Post Blames Anthrax on 'Right-Wing Hate Groups'
By Kellie Donovan
The Washington Post has clearly shown bias in its reporting on who is responsible for the anthrax attacks. Although there is no present evidence whether the individual, group, or groups responsible for the anthrax attacks are domestic or foreign, the Post has unfairly implied that 'right-wing hate groups' are prime domestic suspects. The Post has failed to include 'left-wing hate groups' or simply 'angry individuals or groups' in its speculations on who is to blame.
According to the FBI Director, Robert S. Mueller III, the Bureau has not tilted either way in its suspicions. The FBI, in charge of finding the culprit or culprits, has not made any suggestions as to who is responsible for the anthrax attacks, yet the Post has made its decision.
The Post began one story saying, "Analysts who monitor militias and political movements on American's far right doubt that any domestic group was capable of launching the deadly anthrax." Again, specialists are saying they do not think the anthrax is from domestic extremists, but the Post continues to imply that the 'far right' has something to do with the anthrax attacks.
The newspaper made sure to include that "Players on the radical right have talked about biological and chemical warfare since the early 1990's." The next line goes on to say that little evidence suggests right wing extremists have developed such weapons.
Next the Post mentioned, "Right-wing domestic extremists want to undermine American citizen's faith in the government. They want to prove that the government isn't serving their interests." Why does the Post go on about right-wing hate groups when there is absolutely no evidence pointing in that direction?
The only miniscule connection the Post can come up with is that the anthrax targets can be considered liberal. Senator Majority Leader, Thomas A. Daschle is a Democrat and Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchor, does represent a part of the liberal media, but these people are not prime right-wing targets.
In fact, they are just as likely to be key left wing targets. Senator Daschle has overwhelmingly been supportive of the Bush Administration in the wake of September 11th. He made a speech on how supportive he was of Bush and the Administration at this that time.
On September 12th, Senator Daschle commented, "We, Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, stand strongly behind the President." In a later speech on the 13th of September, Daschle said, "We literally and figuratively stand shoulder to shoulder." Daschle, the majority leader, was putting aside his political perspective to unite in the war against terrorism. Tom Brokaw and the liberal media were also praising the Bush Administration in their handling of the terrorist attacks.
Thus, it is just as likely to accuse 'left-wing hate groups' at being angry at their liberal counterparts for agreeing with the Republican Administration as it is to accuse the right-wing of targeting liberal outlets. It could be a kind of warning not to betray the leftist cause.
Left wing hate groups can be just as dangerous as right wing hate groups and have just as much motive. The Anti-Racist Action (ARA) in Canada, a violent left-wing hate group, is known to threaten death to anyone that does not share its vision of Canada. The Toronto branch has been involved in assault, vandalism, arson and fire-bombing.
In addition to the ARA, many other left-wing hate groups have the potential to harm civilians and government. The left-wing guerilla group November 17 shot and killed a British diplomat in Athens on June 7, 2000. Al-Amin, a heavily involved Black Panther member, was accused of fatally shooting two deputies in March 2000. The Shining Path in Peru, which developed from several left-wing student political organizations, is known for its willingness to use terror and violence against both unarmed civilians and the government. Over 25,000 deaths have been attributed to the political and revolutionary violence of the Shining Path in Peru.
In the U.S., leftist Lori Berendso is in jaila Peruvian jail, convicted of aiding the brutish Peruvian terrorists. Another American leftist, Jennifer Casolo was deported from El Salvador after the military found huge caches of weapons in her house there to supply the terrorist FMLN. She returned to the U.S. to preach terrorism on college campuses. These are only a few of the U.S. leftist who willing resort to violence to further their aims of a left-wing revolution. Animal rights and eco-terrorist have also resorted to violence in this country to further their goals.
In the event that the anthrax attacks come from a domestic source, both the left and the right are possible suspects. With no evidence pointing in either direction, the Post cannot report that 'right-wing hate groups' may be responsible without reporting that 'left-wing hate groups' could be responsible, as well.
More appropriately, the media should simply report the facts and leave speculation to the opinion and editorial sections. If the anthrax attacks are domestic, the individual or group is obviously missing some screws and their political viewpoint should not come into play.
The Post must be aware of its biased reporting. By unfairly accusing right-wing hate groups, the Post is creating unneeded hate at a time when the U.S. needs to be united.
Kellie Donovan is an intern at Accuracy in Media.
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