NYT quotes SPLC about the FRC…without mentioning last year’s shooting
posted at 5:30 pm on March 8, 2013 by Guy Benson
Details, details. Nice catch by John Sexton:
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center is making the media rounds again. Today he’s quoted in a NY Times story about the moderation being expressed by Christian group Focus on the Family. For contrast, the story mentions the SPLC’s designation of the Family Research Council as a “hate group” … Not mentioned by the Times is the fact that the FRC’s headquarters was targeted last August by Floyd Lee Corkins using an address he took from the SPLC’s “Hate Map.” Corkins reportedly had the addresses of several other conservative groups in his possession when he was arrested, all of them taken from SPLC website.
Sexton asks a rhetorical question:
Can you imagine the NY Times talking to Sarah Palin about Gabby Giffords without mentioning Jared Loughner? Neither can I.
— John Sexton (@verumserum) March 8, 2013
Of course not. Except Sarah Palin had absolutely nothing to do with the Giffords shooting. That baseless charge was a lefty confection in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, when liberals were tripping over each other to pin the crimes of a lone madman on their political foes. Here’s an entire Times story discussing whether Palin should apologize for her “cross-hairs” map, which had zero impact on the Tucson shooting, and which mimicked political imagery used by Democrats. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map” was explicitly utilized by the FRC shooter; he allocuted in court that he used it to locate and target his would-be victims, whom he planned to slaughter, then smear their corpses with Chick-fil-A sandwiches. This does not mean that the SPLC (or the broader Left) bears any responsibility for one man’s deranged actions. They do not. But it was, undeniably, a political crime. If conservatives’ totally imaginary role in one shooting is newsworthy, liberals’ real connection to another should be, too. Yet for some reason it’s not — but there is no media bias because shut up.
MKH wrote this week about CNN happily swallowing SPLC’s “hate” list whole again, without any acknowledgement of that *exact roster’s* impact on a recent ideologically-motivated shooting. The Times one-ups CNN on the bowdlerization scale by quoting SPLC about the Family Research Council (!) with nary a mention of the attack. Incredible.