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Monday, December 22, 2014

Two NYC Police Ambushed And Gunned Down By Deranged Black Man: Fire and Brimstone; White Vegas Cop Killers: No Rhetoric Against Obama

Shepard Smith, Fox News covered the shooting while remaining within the confines of Fox New straight reporting. Comment on the shooting from ox News conservative demagogues was few and far between, if at all.

Media Matters published a detail accounting of the murders and background information on the killers.

Media Matters 

How Fox News Covers Right-Wing Cop Killers

When Political Violence Doesn't Warrant Collective Blame

Claiming to be acting under the bloody "banner of Liberty and Truth," Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda, entered CiCi's Pizza in Las Vegas on Sunday right before noon and executed two local policemen on their lunch break. Authorities say Jerad approached one officer while he was refilling his soda cup and shot him in the head from behind, before he and Amanda opened fire on his partner.  
While patrons scrambled to safety, one of the shooters reportedly shouted that the "revolution" had begun. The duo then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, and covered them with cloth that featured the "Don't tread on me" Gadsden flag, which has recently been adopted as a symbol of the tea party movement. The couple also left a swastika on one of the officers. 
Six days earlier, the right-wing shooter had posted a manifesto of sorts on Facebook where he announced "we must prepare for war." Jerad Miller, who traveled to Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch this spring to join the militia protests against the federal government, declared that in order to "To stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed." 
The Facebook rant was just one of many clues about the shooters' radical political leanings. Jerad Miller "left behind social media postings that show his concerns over Benghazi, chemtrails, gun control laws, and the government's treatment of rancher Cliven Bundy," Raw Story reported. (One of the viral images Miller shared online carried the caption, "Jeez, it's no wonder liberalism's regarded as a mental disorder.") The shooter had talked to his neighbor about his "desire to overthrow the government and President Obama and kill police officers," according to NBC News. 
After murdering two police officers, Miller and his wife, carrying large duffle bags, set upon a nearby WalMart, killed a shopper who attempted to confront the couple with his concealed handgun, exchanged gunfire with law enforcement, and then died in an apparent suicide pact. 
The politically motivated ambush represents just the latest in a long line of recent far-right, anti-government acts of violence in America. From neo-Nazi killers, to a string of women's health clinic bombings and assaults, as well as bloody assaults on law enforcement from anti-government insurrectionists, acts of right-wing extreme violence continue to terrorize victims in the U.S. 
In fact, the deadly, and premeditated, gun rampage in Las Vegas came just two days after Dennis Marx, member of the "sovereign citizen" anti-government movement, tried to lay siege to a courthouse outside of Atlanta. Sovereign citizens are militia-like radicals who don't believe the federal government has the power and legitimacy to enforce the law. The FBI has called the movement "a growing domestic terror threat to law enforcement."  

What we have with Kristol and company is the ugly aftermath of killings of unarmed citizens who happen to be black, related protests and anxious tendencies on the Right to find fault. They levy fault with anyone who speaks up with any semblance of empathy for the black community. Bill Kristol may have commented about the horrors of the Jared Miller killings, but he certainly did not seek to find race based reasons for his comment. The demagogue had perfect opportunity to link Miller to the racist hordes at the Bundy Ranch; he did not follow that path.

A little icing for this screed.

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