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Add Boston Marathon Bombing to pile of Failed Eliminationist Narratives

Add Boston Marathon Bombing to pile of Failed Eliminationist Narratives

It started with Bill Sparkman, the part-time Census worker who went missing and then was found dead, setting off an avalanche of mainstream media and left-blogosphere accusations that he was the victim of anti-government “right-wing” hate.  It turned out that Sparkman killed himself, but there were few if any apologies coming.

The Sparkman accusations were based on nothing more than a desire to demonize the newly formed and rapidly growing Tea Party movement as terrorists and un-American.  It was as if they were hoping for an act of Tea Party violence.

Yet there was a theory behind the madness, the Eliminationist Narrative created by Dave Neiwart of Crooks and Liars about an “eliminationist” radical right seeking to dehumanize and eliminate political opposition.  It was a play on the over-used narrative of Richard Hofstadter’s “paranoid style” in American politics.

The Eliminationist Narrative was aided and abetted by an abuse of the term “right-wing” to include groups who are the opposite of conservatism and the Tea Party movement.

In the case of Sparkman, the accusations were just Another Failed Eliminationist Narrative.  And the Eliminationist Narrative would fail time and time again:

We can now add the Boston Marathon Bombing to the pile.  The wild speculation that there was a Tea Party or “right-wing” connection proved false.

It turns out two Muslim Chechens apparently inspired by jihadist videos and ideology turned on the country which welcomed them with open arms.

Just another Failed Eliminationist Narrative, for which there will be no apologies.

CNN Wolf Blitzer blames anti-tax group or tea party for Boston Marathon explosion:

CNN National Security Analyst Warns Of ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ Behind Boston Bombings:

ABC Speculates: Was Boston ‘Homegrown Terror?’ Features Mark Potok on ‘Extreme Right’

Chris Matthews: ‘Normally’ Domestic Terrorists ‘Tend to Be on the Right’:

CNN: Pressure Cooker Bomb ‘Right-Wing’ Signature:

An article published on CNN’s website makes an unproven claim that pressure cooker bombs like the ones used at the Boston Marathon terror attack are a “signature” of “right-wing extremists.”

The article says (emphasis added) :

A senior U.S. counterterrorism investigator told CNN that pressure cooker bombs have also been a signature of extreme right-wing individuals in the United States who he said tend to revel in building homemade bombs.

This specific claim that “pressure cooker bombs have also been a signature of extreme right-wing individuals in the United States” appears to be completely unsubstantiated. Not a single example is given even in the CNN story itself of anyone other than al-Quadea using a pressure cooker bomb.

MSNBC Brings On Harvard Professor To Suspect ‘Far-Right’ May Be Responsible For Boston Attack

NPR Journalist: Boston Terrorist Attack Likely Right-Wingers Celebrating Columbine or Hitler’s Birthday:


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At what point do people decide they’ve had enough of the lies and start demanding accuracy in news reporting?

Don’t forget

Christopher Jordan Dorner (The LA PD rampage killer)

and Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber)

He talks about leftists and their problems, but his goal was to destroy industrialized society. Sounds more anarchist than “Right Wing” to me.

How many more times will the progressive liberal MSM play the card and get it wrong? They’re batting a perfect whiff atm. I think their on base percentage is just as bad.

    Paul in reply to Paul. | April 20, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Oh and in keeping with Saul Alinsky’s tactic of accusing your opposition of what you yourself do, let us not forget:


[…] rush to judgement by the mainstream media on who the Boston Marathon bombers was the latest in a long tradition. The left, incapable of rational and logical thought, lacking even the slightest bit of […]

Midwest Rhino | April 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

Great post, exposing the systematic attacks on conservatives. People that want smaller, more responsible government are certainly a threat to the “collectivists” and their henchmen in the media.

“two Muslim Chechens apparently inspired by jihadist videos”

The videos were surely important in their “continuing ed”, but it seems the brother had to make a trip to the terrorist “Mecca” in Chechnya to see the “glorious light” of violent jihad, and be fully immersed into that world. Or maybe a family member led him into that way. I believe it takes face to face shepherding. And blaming it on “those videos” is too much like Benghazi, ignoring coordinated action, as I see it.

