The Right-Wing Media’s Mission of Fear Following the Bombings in Boston

foxnewsdeceivesSince Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, to call the news coverage of the incident terrible would be an understatement.

CNN seemed more concerned with getting the most “Breaking News” reports out than it did getting out factual news.  For a period of about 12-18 hours much of what CNN reported was either wrong, or based on speculation more than actual news.

It seems in the age of Twitter, Facebook and “Breaking News,” media outlets are in a race to get a story out first rather than get the story out accurately.

But what has bothered me the most has been the right-wing media’s reaction to this incident.  The dust hadn’t even settled at the site of the bombing before Fox News, and other media outlets, were claiming there was a suspect—and he was a Saudi national.

Which makes sense.  Most of these ignorant right-wing fear mongers aren’t aware that Muslims come from many other countries, most of which are not from the Middle East, but of course he had to be Arabic.

They were hoping that those who were behind the bombing were Muslim, but not just Muslim—foreign Muslims.

And it appears they’ve gotten their wish.

Now I’ve seen some on the right attacking immigration, saying that this is why we need strict laws on illegal immigration (even though this has nothing to do with people who were here illegally).

Then of course there’s the expected attack on Muslims.  Because, you know, if a Muslim kills multiple people it’s an indictment on the whole religion.  Though if Christians commit acts of horrific violence, they don’t represent Christians.

I’ve said from day one, whoever committed these crimes were monsters, it didn’t matter their demographic.

But from the right I’ve seen ridiculous conspiracy theories—hell “seen” refers to past tense, I continue to see conspiracy theories.  From the scumbag Alex Jones, to the parasite Glenn Beck, they’ve reported such ridiculous things from former Navy Seals wearing backpacks being seen at the marathon bombing site just before the explosions went off, to some government conspiracy to get the Saudi suspect (deemed by the FBI as a witness, not a suspect) out of the country.

Hell, today Beck has called for the impeachment of President Obama, as he still continues to push that this Saudi man is a suspect and the media is covering it up.  He’s doing this because he needs to try and validate the story which his website (no I will not name his site and give him free publicity) published a couple of days ago trying to link this attack to the Saudi man, which would then link it to the Muslim Brotherhood—the same Muslim Brotherhood he’s tried to tie to President Obama for years.

It’s simply been disgusting.

For them it’s been less about reporting on the victims and the tragedy and more about tying this bombing into some political points for more guns (makes zero sense), tougher immigration reform (again, makes no sense) and to solidify the notion they’ve pushed for years that “Muslims are out to get us.”

Well if acts of violence define a religion, Christians are out to get us as well.  Because trust me, more acts of violence in this country are perpetrated by Christians than Muslims.

Or maybe we just need to put this into perspective and realize this has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with monsters who sought to inflict harm on innocent people, for some perverse desire to make some kind of statement which they personally supported.

But then again, that doesn’t drive ratings.  It doesn’t drive fear.  It doesn’t drive “Shares” and “Likes” on Facebook or “Tweets” from Twitter.

And that’s what’s really behind these asinine assumptions coming from Fox News, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones—it’s revenue.

They don’t have to be accurate in their reporting, they just need to bend reality enough, tweak the story just enough to cast a shadow over the truth.  Then those who watch them will think, maybe—just maybe they might have a valid point.

What happened at the Boston Marathon was a tragedy.  As the facts have come out since yesterday, last night and into today, it appears that we have correctly identified the individuals responsible.  One has died in a shoot out with police (which I’m sure will prompt more conspiracy theories) and another still out on the loose.

It’s time the right-wing media learns the difference between an attack from Muslims (which again Islam is a religion, not an organized nation or military force so there can never really be a “Muslim attack”) and individuals who just happen to be Muslim.

Because unless you want all Christians judged by our worst, it’s unfair to only judge Muslims by theirs.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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