "abortion debate" and included a statement by Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry who said Tiller was "a mass murderer."

Now, of course, we have the third example... the shootings of the of two Army recruiters in Arkansas by a newly converted Muslim extremist. Was there scores of analysis tying Abdulhakim Muhammad to a larger group or even a larger movement or sentiment? No. Muhammad even said in an interview that the killing of Army Pvt. William Long was justified. Here is a clip from Shepard Smith's coverage


YouTube - Arkansas Jihadist Speaks-- Says He Was Justified in Killing US Soldier at Recruiting Station

Note the lack of analysis even here. The reaction by Barack Obama clearly shows where his priorities are as well, and they fall right in line with the media's. Within hours of the George Tiller murder, Obama issued this statement:
I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.
Within hours of the shooting on Wednesday at the Holocaust Museum, Obama issued this statement:
I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.
Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time.
In contrast, Obama didn't issue any statement regarding the death of William Long by a Muslim extremist until Link Removed. In the statement, Obama said:
I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.
In one statement, Obama talks about how we must "remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms." In another statement, Obama references "our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion." But in an incident where a Muslim extremist not only kills an American solider but justifies the action as "ok," Obama does make any similar reference? This is pathetic.
I guess according to Obama and the media, the actions of Abdulhakim Muhammad are that of a crazy person and should not reflect a movement or sentiment of any kind. That's surely not the approach they take with the other two. Apparently, not all crazy people are created equal... at least not in the eyes of Obama and the left-wing media.
Yes, but we already knew that, didn't we. We read that, and cry for our country. Take the time to read it and watch what he says. Bad bad bad.

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