Media scrub reality to hide Colorado school gunman’s leftist, ‘socialist’ politics

Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado by Karl Pierson, a deranged, gun-grabbing leftist who hated Republicans and capitalism is giving new meaning to the phrase “all the news that’s fit to print.”

If it fits the liberal narrative, it’s fit for print. If it doesn’t, the media considers it its job to obfuscate and omit, lie and play word games until it does.

So the news that Pierson was not only a socialist, but a violent socialist,  is apparently not fit to print in major newspapers like the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times or The New York Times — at least not without some tweaking.

The Denver Post scrubbed the word “socialist” used by a fellow student to describe gunman Karl Pierson out of an early version of a story. In a tweet, Lee Ann Colacioppo, the paper’s senior editor explained that,  “We decided not to have another student apply a label to the shooter — a label the student likely didn’t even understand ..”

That’s a funny explanation for an editing decision about a story headlined “Arapahoe High gunman held strong political beliefs, classmates said.”

Denver Post readers weren’t buying it.

Good question, considering the classmate who was originally reported using the description “socialist” for Pierson was said to have taken an economics class with the gunman. It’s a good chance the word “socialist” came up in a senior year high school economics class – even with a unionized public school teacher.

Clearly, the classmates understood Pierson’s politics. The DP understood Pierson’s politics. The headline-writer understood them. They just didn’t fit the story libs have been telling for decades now – in the face of a mountain of evidence — that  the only political violence that counts comes from the right wing.

It’s also funny that a story with a headline about the suicidal gunman’s politics doesn’t get around to actually mentioning what those politics were until the 15th paragraph of a 20-paragraph article.

Then it uses Pierson Facebook postings that included, “you republicans are so cute” and an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

It’s safe to say Pierson really didn’t like Republicans and believes in climate change, gun control and abortion rights. Who does that sound like?

At least the DP couldn’t deny reality completely, unlike its colleagues in Los Angeles or New York.

The L.A. Times had access to the same Facebook material, but left out the real wacko-left stuff and opted instead to quote a near-incomprehensible economic-theory question: “I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself? If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

The New York Times virtually ignored the story completely, satisfying itself with an eight-paragraph Associate Press dispatch that contained not a word about politics. Would The New York Times even consider passing up coverage of a right-wing shooting in Colorado?

In Obama’s America, the media has its marching orders in its DNA now. All the news that fits a blinkered, biased, administration-countenance world view it prints.

The rest is for them to know – and you to find out.

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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • negrolocaust

    where is the story about these blacks going around hitting whites and asians in the face and calling it a knockout game. why aren’t people cutting their black hands off when they play this “game”?

    • Marc Vellat

      Actually the MSM has been covering the subject, if not the individual attacks – but only to put on the spin that it’s (a) nothing new…been going on for years, the Republicans are blowing this all out of proportion for political gain, (b) NOT in any way race-related, since there have been incidents where the assailant was not black or where the victim was – of course those are only a TINY percentage of the attacks, but they’ve searched them out to serve as evidence that these can’t possibly be “hate crimes”, and (c) NOT a game of any kind, just a garden-variety assault…based upon the fact that no perpetrator who’s been caught has admitted to it being a game in so many words. If one did make such a confession, I’m sure that MSNBC would say that it was coerced by law enforcement.

    • dad22

      Seriously?

  • Ted Strickland

    The gunman was a kid. you guys must be hard up, as usual to jump on a tragedy. He was also exercising what he thought was his gun rights too, if you want to be base. This is why you on the right are losing. You are out of touch, as well as being out of ideas. That’s why you keep putting up these clowns to represent you. If you didn’t you win more, and not have play with trying to block the voters and redraw districts to keep you in power. You guys are sad and getting sadder. you guys act like crazy monkeys.

    • Howard Turner

      you seem to have completely missed the 2 dozen mayors that lost elections this past cycle due to their association w/ mike doom and gloombergs maig stupidity conservatives are and will continue to win as long as dems keep lieing

    • francoamerian

      There is more changes to come politically when the next set of elections occur in 2014. We shall see who is losing then.

      • dad22

        It appears as though our education system is losing, let’s hope there “are” changes.

    • lovinspoonful

      Ted, it’s a shame you have no idea what you are talking about. You are the ones out of touch. As to redrawing districts, Obama took over the census for that very reason. Constitutionally, that is not his place to do. Of courser her pays no attention to the Constitution; in fact, defies it every chance he gets. Clowns? – you mean clowns like Reid, Pelosi, Boxer, Franken, Schumer, Wasserman- Schultz, Grayson, Watters, Jackson. Oh, sorry, I left out Obama and Biden. You have your facts all mixed up, buddy. Do your research again.

