Thursday, June 4, 2009

Media's Double Standard on Long And Tiller Murders

The different reaction of the media to Long's murder and Tiller's murder is unmistakable.

If you did not notice the difference, which is rather hard to believe, here is a breakdown.


When a right-wing Christian vigilante kills, millions of fingers pull the trigger. When a left-wing Muslim vigilante kills, he kills alone. These are the instantly ossifying narratives in the Sunday shooting death of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller versus the Monday shootings of two Arkansas military recruiters.

Tiller’s suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, was white, Christian, anti-government, and anti-abortion. The gunman in the military recruiting center attack, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, was black, a Muslim convert, anti-military, and anti-American. Both crimes are despicable, cowardly acts of domestic terrorism. But the disparate treatment of the two brutal cases by both the White House and the media is striking.

President Obama issued a statement condemning “heinous acts of violence” within hours of Tiller’s death. The Justice Department issued its own statement and sent federal marshals to protect abortion clinics. News anchors and headline writers abandoned all qualms about labeling the gunman a terrorist. An almost gleeful excess of mainstream commentary poured forth on the climates of hate and fear created by conservative talk radio, blogs, and Fox News for reporting Tiller’s activities.

By contrast, President Obama was silent about the military recruiter attacks that left 24-year-old Private William Long dead and 18-year-old Private Quinton Ezeagwula gravely wounded. On Tuesday afternoon – more than 24 hours after the attack on the military recruiting center in Little Rock – President Obama held a press conference to announce his pick for Army Secretary. It would have been exactly the right moment to express condolences for the families of the targeted Army recruiters and to condemn heinous acts of violence against our troops.

But President Obama said nothing. The Justice Department was mum. And so were the legions of finger-pointing pundits happily convicting the pro-life movement and every right-leaning writer on the planet of contributing to the murder of George Tiller. Obama’s omission, it should be noted, comes just a few weeks after he failed to mention the Bronx jihadi plot to bomb synagogues and a National Guard airbase during his speech on homeland security.


Obama has since issued a statement on Long's death, but as previously noted it seemed much more mild then his statement on Tiller's death and took much longer to issue it (Berman Post: Obama Issues a Statement on Long's Death).

Here is Krauthammer offering a reason why the media has also been unbalanced in reporting on these two stories.

Video embedded below.

What Krauthammer is saying is not anything new. Rarely though is the contrast of treatment by the media as obvious as it is here.

Past related posts on Long's murder:
Berman Post: Soldier Gunned Down at At Military Recruiting Center in Arkansas
Berman Post: Obama Silent on Long's Murder
Berman Post: John Gibson - 'If O'Reilly is Responsible For Tiller's Murder Olbermann is Responsible For Long's Murder'
Berman Post: Daris Long Interviewed on His Son's Death
Berman Post: Obama Issues a Statement on Long's Death

Past related posts on Tiller's murder:
Berman Post: George Tiller Shot Dead: "George Tiller"
Berman Post: Bill O'Reilly on George Tiller's Murder
Berman Post: Warren Hern - "The Main Difference Between The American Anti-Abortion Movement And The Taliban is About 8,000 Miles"
Berman Post: Olbermann Blames O'Reilly And Fox News For Tiller's Murder
Berman Post: John Gibson - 'If O'Reilly is Responsible For Tiller's Murder Olbermann is Responsible For Long's Murder'
Berman Post: Obama Issues a Statement on Long's Death

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