Saturday, July 21, 2012

Liberal Media Shamelessly Spins Aurora Atrocity

By Gary Bauer

Is this what we have come to? Must every event be explained in the context of an ideological agenda?

Americans woke up today to the disturbing news of a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. A masked gunman burst through the emergency doors, set off smoke bombs or possibly tear gas and began shooting. At least 12 people were killed and dozens more, perhaps as many as 50, were wounded. The youngest victim is a six year-old child. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and our country. 

Little is currently known about the suspect, 24 year-old James Holmes. He was reportedly dropping out of a doctorate program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver. Police report that his apartment is booby-trapped with "pretty sophisticated" explosive devices that could take days to disarm. I'm sure we'll learn more over the weekend. 

Unbelievably, however, that didn't stop the "lame-stream" media from speculating this morning that the Tea Party was somehow connected to this atrocity. Consider this exchange between George Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross, ABC's crack investigative journalist, on "Good Morning America:" 

Stephanopoulos: I'm going to go to Brian Ross. You've been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant. 
Ross: There's a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it's Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado. 
Stephanopoulos: Okay, we'll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

Looking at what? The left-wing media are so desperate to smear the Tea Party that they don't think twice about throwing out baseless accusations. There is virtually no violence that can be attributed to Tea Party members, but that's where the media look first. 

These same politically correct media elites couldn't stop lecturing the country not to rush to judgment in the Foot Hood shooting, even though radical Islam has declared war on us. The Occupy Wall Street movement has a rap sheet a mile long, but I don't recall Brian Ross ever mentioning that. 

I am pleased to report that ABC News and Brian Ross have since reversed course. Initially, the network acknowledged that Ross' statement was "incorrect," and later issued an apology saying, "ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted." 

Speaking Of Political Correctness… 

The Associated Press reports that the FBI was "too concerned about political correctness" to investigate Major Nidal Hasan prior to his murderous rampage at Fort Hood. 
According to the report, members of two FBI anti-terrorism task forces first became aware of Hasan's contact with Al Qaeda mouth piece Anwar al-Awlaki nearly one year before the shootings. But when agents based in California requested permission from the FBI's Washington office to pursue the issue, the Washington bureaucrats balked, believing that "interviewing American Muslims who visit extremist websites was a sensitive issue."

This is how dangerous left-wing political correctness can be. The first obligation of government is the protection of innocent life. But the first obligation of the left is to advance its radical agenda at all costs.