There has never been a Tea Party terrorist, ever. In fact, Tea Party events are well known for being extremely orderly and polite. The conservative movement has even gained a reputation of leaving the site of protests cleaner than the venue was when they arrived.
The “persons of interest” for this Boston Marathon bombing that are both foreign nationals; one is a man described as a black male in a black sweatshirt with a black backpack with a foreign accent that tried to enter a restricted area shortly before the bombs went off, and the other is a 20-year-old Saudi man (who may be on the cusp of being cleared).
Despite the focus on foreign interests reported by every other news outlet I’ve watched, CBS News remarkably removed those salient details from their reporting:
The FBI is leading a worldwide investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, checking all intelligence leads and possible informants, trying to find out who planted the bombs in Boston. They’ve been questioning one man who was said to be acting suspiciously at the scene, but no one has yet been identified as a suspect.
CBS then went out of it’s way to suggest the suspect was the work of a domestic extremists:
A lone wolf like Eric Rudolph responsible for bombings in the mid-90s, including the explosion in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.
Officials will also be looking at when Monday’s attack occurred. This week on the calendar has been a hot-button for domestic extremists. The burning of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City both took place the third week of April.
It’s quite a stretch to go back to the Olympic Park bombing (1996), the Branch Davidian compound burning by the FBI (1993), and the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), when their hasn’t been single right-wing “domestic extremist” event in 17 years; even the Hutaree cult bust that had the mainstream media so excited turned out to have been much ado about nothing, with the Michigan militia (a media boogeyman in the 1990s) actually being the group who alerted the FBI to the cult’s nutty ways.
The most recent domestic bomb suspects in 2012 and 2013 have all been left wing or Islamic fundamentalists.
Five members of Occupy Cleveland convicted for their bridge bombing plot in 2013, and the FBI has profiled them as a potential terrorist threat in late 2012, and there is indeed an active Occupy Boston cell.
Floyd Lee Corkins was convicted two months ago, after he plotted to commit mass murder at two Christian lobbying organizations. He was a radical leftist gay rights advocate.
Wisconsin Capitol bomb suspect Kevin Smith (January, 2013) was photographed posing with a Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin!
The would-be Federal Reserve bomber, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, is a Muslim, and pled guilty in February of 2013.
But CBS News discounts all of those recent cases and convictions in recent months, in order to hint that “domestic extremists”—a term they hold in reserve exclusively for those on the political right—are to blame.