November 23, 2009

Wouldn't this make Al Gore complicit, then?

The latest "wisdom" from the MSM on the Nidal Hasan shootings: The Internet is partly to blame.

From what is publicly known about Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused killer of 13 in a rampage at Fort Hood, he had no accomplice unless you count the Internet in which he communed, exchanging sinister thoughts with an extremist cleric.

Is the radical imam culpable for retroactively justifying the attack? Or does the Internet merit some of the responsibility for helping the violence prone to fester there in communion with the machine?

I just don't get this line of reasoning, especially from those on the left whose supposed "progressive" nature is inherently supposed to abhor limits on personal freedom. Because something like the Internet enables fast and easy communication with anyone any place on the globe, it is somehow partly "responsible" for a lunatic making use of it for his crimes? The Left similarly argues that [mainstream] talk radio is "responsible" for the actions of assorted lunatics, and that [some] otherwise legitimate political speech should be curtailed because it may be "hateful" or "uncomfortable" for some people. (In this case, too, since Hasan is a member of a minority, virtually any reason other than the most obvious will be pontificated on by the Left, especially those that can be pinned on the majority or the United States in a general sense.)

The Right certainly has its own issues with the "other factor blame game." Lyrics in music. Violence in video games. Pornography. But recall how the Left -- and the MSM in particular -- react to such.

Posted by Hube at November 23, 2009 12:30 PM | TrackBack

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There was a Beavis and Butthead episode where the boys got in trouble for imitating something they saw on TV, sparking public outcry about regulating dangerous TV programming. In the end it turned out they'd seen Ben Franklin's key-on-a-kitestring-in-a-lightning-storm experiment on an educational program.

And remember, the Oklahoma City bombing was Limbaugh's fault.

Posted by: G Rex at November 23, 2009 02:56 PM

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