Parts I, II, III, IV-A, and IV-B Are Here:
Left-leaning media outlets and pundits have consistently assisted in promoting the narrative that law-abiding Americans are dangerous, going so far as to make outright false accusations which include working to spin violent incidents into examples of law-abiding citizens being a threat.
The website, The Right Scoop, noted a blogger who listed a lengthy list of examples of the media and left-leaning pundits engaging in such misidentification and, in some cases, outright deception. He (and then others) ended up listing at least fifteen examples since 2009 where the media and leftists attempted to blame random (or leftist) acts of violence on right-wing or patriotic Americans.
An additional example that they didn’t cite is how the media and left-leaning pundits tried to blame the 2012 murder of Shaima Alawadi—an Iraqi immigrant—on right-wing Americans (an increasingly unlikely reality). This is particularly significant because of how whoever murdered Alawadi staged the scene after the murder which played into the allegations that the media and leftists have issued against law-abiding Americans during the past few years:
At a memorial service this week for the 32-year-old wife and mother of five, Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said it would be irresponsible to jump to conclusions cautioning, “We don’t know if it was a hate crime. We don’t know if it wasn’t a hate crime.” What we do know is that Alawadi 17-year-old daughter Fatima, found a note next to her slain mother’s body that read, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.”
Those words and the animosity and bigotry experienced by Muslim communities of diverse racial backgrounds is rooted in years of ignorant stereotypes. According to the FBI’s latest report released last November, hate crimes in the United States against Muslim people increased nearly 50 percent in 2010. And while hate crimes have risen, Muslim communities have been shamelessly spied on by NYPD as Seth Wessler has written about.
The chilling murder of Shaima Alawadi has sparked nationwide reflection about anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias, profiling and hate. There have been “hoodie and hijab” solidarity rallies with communities that are speaking out about the role of racial profiling in the murders of Trayvon Martin. Whether or not the investigation points to an official hate crime, the language on the note Fatima found is hate language. Sadly, hate language often ends in destruction. It’s the language of death.”The staged murder scene is reminiscent of the 2009 suicide of Bill Sparkman, who attempted to fool investigators into thinking he was murdered by someone with an “anti-government sentiment” so his family could receive life insurance money. It’s also reminiscent of a thwarted terrorist attack in 2013 where a Taliban-sympathizing, would-be terrorist wanted to attack an Oakland bank in order to frame right-wing groups:
Matthew Aaron Llaneza is accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb at a Bank of America in Oakland. “Llaneza’s stated goal was to trigger a government crackdown, which he expected would trigger a right-wing counter-response against the government followed by, he hoped, a civil war,” according to court documents. The complaint says that Llaneza wanted to frame “a loose collection of anti-government militias and their sympathizers.”In other words, the media and their allies have pushed the false narrative that right-wing or patriotic Americans are a domestic national security threat loud enough and long enough that people are accepting it as fact.
So although government and media accusations of right-wing or patriotic Americans being a literal national security threat don’t hold up to careful examination, they are common and they are at least partially succeeding in making the American people believe that they are true.
So why do they continue making such blatantly false allegations?
Part V examines that question.