      • dad22

        Obama took over the census? Please elaborate.

        • Marc Vellat

          Sure. Whenever he can, Obama sees to it that tax dollars are given to his Marxist and Chicago-thug associates…doesn’t even try to hide it, either…it’s the way politics is done in Chi-town. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB124623459227366517

          • dad22

            You are trying to tell me that Obama took over the census. To clarify, you cut and paste a link to an article that says no such thing. Thank you for wasting my time.

          • lovinspoonful

            That’s one of the first things he did – take over the census. It has always been done by the Dept. of Commerce. Marc did not waste your time. He is absolutely right.

          • dad22

            Elaborate does not mean “repeat ridiculous assertion”.

          • lovinspoonful

            I know exactly what the word “elaborate” means. Do your own research. Don’t be so lazy. Or do you know how to look something up all by your lonesome?

          • dad22

            Do my own research? How retarded are you?

          • dad22

            Should I research the feasibility of getting a cow to jump over the moon too?

          • lovinspoonful

            The question is – How retarded are you? You don’t know how to do research?

          • dad22

            You want me to research a fable? I can only take your answer to be that you are far too retarded for me to waste my time on.

          • lovinspoonful

            Obviously, you don’t know how to research. I feel sorry for anyone that retarded. Typical liberal, has no valid point to maker, so insults, calls names and I rude. go home to mommy and have her teach you some manners since the first time didn’t work. Dimwit!

          • dad22

            Manners are reserved for the deserved, not for troglodytes trumpeting their partisan fantasies,

          • lovinspoonful

            That explains why you don’t have any.

          • dad22

            And all the while your unsubstantiated assertion is still hanging out there while you dawdle about.

    • 1joyful

      Well the stupidity of your post is revealing. You made it very clear that you go for all the lies and could care less for the truth. It is quite obvious that you are a communist/socialist nut. If you do not like Fox news it is because you live for and by all the lies. Why don’t you grow up. get a job and support yourself? You need to keep your mouth shut since when you open it the ignorance just pours out!

      • dad22

        Isn’t that ironic. Mirror, meet 1joyful.

    • David William Reid

      Hey Ted you say we are using a kid? It has been left wing KIDS shooting up our schools you ignorant ass who cannot even spell the word bias. But I guess base is the only way you know to come close to it. Maybe because you are freebasing? But lets see how long it take Obama to put little children up to try to push gun control again like he did with Sandy Hook and all the lies with that one! Like an AR15 that was never used that they had a little child saying he heard the AR15! Ya ok a child knows the sound of an AR15 by it being fired? BULLSHIT! He was TOLD to say it! Also you saying he was exercising his gun rights by shooting people when he was anti gun? lol! You left wing nuts should all be in a mental asylum.

      • TRIX

        hey dave, look at your own grammar mistakes. it’s Let’s, not lets. Stay classy

        • lovinspoonful

          Why a capital “L”? Look at your own grammar mistakes.

      • TRIX

        name calling and anger detracts from any intelligence you may have.

      • dad22

        I want to personally thank you and the 18 people who gave you an up-vote for your fearless, deliberate and aggressive display of ignorance.

        • dad22

          The word “base” was used appropriately.

    • momoseven

      Exercising gun rights? If he is a minor, he certainly has no legal RIGHT to own a gun or use it, except for educational purposes or hunting, and certainly not to commit a heinous crime….and why would “we” want to be based? Is that your own ignorant and uniformed intent?

      • dad22

        Perhaps you should read. He was a legal gun owner.

        • dad22

          See:
          Ignorant
          Uninformed

        • TRIX

          like

        • Marc Vellat

          Yes, in that state an 18-year-old may legally possess a shotgun (although not a handgun). Of course, at 17 one can enter the military and be issued a machine gun…

          • dad22

            Which reminds me, 32 years ago tomorrow I was pick em’ up, put em’ downing at Lackland AFB. I was 17 but all they issued me was assorted tools.

    • Ted Strickland

      This is a little off topic, but still somewhat to the point, based upon some of your responses. A person asked me how to communicate with some of the people on the right. I told him two ways I look at the situation. One. I remark that the people at Fox and the radio loud empty heads like, Limpbaigh, seem to be able to convince otherwise intelligent people to even vote for their own well being. The ACA is a good example. Unemployment, Food Stamps are just a few. You know. There are even people amongst you that are working two or three minimum wage jobs, maybe even collecting unemployment and still you spout the message from the right wing news organizations and kiss the words of someone like Rep.Ryan. What can you do?
      The second way I mention that makes it easy to understand those on the right is to remember the “Crazy Monkey” story. It goes like this: A monkey will come out of the jungle, see a jar with a piece of fruit in it. The neck of the jar is wide enough for the monkey’s hand, but not wide enough for the monkey to get his hand and the fruit out at the same time. The crazy monkey will sit there, while his captors come and just pick him up. All because he couldn’t understand that all he had to do was let go of the fruit and he would be free. There you are. On this last one the item the crazy monkey wouldn’t let go of is the belief in lies. They are pitifully ignorant, by choice, or the facts. They must not want to know the facts. Otherwise, why would be hear all this drivel from you guys? Its a mystery. A Crazy Monkey Mystery.