We were even warned by Russia (they are saying another government, I first heard it was Russia) about this older brother. So the info they had didn’t come because they heard this guy was watching these videos. He had other important connections, it would seem.

I love that our pals at the NYT opine today that America has alienated these ‘isolated’ fine immigrant men, and we make it easy because there are enough weapons to kill anyone you want. Awww, it IS our fault after all!

My mother spent the last few days worring if the FBI will come after her, she just bought a pressure cooker at Macy’s with her credit card. She’s happy these ‘fine boys’ were exposed as the violent terrorists they are/were; she can make soups and stews in peace.

TrooperJohnSmith | April 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

Bill Ayers and the Boston bombings, from Doug Ross:

Mr. Eric Boehlert, your appointment with Dr. Kermit Gosnell cannot be confirmed on May 5th, 2013, that date is a Sunday.

We have you scheduled for Monday May 6th, 2013 10:00AM.

[…] 4. A leftist columnist will try to make it a race issue, e.g. – Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American, or an example of right-wing hate. […]

Thanks Professor. I am reading a 1992 book this morning created before Bill rain for Pres but thanking Hillary for reviewing the manuscript. Pushing a shift formally to Industrial Policy and calling it human resources-capitalism.

I just read a bogus economic analysis and then followed up on the footnote to check the cite. Hofstadter. Now I know why his name rang such a bell.

False beliefs. We really are dealing with an organized effort to instill false beliefs so we will all change our behavior accordingly without that being so obvious.

Nice list above of all the attempts at false narratives to go along with those mindsets we are all supposed to be developing. Lord knows K-12 education and higher ed and now grad programs are all doing their jobs. And the last few days were certainly enlightening on the one armed cartwheels the media will do to disregard inconvenient facts. Even when the consequences may be more exposure to murder and mayhem in the future.

And there was the unexploded car bomb in Times Square. Bloomberg speculated that it was the TEA Party, and when it turned out to be a Muslim (Faisal Shahzad), Bloomberg was quoted as saying, “I’m disappointed.”

On a different note, I find myself baffled by your statement “It was as if they were hoping for an act of Tea Party violence.”

“As if”?

That’s like saying “It’s as if Jimi Hendrix played the guitar,” or “It’s as if Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier.” No. It’s a definite. They WANT Tea Party violence. They dream of it like a little girl dreams of a pony for Christmas.

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A grate male once said “punch back twice as hard”. Time to bring back dueling.

You also forgot john lee mohammed. I happened to be working in the D.C. are at the time and not only was traffic on the beltway light but the mere suggestion that the perpetrator might be something other than white caused heads to explode.

LukeHandCool | April 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

“Field of Dreams” The Journalist’s Cut.

While puttering about in his huge upscale garden one day, David Sirota hears a voice whisper, “If you write it, it will happen,” and sees a vision of a baseball diamond. Soon, Sirota is feverishly transforming his garden into a baseball field.

The final scene sees Sirota at bat, with a full count. He brazenly points to the wall in right field. With eyes closed, Sirota swings at the pitch with all his might.

The final credits start to roll as the umpire shouts, “Strike three!” and Sirota opens his eyes to see the pitcher, the catcher, and the entire ememy team all wearing tricorn baseball caps.

He screams at the fans as they chant, “USA! USA! USA!”

As for ourselves, we need to remain on ‘Lunatic Narrative’ in relative to the left.

[…] The US left has nearly developed a collective hernia trying to make this something other than Islamic terror. […]

[…] And I have a lot more evidence, I believe, than all those lefties who tried initially to pin it on right-wingers/TEA Partiers/so-called patriots. Is Ms. Garber tut-tutting them? If so, I haven't seen […]

If you have to lie, distort, play with language, and hide facts by omission in order to present your case, then there is something organically wrong with your position.

The question that remains in my mind is: are all these journalists just stupid themselves, having bought into someone else’s lying, distorting, and propagandizing (who?) and really believe the crap they are spouting? Or are they deliberately furthering this on audiences in the hope that the public is stupid, for some ulterior motivation or compensation (what?)

