Wednesday, June 10, 2009


They're still working to tie it to Bush...

In the wake of today’s shootings at the Holocaust Museum, it’s good to see CBS News not overreact:

Shooting Highlights Growth Of Hate Groups - CBS News

“The Holocaust Museum shootings came 11 days after another hate crime, the murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller.”

…as opposed to the one 9 days ago? Military Recruiter Killed In Ark Shooting - CBS News

Here’s how all of this highlights the Hate Groups’ growth:

“Sources say Von Brunn apparently acted alone and police know of no other targets. But, they're keenly aware that the hatred he spewed is at the base of a wider on-going threat.”

That’s some fine reporting – not many would have picked up that the police aren’t just aware; they’re “keenly” aware.

CBS is also there with some instant analysis:

Right Wing Extremism: Alive And Well Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Here they nod to Secretary Napolitano and how she “turned out to be more prescient about domestic extremism than many of her critics.”

Towards this, they quote a particularly damning portion of a DHS report:

“Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A (Office of Intelligence and Analysis) is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities."

…and this is significant because the 88-year old shooter was reportedly a Navy veteran from WWII. (I’m serious, that’s their point – follow the link.)

Then again, CBS News did make Katie Couric the face of their operation...

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