      • Marc Vellat

        Instead, I think of the “Crazy Monkey” as representative of the folks who are willing to give up their basic freedoms in order to keep getting the free stuff. No mystery there, they’re acting in what they feel is their own (short-term) best interest with no regard for the larger picture or the good of their nation – apparently you feel that’s the way we’re all supposed to behave. When your socialist Utopia finally arrives, who will be left to pay the bills?

        • dad22

          What is the free stuff?
          Who is getting the free stuff?
          What freedoms are they giving up to get the free stuff?
          Please, I’m very interested in this.

  • CPQ121552

    seems like all of the shootings that have happened since columbine to now have all had at least one very important thing in common all of the shooter’s and or their parents were all liberal demo’s and some like the sandy hook and Mass. shootings had even much more in common with each other,this latest one sis just another one that doesn’t add up,another liberal believing demo believing person whose parents would obviously have had to be liberal demos as well,The fact their all inter realated in one way or another though say’s conspiracy directed by obozo and the demos and admin,it’s so obvious a blind person can see it

    • lovinspoonful

      Doesn’t it seem strange that so many shootings have happened after Obama first started to campaign for gun control?

      • TRIX

        well of course. Obama is evil, he was elected by the minorities, the trash, the uninformed. And if that didn’t work, I’m sure his team had more tricks up their sleeves to get him in…..do I have this right?, oh learned, informed, educated republicans? Hope so.

        • lovinspoonful

          Yes, TIX, you are close. It has been proven he won in 2012 by fraud and in 2008 by illegal donations. That has been proven by investigators. Go tell them they are stupid.

          • TRIX

            are you serious? I certainly would like to see that proof. Usually the proof is something 1 republican Obama hater cooked up, and by time it’s repeated a few times, it miraculously turns into PROOF. By the way, the same B.s. floated around about Bush/ Gore. Funny thing, Gore moved on and didn’t piss and moan about it.

    • David Taylor

      I don’t think its a conspiracy, so much as it is a consensus, of contempt for traditional American values, and for human life.

    • dad22

      You are crazy.

    • TRIX

      Oh thank God for you well informed repubs.

  • Supporter

    GO checkout the page “Mark Gibson for President” on Facebook.

  • Rushpaul Rush

    someone tell me who’s side is the media on? I bet you know

    • dad22

      Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place to get news that only gave your side>

      • TRIX

        if you are republican….FOX

  • seazen

    This is really a perfect example of how and why this society cannot come close to mature, meaningful discussion about anything. Here we have a high school senior who clearly had a set of emotional and psychological issues and committed a tragic crime that ended in his own death. To even suggest that at this stage in his life some comments about socialism and current issues in this country define him or contributed in any way to this act is wholly without any factual basis. Why, then, do purportedly intelligent adults do this and publish these things? It appears the purpose is to simply feed the flames of mindless hate and childish needs to constantly express hate, anger and fear. Wholesale targets for this hate include the “media”, “liberals”, “unions”, “socialists”, “blacks”, and Obama.

    • Kenneth Clark

      We also recently seen a person with so called psycological issues with a criminal background control his “mental urges”. So therefore this places into question the whole “Mental Disease” theory as the reason for violent behaviors.
      Why did this person behave himself? Because of all the Police around. See demanding and expectation of rational behavior works. Allowing anyone the excuse of a “Mental Illness” does not. Boundries used to be set and
      serious consequences put in action for bad behavior. Now it is excused because no one wants to admit that negative consequences for negative behavior works. Thus an industry that redefines bad behavior to some type of “ism” frequently to excuse bad choices and behavior has allowed instances such as this and the boy who killed 4 people while drunk in Texas. You can bet this attorney created word will soon become an actual “Mental Illness” in order to excuse even more bad behavior in the near future.
      Who was the one that behaved himself that I spoke of? He stood beside your POTUS just this last week.

      • Doug

        My sources say he even held the gun in his left hand. Good writing Kenny only two grievous spelling errors.

