Over the weekend, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was upgraded from critical condition to serious. That is good news. He has undergone several surgeries already, and doctors said Friday that Rep. Scalise "will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other broken bones."
As you may have heard, a "hit list"
was found on James Hodgkinson's body containing the names of
conservative Republicans, including personal friends of mine such as Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona.
I monitored the evening news broadcasts as this story broke over the
weekend and, as best as I could tell, not one major network reported
that the shooter had a target list of Republican congressmen. The
media's bias is disappointing, but hardly surprising.
Talking about the list would underscore the reality that this was a
premeditated attack by a left-wing extremist who had one purpose -- to
kill as many Republican officials as he could. And not just any
Republicans, but those members most serious about religious liberty,
securing our borders and protecting the sanctity of life.
The fact that this list was a non-news story exposes yet again how much
the news is filtered through a prism that benefits the left. For
example, one network referred to the assassination attempt as "the
baseball field shooting."
What was that about? A dispute over a foul ball? Rowdy fans getting out-of-hand?
Here's an easy test: Change the names of the victims of the crimes.
For example, assume that the shooter was a Donald Trump or Ted Cruz
activist. Assume that his social media pages were filled with hateful
rhetoric against liberals. Assume that he went to a ballfield and
opened fire on leading Democrats and that it was discovered he was
carrying a hit list of other progressive politicians.
Does anyone think THAT story would be slipping from the front pages, as the Scalise shooting is?
I am still waiting for big media to start asking liberal leaders the
same questions they have peppered conservatives leaders with after
similar incidents in the past. "Senator Warren, Rep. Pelosi, Do you
feel any responsibility for the rhetoric you use? Are you going to tone
down the invective?"
Incredibly, several commentators have actually attacked Rep. Scalise. MSNBC's
Joy-Ann Reid said, "It's a delicate thing, because obviously everybody
is wishing the congressman well and hoping he recovers -- but Steve
Scalise has a history that we've all been forced to sort of ignore on
race." She also made an issue out of his support for defining marriage
as the union of one man and one woman.
Reid was referring to a speech Scalise gave in 2002 about fiscal issues,
allegedly before a white supremacist group. And Rep. Cedric Richmond, a black Democrat from New Orleans, defended Scalise, saying he doesn't have "a racist bone in his body."
Again, just imagine if a Fox commentator had said, "Well, while
we all want Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to recover, we can't overlook
her liberal background, which millions of Americans find offensive given
her support for taking away your guns and redefining marriage." That
commentator would have been fired within an hour.