Over the weekend, there was a lot of talk in the media about New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger warning President Trump that his criticism of the media might stir up anger against reporters and expose them to violent attacks. I think we should all hope and pray that no harm comes to reporters, or anyone else for their political views. But somehow, the media always frame this story as Trump having started this by “lowering the tone” of discourse and using violent rhetoric.
They never mention that media coverage of Trump is over 90% negative, no matter how successful his policies are, or that the hyperbolic rhetoric hardly started with Trump (I wrote just last week about both a book and a movie that came out in the early 2000s based on imagining the assassination of George W. Bush – long before there was Trump Derangement Syndrome on the left, there was Bush Derangement Syndrome.) And while reporters are terribly concerned about harsh rhetoric possibly turning unstable people against them, they seem to have forgotten the many threats and assaults that unhinged leftists, fired up by violent rhetoric from the media, Hollywood and political screwballs like Maxine Waters, have aimed at Trump, his staff and Republicans in general – all the way up to an attempted massacre at a charity baseball practice that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise.
Well, a hat tip to Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit for reminding us that Breitbart News compiled a fairly comprehensive list of threats, violent rhetoric, calls for violence and outright physical assaults by leftists against Republicans. It’s enlightening (and somewhat mind-boggling) to scan this list, which adds up to 538 acts of violence and intimidation against Trump supporters (and that’s just as of July 5th), and realize how unhinged these people are. I would take Mr. Sulzberger’s pleas to President Trump more seriously if I saw the New York Times print such a list and denounce this barbaric behavior with as much disdain as they usually display toward Breitbart News.