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Tuesday
Oct232012

Media fretted in 2008, but death threats against Romney receive little coverage

What a difference your political party makes when it comes to media attention.

In 2008 media pushed stories about death threats to then-Sen. Barack Obama, the Democrat, above the fold.

In 2012, most media have ignored ongoing death threats against Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney.

After each debate, Twitter spawned these death threats like mosquitoes in a Florida swamp.

Some of the threats are racist; others are pure Banana Republic as in if my guy doesn’t win, yours is going down.

John Nolte at Breitbart offered a perspective I agree with:

The corrupt media's ignoring it for two reasons. First off, they just don't care about death threats against Republicans. What you have there is a sort of depraved indifference. Secondly, reporting on death threats against Romney will make him a sympathetic character, and three weeks from an election, there's no way in the world the media will allow that to happen.

Throughout the campaign, the Obama camp has called Romney just about every name in the book.

That sort of behavior just feeds the frenzy.

One Tweet said, “If Obama loses, all of America will riot.”

In October, 2008, after reading a bizarre editorial in a Philadelphia daily, I wrote this:

Fatimah Ali, columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote, “If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness - and hopelessness!” (Sept. 2, 2008)

Welcome to the Banana Republic of the United States.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 23, 2012)

 

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