Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Terrorist or Hate Crime?

The LGBT volunteer who made political remarks before opening fire on a security guard at the FRC in DC was variously described as "mentally disturbed" or "kind, gentle and unassuming".   Early stories (at least from Fox) said the authorities were considering it a domestic terrorism case; updates are now suggesting hate crimes charges.  But as Alex Jones' site correctly asks, can there be a hate crime against an organization considered to be a hate group?  We'll have to wait for word from the Southern Poverty Center for Blaming Terrorism on Right Wingers. 

Otherwise, it has been an interesting afternoon watching the mainstreamers slowly gravitate to a story they otherwise would have been super-glued to had the roles been reversed.  Had some guy carrying a bag of Chick-fil-A's walked into an LGBT research center and opened fire after condemning gays it would have been saturation coverage.  Brian Ross would be finding the teabagger association.  But yawn, just another day. No OWS suspects to be found.   

Meanwhile in the land of real terrorists 18 American troops have been killed this month fighting in Afghanistan after 41 were lost in July.  Ever since Obama went to Dover and saluted it seems the media has lost interest in such things. 


Right Truth said...

I don't like the "hate crime" status for anyone. A crime should be a crime, a murder should be a murder, same punishment. I haven't been following the coverage on this one like I should.

Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

I've been wondering when a Chick-Fil-A might explode. Hopefully not, because I go there occasionally, but there are a lot of disillusioned crazies out there.