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RE: Culture: Media Bias

I feel like shit Radicals.  The bombings
yesterday broke my heart, and in my hate and haste to pin some morons in
the media for talking out of their asses, I did the same thing.
And I got twitter followers from it!  That’s not a good feeling.

Anyway, here’s what went down.

As with other recent tragedies, immediately after the Boston Marathon
bombings, people on both sides of the media began to inject their
personal politics into this awful event.

Pamela Geller decided, without any proof to back it up, that it must have been jihadists who planted the bombs.

CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen suggested that the cause could have been a “right-wing extremist.  Cenk Ugyur spewed that if this was an act of gun violence, people wouldn’t be as horrified.

Jen Rubin got too cute by half, mimicking Sara Kliff’s statement on the Gosnell Murder Trial, calling the horrific bombing a “local crime story”.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweeted out that Senate Republicans were to blame, a tweet that he later deleted after admitting it was a low blow.

 

And then there was me.

I can honestly say that I hate the mainstream media.  I am more
than disgusted by their frequent (if not constant) lies and deceptions.
So as soon as I saw the repeat in rhetoric from previous events,
such as the Aurora massacre and the attack in Tucson,
I was pissed.  So, as most rational people do, I took my outrage
to Facebook & Twitter.  I tweeted loudly (in all caps even)
“THIS IS YOUR MEDIA AMERICA” while linking to some of the aforementioned
stories.  However, the first story I tweeted, in my opinion,
really invalidated the rest of my tweets.

See, the story that inspired my anti-media rampage was this one
from FireAndreaMitchell.com, featuring the headline “Wolf Blitzer
blames anti-tax group or tea party for Boston Marathon explosion”.
Seems pretty straightforward, right?  Well, that’s where I screwed
up.  I didn’t follow up and do the due diligence to find a source
for their claim, aside from the slew of tweets they cited.  Heck,
if I had been just a little bit more thorough when I examined the cited
tweets, I would’ve found that they were merely asking if
Blitzer had made the comments in question, not stating that he
had!  I had let my desire to extract tweet-based vengeance on a
leftist media hack overcome my desire to be accurate (journalistic
integrity?) and had, myself, become a right-wing media hack in the
process.

I can’t even tell you how disgusted I am with myself.  I know
that my paltry 1,286 Twitter followers is nothing, and that most likely I
had no ill-effect on Wolf Blitzer whatsoever, but the fact still stands
that I damned a person without proof.

That’s awful.  That’s not who I am or how I operate; but today, in
the midst of a horrific attack on America, I lost my cool and lashed out
against people I don’t like.  I don’t know what I can do to fix
that.  Apologizing seems woefully inadequate, though I am very
sorry; inadequate not just to Wolf Blitzer and to anyone who was misled
by my (now deleted) tweet, but to everyone who reads my work here and to
all of my friends who write with me on FRN and in the conservative
blogosphere.   My mistakes don’t just reflect poorly on me,
they open up my friends and colleagues to attacks on their credibility.
And as reprehensible as guilt-by-association may be, I’d be the
one to blame.  That thought makes me sick.

I suppose that the only thing I can proactively do right now is to
promise to be more vigilant and circumspect the next time I find myself
tweeting out of anger, and to try to get others to do the same.

It’s not much, but it’s a start.

I hope that I can earn back some of the respect I’ll undoubtedly (and
justly) lose from this stupid mistake, though I also understand if I
can’t.

Sorry again guys.

NJl