We’ve seen the likes of Time Magazine, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and Newsweek link the Joe Stack airplane attack to the conservative movement. But in an interesting twist, a political blogger for The Nation has inexplicably linked Stack to several players at the recent CPAC convention – including Tim Pawlenty, Scott Brown, and most notably Glenn Beck.
Read the full piece, and the ones linked. Interesting, though not unexpected.
It’s not like we couldn’t have seen this coming. After all, weren’t we just discussing this very topic with regard to the media’s treatment of UAH shooter and lifelong nutcase Amy Bishop? Whenever someone flies off the handle, the press just lumps them in with the right.
So we shouldn’t have been surprised when the media compared Austin kamikaze pilot Joe Stack with the taxed-enough-already Tea Partiers. And we shouldn’t have been surprised when they compared CPAC speakers with Stack, either.
The thing the media doesn’t quite get is that, for the most part, we can separate radicals from committed ideologues. I, for one, don’t look at William Ayers and assume that the rest of the American left is one tweed jacket and one pair of tortoise-shell glasses away from bombing the Pentagon. And, while the left may give Ayers a pass–he was called a “former radical” in an Associated Press piece today–they should not look at Joe Stack and assume that all of us on the right are one Cessna away from destroying an IRS office.