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MSM Goes LGF: Media Trying to Blame Norway Massacre on Pamela Geller?

Posted on | July 26, 2011 | 31 Comments

Donald Douglas at American Power has “a little round-up of those exploiting the dead to destroy their political enemies.” POH Diaries describes this as the functioning of an “anti-anti-jihad movement.” As for the MSM Demon of the Day, Pamela Geller’s basic rule of combat is, “Mess With the Bull, You Get the Horns“:

Needless to say, I have been fielding calls from an agenda-driven media hellbent on destroying the freedom-loving voices on the right with the acts of a lone psychopath. NBC Nightly News is calling (that’s a first). And Robert Spencer is besieged with media requests. . . .
Instead of mourning the 91 victims of this horrible tragedy, the media is wielding it like a club to bludgeon the voices of freedom.
Are celebrities responsible for their stalkers? Were the Beatles responsible for Charles Manson? Or Jodie Foster responsible for the shooting of Ronald Reagan? Of course not.
But the sharia-compliant media is naked in their blood libel to tie this murderer to everyone of us who fight for human rights, the rule of law, the dignity of the human person, free speech, the free conscience, and equality of rights for all. Why doesn’t the media ever call out Islamic imams who really do incite to violence for their real calls to kill?

It’s amazing, really. No matter how many times some guy named Mohammed screams “Allahu akbar!” before committing a bloody atrocity, the media insist we must not stigmatize or stereotype Muslims as responsible for terrorism committed in the name of Islam. But let one Norwegian nutjob go berserk, and suddenly Pamela Geller’s getting calls from major news organizations wanting to get her on-the-record response to a crime she never endorsed, advocated or condoned.

What is lost in moments like this a sense of proportion about the dangers we face. What is the real threat on a daily basis? The awful carnage in Norway — a terrible crime, universally condemned by all — is being used by the mainstream media to distract us from an important point that Rusty Shackleford explains in two simple sentences:

A day doesn’t go by in which Muslim extremists don’t kill. Not a single day.

If radical right-wing Norwegians were killing daily — constantly, deliberately, routinely — in the same way that Islamic extremists are killing, then it might deserve an in-depth media inquiry into the influences and “connections” of the Deadly Scandinavian Menace.

But that’s not what’s really happening, is it?

Anders Behring Breivik was a one-off, sui generis. You might compare Breivik to other “lone wolf” terrorists of a similar ilk — Ted Kaczynski or Eric Rudolph — but neither of those guys was really part of any larger movement or trend. And despite all the media alarums about “right-wing militias” after the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh was never shown to be the tip of any particular iceberg-sized movement.

Kaczynski, Rudolph, McVeigh, Breivik — they did their evil deeds and then . . . nothing.

No uprising, no “movement,” no copycats.

Whereas, as Dr. Shackleford says, every day the jihadists are killing people around the world in the name of Islam.

Perhaps you see the point, in which case you might try to explain it to the editors of the New York Times and the producers at major network news operations, who can’t seem to put these distinct phenomena — occasional outburts of lone-nut violence vs. a constant aggression by the organized militants of radical Islam — into proper perspective.

 And speaking of a proper perspective, take a look at Tanya Somanader’s Think Progress screed against Pat Buchanan, and then go read Buchanan’s thoughtful column for yourself:

None of this is to deny the presence of violent actors or neo-Nazis on the European right who bear watching. But, awful as this atrocity was, native-born and homegrown terrorism is not the macro-threat to the continent.
That threat comes from a burgeoning Muslim presence in a Europe that has never known mass immigration, its failure to assimilate, its growing alienation, and its sometime sympathy for Islamic militants and terrorists.
Europe faces today an authentic and historic crisis.

What got Somanader into a tizzy is Buchanan’s (purposefully) provocative walk-off line:

As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right.

