Hate, Violence, and a Short Memory

Evan Coyne Maloney runs the political website/blog/twitter feed at Brain Terminal, and is also co-founder of an independent film company known as On the Fence Films, which produced the spectacular documentary on political bias on college campuses, Indoctrinate U. If you’re not familiar with his work, I highly recommend you check some of his stiff out.

Maloney first caught my attention before the Iraq War, when he infiltrated some of the anti-war protests and filmed the antics there. He has since filmed at several protests, cataloging the rhetoric displayed at these events. And given the sudden concern that the left-wing media have over the supposedly over-the-top and hateful sentiments at the Tea Party protests, Maloney is the perfect  guy to remind the left of the recent past that they never seemed to want to notice while it was happening, and are eager to forget about now.

Maloney has seen the depths of depravity that routinely appeared at left-wing protests, and rhetoric that would make media pundits froth at the mouth if it came from the right. But because it doesn’t fit the political narrative, the rhetoric that the left has displayed for years is glossed over:

If you’ve opened up a newspaper or watched a cable news program in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen members of the media painting Tea Party activists as dangerous bigots. That’s because disagreeing with President Obama on issues like government spending and high taxes makes you a racist, you see.

What’s interesting about the media’s latest freak-out is that there were radicals a-plenty under President Bush. They protested in the streets. They talked openly about revolution and killing. But oddly, the violent imagery used by people claiming to be advocates for peace never registered with the media. They were too busy fawning over Cindy Sheehan.

Why the difference in coverage? Did the media cheerlead the protests against President Bush to hurt him politically? Are they trying to marginalize the increasingly powerful Tea Party movement because they favor President Obama’s agenda?

Maloney presents this short video titled “A Trip Down Memory Lane,” in which he features some of the more colorful highlights of left-wing protests over the years. Nothing at any Tea Party has ever come remotely close to this.

Take the time to checkout Maloney’s other videos at Brain Terminal if you can — they’re worth it.

Also mentioned at Power Line and Founding Bloggers.

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