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Media Ignores Attempted Murder of GOP Workers

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A voter registration tent lays on its side after Gregory Timm drove a van through it, in Jacksonville, Fla. (WJXT News4Jax via AP)

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 09:15 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The meager national coverage of a dramatic incident that occurred over the weekend was dismaying but not unexpected. The manner in which one national politics magazine eventually covered it was appalling, and suggests how mainstream media covers events today.

On Saturday, Gregory Timm, 27, accelerated his van into a Republican voter registration tent set up by the Duval County (Florida) Republican Party, which was at the time manned by six volunteers. When they realized what was afoot, they scattered and barely escaped injury.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted, "Jacksonville Volunteers were targeted and attacked because they support @realDonaldTrump. We told you this yesterday. This is outrageous and unacceptable. This cannot be tolerated and must be called what it is. This was a dangerous, politically motivated attack."

Volunteer Mark Alfieri gave local Fox 30 his account of the incident:

"Kind of out of the blue, a man approached us in a van, was waving at us, kind of a friendly demeanor, thought he was coming up to talk to us. Instead he accelerated his vehicle and plowed right into our tent, our tables," he said.

The station's Russell Colburn reported, "Van plows through voter registration tent, narrowly missing volunteers. It’s a story garnering national attention."

That "national attention" turned out to be a huge "meh." The Minneapolis Star Tribune headline read, "Man who drove van at GOP voter sign-up worked as stagehand," which left readers wondering what the fuss was all about.

It turned out that the fuss wasn’t really about a crazed liberal looking to take out six Republicans. It was about how the Republican Party reacted, according to Politico.

Its headline said, "Republicans vow 'revenge' at ballot box after volunteers nearly hit by van."

GOP reaction to events became the real story — not the incident itself. Similarly, "Republicans pounce!" has become a favorite headline during the last decade.

"Balls bounce. Critics denounce. The New York Jets get trounced. And Republicans? Republicans pounce," wrote Nicholas Clairmont for the Washington Examiner.

And so they do, along with knuckle-dragging conservatives and MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters, at least according to mainstream media sources. For example:

When the Times switched from "Republicans pounce" to "Republicans assault," a Twitchy editor couldn’t help but ask the newspaper, "All pounced out?"

Emphasizing the "pouncing" reaction to an event detracts from the real story. It’s akin to blaming the victim, except in this case they criticize the victim’s reaction to a situation.

In the case of the man trying to run down a half-dozen Republicans, the Politico headline made it appear that they were seeking revenge for what was made to sound like an accident. The real story, of course, was the driver's apparent intent.

Conversely, the alleged false and rehearsed "attack" in Chicago on actor Jussie Smollett garnered national attention and led to at least one network TV interview. What made it a front page story during its news cycle was Smollett's claim that he was assaulted by two Trump supporters for daring to trespass into "MAGA country."

When his story fell apart after Chicago Police located and interviewed his two "attackers," suddenly it was no longer reportable — it was yesterday’s news.

Given the Smollett case and similar fake slights and staged assaults that gained traction, it comes down to the political stripes of the aggrieved party versus those of the aggressor, and that’s the shame of it.

I’m old enough to remember NBC's "Huntley-Brinkley Report" and the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." They left their opinions home and actually delivered the news of the world.

And there was no pouncing.

Tim Russert was perhaps the last holdout on this style of journalism, and during his 18-year stint as NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator, he was the only one doing any pouncing — and he pounced liberals and Democrats just as relentlessly as he did conservatives and Republicans.

And I can’t help but believe that if news outlets returned to reporting the unvarnished truth as opposed to cheerleading for one side or the other, there might be less Congressional gridlock and a decrease in hyper-partisanship.

Then maybe we can get back to "the pursuit of happiness" as the Founders intended.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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