Will there be a National Conversation after environmentalist shoots energy worker?

posted at 7:21 pm on April 17, 2015 by Noah Rothman

Get ready for a week of introspection from the press, particularly the left-leaning media, as a wave of tortured self-criticism characterizes coverage of what is sure to dominate the news cycle for the foreseeable future… LOL. Just kidding!

A disturbing story out of West Virginia flagged by The Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay indicates that a man, enraged by the drilling taking place in his state, shot an employee of an energy exploitation company on Monday.

A man dressed in camouflage with his face painted black approached Mark Miller, an employee with HG Energy LLC, on Joe’s Creek near Sod, Napier said.

“At that time he played Mr. Miller a recording that said ‘Stop the drilling’ and then stuck a gun through the window of the passenger side of the truck,” [Lincoln County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy J.J.] Napier said.

A reporter with The Charleston Gazette called a member of the West Virginia Sierra Club for comment and received unequivocal condemnation of this violent incident, but the episode has received little attention in the national press.

For a media culture that is quick to blame conservatives for every episode of violence with a potential political motive, the commentary community’s silence on this incident is deafening.

The Washington Examiner’s T. Becket Adams, formerly of The Blaze, has a solid set of examples of the media’s lamentable impulse to link conservative rhetoric to episodes of violence.

It was this impulse that led ABC News reporter Brian Ross to link a 52-year-old tea party member to the mass murder of Colorado theater-goers in 2012. It was this impulse that led some to ponder whether “racism” and “the tea party movement” led University of Alabama in Huntsville professor Dr. Amy Bishop to shoot 12 of her colleagues in 2010. It was this impulse that prompted some accuse Andrew Joseph Stack of being an ardent conservative when he flew a small plane into an IRS building in Austin. It was this impulse that inspired editorialists like Paul Krugman, Matthew Yglesias, and Dana Milbank to blame Sarah Palin for Jared Lee Loughner’s attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her staff.

Nor would this episode in West Virginia constitute the only example of violence committed in the name of ecological consciousness in recent memory. In 2010, James Lee took two starter pistols and an explosive device into the Maryland headquarters of Discovery Communication where he took three people hostage for several hours. “Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what’s left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture,” Lee wrote in his manifesto. Police shot and killed Lee, but not before he terrorized Discovery employees because he was allegedly enraged by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

This incident didn’t seem to inspire many on the environmental left to lead a “national conversation” about the “culture of hate” their zealotry had wrought.

But for all the left’s efforts to impugn the tea party movement as replete with violent sociopaths, they often find it impossible to fathom the notion that their rhetoric could be prompting the violent to behave violently.

When Floyd Lee Corkins attacked the Family Research Council and shot a security guard because, as he told investigators, the group was listed as an anti-gay organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the left did not blame the SPLC for Corkins actions. When two police officers were assassinated in Brooklyn following weeks of anti-law enforcement hysteria on the left, liberals did not castigate their own for demanding posthumous justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. And the left will not raise much of a peep over this episode of terroristic violence in West Virginia.

As the right has been pointing out for the better part of half a decade, the only people responsible for acts of violence are those who commit violent acts. If conservatives think the Sierra Club is responsible for this attack in some way, they will find a rather onerous burden of proof on their shoulders. But it isn’t a trait native to the right to blame others for the actions of one criminal individual. Too often, it is the left that is consumed with identifying societal explanations for the behavior of a deranged few. Maybe identifying those societal causes, however dubious, provides progressives with a sense of control over what are fundamentally chaotic developments that can neither be predicted nor prevented. Maybe they merely want to tar their political opponents. Who knows? But it is clear now that the root causes for violence don’t seem to bother the left so long as those roots are embedded in liberal soil.


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Bmore on April 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

It’s comments like these that make me feel protective of my coreligionist, even when he deserves little sympathy. I wonder how much of the hostility directed toward Noah reflects his sloppy writing and how much may derive from his Borscht Belt name — that he may be just a little too cosmopolitan for some HA readers.

HA writers are to the left to the majority of those that comment, even if HA writers would be considered on the right in the broad political spectrum. Yet they incur little of the nastiness from readers that Noah attracts. Are his crimes against the English language so egregious — and his unwillingness to make any effort to correct them so perverse — that he deserves the abuse thrown his way?

I don’t know.

bobs1196 on April 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM

You’ll note that most of the commenters post correction posts when they make errors. Noah is a paid blogger and he does NOT ever correct his errors, and they are often in the HEADLINES.

So yes, he deserves all the scorn he gets, and it isn’t racism, you jerkweed.

fossten on April 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

So the left lies by not telling the truth? Ya think?

