If Loughner's Favorite Movie was Anti-Fox News, How Could he be 'Influenced' by the Right's Rhetoric?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over at The Other McCain a salient question has been asked. There you’ll see a story about a segment of the film that we’ve come to understand was Arizona killer Jared Loughner’s favorite movie, Zeitgeist, and in that clip we can easily see that the film claims that Fox News acts as “the men behind the curtain.” Fox is criticized by this film as manipulators of the news and one of the conspiratorial evils of the world.

So, that being the case, how is it possible that the left can continue to claim that Jared Loughner was somehow “influenced” by conservatives, by Fox News, by Talk Radio, by Sarah Palin and those on the right when his favorite movie scaremongered people into a hatred of Fox News and the right? Further, we understand that Zeitgeist posited that Bush knew that 9/11 was coming, that Bush was part of it. This is further evidence that if Loughner was influenced by anything it was left-leaning progressive ideas far more than conservative ones.

And yet, the Old Media is ignoring all these truths. McCain says:

It is truly astonishing that, after ABC News broke the story of Jared Loughner’s Zeitgeist obsession on Jan. 12, there was no substantial follow-up reporting [on the film] by any major national news organization.

And yet, as McCain observes, the Old Media continues to push the conservatives-are-at-fault meme, leading America to believe that Jared Loughner was somehow influenced by the “violent rhetoric” of the right in America today.

So, why has the Old Media been relatively silent on this film, one claimed to be killer Loughner’s favorite movie? Why else but to continue pushing the anti-conservative storyline they immediately launched into before the blood even dried on the streets.

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