Here's the money quote:
“I get frustrated…” said Contessa Brewer. “There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country. … There are a lot of people who want to use terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.”
If someone on the right has said,
"I get frustrated...there's a part of me that was hoping this was connected to Al Queda, and not a left-wing terrorist (like the Michigan Militia Case that is collapsing around the US attorney's ears--who were ALL registered Democrats)"He'd be excoriated by the press. Properly so. But because this statement came from Ms. Brewer, who is well known for her liberal views, as well as contributing ONLY to liberals and liberal causes, she'll get a pass...except here in the blogosphere.
UPDATE: There's a great article in PJM on the double standard in reporting liberal/left wing inspired violence and the hue and cry that is raised by the media if it can be at all attributed to someone on the right/conservative.
This blind eye continued recently as left-wing radicals in New Orleans chased down and beat up a Republican campaign staffer for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in New Orleans after a April 9 fundraiser. Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend were attacked from behind by protesters organized by the leftist/anarchist Iron Rail Collective as they left Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. Both Bautsch and Brown were hospitalized with multiple broken bones after they were jumped by a group of three to five thugs. Another group leaving the restaurant nearly suffered the same fate, but escaped in a taxi.As is pointed out above...the merest hint that GI's returning from Iraq or Afghanistan might join militia groups caused Mrs. Napolitano to issue a warning of rightwing violence. Now, what's to be done? Many people are now ignoring many media outlets...the large circulation big city papers are dying. Just take a look at the NY Times group...they are losing money hand over fist. CNN and MSNBC are hemoraging viewers in record numbers, just as Fox News is gaining them by making an attempt to present a "Fair and Balanced" view on news...
If a gang of right-wing extremists isolated and ambushed campaign staffers for a Democratic governor, you can rest assured that national media attention devoted to the case would be sensationalized. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would undoubtedly issue another warning about right-wing extremists that would be echoed by Barack Obama himself and Democratic leaders. But Bautsch is a Republican staffer who was attacked by left-wing radicals — so you can count on the media’s silence.
Then there is the internet. There is a virtual "Army of Davids" out there reporting and commenting on news in growing numbers. I know, because I'm one.