HiJack on April 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Oh… you mean like how they reported on how bad the protesters were for destroying Ferguson… oh wait, or did they blame it all on the police force for inciting the riot?

Yeah… I’m thinking No.

Narrative baby… it’s all about the narrative.

In Indiana, practically 80% of the people run around like Zombies parroting the Indianapolis Star and claiming that RFRA would legally allow discrimination (it didn’t) but that doesn’t stop the Star from promoting that narrative nor EXPANDING that narrative to claim this is proof that gay people now need to be a protected class and rallying the people to vote Democrat because… they care about LGBTQZ69 issues and gay marriage, like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did.

Narrative baby…

Skywise on April 18, 2015 at 11:29 AM

You wouldn’t think that semi-literate people, say journalists, would be confused and inconsistent over the use of weapons, but apparently there really is good violence and bad violence. With good violence, by liberal standards,it just happens to be the exact mirror opposite of normalcy.

arand on April 18, 2015 at 11:51 AM

This is merely a typo. Univocal = equivocal. Since most most speakers would pronounce “univocal” “yo͞o-nĭv′ə-kəl”, “a” would have probably been a better choice. Even better would be using “univocal” anarthously.

davidk on April 17, 2015 at 8:17 PM

You’ve got to be kidding me.

HiJack on April 18, 2015 at 11:51 AM

It’s comments like these that make me feel protective of my coreligionist, even when he deserves little sympathy. I wonder how much of the hostility directed toward Noah reflects his sloppy writing and how much may derive from his Borscht Belt name — that he may be just a little too cosmopolitan for some HA readers.

HA writers are to the left to the majority of those that comment, even if HA writers would be considered on the right in the broad political spectrum. Yet they incur little of the nastiness from readers that Noah attracts. Are his crimes against the English language so egregious — and his unwillingness to make any effort to correct them so perverse — that he deserves the abuse thrown his way?

I don’t know.

bobs1196 on April 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM

This isn’t Takimag. It’s got nothing to do with him being one of The Tribe.

HikaruKitsune on April 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM

“energy exploitation company”

This is the reason Noah gets so much crap. His verbiage says, “I’m a lefty troll paid to write as though I were a moderate.”

Noah, please update your lexicon and use this proper term in all future energy posts:
“Free Range Carbon Harvester”.

ROCnPhilly on April 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Freedom is my environment, and leftists are the MAJOR POLLUTERS!!!

landlines on April 18, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Even better would be using “univocal” anarthously.

davidk on April 17, 2015 at 8:17 PM

With no articulated joints?

GrumpyOldFart on April 18, 2015 at 7:37 PM

So sad for the driller. But one of these days the lefties will realize that the type of men who work in oil fields are the type of men who own lots of guns. This will turn one sided very quickly.

Liberals are all against the culture of hate, unless they can hate a conservative. Then violence is enlightened action.

bartbeast on April 18, 2015 at 8:49 PM

So sad for the driller. But one of these days the lefties will realize that the type of men who work in oil fields are the type of men who own lots of guns.

bartbeast on April 18, 2015 at 8:49 PM

Trouble is, the victim was in a company truck. Energy companies in the Texas oil patch usually have rather rigid rules against firearms, dogs and liquor on the jobsite, although maybe things are different in Tennessee.

Dolce Far Niente on April 18, 2015 at 10:47 PM

It’s all about their delusion of pretended moral superiority and preening. They especially hate Christians (but also anyone else) who threaten that, for they’re infantile lawless fascists incapable of rational, adult behavior, like most women leaders (e.g. unanimously incompetent and bigoted lawless, fascist women SCOTUS members).

russedav on April 19, 2015 at 12:29 AM

The blood is on Obama’s hands.

edrebber on April 19, 2015 at 7:45 AM

Iph yoo doent wunt Rawthmin poesting hear inymoor, doent cawmint awn hiz arttihkuls./

Otherwise, b1tching about his unproffesional presentation seems legitimate enough to me.

S. D. on April 19, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Workplace violence.

-Hussein regime.

antipc on April 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM

I really don’t want to go round and round but the Bible also say’s you should be killed for working on Sunday’s among other things.

Politricks on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 PM

No, it does not. Let’s go round and round, and let your ignorance show. There isn’t one place in the Bible that demands punishment for working on Sundays. Prove me wrong. After this one is settled, we’ll move on. . .

Freelancer on April 20, 2015 at 2:50 AM

I really don’t want to go round and round but the Bible also say’s you should be killed for working on Sunday’s among other things.

Politricks on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 PM

I suppose Pol would also think “Ignorance is Bliss” is a Bible quote.

s1im on April 20, 2015 at 9:24 AM