If you remember my rant from April 18th, I claimed that the attackers of Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown were almost certainly liberals who voted for President Obama. I caught some grief for that for two reasons:
1) We could not know with any certaintly that the attackers were from the protest outside Brennan’s, and even if they were, we couldn’t say for sure that they voted for Barack Obama.
I dispensed with that argument by using statistics to establish that the probability was very high that the attackers had, indeed, voted for President Obama. I never claimed to know it for certain.
In fact, the press treats probabilities the same way as fact all the time. How many times have we seen headlines that say “Candidate X Leads Candidate Y”? They do this because the pollster shows candidate x ahead of y “outside the margin of error.” Of course, that really means “outside the margin of error at the 95% confidence level,” meaning that the pollster would be wrong one time out of twenty, even assuming that the pollster’s methodology was perfect (highly doubtful in most cases).
Or consider the ridiculously myriad afflictions to our planet supposedly caused by global warming. The media breathlessly report any hypothesized connection, because it fits the narrative that they are pushing, regardless of the fact that there is no proof that 99% of these afflictions are caused by global warming.
So there’s a media double standard. In some cases, the media are quite comfortable reporting probabilities as fact, and in cases like the Allee Bautsch attack or the Ft. Hood shootings, the media refuse to connect the dots because they don’t like what the dots have to say.
2) The anarchists of the Iron Rail Collective cannot be legitimately connected to mainstream liberalism. Anarchists do not believe in big government, the way liberals do.
Of course, this presumed that the alliance of anarchists and liberal in New Orleans was only a coincidence: anarchists don’t like Republicans, and liberals don’t like Republicans. Of course, if you thought that was a coincidence, then you’ll think that this one is too:
SANTA CRUZ – A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker’s and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Many in the group were carrying makeshift torches as they marched, breaking storefront windows and writing “anarchist graffiti” on buildings, according to Capt. Steve Clark. Many businesses sustained multiple broken windows including very large storefront windows at Urban Outfitters and The Rittenhouse building. Police believe at least 15 businesses suffered damage.
Haynes admitted to participating in the rally after receiving a flyer at a local anarchist café. Haynes was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
I cannot tell the difference between the trust-fund radicals who dress in black and try to smash stuff at Urban Outfitters and the tragically hip trust-fund bohemians who actually shop at Urban Outfitters. In fact, a few years back, I could have sworn that the Georgetown Urban Outfitters designed their store window to look like it had already been smashed.
So a liberal rally for workers’ rights and immigration rights just happens to be coordinated with an anarchist cafe whose members commit a large amount of political violence. But the media is worried about right-wing violence coming from Tea Parties.
UPDATE 5-3 4:50 PM: Michelle Malkin has much more about May Day protests across the country. Especially interesting was this report (watch the video) from San Francisco where supporters of the Minuteman project were followed and beaten by anarchists, who yelled at them to “get out” and “go home.” Gee, all this seems strangely familiar somehow.