Monday, December 22, 2014

Assigning blame

The awful story of two New York City cops being fatally shot Saturday afternoon continues to resonate. In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, it was still fresh on the minds of many citizens the breathless media coverage of two high profile incidents (one in New York City and one in Ferguson, MO) where police officer actions led to the deaths of two black men. Neither officer was indicted. As such, many conservatives were quick to convey that "narrative journalism" as well as pointed comments by NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, US Atty General Holder and President Barack Obama stoked anger and divisiveness, which may have set off gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

While I feel the chanting points displayed by leftist politicians and their water carriers in the media were indeed unhelpful and divisive, I don't believe for one second any of them deserve blame for this tragic event. Regardless if Brinsley was incited by the demagoguery of Mayor de Blasio or the "white officer kills unarmed black man" media narrative, the responsibility ultimately lies with the individual who perpetrated the crime: Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

With all that said, I'm not going to shed one single tear for lefties and their media cohorts as they come under a barrage of scathing rebukes. After all, nearly four years ago they were so quick to blame "tea party rhetoric" for the near fatal shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, AZ. As time went on, that theory was proven to be complete bull pucky once gunman Jared Loughner was found to have little to no interest or involvement in political matters. But now when the proverbial shoe is on the other foot, the media et al is cautioning us to not jump to any irrational conclusions and to let the full investigation play out.

I can't decide if the media's sudden pivot to a reasoned tone is either comical or downright pathetic.


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