Glenn Beck on Monday highlighted what he described as “one of those (stories) that you print and you save,” sounding the alarm on what he believes to be the real-time re-writing of history.
The story concerns the media’s coverage of violent tragic events, and how small-government, Tea Party-types are often the first to be blamed (with or without any substantiating evidence).
“It’s always right-wing, Tea Party, anti-president, nut jobs, right?” Beck said sarcastically. “It’s always somebody that just hates the president because he’s black. Or they’re Tea Party and they want to destroy the government.”
Beck said as an example: “September 2009 … Census taker Bill Sparkman found hanged (in rural) Kentucky. Media speculated it was Tea Party. In fact, the media blamed it on me … Ended up it was suicide. He killed himself.”
But that’s not the only case in which the Tea Party was prematurely blamed. Beck pointed to a series of crimes highlighted by Ace of Spades HQ co-blogger Gabriel Malor over the weekend that some originally tried to “pin” on the right. Among them were the 2010 Pentagon shooting and the attempted Times Square bombing that same year.
“September 2010, James Lee takes hostages at Discovery Channel headquarters,” Beck added. “Media speculates a climate change denier. No. It was the exact opposite. It was an environmentalist who hates humans.”
Beck continued to note that more recently, Tea Party rhetoric was blamed for the shooting that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and killed six in 2011. In 2012, members of the media speculated that a Tea Partier was responsible for the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., and in 2013, many rushed to suggest the Boston Bombings were carried out by a right-winger.
Most recently, it was reported that the word “socialist” was removed from the Denver Post profile of Karl Pierson, the 18-year-old who opened fire at a suburban Denver high school Friday. As Beck saw it, the story received less media attention than similar tragedies in the past because it simply didn’t fit the “narrative.”
Beck reiterated that there are “lunatics at all walks of life,” but said that will be forgotten if “God forbid” a Tea Partier does commit a high-profile violent crime. If that happens, he said, that individual will become the “poster child” of “the last eight years,” and the circumstances behind the rest of the crimes he highlighted will rarely be mentioned.
“This is why this story is really, really important,” Beck stated, adding that “your journals will be more important for your kids than any history book.”
“Who’s writing the history books?” Beck asked. “The professors at these universities – all leftists extraordinaire – they’re the ones writing the current history books. Do you think they’re going to be more kind or less kind to people like you than the media is? I suggest the media is your best buddy in comparison.”
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