That we naturally recoil from such a thought, Buchanan well knows. That’s why he saved those shocking words for his conclusion of a column entitled “Fire Bell in the Night.” Indeed, there is something to be alarmed about, but it’s not — contrary to what Somanader would have you think — that Buchanan is endorsing the deeds of a mass-murderer. Rather what we should be alarmed about is the ongoing conflict between an ascendant militant Islam and the modern West, eaten hollow by liberal decadence.

And notice something ironic: In this odd moment, there is a convergence between Buchanan (so often denounced as an anti-Semite) and Pamela Geller, so often denounced as an arch-Zionist. It calls to mind the spooky feeling I’ve had before:

A few years ago, Phyllis Chesler sent me her book The Death of Feminism, and when I got home with it and started reading, I was shocked to see her citing Jean Raspail’s notorious novel, The Camp of the Saints. (That passage is substantially excerpted in an online essay at her Web site.)
For years, Raspail’s 1973 French novel enjoyed a sort of samizdat cult following among critics of multiculturalism and opponents of open-borders immigration policy (which would be more properly termed a non-policy, but let us not digress.) Raspail himself has said that Le Camp Des Saints could not be published in France today because of the “human rights” nonsense that is slowly strangling free speech in Europe (and Canada). And the book’s reputation as a hateful expression of xenophobic nativism makes it one of those Books You’re Not Supposed to Read.
Thus, I was startled to see Chesler, a liberal feminist all her life, citing Raspail’s book as prophetic. Yet Chesler had been able to see past the superficial text of the novel to comprehend its deeper significance as a metaphor for the demoralization of the West. In this sense, Raspail was describing the same larger phenomenon that Shelby Steele describes in White Guilt, that Pat Buchanan describes in The Death of the West, that Michelle Malkin describes in Invasion, that Thomas Sowell describes in The Vision of the Anointed, and that Peter Brimelow describes in Alien Nation.
These are all very different writers, with different interests, different aims, and different philosophies. However, they all share the fundamental understanding that liberalism is a soul-destroying disease, a sort of intellectual anti-virus that exposes its host to destruction by weakening the individual cells of the national immune system. To the extent that your mind is cluttered with the glittering generalities of modern liberalism — “social justice,” etc. — you will be unable to resist and will inevitably succumb to the agonizing spiritual death that beckons at the end of that road. 

In the end, you see, the world is divided into those who accede to the demands of liberalism and those who are willing to resist the siren-song of suicidal surrender. Or to put it another way . . .

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city . . .
Revelation 20:9 (KJV)


31 Responses to “MSM Goes LGF: Media Trying to Blame Norway Massacre on Pamela Geller?”

  1. ThePaganTemple
    July 27th, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    Yeah they’ve been doing this for a few days now. The  blame to hear them tell it is mainly with Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, and Geert Wilders. All the rest of us are just mindless sheep of hate who swallow their lies. What it amounts to is they engage in hate speech, by accusing us of engaging in hate speech. What’s worse, if you do express any sympathy or sorrow for the death of all those Norwegians, that’s a sign of weakness they’ll bludgeon you with.

    In the meantime they excuse Lenin’s execution of the Czar’s children. That was necessary to prevent the communists opponents from having figure-heads to rally around.

    Only in the sick mind of the left could two young teenage girls be equated with the evil of Saddam Hussein.

  2. JeffS
    July 27th, 2011 @ 4:08 am

    Of  course the Lame Stream Media is bludgeoning conservatives over the Norwegian Nutcase.  They have to distract the world from what Islamic terrorists do all the time.

  3. Anonymous
    July 27th, 2011 @ 4:25 am

    Oh, BTW. the Itty Bitty Smitty was born at 11:08 p.m. ET. Smitty tweets that the kid cries like the president: “Buussshhh! Buuuusssh!

  4. Chuck Coffer
    July 27th, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    Coming soon:

    Jesus to be tried in absentia for mass murder in Norway. Mohammed to testify for the prosecution. George Snuffaluffagus to preside.

