Pushback can work, even against entrenched left-wing dinosaurs like the Washington Post. From NewsBusters yesterday:
The man who critically injured a Family Research Center security staffer in a shooting last August pleaded guilty on Wednesday to, among other charges, “committing an act of terrorism with the intent to kill.” the Associated Press and ABC affiliate WJLA today [Wednesday] are reporting. What’s more, the suspect in question admitted he was inspired to strike out at the FRC after visiting a liberal website which declared them an anti-gay hate group. That fact, however, was omitted by the Washington Post in their write-up on the story.
Floyd Lee Corkins, “who had been volunteering at a center for gay, lesbian and transgender people” was apprehended with a handgun, two extra magazines of ammunition and sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, that latter of which he “intended to smear… in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents, [Corkins] acknowledged during a hearing Wednesday,” WJLA.com reported on Wednesday afternoon.
Corkins blamed his psycho behavior on the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose website had worked him into a homicidal frenzy by denouncing the Family Research Council for failing to revere homosexual depravity. The ABC affiliate buried this key fact, but at least reported it.
The Washington Post, on the other hand, failed to draw the connection to the SPLC, merely noting that when he was arrested, “law enforcement officials found a hand-written note with the names and some addresses of four socially conservative organizations, including the Family Research Council.”
NewsBusters promised to continue monitoring the liberal “mainstream” media’s whitewash of this explosive story. Lo and behold, WaPo updated their version of it with this:
A detail sure to re-ignite the culture wars that erupted around the shooting is the fact that Corkins told FBI agents that he identified the Family Research Council as anti-gay on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The day after the shooting, the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, suggested that the law center’s labeling of the organization as a hate group had given Corkins a “license to perpetrate this act of violence.” On Wednesday, Perkins said the revelation had validated his earlier comments.
At the time of the shooting, conservative commentators had also accused media outlets of giving the shooting less coverage than other gun crimes because the perpetrator was a liberal. Those accusations resurfaced Wednesday.
The accusations are surfacing again right here. If a conservative were inspired by a right-wing website to plot a theatrical killing spree at the offices of some pernicious liberal outfit like the ACLU, the outcry from every corner of the media would be deafening.
On a tip from Wilberforce.