    LukeHandCool in reply to janitor. | April 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    The editor of my high school newspaper, (back when I was a feature writer writing about what all high school kids like me (commas intentionally left out) were really interested in—horseracing, sewer sliding, best hamburger stands, etc.), is now perhaps the LA Times’ top political columnist.

    Stupid, you ask?

    Doornail, doorknob, doormat stupid. Door-object cubed stupid.

    Seeing him get his arse whupped by Andrew Breitbart and Michelle Malkin and Patterico was delicious.

    Hearing Hugh Hewitt on his radio show call him out on his claim that many in the news media had called Obama a muslim to scare voters was comedy gold.

    Hugh told him that was a complete media myth. When they went to a break, Hugh told him to Google it during the break and provide the name of one single mainstream media journalist who had called Obama a muslim when they came back after the break.

    After the commercial, Hugh asked him to provide one name … and got a dial tone.

    Then this dork called back to say he had another interview to do and couldn’t stay on any longer.

    Hugh had a guest in the studio who had worked with this moron years before at the LA Times and he moaned, as best as I can remember,

    “Yeah. On a Tuesday afternoon, an LA Times writer has a long series of interviews to do. Of course, he did have the time to call back and say he didn’t have time to answer your challenge.”

    So, in answer to your question, you can be the dullest tool in a huge shed filled with dull tools … and you can rise be a top columnist at the LA Times!!

    Only in America!

In 2010 voters gave Republicans control of the House with a mandate to cut Federal spending. Why is NPR/CPB still being funded? This should be one of the easier cuts to make.

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The NYT/WP/NPR crowd have no shame. False accusations proven wrong? No matter, we will just turn to the phony “backlash” narrative and make a big deal out of wringing our hands over how worried we are our political opponents are going to launch a campaign of genocide on poor innocents. The repulsiveness is overwhelming.

Didn’t each of these end up being a Muslim, an Obama supporter/liberal, or both? Oh the irony!

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Of course, my Congressman, former DA Bill Keating, just had to say on the afternoon of the Marathon bombing, that it was Tax Day, April 15th, and… Wow, he really nailed my Tea Party thinking: kill the innocent over my 1040EZ. How’s that narrative working out for you, Billy? Maybe a trip up to the Sanctuary City of Cambridge for an abject apology is order.

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Bill, that’s a book right there.

You forgot to mention the incident at SeaWorld in Orlando where the killer whale Tilikum killed his trainer. The MSM hinted that the whale was seen at a Tea Party rally just prior to the incident.

[…] It happens every single time there’s a shooting, a bombing, or almost any type of violent crime.  From George Zimmerman to Nidal Hasan, from Jared Loughner to Amy Bishop, from the D. C. sniper to the IRS plane crasher . . . no matter the deed, some leftist in the media starts blaming the TEA Party, either making the most outlandish accusations based on a Google search and a common name (Jim Holmes) to the outright statement that some hack writer “hopes” that the Boston bomber is a “white American”–he means, of course, white, conservative American, preferably a TEA Party member but any old white supremacist would do just fine in a pinch; after all, they’re all the same. Everyone knows that all TEA Party members are white supremacists.  And violent.  And ready to start shooting up schools, theaters, parking lots at the drop of a hat.  Except . . . well, that’s just never happened. […]

[…] Quick observation: all week long, one Leftist / Progressive / Democrat has trotted out the meme that it had to be a white TEA Party extremist that set off the bombs – someone who loves a lo-cal Government struggling on a pittance.  Three examples: David Axelrod’s “hanging” innuendo of a tax day protest, Charles Pierce that it as a “patriot” because of the MA Patriot Day holiday, CNN, David Sirota – and that’s just from today’s quick run through my normal blog readings (there have been a LOT since Monday – here’s a better list). […]

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[…] With Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the helm, the Conservative Party majority gets it done again. This is the second major attack that was thwarted. We are not serious about national security here, though. We want to hug the terrorists. We want to give them trials and lawyers. We want to ask them about root causes and feelings. That’s the Democrat way. Democrats think that only married, Bible-believing small business owning Tea Party conservatives who served in the Armed Forces can be domestic terrorists. They think that William Lane Craig is more likely to be a terrorist than KSM. That’s what they believe. […]