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Brad Knickerbocker Plays the Media Narrative Card

John on March 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

The other day they outright suggested that 9/11 Truther and registered Democrat John Bedell was a right-wing extremist.

Today, the Christian Science Monitor’s John Knickerbocker has a piece which looks, at first glance, like it’s going to be a walk back from that. The headline is promising:

Political extremism: Not so easy to categorize

At this point, I’m expecting some kind of admission that maybe John Bedell and others are a little more on the left than the right since, well…they are. And the author does make a few feints toward the idea that these individuals are “post-partisan.” But when you get down to the penultimate graph you get this instead:

“We see around us a series of overlapping social and political movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of anxiety,” he writes.They are raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies including healthcare, reform of immigration and labor laws, abortion, and gay marriage.”

In other words, political extremism is made up exclusively of resistance to liberal programs. Isn’t that convenient?! No mention of church burnings or liberal union thuggery or pro-abortion violence…So guess which party tends to resist liberal programs?

Then we reach the ne plus ultra of journalistic hackery, the narrative card:

This is the context in which the suicidal pilot in Texas and the Pentagon shooter need to be seen, though they don’t fit neatly.

They need to be seen this way. It’s imperative! Why is that exactly? Why can’t we just take this on a case by case basis? Qui Bono, Brad? Who benefits from them being seen this way? Well, I’ll give you two guesses which party the Southern Poverty Law Center generally supports.

As for the two recent incidents not fitting neatly into this narrative, that’s a bit of an understatement. Actually they don’t fit at all. Let’s recap:

John Bedell:

  • Bush Hater
  • 9/11 Truther
  • Pot grower and activist
  • Registered Democrat

Joe Stack

  • Bush hater
  • Religion hater
  • GM Executive hater
  • Capitalism basher
  • Fan of Communism

But never mind all of that. The narrative written for Brad Knickerbocker (and the rest of the MSM) by the Southern Poverty Law Center overrules any inconvenient particulars (like the fact that Stack was liberal and Bedell though libertarian economically was motivated to attack the Pentagon by a liberal conspiracy theory). The narrative must go on!

You will likely never see a more transparent case of liberal media bias in action. It’s one thing to smuggle in bias and pretend not to see it. It’s something else to argue that bias is not only present but necessary, even to the exclusion of relevant facts.

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