After the mass shooting in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge, and other bystanders, President Obama gave one of those unite-the-divide speeches that give journalists leg thrills. We need to “sharpen our instincts for empathy,” he said.
He lamented political finger-pointing: “It’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” The initial speculation was that conservatives were responsible for the Tucson horror. Even after this proved to be false, the attacks were relentless, with a barrage of media reports on the alleged excesses and mean-spiritedness of the Tea Party and all things right of center.
On Labor Day, Teamsters president James Hoffa was in Detroit addressing a rally starring the president. Hoffa told Obama there was a “war on workers,” and the unions were Obama’s “army.” He said: “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” Obama then showed up and said that voters would be looking for “straight shooters.” The rhetoric was just fine by him.
The same media that mercilessly attacked conservatives after the Giffords shooting couldn’t ignore this, you say? True, the venue was too high-profile: a union leader at an Obama rally on Labor Day. While ABC, CBS, and NBC were compelled to notice, there was virtually no outrage. Indeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times skipped right over it.
So much for “all the news that’s fit to print.”
Read More at CNS News By L. Brent Bozell III, CNS News
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