Boston Bombing Blame

April 20, 2013

 

BostonBombing1Well it appears that the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing has reached a pinnacle. They quickly identified two suspects. One is dead and the other is now in custody.  Isn’t it odd that the two suspects are Islamic and the media made few comments about that possibility? They actually tried to avoid saying it whenever they could. When you consider the fact that the majority of the terrorists who attack America are Islamic, you would then think that the media would jump all over that fact. You would think that they would first talk about that before they would go anywhere else with their theories.

I have been reading a lot of criticisms about how the media “talking heads” and the left have stepped all over themselves, trying to point their fingers at conservative Americans for aiding and abetting the act. But did the media really do that to the extent that we have been told.

Here are few comments about that subject that have been used all across the web to support the thought that the blame for the bombing lay at the feet of the right. Read them and decide for yourself if they were blaming the right for the bombing and its consequences.

CNN’s Analyst Peter Bergen had this, among other things to say, “one of the things I’d be looking at is once the device, if it is a device, is found, what kind of explosives were used? For instance, if it was hydrogen peroxide, this is a signature of al-Qaeda. If it was more conventional explosives, which are much harder to get a hold of now, that might be some other kind of right-wing extremists.”But we’ve also seen other extremist groups, right-wing groups, for instance, trying to attack the Martin Luther King parade in Oregon in 2010.”

I give to you that he did use right-wing extremists or groups in his commentary and he never used the term “left-wing” extremists in his comments. That did make a statement, without actually making a statement. But he never actually blamed the right for the terrorism. His first comment was an analysis of the bomb type and how that could help in the investigation. But he did use the term right-wing instead of domestic extremists. That was intentional because he would never suggest that the left could be violent. So he never blamed the right but he did take the opportunity to bring up the right as possible blame without suggesting any possibility blame for the left. His comments plant the seeds of right-wing terrorism in the minds of the viewers.

 

Another MSNBC “talking head” Chris Matthews is quoted from this piece Let me ask you about domestic terrorism as a category. Normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right, well that’s not a good category, just extremists, let’s call them that. Do they advertise after they do something like this? Do they try to get credit as a group or do they just hate America so much or its politics or its government that they just want to do the damage, they don’t care if they get public credit, if you will?” He did change it to extremist but not before he had already pointed to the far right as a domestic terror threat. Prior to this statement he hinted to the Republican Party, the right, conservatives or patriots with this little jewel  “I was just thinking, again, it’s early; it’s an early situation, but going after the Kennedy Library, not something at Bunker Hill, not something from the freedom trail or anything that kind of historic, but a modern political figure of the Democratic Party. Does that tell you anything?”  He tried to say that the Kennedy Library was part of the bombing plot that way he could exempt the left or the Democratic Party from being suspects. That also gave him a wide open window to blame the right without even saying it.

 

The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof couldn’t help but tweet, Explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”  The columnist uses the bombing for political gain by trying to say the ATF isn’t able to do their job because they don’t have a director. He of course blames the Senate Republicans for blocking the appointment and thus blaming them for the bombing. Any sane person knows that an organization like the ATF can function just fine without a director. They don’t close their doors or stop work just because an office in Washington is empty.


Geraldo Rivera from the FOX News Channel , tweeted this on the subject  
“Thankfully Boston bombs relatively modest in killing power Not like al Qaeda’s More like homegrown anarchists They’ll hunt them down in days.” I have to give Geraldo credit because he didn’t use the words left, right, liberal, conservative, Republican or Democrat. He simply said homegrown anarchists. But with the way that the media paints things, you know that the public would mentally add one of those words and the odds are that it would be from the right side of the aisle not the left.

The House Representative Steny Hoyer from Maryland went so far to say, in so many words, that the sequestration was helping the bombers. When asked about the subject this what he said,  I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security — both domestic and international security. That we invest in the education of our children. That we invest in growing jobs in America. And don’t pursue an irrational, across-the-board policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities essentially the same percentage…. I think this is another proof of that — if proof is needed, which I don’t think frankly it is.”

He managed to politicize the bombing by using the sequestering of government employees as a deterrent to catching and stopping terrorist. He didn’t say it but everyone knows he was insinuating that it was the right who caused the sequestering not Obama. He did back paddle somewhat, later in the discussion with this comment.  “I doubt that (sequestration’s) having any impact presently — and the reason for that, this is a priority item and I’m sure they’re shifting what resources are necessary. Even if they’re shorter resources than they otherwise would’ve had, I’m sure they’re putting all the resources necessary on this effort. Certainly at the federal level — I think the President’s made that pretty clear.”

 

Comedian and actor Jay Mohr tweeted in a debate on the Boston Bombing and gun control with this little tid-bit of wit “What bothers me most about today is that we’re getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change.”

The infamous Michael Moore even hinted blame on the Tea Party in some witty tweets but like I said, they witty enough for him to get out of the direct blame game.

The web was alive with all kinds of comments from people like Linda Ginsberg who had no problem blaming the right. She said this “I’ll bet good money it’s a right-wing nutjob. Today is April 15, Boston Harbor was where the original Tea Party took place and the on-going gun-safety legislation makes it the mostly likely culprit.”

 

What do you think about the comments these people made? Do you think that the criticisms of these comments for blaming the right are justified or unjustified? These are the most noted comments that were made about blaming the bombing on the right.  What are your thoughts on this? Did the people making these comments go too far or did their critics go too far? Is it possible that all parties over reacted?

 

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MeCloseUp1This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.

Bertrum James Meisner Jr

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