Close Your Eyes Journalism

Conservatives have often noted that what is news may not be news if you fail  to report  it.

Evidently liberal blogger Lee Stranahan has had this moment of revelation, too.

He writes “Shame: Ignoring Death Threats to Wisconsin Politicians Is Media Bias” at the Huffington Post.

Stranahan opens the piece with three questions. “1. Do you think of Republicans and the Tea Party as dangerous, violent extremists?

2. Do you think the Wisconsin protests over GOP Governor Scott Walker’s move to strip public sector employees of collective bargaining was peaceful?

3. Do you scoff at the right wing notion that mainstream media like the New York Times, the TV networks and NPR have a liberal media bias against conservatives?

“If you answered ‘yes’ to all three of those questions, then let me ask you one more.

“Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the death threats against Republican politicians in Wisconsin?

“Try to set aside whatever biases or preconceptions you might have for a moment and ask yourself why death threats against politicians aren’t considered national news, especially in the wake of the all too fresh shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other bystanders. And there hasn’t just been one death threat, but a number of them.”

Stranahan goes on to detail viscious emails sent by union members.  But it’s not just emails. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the windows on state Senator Dan Kapanski’s car  were broken in Madison. His wife found nails strewn on the driveway of her home.

Intimidation has been tried, too, but not reported by the mainstream media. James Palmer, Executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association sent around letters to businesses. He asked them to join his fight against Governor Scott Walker. If you join us, we’ll be all with you, he writes. Otherwise, he implies that firefighters, policemen, nurses and other workers will not come to his aid. They will boycott all the businesses that back Walker, he says.

Imagine if your business is on fire and no firemen come to save it because you don’t share his viewpoint. Mayor Crump similarly came down on Robert Church in Memphis when he wouldn’t go along with his plans. He ran him out of town, then took delight in repeatedly setting fire to his house, using it for firefighting practice. Doesn’t sound unlikely to me that this could happen in Wisconsin.

Blogger Anne Althouse has also gotten threats.  “We will picket as close to your house as we can everyday. We will harrass the ever loving s–t out of you all the time…We have the numbers and we don’t back down from anyone…we will f–k you up. We will hang up wanted posters of you everywhere you like to go.” There’s more at www.althouse.blogspot.com.

Has any of this crossed the lips of Katie Kouric, Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer?

Stranahan concludes “Burying the death threat story is a clear example of intellectual dishonesty and journalistic bias.” You can read all his commentary at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-stranahan/shame-ignoring-death-thre_b_835805html.

Glad he’s being honest. We can only hope a few more will start to join him.

 

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