Confusing the urgent with the critical is a problem most people face at one time or another. An urgent matter shows up, and pushes a critical matter into the background, the consequence is that the critical matter is left unresolved. The Fifth Column Treasonous Media are masters of transforming urgent matter’s into raging inferno’s that suck all the oxygen out of the room smothering all coverage of the genuinely critical. Most of the Professional Blogging Class are easily led down the old primrose path by this specific media tactic because unlike the Fifth Column Treasonous Media their revenue is derived exclusively from their traffic volume.
Yesterdays Washington Naval Yard shooting is a perfect example of this tactic in action. Yes, it absolutely was a urgent story. No, it was not a critical story, and yes, extended to the point of Ad nauseam coverage of the Washington Naval Yard shooting is forcing far more critical stories to go uncovered or profoundly under-covered.
No details yet from the LA Times on what the “misconduct’ was, but per their Navy source, it was enough to get him discharged. Hmmmm.
An all-around bad guy or a guy with a strange, violent dark streak to him? Here’s a curious report from a Seattle website about an incident Alexis was involved in back in 2004. One day in May of that year, he walked out of his house with a gun and shot up the rear tires of a car owned by construction workers that was parked in the driveway of the home next door. Quote:
When detectives interviewed workers and a manager at the construction site, they told police Alexis had “stared” at construction workers at the job site every day over the last month prior to the shooting. The owner of the construction business told police he believed Alexis was angry over the parking situation around the work site…
Following his arrest, Alexis told detectives he perceived he had been “mocked” by construction workers the morning of the incident and said they had “disrespected him.” Alexis also claimed he had an anger-fueled “blackout,” and could not remember firing his gun at the victims’ vehicle until an hour after the incident.
Alexis also told police he was present during “the tragic events of September 11, 2001″ and described “how those events had disturbed him.”
His father reportedly told cops at the time that Alexis had helped with “rescue attempts” on 9/11 and that he feared he had developed anger management issues related to PTSD because of it. Did he … just snap today? He didn’t “just snap” against the construction workers; by their account, he seethed for a month at them. And read this Politico piece about the logistics of the Navy Yard shooting. The building where it all went down is very tightly secured, requiring multiple checkpoints to gain entry. This guy clearly planned things carefully. But why?
Story after story after story are currently clogging up the Professional Blogsphere, meanwhile stories that are genuinely critical to this nation are withering on the vine. Rather than writing articles demanding answer on how Hillary Clinton got away with such an obvious whitewashing of the Benghazi attack, and how she ensured that none of the people actually responsible were held in any way shape of fashion responsible, the professional Blogsphere is instead forced to play a catch-up version of defense.
In other words, just as in so many other breaking news stories of this type, people latch onto rumor and bad data to build entire arguments on vapor. Instead of rushing into the hype, Morgan might have waited, oh, perhaps 24 or 48 hours for the facts — if he had any interest in informed public debate. Morgan, however, appears interested only in shouted demagoguery and the aforementioned public-beating style of “journalism,” rather than allowing his guests an opportunity to speak, as this five minutes amply proves.
Even more laughably, the Morgan crew offered this explanation of a weapon that not only may not have been involved in the incident, but also certainly doesn’t exist (via Twitchy):
The AR-15 isn’t a shotgun; it’s a semi-automatic rifle. There is a vast difference between the two types of firearms. Also, Alexis didn’t purchase an AR-15, but apparently rented one before the shooting, as CNN reports, and in any event may not have used an AR-15 at all in this mass murder spree. Why should we bother to pay attention to self-righteous “experts” on gun violence who don’t know the first thing about guns? Or to a network that buries the lede on a key correction on the weapons reporting in a piece about a weapon that turns out not to have anything to do with the crime?
Maybe CNN should be asking itself that question.
Update: The FBI confirms that the AR-15 was not used in the massacre:
Everyone with two functional braincells knew that the Fifth Column Treasonous Media was going to use this incident as fuel for the gun grabbing mafia. There was simply no way they were not going to intentionally lie to the American people, MSLSD’s Piers Morgan inventing the term AR-15 Shotgun is a perfect example of the Fifth Column Treasonous Media’s intentional lies and deceits. This intentional lie was perpetrated exclusively to enter the evil assault rife into the conversation and now many in the Professional Blogsphere are being forced to refute this lie, rather than allowing the story to be placed on hold until the facts can be carefully analyzed.
Rule number one, a rushed analysis is almost always a flawed analysis. This rule is something that my physics and chemistry professors beat into my head back in college. Rushing leads to mistakes, a mistake made early on is usually compounded upon in later analysis. The further that mistake is carried, the greater it’s deviation becomes. A physic’s professor of mine once put it like this, a 1 arc second mistake over a distance of one inch is pretty meaningless, over a distance of 10 light years that deviation accrues a error in the hundreds of trillions of miles. Being wrong by an hundredth of a inch is no big deal, being wrong by a hundred trillion miles on the other hand is.
As urgent as the Washington Naval Yard shooting is, and it is, it is not a critical story. Barack Insane Obama attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda is a critical story, Hillary Clinton whitewashing the Benghazi attack is a critical story. Instead of demanding answers to the genuinely critical stories confronting us today, the Professional Blogsphere is being sidelined, forced to refute the lies being perpetrated by the Fifth Column Treasonous Media as a smoke screen to divert attention away from stories that they do not want anyone asking critical question about.