April 29, 2019
What makes tragic shootings like the one at Chabad of Poway on Saturday even worse was how predictable the liberal media were when it came to politicizing it. During Sunday’s so-called Reliable Sources on CNN, host Brian Stelter teased his coverage of the attack by wondering if it was “another case of a killer radicalized on right-wing message boards”. Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik went so far as to claim President Trump had opened “the Gates of Hell”.
But what he did before allegedly entering the synagogue is he post to his friends on a website called 8 Chan. He said, “it’s been real, dudes, thanks for everything. What I’ve learned here is priceless.” Think about that, “what I learned here on this website is priceless”. Then he posted a link to his manifesto and he also posted a link to his Facebook page, He said he was going to live stream whatever happened next.
The first person to reply to the threat 8 Chan said, “get the high score”, which meant kill lots of people. Now there is no evidence he actually did live stream on Facebook, thankfully apparently that didn’t work but the manifesto is out there. There is yet more evidence, this is another case of a suspect radicalized by what he sees on the internet.
So, thinking about this spasm of hate crimes, each of the stories is distinct. It has to be studied individually. But all of them are linked.
It should go without saying that “8chan” does not represent any part of the conservative movement, the Republican Party, or the right in general. But, as Stelter would say, it’s worth noting anyway because we have to reject the lies, misinformation, and gaslighting by those who seek division.
In another case of this, Stelter tried to link the car attack in Sunnyvale, California on Tuesday with this supposed rise in white extremism. The only problem? The suspect in that attack was black.
This article was posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 4:51 am