The Media’s double standard: Fort Hood vs. Aurora, Colorado

National Review columnist Mark Steyn on Friday criticized attempts to psychoanalyze accused Aurora, Colo., “Batman” shooter James Holmes and any ties he may have to political organizations, as ABC’s Brian Ross attempted earlier in the day.

Guest-hosting Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, Steyn contrasted media coverage of the Colorado shooting to the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, committed by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

“Nobody ever says, ‘Where did Maj. Hasan get the ideas that made him want to stand on a table shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and gun down a bunch of people?’” Steyn said. “That is an isolated one-off. It doesn’t have anything to do with any books he might have read or any spiritual advisers he might have listened to. That’s an entirely insulated one-off.”

The incident in Aurora, Colo., evoked a more immediate reaction, with several Twitter users suggesting that Rush Limbaugh’s commentary on “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” may have motivated the shooting.

“But when it comes to some guy of no known political affiliation, who may have no political affiliations whatsoever, but when he decides to walk into a motion picture theater and kill a bunch of people, then the first thing that has to happen is that has to be pinned on right-wing talk radio and Fox News and all kinds of other stuff,” said Steyn. “This is pathetic. It’s abysmal. It’s not worth talking about.”

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  • I can see why/how his political affiliation would be of importance. You have to look at the mind of the murderer to figure out his motives. I’m not saying he was GOP/TEA but you have to admit there have been consistent violent events in sighted by the conservative entertainment media; Fox News, Limbaugh, Beck, etc…

    • You’re kidding right ? There are no examples, you believe a lie. Plus it’s “incited”.

  • Nellie CA

    The media just starts rumors that spread and most of the time they don’t have the correct information. Why is the Fort Hood murders not called a terrors attack? Obama shut the media down on this! Why is Obama allowing all the Muslim refugees to come into the country for the tax payers to support and they also take jobs from low income communities or they are on Welfare and all the free things our government has made the situation worse. No this country is not a Muslim country, it is still a Christian country and we need to stop illegals and refugees until we can make sure our country is safe and there is jobs for them. The government is not telling the truth on the refugees and illegals! how many people are unemployed, part time work or on Welfare.
    We need to stay strong with our Christian faith and pray.