The Conservative Media Displays Blatant Hypocrisy Over The Murder Of NYPD Officers

bundy ranchWithout fail, conservative politicians and conservative media have jumped all over the recent murder of two NYPD officers to further their narrative that those of us who want reform and better training in law enforcement are fomenting anti-cop violence.

Just this morning, Fox News ran a segment asking if America had lost respect for police officers – and you guessed it, they blame President Obama and New York mayor Bill DeBlasio, among others. Rudy Guiliani was on Fox News yesterday pushing the same message that protesters and politicians critical of the corrupt police officers were the problem, not the corrupt police officers and departments themselves.

It is worth pointing out that there’s a little truth to what they’re saying, although it is most certainly unintentional. There are some anti-government types, including members of Cop Block and Open Carry Texas such as Kory Watkins, who are most certainly trying to hijack a legitimate cause for their own political gain. These people have a very vested interest in making sure that distrust and hatred of all branches of the government burns high through slandering good cops so that they can then use the good intentions of protesters to erode government functions in a manner they can take advantage of. In other words, they’re wolves in sheep’s clothing, hoping for others to do their dirty work for them.

Tales of political deceit and subterfuge aside, no protester in their right mind should be celebrating, encouraging or even attempting to legitimize violence against police officers. My friend Chad R. MacDonald explains in this piece for Big Appled:

The actions of a few bad cops do not justify the death of anyone else, especially other police officers. The actions of a few hooligans should not cast aspersions on demonstrators against police brutality. Especially if a madman from out of the city wants to make a name for himself by killing New York cops. This after he shot his ex-girlfriend.

Blaming protestors for the killings of these officers is shortsighted, as good and moral people are outraged by both of these recent and tragic incidents. You cannot blame the Mayor, or anyone else, for actions they were not involved in, just as you cannot blame all police officers for the death of Eric Garner. To say the protestors are to blame for subsequent violence against the NYPD is illogical. The true protestors are demonstrating against violence, not advocating for violence. To say otherwise is dishonest and/or ignorant. (Source)

Yet, that’s exactly what the conservative narrative is – that the very people who are demonstrating against police brutality are also encouraging lone wolf madmen to assassinate police officers. Legitimizing or trying to encourage violence against members of law enforcement – why does that sound so very familiar? Oh right, remember the Cliven Bundy incident earlier this year? Remember how Sean Hannity and other conservative pundits fawned all over the guy, right up until he made the “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro” remark? Yet despite his statement, Hannity still went on to say that Bundy’s cause was legitimate, racial language or not.

Don’t believe me? Here it is straight from the transcript of the show, from the Fox News website itself.

However, I also want to say this. The ranch standoff that took place out in Nevada was not about a man named Cliven Bundy. At the heart of this issue was my belief that our government is simply out of control. Now, to me, this was about a federal agency’s dangerous response to a situation that could have resulted in a catastrophe, and that means people dying and people being shot, kind of comparable to what we saw in Waco, Texas.

It was about hundreds of armed federal agents and snipers and sharp shooters surrounding a family, and not because that family posed a threat to anyone else, but because their cattle happened to be grazing on the wrong patch of grass, and they were eating government grass.

In other words, when I believe government officials, when they overstep their line, I think it’s my job to call them on it. And make no mistake about it, I’ll continue to do just that. (Source)

So we’ve learned that when a white, conservative rancher’s family and supporters in Nevada resist arrest and threaten government agents over land they haven’t paid grazing fees for in decades, it’s the government allegedly overstepping their boundaries. When right-wing, anti-government types kill innocent police officers, they’re completely ignored by conservative media as Media Matters pointed out.

Yet when a black man passively resists arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes in New York City, and dies as a consequence of being placed in a chokehold, the ridiculous argument from the folks over on the right is that he shouldn’t have resisted. According to them, it’s also the fault of us peaceful protesters and of course, President Obama when a lone madman guns down two cops and expresses anti-police rhetoric on the internet. Does anyone else see this as ridiculous and even racist, or just par for the course from the usual hypocrites over in the world of conservative media?


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  • theyak47

    Let’s let the racist tag sit for a while. It only feeds into their narrative. It can easily be replaced by opportunistic, duplicitous, hypocritical. Of course, these words may force people to look up their definitions. Then again, maybe having done so, Americans may increase their vocabularies. I’ve become tired of both sides trying to shock and scare me, in an attempt to just post banners and illicit the desired response.

    • DMJ

      Why is it when someone brings up the rampant racism in America people feel the need to try to state that it isn’t important as a factor. If we truly were post racial as many claims we would be open to talking about the poison that seeps in our system. The truth is simple as long as we fear the discussion of racism we let racism continue

      • theyak47

        Because all that ends up doing is preaching to the choir in a self-sanctimonious manner. People that have nothing else will always seek to claim superiority via race, or religion, or whatever else they can think of. Hopefully, as time goes on, those that were raised that way will die off without poisoning the next generation with their way of thinking.

      • DMJ

        So we ignore the problem away? Because it hasn’t been working

  • Pipercat

    People forget the events in Las Vegas which also occurred this year.

    • Conservatism is a Mental Illne

      Canada also had 4 incidents this year where members of either the police service or the armed forces were specifically targeted by shooters. All of them were white.

