Let’s be clear: at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday when we posted this article, no one in an official position knows, (or at least is saying) who is behind the Boston Marathon bombings and what their motivation might have been.
But that hasn’t stopped the leftists in the establishment media from trying to pin it on -- or at least use the bombings to tar -- conservative opponents of big government.
Just hours after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, even as other outlets were reporting a Saudi national as a “person of interest,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews speculated, "Normally domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right."
He then reconsidered and suggested, "...That’s not a good category, just extremists, let’s call them that." You can listen to audio of Matthews’ comments here courtesy of our friends at the Media Research Center.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well, Michael, Tax Day today. That came up. You know, I was thinking of all the iconic events, or being told about them today. Of course, I knew it was Tax Day because I got them in. But of course, it's Patriots Day. It's also the Boston Marathon. And would you as an expert be thinking domestic at this point? I don't think Tax Day means a whole lot to the Arab world or Islamic world or the, certainly not to al Qaeda in terms of their world. It doesn't have any iconic significance.
CLINT VAN ZANDT, FORMER FBI PROFILER: At this point, as an investigator, you don't want to shut down any options, but based upon the type of explosive that appears, the size of the explosive, the way it was done, this is well within the capability of somebody with too much time in front of the internet who was looking up bombs and who hates government, who hates America. For whatever his or her reasons for doing something like this, this is well within the realm of one person.
The MRC’s Noel Sheppard also noted that during live coverage, Matthews highlighted a possible explosion at John F. Kennedy's presidential library and thought this could be a personal attack on the Democratic Party: "...But going after the Kennedy Library, not something at Bunker Hill, not something from the Freedom Trail or anything that kind of historic, but a modern political figure of the Democratic Party. Does that tell you something?" (Police are now considering the incident at the JFK library to be fire-related.)
The problem is that none of this speculation -- even as speculation -- has any factual basis.
As no less a source than iconically liberal Time magazine noted, domestic terrorist incidents hit a peak in 2009 with 12 incidents, mostly with radical Islamist or jihadi connections.
Likewise, in the aftermath of 9/11, domestic terrorists with decidedly left-oriented views on animal “rights” and the environment constituted a major threat and carried out some of the most substantial attacks.
As USAToday reported, in Utah, two men described by the U.S. attorney there as "domestic terrorists" pleaded guilty to setting separate arson fires related to eco-terrorism, including starting a fire that caused $1.5 million damage at a West Jordan lumber company and spray-painting "ELF" at the site. The Earth Liberation Front has been connected to dozens of acts of vandalism and arson around the country since 1996. The other youth pleaded guilty to starting a fire at Brigham Young University's Ellsworth Farm, where animal experiments are conducted, in the name of the Animal Liberation Front.
The same USAToday article notes that the FBI's domestic terrorism unit charged seven members of an animal rights group with terrorism after investigating what they said was a marked increase in crimes to stop the use of animals for product-testing. The activists, arrested in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington state, are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. The group seeks to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a New Jersey product-testing company. Prosecutors allege that the activists set fire to Huntingdon employees' cars, vandalized shareholders' homes and threatened their families. They were all charged with conspiring to commit terrorism.
The list of left-leaning establishment types and media figures who immediately started the drumbeat that the Boston Marathon bombings must have a conservative motivation goes on to include New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff, Luke Russert, CNN analysts and even, as our friends at RedState pointed out, the superintendent of a Wisconsin school district.
The left-leaning establishment media, correctly we believe, avoided jumping to any conclusions about a Muslim or Islamist connection to the Boston bombings. Too bad they couldn’t extend the same level of professionalism to those of their fellow Americans with whom they disagree politically.