Ace @ Ace of Spades HQ:
First of all, I’m sure you already know this (and I think cobloggers covered this already), but the media is actually deleting the parts of the manifesto that praise them.
But notice that question contains no context — the context being that the media has always treated it as supremely consequential that a murderous lunatic was a big fan of Sarah Palin. (Even when, in fact, Lougner wasn’t a fan of Sarah Palin — something the NYT has noweradicated from the record, obliterating its previous claims that Palin inspired Loughner, without acknowledging the correction and retraction.)
Now, if you just ask someone, “Does it matter if Chris Dorner, a kill-crazy maniac, was a big fan of CNN and MSNBC?,” their natural reaction will be “No, of course not; what does it matter whom he watches on TV, and what does it matter from whom he takes his political cues? Politics has nothing to do with murder.”
That’s what a normal, reasonable, level-headed person would say.But that’s not how the media has played such coverage for the past four years.
The media, of course, has attempted to claim that virtually every notorious killer of the past few years is a Tea Partier or has some connection to the right.
Now, if Howard Kurtz was asking the question properly, he’d ask,Should the media care if Dorner is a huge fan of liberal reporters,given the fact that these same liberal reporters have attempted to claim that other murders were the responsibility of commentators on the right??
Now, when you ask it that way, the reasonable normal viewer says, “Well, of course then they should take an interest; the same rule should be applied equally to all parties. And if it’s a dumb rule, then the entire rule should be discarded, not just selectively applied against people in the opposite party as CNN and MSNBC.”