  • curmudgeon VN Veteran

    You liberals are as entertaining as any bowl of fruit loops or cage full of monkeys.

    • John Byrnes

      typical tea bagger response when they can’t think of a way to refute.

    • theyak47

      And as entertaining ass you may find liberals, we just find the likes of you to be absolutely boring.

      • Pipercat

        … and predictable.

    • markmac123

      Only a simple-minded moron would find a bowl full of cereal entertaining. Have fun, idiot.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        Then you must be reveling in it. Nice name calling Goober.

      • Kevin

        Thank you. We learn from the best name callers in the business.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        democrat politicians?

  • Mitch Black

    Faux news was created by Rupert murdoch, he got the idea from his first newspaper the british tabloid;THE SUN. Which is the same as the national enquirer. You know “enquiring minds want to know”.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Murder is wrong, plain and simple. Someone killing two officers as some sort of statement is wrong. Someone killing an off duty officer trying to help patrons at a bar when a fight broke out is wrong (Akron, Ohio.) Officers killing both a man and a child for having a BB gun is wrong (both Ohio.) An officer killing another officer is wrong (Montville, Ohio, a K9 was left in a patrol car for hours in the summer while the human partner was in the air conditioned station, he received a slap on the wrist when K9s are normally treated with the same standards as their human counterparts.) Taking a stance that one group (civilian or police) is inherently wrong won’t work. Improvements will take working together.

    • ddpacino

      Somone just got life for killing a police dog.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Certainly wasn’t the officer that left a K9 in a cruiser for hours in the summer. He was suspended during the brief investigation, it was considered an accident (because he accidentally left the dog in the cruiser while he spent hours in their very small police station forgetting the dog was still out there), and was put reinstated into active duty. They station has been trying to find another K9 to replace their only K9 that died on shift. A random person would face harsher punishment if their pet died after being locked in a car for hours in the summer.

      • ddpacino

        Totally agree with you.

    • Thebob

      Not if it is done by a Cop, blue code of protection….Cops also murder innocent dogs on private property just about everyday…Nothing happens to them, you also don’t hear the animal rights nuts standing up against them either…I guess they only do so when it benefits their agenda….Leftwing nutbags

      • Cemetery Girl

        Maybe because I’m friends with animal lovers (people that work in veterinary medicine and people that volunteer in shelters and foster agencies), but I do hear about police killing dogs. Generally that won’t make the news though.
        As I’ve said in other comments though part of the problem that needs addresses is using the Blue line to protect officers not worth protecting. Easier said than done, but to gain community confidence what it needed. There will be times when an officer has to fire in the line of duty, that is a reality, but the protection of bad officers needs to stop, which a much more transparent form of investigating police incidents is needed.

      • Thebob

        Agreed. Also, my dad is/was a Veterinarian, I grew up with a love of all sorts of animals. Raised, deer, birds, rabbits, etc…etc…”There will be times when an officer has to fire in the line of duty” agreed, but this has become more and more shoot first ask questions later….Also the hiring of stupid people to be cops. Perfect example the kid cop who shot the little boy in Ohio, jumped out of his car, didn’t even announce he was police, or put your hands up or stop or anything he just shot. 1 innocent kid dead.

      • Cemetery Girl

        I agree. I don’t know if that officer was stupid or just poorly trained, maybe both. It was something that shouldn’t have happened. It certainly won’t add to the reputation of the police in the Cleveland area, which isn’t the best anyway.

  • rossbro

    We need better training and oversight of police officers. Including Supervisors and Officers. I hope this does not make me sound like a cop killer.

  • Thebob

    The problem isn’t the Police training, kinda, they are trained very very well, a lot of police nowadays are also Combat Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The problem is how they are trained. The modern police NYPD LAPD, etc,etc, are basically a standing army for their city/state. They, NWO, has created exactly what they want. A divided nation against themselves. What needs to happen is to return the police back to the protect and serve not the harass and kill force. The police army, is basically how they are getting around deploying the Army on our soil. They just equip them like a paramilitary force, which is what CHPD is calling themselves now. If they really want to equip them like a paramilitary force so be it, but then that same equipment arms, vehicles need to also be available to civilians as to what the Constitution mandates….Shall not be infringed….

  • strayaway

    I agree that there is hypocrisy coming from some conservatives on this issue. After all, some conservatives took umbrage when liberals blame Rush and other conservative icons for fanning the flames that lead to things like the Bundy standoff. It isn’t as if conservatives have a monopoly on such hypocrisy. Some of this, both the hateful rhetoric and calls of hypocrisy from both sides are to be expected though as a byproduct of freedom of speech and should be expected. There is one difference though. The guy pointing an allegedly loaded gun in the top picture didn’t pull the trigger.

  • OyCuffookHumid

    You morons are protesting on behalf of thugs, druggies, gangstas, hoodie wearing punks, dirt bags. You fookin libtards. God Bless George Zimmerman, Officer Wilson, NYPD and all police world wide. Merry Christmas to all

  • roccolore

    Liberals have a history of hating cops. They have rallied in defense of Wesley Cook, Joanne Chesimard, Lovell Mixon, Troy Davis, Leonard Peltier, and now Ismail Brindley.