Published May 03, 2010
We’ve reached a low point in American culture where the media and elites of both sides in Washington are more interested in scoring points from a terror attack than preventing another one.
It’s too early to tell whether the would-be Time Square bomber(s) was left-wing, right-wing, foreign, domestic or just some random nut job. But everyone in political Washington and the media is looking to link this attack somewhere. It’s not an attempted bombing, it’s a talking point.
Remember the attack on the Holocaust museum? Salon.com Editor-in-Chief Joan Walsh was one of many who said "conservatives" like Rush Limbaugh, were "whipping up" the climate of hate that spurred on morons like the alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn.
The left and the media tried to portray that as a right-wing extremist attack even though the very same attacker had gone after the government when Ronald Reagan was president. No conservative was unhappy when Reagan was at the helm.
The blame game happened in the Ft. Hood shooting and every single terror attack or hint of one this year. Unfortunately, this fits into the media theme that there is a right-wing uprising a-brewin’ in America.
Let’s get something straight. Contrary to the lefty media claiming otherwise, conservatives are anti-BIG-government, not anti-government. To claim, as The Washington Post did May 2, that Obama is battling anti-government forces makes America seem like some third world dictatorship.
“The White House has watched, despairingly at times, as tea party activists and top Republicans have stirred a pot of anti-tax, anti-government anger,” wrote The Post’s Peter Slevin.
He’s wrong. We’re Americans. We’re all Americans – left or right. When the attacks happened on 9/11, they didn’t discriminate by political view or party. There are people who hate us and they want to kill us – for any reason they can imagine including women’s rights, free speech, friendship with Israel and more.
D.C. doesn’t really care about that. If it did, we wouldn’t be having an immigration battle. The border would have been secured a long time ago and we’d have some viable guest worker program to provide labor in an orderly fashion. Instead, we have chaos at the border and narco terror just beyond. Yet the politicians in Washington dither and play blame games.
Watch the feeding frenzy that occurs as soon as we get hints of the bomber’s connections. Watch and feel sad.
Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. His column appears each week on The Fox Forum. He can also be contacted on FaceBook and Twitter as dangainor.
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