In the aftermath of House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will retire from Congress, amid the speculation about who might replace him as top Republican in the House, the Washington Post ran an AP story by Alan Fram which repeats the debunked claims that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was a speaker for a David Duke-founded white supremacist group without even acknowledging any of the evidence that he was not. In fact, at this point, in spite of media silence, there's more evidence that prominent Democrats have directly associated with Louis Farrakhan than there is that Scalise was ever connected to Duke.
Given how strongly journalists have used the Parkland shooting to promote gun control, it’s surprising to see a simple realization of how the current debate sounds to half the country. That observation occurred on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning as co-host John Dickerson mentioned his own relatives.
The headline was everywhere. Here’s just one from right here at NewsBusters: "Don Lemon Blames Donald Trump for Death Threats Made to CNN Employees."
If it weren’t for bad luck, liberal comedian Chelsea Handler would have no luck at all. First, her eponymous talk show on the Netflix pay cable television channel is being canceled at the end of the year, and now, her announcement that she’s moving out of her house because President Donald Trump is “literally and figuratively” “setting the world on fire” was met with anger and derision from her fellow Twitter posters.
Friday afternoon, Republican Senator Rand Paul suffered a minor injury when he was attacked as he was mowing the lawn at his home. Most press coverage thus far has failed to note that Paul was present at the baseball practice where Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana and three others were shot in June, or that the FBI reportedly believes that yesterday's attack on Paul was politically motivated.
In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell jumped on un-aired footage of her 60 Minutes interview with another shooting survivor, Congressman Steve Scalise. Declaring it timely, the co-host on Tuesday introduced her push for gun control: “The shooting here is reigniting calls to debate the nation's gun laws. Before the massacre, we spoke with Republican Congressman Steve Scalise about gun control.”
The blogosphere erupted in a collective roar at Washington Post reporter Peter Holley's bizarre attempt to blame the shooting of Republicans and their security guards in Alexandria, Virginia on conservative talk radio. Holley's cockeyed conspiracy theory was that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, may have listened to local senior-citizen radio host Bob Romanik back in Belleville, Illinois. The online headline is "In Alexandria shooter’s hometown, rage-filled radio host channels middle America’s inner frustration."
Red flags went up quick at the Tucson, Arizona office of Republican Senator Jeff Flake on Thursday when one angry leftist claimed that shooting all of the opposition was the way to solve “the Republican problem.” The leftist protestor also brought up the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise and was arrest by police a short time later. This disturbing incident went unreported on both ABC and CBS during their evening news programs.
In an article posted yesterday, Salon politics writer Chauncey DeVega trashed Republican Rep. Steve Scalise as a "bigot" and accused the Republican party of being a "sociopathic" entity that has "weaponized" the Scalise shooting and is "drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs." He also repeated the discredited claim that Scalise spoke to a "white supremacist" group in 2002, and even went so far as to claim that he was an "honored guest" for the racist group.
With so much attention focused on the meaning of the results of Sixth District Congressional special election in Georgia, the establishment press has not looked into what happened to pre-election polls which showed Democrat Jon Ossoff ahead of Republican Karen Handel by as many as seven points less than two weeks before Tuesday's election. Though it may partially have been yet another in a long series of Democrat-driven polling failures intended to drive down Republican turnout, the plausible idea that the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise the previous week and the ongoing campaign of violent rhetoric from the left had an impact is not getting the attention one would expect.
America was stunned when Jared Loughner pulled out a gun at a Tucson supermarket parking lot in 2011 and shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head at point-blank range and killed six others. No one recalls any TV pundit wondering whether the people should root for Giffords to survive -- or anyone with the gall to imply her head wound was “self-inflicted.”
That was not the case with the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others last week.
With Congressman Steve Scalise still recovering from an attack by a crazed leftist, MSNBC’s Joy Reid couldn’t keep from politicizing the tragedy as she took a cheap shot at the congressman’s record. On June 17 the host of AM Joy tweeted “Rep. #Scalise was shot by a white man with a violent background, and saved by a black lesbian police officer, and yet...” Sadly, Reid’s inability to put her leftist agenda aside, even while Congressman Scalise was in the hospital, is reflective of her MSNBC career.