After the Buffalo murders, unlike after the Congressional baseball shooting or the other million times someone has threatened or harmed a Republican or a conservative, the MSM has mostly ignored the actual killer and focused instead on their political opponents and commercial rivals. That’s always how it works in the MSM-DNC industrial complex.
It started before the scene was even clear. Before bodies were even moved. Before the first police presser about motive it had already begun. Because they don’t need the facts, they know what they’re going to say before the bullets have stopped.
Fox News and Tucker Carlson are the main story after the horrific, live-streamed murders. You could wrongly find a lot of other targets of blame. The press love to point out the hardships a criminal has gone through in other cases. You hear all the time about how the system creates crime, how poverty creates crime, how society is to blame for violence. Unless they think they can blame their political or business competitors.
The stories aren’t about the victims, the store. The retired cop or his family. The efforts to rebuild the business or lives in the community. No, the story is Fox News and Tucker Carlson and the MSM-DNC lie that he’s pushing so-called “replacement theory.”
Howard Kurtz has tried hard over the years to retain a foot in the door with the MSM. He tries to keep the road to the Democrat elites open for him, and that makes him less than beloved on the right, though not necessarily despised – or at least not more so than his network has become in MAGA circles.
But his defense here, while short, is great. And he plays clips of the worst opining from MSNBC.
The last line is the real kick in the pants. “By the way, there’s nothing in the suspect’s hundreds of rambling pages that indicates he has ever watched one minute of Fox News.
The murder of ten innocent people in Buffalo is utterly heartbreaking in so many ways. All victims of a suspect whose writing reeks of racism, anti-Semitism and a twisted mind. But what I also find troubling, and I have been talking about this for decades, is the knee-jerk partisanship with which pundits and politicians on the left and sometimes the right respond to mass shootings.
President Clinton blamed the Oklahoma City bombing in part on Rush Limbaugh. Liberal pundits and later, The New York Times blamed a mass shooting in Tucson on a Sarah Palin political map that the gunman never even saw.
But when a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter, a Rachel Maddow fan, wounded Steve Scalise and others five years ago at a Republican congressional baseball practice, the media didn’t blame Maddow or left-wing philosophy, and they shouldn’t have.
Yet, after mostly black shoppers were gunned down in that Buffalo supermarket. People who don’t like this network or compete with this network unleashed this constant barrage. It’s partially Fox’s fault.
It’s not even a new pretext, a new justification for violent, racist terrorism. It has long been so. It is right now being newly popularized, newly mainstreamed by the biggest names in conservative media.
Those conspiracies pushed by a former president, House Republican leaders, social media monopolies and a powerful cable news network. This vision of the country belonging to some sort of a republic of Americans, white Americans, right. Is only growing on the right. And you can hear it on any given night on Fox News.
A chief target has been Tucker Carlson. Now his comments on immigration and politics and those of anyone at this network are, of course, fair game for public debate. But blaming him for the shooting is absurd. The latest case of a blood on your hands approach to finger pointing, even if you’re Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer trying to score political points by attacking Fox.
And by the way, there’s nothing in the suspect’s hundreds of rambling pages that indicates he has ever watched one minute of Fox News.
It’s not just that there’s nothing to indicate he watched one minute. It’s that it wouldn’t matter if there was PROOF he had never even HEARD of Fox News. The press and democrats would just say “it’s the same ideas, it’s al part of the bigger picture of hate” or whatever.
Kurtz is absolutely right. For all the good it will do, but he’s right.
Consider this an OPEN THREAD.