“The political Left has been known to orchestrate frame-up attacks designed to make it appear that right-leaning opponents are responsible for violent acts and plots,” writes Andrew C. McCarthy in NRO.
As Mr. McCarthy then notes, if he had written the above paragraph in the context of reporting or commenting on the pipe bombs that were reportedly sent by unidentified persons to prominent Democrats, he would be deserving of an angry reaction from readers. After all, he continues, there is no evidence that thankfully unsuccessful targeting of the Obamas, the Clintons, CNN, George Soros, and Eric Holder (as well as “Debbie Wasserman Shultz,” whose Florida office, with her name misspelled, was given as the return address on some of the packages) was “carried out by political leftists.”
Reprehensible to Intimate Left Wing Agitators Responsible
There is no proof that any Democrat was hoping to cast suspicion on Republican supporters, to suggest to voters, less than two weeks before the midterms, that Trump and GOP rhetoric incites violence. To intimate, in the absence of any proof, that left-wing agitators may be responsible would be a condemnable smear.
NYT writer Will Rashaum – “usually sensible” – is an example of why the media is so infuriating. As McCarthy notes, Mr. Rashbaum recently wrote:
Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Soros and CNN have all figured prominently in conservative political attacks — many of which have been led by President Trump. He has often referred to major news organizations as “the enemy of the people,” and has had a particular animus for CNN.
Provocative Words from the President?
There is absolutely no evidence that the sending of bombs had anything to do with anything President Trump has said or done, continues Mr. McCarthy.
Indeed, there is as yet no known evidence of who is behind these possible attacks. And speaking of “attacks,” why, in light of the context of a possible bombing spree, is the Times asserting that Secretary Clinton, President Obama, and Mr. Soros have “figured prominently in conservative political attacks”? They have not been subjected to “attacks” in the sense conveyed by this report; they have been on the receiving end of mere political criticism, not the subjects of attempted political assassinations.