Park Police: Suspect arrested in WH shooting might have spent time at Occupy DC protests

posted at 4:50 pm on November 16, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Michelle Malkin predicted it was only a matter of time before the MSM would attempt to link to the conservative movement the mentally ill man who fired several shots at the White House, but, at SayAnythingBlog.com, Rob Port tells the story in a way that forestalls that:

Jared Loughner, who shot Rep. Gabbie Giffords in Tucson, had never attended a single tea party event. He had no tea party literature in his home, and never claimed to subscribe to any tea party ideas. Yet, somehow, the media managed to turn Giffords’ shooting into an indictment of the tea party movement (and Sarah Palin).

Contrast that with the man who police officials are seeking for firing a shot at the White House. He’s actually spent time at Occupy DC events, but don’t expect the media to draw the connection. …

“Authorities suspect [Oscar Ramiro] Ortega has been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.”

That doesn’t mean he was a bona fide Occupier, but it does underscore that, in this, as in so many things, it’s the media double standard, stupid. According to Talking Points Memo, the Secret Service scoured Occupy D.C. looking for this guy. If Park Police suspected Ortega had been at a Tea Party rally, that tidbit would be included in every bit of MSM coverage of this incident. And you can bet that, if it turns out Ortega was at Occupy D.C., reporters will be careful to emphasize he was just blending in, not actually participating.

Then again, the Occupiers don’t need help from the truly deranged to prove they’re an unruly bunch: We’re up to at least 256 verified incidents of violence, vandalism or outrageous behavior. As Jonah Goldberg put it in a tweet today, “It took 2 years of MSM slander to demonize tea parties. It took 2 months of OWS behavior, despite MSM whitewashing, to become unpopular.”

Fortunately for all concerned, the suspect in the White House shooting was arrested earlier today at a Pennsylvania hotel, according to an AP report. As Ed expressed this morning, best for him to be taken into custody before he does harm to himself or someone else. It’s a relief to know he’s been apprehended.


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Good thing they caught the guy.

Birds of a feather…..or something.

ted c on November 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Don’t worry, gang, by the time the MSM gets done with this he will be a Tea Party guy who was hired by Sara Palin to assassinate One-bama.

MSM is criminally corrupt.

NickDeringer on November 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Report: Police Say Man Arrested For Shooting At White House Likely Came From Occupy DC…

(ABC News) — A 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House was arrested today, authorities said.

“On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 12:35 p.m. EST, based on information generated by Secret Service agents from the Pittsburgh Field Office, Pennsylvania State Police Troop A located and arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez at a hotel near Indiana, Pa.,” according to a statement from Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Edwin Donovan.

Authorities suspect Ortega-Hernandez had been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time with Occupy D.C. protesters.

Even Politico’s liberal Ben Smith can’t deny the obvious:

The mirror-image campaigns to tar the Tea Party and the “Occupy” movement are based, in no small part, on guilt by association. But nobody anywhere near the Tea Party ever took a shot at the White House.

Zcat on November 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM

So the headline should be:

Occupy DC protester arrested for shooting at White House

And the lead should be:

Police in Pennsylvania this morning arrested a man suspected of shooting windows in the family residence section of the White House. The man was reportedly participating in the Occupy DC protests near the White House when the shooting occurred.

This is journalism 101. Let’s see if the Obamamedia still knows how to do journalism 101.

Rational Thought on November 16, 2011 at 4:55 PM

You have socialist, communist, anti-American culture running lose all over the country threatening the downfall of our country. You have radicals shooting at the White House. These are our Marxist radical president people. You have Obama calling Hawaii, Asia. You have serious op-ad in the New York Times with an article “To Save Our Economy, Ditch Taiwan.” You have Obama sending marines to Australia. Not good.

Zcat on November 16, 2011 at 5:02 PM

It still does not cease to absolutely amaze me that the Left just cannot see it’s blatant, and often, hypocrisy. Just can’t get over that.

JetBoy on November 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

“I’m tired of you conservatives always playing the victim! The ‘Liberal media’ myth is orchestrated by Koch Industries, the Tea Party racists, and the religious right!” – Lib

visions on November 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM

reporters will be careful to emphasize he was just blending in, not actually participating.

They have no idea if he was participating and shared OWS views or not.

They want him to just be “blending in” but be completely separate from the group, so that is what they report. they have no idea nor do they care if that’s true or not. Just like they were clueless about Laughner, but reported the exact opposite.

The media is no longer ‘biased’
The media can no longer even be given credit for being ‘corrupt’.
They are simply not journalists. They are absolute frauds. Despicable lying propagandist posing as something they are not.

forest on November 16, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Yeah…

… but why is Herman Cain wearing that hat? – MSNBC

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM

At least he has the right idea of where the source of the country’s problems are…………Obozo!

stacman on November 16, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Krugman will be right on this.

a capella on November 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM

This guy is from Idaho, which is a Red state, so all Republicans are all guilty!!!

-Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC Loon

portlandon on November 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

The media is no longer ‘biased’
The media can no longer even be given credit for being ‘corrupt’.
They are simply not journalists. They are absolute frauds.


This!!!

Cicero43 on November 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Contrast that with the man who police officials are seeking for firing a shot at the White House. He’s actually spent time at Occupy DC events, but don’t expect the media to draw the connection. …

From the linked article:

U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.

may have spent time blending in…?

But one sign shows up at a Tea party rally, portraying 0bama with a Hitler mustache, being carried by a left-wing LaRouche supporter who infiltrated the gathering, and the lapdog media brands the whole TEA Party as racist.

Yep, we know how the game is played.

UltimateBob on November 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

What would someone expect to accomplish by shooting at the White House?

In gang wars, a drive by shooting ‘sends a message’. What’s the message intended here? Ok, never mind, the guy isn’t rational.

Just remember, the only thing we know about this guy is what the news media reports, and the only thing the media knows is what their anonymous source whispers in their ear. So do you trust those anonymous insiders?

Does the media have any credibility here?

Skandia Recluse on November 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

It still does not cease to absolutely amaze me that the Left just cannot see it’s blatant, and often, hypocrisy. Just can’t get over that.

JetBoy on November 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

It’s relativism to the core, anything to “win”.

the_nile on November 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

reporters will be careful to emphasize he was just blending in, not actually participating

so how on earth do they know for sure at this point that he was ‘just blending in’ and ‘not participating’. Isn’t it a bit too early in the investigation process to tell? And what is the difference anyways between ‘blending in’ and ‘participating’, a lot of occupiers protested just during the day and went home at night,and back the next days…while many others slept there in the obamaville and in shelters. Does this mean that the ‘day protesters’ were just ‘blending in’, I don’t think so…And anyways, until they find out what exactly what he was doing there, maybe Fox News should do what the left media does, keep repeating again and again and again that the guy was an OWS-er until it starts sinking and resonating with people…if it turns out it wasn’t exactly so, Fox News can issue a short apology and move on…isn’t this the MSM modus operandi? make sure the dirt sticks, even if it’s not true…

jimver on November 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM

“spent time with”?

“blending in”?

The Obamamedia always manages to dig deeper into its sewer of a propagandistic and democrat hack-tastic lexicon. My God but those folks are transparent. I take some solace, though, in the certain knowledge that they know what they are. Every last one of them is Arthur Dimmesdale, being eaten from the inside out by their very real shame and ignominy. They’ll lie to the bitter end, but the end will indeed be bitter. I take solace in that.

Rational Thought on November 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Obama: “No need for a speech about civility. That man was clearly aiming for my predecessor”.

ardenenoch on November 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM

OWS is benign. Tea Party is toxic. War is peace. Love is hate.

Paul-Cincy on November 16, 2011 at 5:47 PM

‘Mentally ill’ is MSM Newspeak for a violent ‘liberal’ or ‘Muslim’

pat on November 16, 2011 at 5:50 PM

It still does not cease to absolutely amaze me that the Left just cannot see it’s blatant, and often, hypocrisy. Just can’t get over that.

JetBoy on November 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Who do you mean by “the left”?

The leadership knows damn well what they’re doing, and don’t care.

The rank and file Democrat voters don’t want to know, and YOU’d better not try to tell them, either.
‘Cause if you do, They’ll just stick their ears while yelling “I CAN’T HEAR YOU,I’M NOT EVEN LISTENING . . . . LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”

listens2glenn on November 16, 2011 at 6:12 PM

…they’ll just stick their fingers in their ears…

Doh.

listens2glenn on November 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Well…. when they mentioned the perp was mentally ill the first group I thought of was Occupy-Wall-Streeters and the copycats copyRats.

viking01 on November 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM

That doesn’t mean he was a bona fideOccupier

There is such a thing as a “bona fide” Occupier?

Trafalgar on November 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Oops! quote button fail!

Trafalgar on November 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Whoa! Are you trying to tell me there were some of the OWS bunch that was NOT mentally ill? I think you’ll have to have some real evidence for that argument.

MikeA on November 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM

“(ABC News) — A 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House was arrested today, authorities said.”

He was probably aiming at Bush. Why? Well, Obama and co blame Bush for so much this guy probably thinks Bush is still living the White House.

davod on November 16, 2011 at 8:22 PM