I would imagine that CNN’s Brian Stelter is old enough to remember the mainstream media’s all-out assault on the Right following the 2011 shooting in Tuscon of then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others, six of whom died. Surely the New York Times’s Paul Krugman remembers. He penned a searing condemnation of Republicans and their singular embrace of hatred and ” growing potential for violence.” From that piece:
When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were you completely surprised? Or were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen?
Put me in the latter category. I’ve had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008 campaign. I remembered the upsurge in political hatred after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 — an upsurge that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing. And you could see, just by watching the crowds at McCain-Palin rallies, that it was ready to happen again.
The op-ed can no longer be found in a search of the Times online but is available in the internet’s archive. That is because its underlying assumptions, which also include the view that the Right suffers from a “general lack of ‘civility’,” turned out to be so wrong and misinformed. (RELATED: Democratic pundit says Republican governor, legislature ‘should be shot’)
We don’t need to go back and rehash the facts of the Tuscon shootings, chief among which is that the gunman, was not a Republican, as Klugman and friends instantly concluded. Instead we can look at events of the last two months in virtually every city in America. Hatred and violence have been on vivid display, in lootings, torchings, and inflictions of bodily harm to those of a different ideological persuasion. But all of it has been emanating from Klugman’s “civil” Left.
And yet the lies by the Left continue to be told. Consider this question posed by Stelter and answered by a guest,
STELTER: "When you see entire media companies essentially exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equivalent of that on the left, tearing down Trump?"
GUEST: “There really isn’t."pic.twitter.com/wqT6PruGUk
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 9, 2020
The targets this time are presidential candidates, but Stelter’s assertion is laughable, mainly because he works for a media company whose rasison d’etre is to tear down Donald Trump, as well as his supporters. Nor is CNN alone in that mission. They are joined by MSNBC, the three major networks, the New York Times, the Washington Post and countless other purveyors of fake news.