If there is one thing the right-wing media can agree about, it's that they've been treated unfairly following the shooting in Tucson. To push this point, Brent Bozell, the head of the Media Research Center, appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to cry foul. In addition to his normal complaints of left-wing bias in the media, Bozell made one thing patently clear: The shootings in Tucson had nothing to do with politics. He drove this point home over and over again, saying, "Politics had nothing to do with this. This is a man who never even listened to talk radio or watched the news." Watch:
Got that? Jared Loughner's shooting spree had "nothing to do with politics." Seems like Bozell needs to get Media Research Center's blog, NewsBusters, on the same page. Last Sunday, Noel Sheppard wrote a blog, complaining that "[a] friend of the gunman accused of Saturday's tragic shooting spree involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was interviewed on Sunday's 'This Week,'" but that "[f]or some reason, her claims posted on Twitter Saturday that Jared Lee Loughner was a liberal went completely ignored."
Sheppard repeatedly participated in the nonsensical right-wing effort to try to label the shooter as "left wing" based on the fact that he listed Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books. On January 8, Sheppard wrote:
A video that he posted at his YouTube channel features a flag burning, certainly not what one would expect from a conservative. Loughner also listed his favorite books including "Mein Kampf" and "The Communist Manifesto."
Liberals love to claim Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party were right-wing. However, as Hitler wanted total governmental control of industry and healthcare, his views were quite opposite of what conservatives in America currently stand for, especially Palin, Beck, and members of the Tea Party.
Today, Bozell was so furious that anyone would tie the incident to politics this morning that he shouted "How dare [the far left] turn around and demand civility? They're the ones being uncivil!" Sheppard must not have gotten the memo.