Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Glenn Beck's would-be assassin prepared for straitjacket

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click to enlarge Glenn Beck thinks Casey Brezik is an assassin.
  • Glenn Beck thinks Casey Brezik is an assassin.

Casey Brezik, the lunatic accused of stabbing a community college dean last fall, is one step closer to having his mental illness formally recognized by the state. "Time is limited," Brezik announced on Monday, after a Jackson County judge ruled that he was incompetent to stand trial.


Brezik is clearly sick, but that didn't stop professional wing nut Glenn Beck from wanting to attach a more enthralling narrative to the attack, which occurred on a day that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was planning to visit the Penn Valley campus of Metropolitan Community College. "He had a political agenda," Beck stated on his radio show in January in an attempt to find meaning in the lack of media coverage of the incident.


Beck shared the Brezik story with his listeners a few weeks after the shooting rampage in Tucson. Beck suggested that the media largely ignored the Penn Valley stabbing -- police believe that Brezik intended to cut Nixon -- because the suspect was an "anti-Christian, anti-capitalist leftist."

While acknowledging that Brezik is a "kook," Beck argued that the throat slashing

deserved more news coverage. "There's no way that it happened," the host said, mocking the inattention to the story.

Beck picked up on the stabbing from rightbloggers. Kansas City-based crackpot Jack Cashill had argued that the Penn Valley story didn't have legs because "even Keith Olbermann would have had a hard time turning Brezik into a Tea Partier."

Cashill allowed that Brezik "is something of a whack job" before diagnosing the young man with "Sudden Jihadi Syndrome," a malaria spread by progressives.


The point of these complaints, of course, is that after the Tucson shooting, the right received heaps of criticism for its "lock and load" rhetoric, while the Penn Valley attack remained a local story.

It's true that lefties with Twitter and Facebook accounts were quick to splatter blood on Sarah Palin in the immediate hours after the rampage in Arizona. But it's a little unclear how the media failed. Were news outlets supposed to hang back and let the AP cover a supermarket shooting that left six dead and a member of Congress in critical condition? Or does every 22-year-old schizophrenic who gets throat-cutting instructions from the voices in his head deserve the notoriety of Jared Lee Loughner?
 

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