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Did the Left Create Chris Dorner?

By Ben Shapiro · Feb. 15, 2013

Last week, former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner went on a murderous rampage throughout Southern California, shooting seven people, including five members of law enforcement, killing three. Before he went on his spree, Dorner wrote a manifesto praising liberal policies on gun control, media personages including Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews and politicians including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

But the bulk of Dorner's manifesto centered on his hatred for the police department from which he had been fired in 2009. He claimed in the manifesto that the LAPD “has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse.” He accused the LAPD of widespread racism and brutality. And he traced the LAPD's racism to broad societal racism: “My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school … I made a life decision that I will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me.” He continued: “I am here to change and make policy.”

When Jared Lee Loughner shot Gabby Giffords, the media immediately leapt to the conclusion that Loughner had been bathed in the water of political incivility. They attributed his shooting to a political map from Sarah Palin's website. They blamed the Tea Party.

When Adam Lanza murdered 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the media jumped to the position that the NRA's “gun culture” was responsible. They suggested that violent video games and movies had to be curbed.

But when it came to Dorner, the media suggested that his manifesto meant nothing – nothing! Piers Morgan blamed Dorner's “deranged criminality,” although he said nothing of the sort about Loughner or Lanza.

If the manifesto did mean something, the media said, it was that Dorner was essentially right about the LAPD. CNN reported, “LA cops stalked by suspect – and a brutal past.” The New York Times reported, “The killings and Mr. Dorner's online manifesto have reopened old wounds for some black residents here, even as they condemned the violence.”

The media never once stopped to consider that it was their coverage of the LAPD that may have created the cultural background noise for Dorner's belief system. Liberal Hollywood and the media regularly portray law enforcement as a bastion of bigotry and nastiness. Every depiction of LAPD in the last 20 years has focused on their supposed hatred for minorities, their corruption, their violence. If we are going to suppose that culture creates criminals, then leftist culture is responsible for Dorner.

In truth, we are all responsible for our own actions. But the double standard of the media is truly stunning. Next time they try to claim that Constitutional conservatism is responsible for mass shootings, the media ought to be reminded of Christopher Dorner.



Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"Next time they try to claim that Constitutional conservatism is responsible for mass shootings, the media ought to be reminded of Christopher Dorner."

I would only add they should be likewise reminded of Piers Morgan's statement about "deranged criminality,"

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

Liberals tend to go off the deep end when the realities of life smack them in the head, and they are not rewarded for failure.

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

GeorgePA in PA said:

I'm glad you came to the conclusion you did, because blaming the media would be making the same mistake they do all the time, blaming someone other than the disgusting individuals who commit such heinous crimes. Just because they are shameless manipulators of the truth doesn't mean we should as well.

It is nice to point out the hypocrisy, though, as you do quite capably - nicely done!

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Delusional demokrats behave, as though, they somehow, are not responsible for their own actions.Jesus Christ set the bar high:Take up your cross daily, and live each day like it is your last! (You may have to shut off the hollyweird television set.)

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

tip in colton,ca said:

The dividing line between liberals and religious conservitives are coming into a clearer and sharper picture every day. The more liberals promote and support shamless behavior the more their mind and morals spiral downward out of control.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM