Of course you never heard about it. Left-wing, after all:
A Missouri man was arrested earlier this week and charged with throwing two Molotov cocktails into Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Mo.) district office.
Eric King, 28, was arrested while detectives were investigating a “series of anti-government vandalisms” near the congressman’s office.
…and if the folks writing for the Hill had their way, you’d not have heard about the left-wing part, either. Fortunately Hot Air did some of the heavy lifting, there: it turns out that Eric King is an anti-Monsanto fanatic. Not mentioned by the Hill, and it should have been: being against GMOs these days is a pretty reliable identifier. Although I suppose that I should be grateful that at least the Hill bothered to quote how King was upset that the “Missouri congress has been a willing partner in the US governments capitalist war hungry agenda.*” …or perhaps not, because they also forgot to mention that King wanted to go after the banks next.
The fascinating part of this story, to me at least, is that it almost feels like it’s a controlled experiment to test the hypothesis The media has a double standard when reporting on the Left versus the Right. Here’s the checklist:
- Politically-motivated attack. YES.
- PMA on a Congressman’s office. YES.
- The attack was violent (note, nobody was injured, but firebombs are inherently violent). YES.
- The Congressman was a minority. YES.
- The event took place on a politically significant day (9/11). YES.
- The attacker had a documented history of participating in various fringe political movements. YES.
- The attacker had a documented history of, ah, vehement speech. YES.
- The attacker is a young, white male. YES.
And here’s where they did the control:
- The attacker is a right-wing conservative. …NO.
And the result? (more…)