Stu blog: Kansas City Star responds to your “absolutely ludicrous and insulting” comparisons

And now, ombudsing the ombudsmen.   The Kansas City Star watchdog posted a blog in response to our segment regarding “The assassination attempt you never heard of.”  Quickly, it was an assassination attempt on the governor of Missouri by a crazy person in 2010, that also happened to be a Che Guevara -quoting, left wing- rioting lunatic.

Multiple readers have asked me about something they heard on the Glenn Beck show recently. I wasn't listening, so I can't vouch for what was said, though his official website has an account of it.

I have zero interest in tracking down how this story originated or has filtered through the Internet, but three things are indisputable:

1. The story was big local news, occupying the lead position on the Sept. 15 and 16 Star front pages, both times with the color mugshot of the suspect. Every other major news source in town also played it very prominently.

Look, it's not his job to be the Glenn Beck watchdog, so I can't criticize him too much for not hearing the segment.  Though, it appears that he has some incorrect impressions on what our issue was with the reporting of the story.  We didn’t say it didn’t make local news.  We, in fact, specifically mentioned the Kansas City Star as one paper who covered the incident. But, of course, that wasn’t the point of the segment that he didn't listen to.

2. Brezik had years earlier been diagnosed with the serious mental illness of paranoid schizophrenia -- something that I believe most reasonable people would agree obviates drawing any conclusions about how his supposed political beliefs may have informed his actions.

Thank you!  This was our exact point on the Tucson shooting.  The obvious mental illness of Jared Lee Loughner should have derailed the political attacks from the beginning.  No one on the show believes that the left should be held responsible for the attempted murder of Missouri’s governor.  We believe that people who actually do the shooting and stabbing, should be held responsible for the shooting and the  stabbing.  Our point was -- in the Loughner case, that’s not how the media covered the story at all.

For example on KansasCity.com:

Day of shooting, bring up possible connection.

Giffords was among the Democratic members of Congress singled out for defeat last spring by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who used rifle scope-like crosshairs to single out the 20 seats she wanted to turn Republican.

Next day, act stunned that despite lack of evidence, people are talking about connection.

There's no evidence that Palin's ad contributed to a gunman's decision Saturday to shoot Giffords in a rampage that killed six bystanders and left her gravely wounded with a brain injury. But the shooting is sparking an intense debate over whether incendiary political talk across the country - punctuated with references to guns and the blood of slain politicians - is a real danger, or merely vivid political rhetoric.

Third day, tell the story of the debate as an innocent bystander.

Concerns about the nation’s heated political environment were raised within hours of the shootings, when Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik suggested that “vitriolic rhetoric” might have played a role in triggering the violence.

Our point on this topic was simply to point out that the cases were handled differently.  In most ways, the Missouri case was the one covered CORRECTLY. Our point was that the Arizona case was not.

3. It's nonsense to declare it wasn't reported elsewhere. A cursory check of the Nexis news database shows that it most certainly did play in the media outside this area, in sources as far-flung as The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, and the National Journal's Hotline. Multiple stories went out on the Associated Press wire, and they surely ran in papers and on websites around the world. (Neither Nexis nor the AP tracks all the places wire content runs, so there's no way to find them all.)

We too, did a “cursory check” and found this:

Factiva/Nexis search of U.S. Newspapers yields 10 articles from 7 sources:

- Charleston Gazette

- Bellville News

- News-Leader

- Kansas City Star

- Tulsa World

- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

- The Virginian-Pilot

-  Associated Press ran 5 wires on the subject between 9/14/2010 and 9/23/2010

We didn’t declare that the incident itself wasn’t reported elsewhere, though I hadn’t heard a word about it personally.  The point was that, unlike Arizona, no one ran with a narrative about his political leanings.  As far as I know, that was not the focus of any of the above stories.  Does anyone honestly believe that if his Facebook page was loaded up with quotes from Sarah Palin that wouldn’t have been a focus of the story?  Honestly?

This incident may be a somewhat-interesting piece of spot news to people outside the KC area, but it certainly isn't a big story. There's no trend or any indication of a conspiracy.

Really?  An attempted assassination of a governor isn’t a big story?  I sorta kinda think it kinda sorta is.

And though I don't often offer my own opinions, I'll say I find it absolutely ludicrous and insulting to compare it to a mass shooting that killed six and wounded 14, including a U.S. District Court judge, a nine-year-old bystander and a U.S. representative.

It depends on how you’re comparing them. Thankfully, the crazy person in Missouri was unsuccessful.  Tragically, the Arizona shooter completed many of his horrific wishes. So, no—there’s no comparison there.   The comparison of the post-tragedy blame game is apt however, because it shouldn’t appear in either case.   Again, the story that was covered more competently was the Missouri case—NOT the Arizona case.

Furthermore, ascribing political import to this particular individual's actions is an extremely close parallel to what Pima County, Ariz. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been so roundly criticized for from many sides in the wake of the recent Tuscon shootings.

Ahhhhhh...we can end on an agreement. Che Guevara was a psychotic mass murderer, yet I still don’t blame him for the attack on the governor.  You cannot rationally assign blame for an individual who becomes violent to the commentators they like, the cereal they eat, or the brand of toothpaste they buy.   It is his/her fault.  Period.  This was our point. While the sheriff was criticized by many (the vast majority on the right) it was the media that beat him to the punch by talking about Sarah Palin.  Then they amplified the sheriff's ridiculous argument by treating it as if it was a legitimate angle on this story.  It never was.

As far as I know, The Kansas City Star didn't do anything wrong in their reporting of the Missouri case.  Our problem is with the handling of the aftermath of the Arizona case from almost everyone in the media, which should have been focused on the human tragedy, rather than finger pointing.

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

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