If you listen to any liberal talk about terrorism in the United States, you are already well aware of their disingenuous take on the subject. As you probably know, it is their contention that right-wing terrorism is a far greater threat to the country than Islamic terror. And one of their favorite ways to “prove” this point is to count up all the right-wing terror attacks of the last 17 years and compare them to all of the Islamic attacks. And, of course, they get their desired result. How? Because they always start their count the day after 9/11.
This kind of shameless twisting of the truth is common among liberal bloggers, but it’s absolutely fascinating (in a horrifying way) to see it melt into the mainstream discourse. Like…on CBS News. But in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, the media is simply dying to make America afraid of white supremacists, and so they’re eager to do anything and everything they can to advance the new, ridiculous narrative. On CBS “This Morning” on Monday, co-host Norah O’Donnell indulged in the left’s favorite little trick when discussing right-wing vs. Islamic terror attacks.
“This is believed to be the largest white supremacist demonstration in over a decade,” O’Donnell said in an interview with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “We went and looked at the data. And in fact, between 2001 and 2016 there were nearly three times as many fatal attacks by right wing extremists than Islamic extremists in the U.S.”
O’Donnell backed up her contention online with a quote from a government agency that bears some scrutiny:
“From September 12, 2001 through December 31, 2016, attacks by domestic or ‘homegrown’ violent extremists in the United States resulted in 225 fatalities, according to the ECDB. Of these, 106 were killed by far right violent extremists in 62 separate incidents, and 119 were victims of radical Islamist violent extremists in 23 separate incidents.”
So, here we see a few things. One, while there were more attacks from “far right” actors, the Islamists actually killed more people. So even in their own twisted way of presenting the facts, the liberal media is getting it wrong. Two, why the hell would anyone start counting on September 12? There is no possible reason, other than to say that 9/11 was some kind of aberration so heinous that it can’t be counted against Islam. Which is patently absurd. Third, we’d like to see a comprehensive list of those 62 incidents supposedly perpetrated by right-wing terrorists, because we’ll bet you dollars to donuts most of them were not terrorists and very few of them would qualify as “right wing” in any normal, political sense of the word.
It’s too bad that the idiots who were running around chanting racist crap in Charlottesville don’t understand how badly they’re hurting their own interests. But it’s even worse that, because of the lunatic actions of one disturbed young man, the media is trying to get us to believe that we should be “afraid” of right wing/white supremacist/alt-right/whatever you want to call them groups. And it’s a matter of abject irresponsibility for them to try to even PRETEND that right wing terrorism is even in the same stratosphere of threats as the Islamic variety. To do that, they have to subtract the biggest terror event in our nation’s history. And that really tells you the entire story.