  5. Anonymous
    July 27th, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    Resistance    is     not    futile.

  6. JeffS
    July 27th, 2011 @ 5:15 am


  7. Dave C
    July 27th, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    Congrats to the Cob-Logger (Not stealing Ace’s term.  Paying tribute) Mrs. Cob-Logger and future Cob-logger. 

  8. Donald Douglas
    July 27th, 2011 @ 6:06 am

    Thanks. Got you linked back at this diversion: ‘Sara Jean Underwood on Twitter’.

  9. Charles Johnson
    July 27th, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Of course Pam Geller is to blame, for rejecting my advances. 

  10. Al Gore
    July 27th, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    You go Charles.  I never inspired any mad men.  Well, not too many anyway. 

  11. Adjoran
    July 27th, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Great news!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Smitty!  I never saw the sense in applauding the Daddy – he didn’t have much of the work to do, and probably enjoyed it.

  12. Adjoran
    July 27th, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Mohammed to testify?  What, Hell has furloughs now?

    I blame the Unitarians . . .

  13. Anonymous
    July 27th, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Stacy, there’s another point, as I said a few days ago: vigilantism like this doesn’t arise in a vacuum. It’s almost always a reaction to a government unable or unwilling to provide equal treatment under the law. From Robin Hood vs the Normans to the Freikorps vs the Communists in Wiemar Germany to see which brand of Socialism would prevail, the examples are many.

  14. Zilla of the Resistance
    July 27th, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to the entire Smitty family! 

  15. Bob Belvedere
    July 27th, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Congratulations from Mr. and Mrs. Belvedere!

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  17. Bob Belvedere
    July 27th, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Could This Be One Explanation?

  18. Zilla of the Resistance
    July 27th, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Bravo, Stacy! I would only add that readers can and should show their support for Pamela (and other righteous innocent people who are being unjustly vilified) with generous tip jar hitting.

  19. Bob Belvedere
    July 27th, 2011 @ 12:47 pm
  20. Anonymous
    July 27th, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    Congrats to Smitty and Mrs. Smitty! Say goodbye to sleep for a few months.

  21. Anonymous
    July 27th, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    In one of her posts (maybe), Somanader wrote “. . . like Hitler . . .” This is proof that she likes Hitler.

  22. Cube
    July 27th, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    @JeffS,  @SDN:disqus   What you’ve said here reminds me of something I read several years ago (don’t remember where).  There is a price to confronting REAL evil.  Muzzies will blow you up or cut your head off, criminals will shoot you, etc.  The left is unwilling to pay that price but cannot admit they are such cowards (might make them look bad, y’know, hard on the self image).  So instead they pick a safe target that won’t fight back at all or will only fight with words which can be safely ignored, unlike a car bomb.  The target hasn’t done anything wrong but the left will define them as evil and direct their energies at them knowing they are completely safe.  That way the left gets to feel good about “fighting evil” without having to risk anything in an actual fight.

    The problem with re-defining evil like this is the left quickly starts to believe their own propaganda.  That makes them not only unwilling but actually unable to recognize evil when the real thing comes along.  A problem that is not recognized cannot be resisted.  Thus the source of the cultural rot wherever the left dominates.

  23. Anonymous
    July 27th, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    That’s an interesting take, but I’d see it as potentially PART of an explanation for how/why the left picks targets to demonize while apologizing for other ideas/phenomena that are truly dangerous.

    Another factor relates simply to human cognitive limitations. As RSM has discussed, people intuitively, stubbornly believe that good intentions lead to good results, even if that’s often not the case in reality. Leftists believe they have good intentions; therefore, they believe their ideas, plans, policies will yield good results; morover, anyone who stands in the way of making a better world must be selfish, willfully ignorant, prejudiced – basically, evil.

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  25. Zilla of the Resistance
    July 27th, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    Linked here:

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    July 27th, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    She didn’t fall for your sexy ponytail? 

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