Sunday, November 29, 2015


NBC News reported this last night:
The day after a gunman killed three people and shot nine others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood office, officials tell NBC News a motive remains unclear, but say the suspect talked about politics and abortion.

Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina native who was living in a trailer in Colorado, made statements to police Friday at the scene of the Colorado Springs clinic and in interviews that law enforcement sources described as rantings.

In one statement, made after the suspect was taken in for questioning, Dear said "no more baby parts" in reference to Planned Parenthood, two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case told NBC News.
That was followed by this, from The Washington Post:
The gunman suspected of storming a Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two others used the phrase “no more baby parts" to explain his actions, according to a law enforcement official, a comment likely to further inflame the heated rhetoric surrounding abortion.

The attack on the clinic, allegedly by Robert Lewis Dear Jr., was “definitely politically motivated," said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still underway.
And this, from The New York Times:
... the authorities shed no light publicly on whether they believed Mr. Dear, 57, had deliberately targeted Planned Parenthood. But one senior law enforcement official, who would speak only anonymously about an ongoing investigation, said that after Mr. Dear was arrested, he had said “no more baby parts” in a rambling interview with the authorities.
So whatever else Dear might have said, at least three major news outlets are telling us that he said, "No more baby parts" -- according to one or more law enforcement sources. NBC attributes the statement to "two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case." The Times attributes it to "one senior law enforcement official." The Post cites "a law enforcement official" -- who is also willing to assert definitively that Dear's motive was political.

Now, how does Fox News handle this? Here's the lead story at right now:

The head of the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic where a gunman killed three people and injured nine others said in a statement Saturday that the man held anti-abortion views.

“We are learning that eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people and injures to nine others at Planned Parenthood’s health center in Colorado Springs was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain CEO Vicki Cowart said.

“This is an appalling act of violence targeting access to health care and terrorizing skilled and dedicated health care professionals.”
Yes, the Fox story, in paragraph #4, cites one of the law enforcement sources:
A law enforcement official also told the Associated Press that Richard Lewis Dear, 57, made a “no more baby parts” remark following his arrest in the deadly rampage Friday. The official told AP he couldn’t elaborate about the comment and spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
And yes, that is what the AP story says.

But do you see what Fox has done here? It's understood at Fox that a lot of people don't read past the first one or two paragraphs of a typical online news story, or (especially in the social media age) even read past the headline -- so this headline says that the person ascribing anti-abortion politics to the shooter is the evil head of an organization devoted to legalized mass murder. The people at Fox hope that's what the Fox audience remembers. The point is to create doubt about the assertion.

Will it work? Well, maybe not, but Fox regards itself as in an ongoing war against liberalism. So Fox isn't going to leave any ammo unused.


Victor said...

In fairness to FUX "news," we don't yet know the context of that violent loons "no more baby parts" comment.

Maybe he was telling the cops what he was planning on giving up for Lent?

Too soon?

Yastreblyansky said...

Maybe a little too soon, Victor.

Very elegant analysis, Steve, and I think completely valid.

Victor said...

Sorry... :-(

Steve M. said...


Feud Turgidson said...

I'm with Yas. THIS sort of post by Steve M. is the reason I got attracted to NMMNB in the first place, and why I'm such a committed NoMor. Steve M. tries out a lot of stuff here and not all of it works out optimally, but I think it's great that he's so relentless in looking for and identifying rightwing coprolites.

Steve in Manhattan said...

We have to keep the focus, and pressure, on David Daleiden, the asshole who faked those videos. He should be driven from society.

Professor Chaos said...

I saw a bit of ABC This Morning show and they were pretending to speculate on what the gunman's motivation might possibly be.

Victor said...

What @unknown said!

Feud Turgidson said...

Which one? "unknown" or the REAL "unkwown".

Without some sort of program, maybe numbers, maybe labels...maybe even names(!), there's no reliable way of knowing.

Speaking for my unknown self, I know they're not the same (Heisenberg, etc.), but I just can't pick between them.

3 people dead, 6 wounded, many others traumatized, all for what, Daleiden? Too prove you're A MURDER-MONGERING FRAUD?

Actually, I'm fine with people concluding that about Daleiden and his horrific notion of what constitutes "journalism", but I don't really think it's true in most cases like this one, not even this one. AFAIK, when Dear got caught torturing animals, he was 'invited out' of his birthstate of South Carolina. That and his 3 or so decades of relatively less horrific conduct in North Carolina suggests not a psychopath but instead a sociopath, thinking of himself as somehow being unjustly denied the full experience of being human yet fixated on wanting to be. For such a personality to leave his 'home' of 3 decades to move all the way to the Colorado Springs area to me doesn't suggest someone after killing abortion providers, but rather someone who experienced a big life disruption - lost his job, divorce, something like that, in the result losing the social supports and comfort zone that modulated his anxieties - then went off on a big idealist adventure to the supposed home of aeronautical optimism, Colorado Springs being the site of the Air Force Academy, attracted in part by hopes of connecting with a social life. What's in fact there to be found is one of the more intense concentrations of religiotic whackery the nation has to offer. But in any event, he didn't fit in, he didn't find that ideal comfort level of no conflict and a uniform communitarian notion of it being God's hope, because GD SOB Planned Parenthood abortions were SPOILING his heaven on earth. He didn't NEED that stupid film to tell him the problem: but he did need an ideologically-confirming social base in order to demonstrate his worthiness of being accepted.

No one inside the clinic died. All those who got killed or wounded were those who tried to stop him or else he thought might, in getting in there and STAYING in there. And then when it was clear that his defense of the castle agains the siege on it had failed the castle wall irrevocably breached, he just up and surrendered, completely peaceably. Huh. Weird, right?

I think he was actually there for way more complicated fuzzy justice than simply killing abortion providers.