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Media Rushes To Blame Bombing On Right-Wing

From NewsBusters:

New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Links Boston Explosion to GOP, Others Pile On

By Scott Whitlock | April 15, 2013

… New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on Monday quickly used the explosions in Boston for political gain, linking the Republican Party to the horrific act. At 4:10pm, Kristof tweeted, "explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment."

Kristof then tweeted a link to a Washington Post story about Senator Charles Grassley questioning the fitness of Obama’s Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms nominee. Kristof’s comments earned a rebuke from the liberal Politico. Dylan Byers reported, "Kristof’s tweet earned a number of responses expressing either anger or bafflement."

At 4:37, Kristof tried to walk back his comment: "People jumping on me for criticizing Sen Repubs for blocking ATF appointments. ok, that was low blow. i take it back." He deleted his original tweet.

Unfortunately, what has been tweeted cannot be un-tweeted. Meanwhile, others have piled on:

Liberal Esquire columnist Charles Pierce immediately went political, speculating:

Obviously, nobody knows anything yet, but I would caution folks jumping to conclusions about foreign terrorism to remember that this is the official Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts, celebrating the Battles at Lexington and Concord, and that the actual date (April 19) was of some significance to, among other people, Tim McVeigh, because he fancied himself a waterer of the tree of liberty and the like.

MSNBC’s Luke Russert wondered about a possible home-grown connection, tweeting, "I was at Fenway Park w my dad and @mikebarnicleduring Waco which was on Patriots Day in 1993. Speculating on possible link."

And, as we have noted, the AP seems to believe there is a link. And it is pretty clear that ‘Patriots Day’ is being used as some kind of  ‘dog whistle,’ to suggest that rightwingers had to have been involved.

Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur speculated about American racism in reaction to the attack. He tweeted, "Our reaction as a country to Boston Marathon is going to be completely different if it’s a Muslim w/ a bomb or a white shooter w/ a gun."

Meanwhile, we also got this, via NewsBusters:

Chris Matthews: ‘Normally’ Domestic Terrorists ‘Tend to Be on the Far Right’

By Scott Whitlock | April 15, 2013

Just hours after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, Chris Matthews speculated, "Normally domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right." He then reconsidered and suggested, "…That’s not a good category, just extremists, let’s call them that."

During live coverage, the Hardball host highlighted a possible explosion at John F. Kennedy’s presidential library and thought this could be a personal attack on the Democratic Party: "…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 something?" (Police are now considering the incident at the JFK library to be fire-related.)…

A transcript of the April 15 segment:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: 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?

MICHAEL LEITER: What we’ll see over the coming couple hours and days is lots of people taking credit for this. We’ll probably have al-Qaeda take credit for it. We’ll have domestic terrorists take credit for it. And it will be the responsibility of the FBI and the Boston police to figure out if any of those are actually real cases like Timothy McVeigh destroying the Oklahoma City courthouse federal building; no one took credit for that. So it might be some time or never that someone actually takes credit for this. Lots of people will say they were responsible for it.

MATTHEWS: 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?

Chris Matthews went on to repeat his claims later in the show.

Meanwhile, Wolf Blitzer does another dog whistle on the ‘Patriots Day’ angle. From the Daily Caller

Wolf Blitzer speculates on a potential link between Boston Marathon explosions, Patriots Day

By Jeff Poor | April 15, 2013

During CNN’s breaking news coverage of the Boston Marathon explosion on Monday afternoon, “The Situation Room” anchor Wolf Blitzer asked if there could be a tie between the Massachusetts’ state holiday known as Patriots Day and the blast.

“One intriguing notion, one intriguing thought here, and I’m curious, Mike, and I’ll ask Matt to weigh in as well,” Blitzer said. “It is a state holiday, in addition to the Boston Marathon. It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots Day, and who knows if that has anything at all to deal — to do with these, these twin explosions.”

Patriots Day is a holiday meant to commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Blitzer continued to inquire to about that possibility, asking if there might have been an event to mark the anniversary.

“As part of Boston’s — Massachusetts, I should say — Patriots Day, did you notice earlier in the day, Matt, any special Patriots Day events going on, anything pointing to a special day in Massachusetts?”

And CNN’s "national security analyst," Peter Bergen, also weighed in, via Breitbart:

CNN Analyst: ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ Could Be Behind Boston Marathon Bombing

by John Nolte 15 Apr 2013

Less than two hours after the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen was already speculating that "right-wing extremists" could be behind the attack. He told CNN anchor Jake Tapper:

I’m reminded of Oklahoma City, which was a bombing, which was initially treated as a gas explosion. First reports are often erroneous.

Then Bergen went on to offer up this "first" report:

Once the device — if it is a device — is found; what kind of explosives were used. So 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 hold of now — that might be some other kind of right-wing extremist.

So Al Qaeda are now a kind of right wing extremists?

… We’ve also seen, for instance, right-wing groups  trying to attack the Martin Luther King parade in Oregon in 2010…

Peter Bergen went on to repeat his claims about 30 minutes later.

And speaking of civil rights, we have this, again from NewsBusters:

Al Sharpton’s Radio Producer Tweets Speculation That ‘Anti-Gov’ Group Behind Boston Marathon Bombings

By Ken Shepherd | April 15, 2013

At 3:38 p.m. Eastern, Huffington Post blogger and Al Sharpton radio producer Nida Khan speculated on Twitter that an anti-government group may be responsible for the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"We don’t know anything yet of course, but it is tax day & my first thought was all these anti-gov groups, but who knows," tweeted Khan, who immediately received a lot of blowback on Twitter for politicizing the tragedy. But rather than back down, Khan defended her speculation in subsequent tweets like these:

"So …according to conservatives tweeting me, it’s ok to highlight that it could have been a terrorist group, but not an anti-gov group, smh"
"mainstream [media] does it all the time, and I was mentioning possibilities, also said could have been gas explosion"
"But that’s why I did it actually, wanted to prove a point about group blaming and clearly I was right"
"No, I’ve got conservatives who never like to look in the mirror"

As long as there is no suspect the news media and the rest of the left can subtly blame the bombing on the right. And they will probably convinces a lot of low information voters, who will never bother to find out the eventual outcome of the investigation.

And at least some of them will now always believe that the right was behind this bombing.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Media Rushes To Blame Bombing On Right-Wing”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Left wing terrorism happens every day against the American people
    But nothing is uttered or mumbled. One look in the mirror by our LSM shows who really
    Are the perps. With Dinglebarry at the controls, heads will roll.
    Just like the Bengazi attack. First we have to find a video on YouTube. ……

  2. Right of the People says:

    “Al Sharpton’s Radio Producer Tweets Speculation That ‘Anti-Gov’ Group Behind Boston Marathon Bombings”

    You mean like Al Qaeda? They’re about as anti-government as you can get.

    And why do we need a director for ATF? Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are things you buy to have a good time, I don’t need no guvmint weenie to tell me how to do that.

  3. Enthalpy says:

    These slimes don’t have it in them to do the right thing or provide an honest assessment of the news. They’re despicable.

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