- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Domestic terrorists

Most of the major pro-choice groups kept a certain discretion in their official statements Sunday about blaming pro-lifers for the slaying of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas physician nationally known for performing late-term abortions.

Liberal bloggers did not.

David Neiwert of Crooks and Liars titled his post “Bill O’Reilly has Dr. George Tiller’s blood on his well-stained hands.”

“Dr. Tiller was made into a national cause celebre, accused of ‘executing babies’ by none other than Bill O’Reilly and the crew of far-right transmitters at Fox News. No connection there, folks! Move along, move along.” He goes on to say that “violent and hateful rhetoric has a real effect on its listeners — essentially giving them permission to act out violently.”

In an obscenity-filled post at Comments from Left Field by “Matt” with an unprintable last name asked: “NOW do all the pearl-clutching conservative bloggers get why that fauxtroversial DHS report on far-right activity was so … pertinent?! As GallingGalla just said on Twitter, ‘forced-birthers are terrorists on US soil.’ This latest killing of a health care provider, martyred for daring to provide women with a vital medical service … only reinforces that all-too-clear fact.”

At her eponymous Salon blog, Joan Walsh called Dr. Tiller “the latest victim of right-wing American terrorism against abortion providers and supporters” going on to rage against “the hypocrisy of Christian right terrorists.”

Digby’s post at Hullabaloo had the one-word title “Terrorism.” Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon identified Dr. Tiller in her headline as someone “who saved many women’s lives” and said “odds are pretty strong the murderer is a forced childbirth terrorist.”

Priorities

Some killings and some acts of terrorism become major national news and some don’t. Conservative blogger Sister Toldjah asked herself what determines “When fanatical acts arent worthy of mass media reporting.”

“In spite of the fact that fringe left-wing ecoterrorism is listed by the FBI as the number one domestic terror threat we face in America, the news media rarely if ever saturates their airwaves, their Internet pages, and their newspapers with stories about it, nor do we see massive pundits and politicos lining up to express their outrage. Of course, this doesnt mean that those pundits and politicos condone the militant environmental acts — just that, in the scheme of things, they don’t see the problem as widespread enough to make an issue out of it.”

She contrasted that by noting that “We’ll be hearing about the murder for George Tiller for weeks.”

“Also, contrast that with the wall to wall coverage we received of cop killer Andrew Mickel, a far left winger who gunned down Officer David Mobilio, 31-year-old husband and father of a toddler, in 2002 in order to ‘bring attention to, and halt, the police-state tactics that have come to be used throughout our country. Now I’m coming forward, to explain that this killing was also an action against corporate irresponsibility.’ It was a rampage he wanted to continue, but didn’t get the chance to because the cops read his confession on left wing Internet Web sites and caught him.

“Oh — that’s right, there was no wall to wall coverage of Mickel’s heinous act.”

Broadway to blame

It was not a promise as highly publicized as the first family getting a puppy, but President Obama made good on his commitment to take his wife to a Broadway show after the gruelling two-year presidential campaign was over.

When you’re president, however, ordinary promises can get expensive.

The Obamas took Marine One to Andrews Air Force Base, but then jetted up to New York on a Gulfstream 500 followed by two other planes for staff and press, instead of putting everyone on the single Boeing 747 typically used as Air Force One. More helicopters, limousines and vans, plus police and military escorts then took the first couple around New York to a restaurant and then the Belasco Theater to see August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

“For some strange reason I don’t believe the media would have been as kind to George W. Bush if he would have flown Laura to New York City for a ‘date’ costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars during the ‘worst recession since the Great Depression.’ But, that’s just me,” asked Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit, who later linked to a Daily Mail report that the jaunt cost 45,000 (or $70,000 at current exchange rates).

Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly’s blog Political Animal reacted to a Republican National Committee statement with the exasperated rhetorical question, “isn’t this whining unusually small-minded, even by RNC standards? The President took the First Lady on a date to NYC. They didn’t even spend the night in the city. Is everything grounds for petty, partisan sniping?”

One conservative partial-dissenter was TigerHawk, who called himself “a fan of the ‘imperial presidency’ … I remember the Carter presidency, what with its (hair shirts) cardigan sweaters, beige limousines, and all-around oppressive gloom, and I want none of that. Obama is doing it right, as far as I’m concerned, and I have no problem with us paying for it, either. Given the things that politicians spend money on, this does not seem particularly wasteful and it is admirably free of long-term engineer-our-society consequences.”

Then the knife came out: “If you believe, and President Obama says he does, that the production of greenhouse gases will lead to global catastrophe and therefore that we have a fierce moral urgency to give up our energy-intensive ways, flying three planes to New York to take in a show is nothing less than outrageous.”

As for the fuss — and with apologies to Barry Gibb — Mr. Obama can go “Blaming it all on the nights on Broadway.”

Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com

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