        • Kenneth Clark

          Sometimes I am just all thumbs… :-)

          • Doug

            Don’t fret. On this site you’re a Rhodes scholar.

          • Kenneth Clark

            You are too kind… :-P

      • TRIX

        he’s everybody’s POTUS

        • Kenneth Clark

          Proving a point that you obviosly don’t get either.

          • TRIX

            obviously………..
            maybe it’s you that doesn’t get the point.
            watch that grammar and spelling. Stay classy.

          • TRIX

            I really shouldn’t be messing with a Rhodes scholar. My bad.

          • Kenneth Clark

            Careful now. Doug is a good guy. Misguided at times, never the less a good guy.

          • Kenneth Clark

            Most scholars have a staff to help with the typos. But I digress…

    • Chuck Burns

      Are you forgetting the Progressive Liberal Marxist Socialist Communist credo? The end justifies the means. You should brush up on your Alinsky rules. Anything goes including mass lying via the propaganda rag news media,

      • seazen

        Darn. I forgot the credo of that miss-mash of words group you mention. And I am sure you really know a whole lot about Alinsky’s writings. Or maybe just heard the name somewhere.

        • Chuck Burns

          hehehe I have his books and read them. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, Sun Tzu

          • seazen

            Google can lead you to lots of notable quotes. Understanding Alinsky and others is different from reading their works. Where, by the way, did you find the famous “Progressive Liberal Marxist Socialist Communist credo” that you refer to? Never saw those wildly different concepts all smushed together like that – except in forums like this.

          • Chuck Burns

            Good, then you have stumbled upon an original. The underlying meaning being that all the collectivist ideologies are similar in that they eliminate individual freedom in favor of a collective, establish a ruling class rather than governing, and the government takes precedence over the people.

          • seazen

            You like it better when the ruling class consists of the very wealthy plutocrats, I gather. Common good, cooperatives, coexistence, majority rule, etc. are apparently all “collectivist” concepts. Terrible notions!

          • Chuck Burns

            The short answer is Yes those are collectivist notions. I don’t want any ruling class. I want a minimal government “of the people, for the people, and by the people”. Don;t want rule by anyone, rich, poor, zealot, none.

          • seazen

            Never hear of a modern society that had no public sector, no “rules”, no government. You know of one? And Somalia doesn’t count.

          • Chuck Burns

            I said minimal government not no government. I do not agree with with any collectivist ideology. I want the minimum government possible that is controlled by the people not the people controlled by the government. In short I want to maintain the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as they are. I want a balanced budget. I want to do away with the IRS and collect taxes via a sales tax.

          • seazen

            The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were generated more than 3 centuries ago and while they are vital documents at their core, our society and our laws must adapt to the realities of new centuries. Balancing the “budget” is a slippery ambition since it had no bearing on either size of government nor its particular activities. And while a sales tax sounds like a fine idea, it is horribly regressive and, as usual, rewards those with the highest income and wealth at the expense of the rest of us.

          • Chuck Burns

            We really need to start our own blog.
            The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are extraordinary documents that have stood the test of time and attacks from those who think they prefer ro give up individual freedom to give the governing class more power over them. Those documents or rather the concepts that they document are what keeps us free. The problem with the present generation is that they can’t conceive of the idea of not being free, They take it for granted, trust the government way too much, and actually think that tyranny couldn’t happen today.

            Balancing the “budget” has everything to do with the size of government. It is the tax money that funds government growth. Everything government does costs money and the politicians only know how to spend.

            A sales tax is an outstanding idea, it provides a way for everyone to participate. From the homeless person living under a bridge who buys a cup of coffee to a billionaire buying a Lear jet, every citizen pays the tax.

            You call it regressive, I call it fair. Everyone pays their fair share.

            By the way, any homeless person living under a bridge I support helping them find a way back into being a productive tax paying citizen. Asses their situation and then provide training, counselling, health care, whatever it takes to help them improve their economic situation. But a forever hand out to keep them subjugated to the welfare system. No!

    • TRIX

      yep

  • Chuck Burns

    It is quite apparent that many news organizations do not provide news at all but are simply part of the Progressive Liberal propaganda machine. The murderer wrote about Progressive issues such as climate change, gun control and abortion rights. He had no tolerance at all for persons who did not share his political views. Maybe instead of gun control we would be safer with Progressive Liberal Control.

    • Doug

      There’s an interesting thought.

  • david smejkal

    WHITEWASH

  • Marie Gray

    When I want to know the truth from a newspaper, I read the Inquire magazine. They are more factual than all those liberal media in general.

  • S.L. Rachford’s Ire

    A true Progressive socialist story. Maybe reporter did not understand the meaning of the words. Wow.