Joseph Stack was angry at the Internal Revenue Service, and he took his rage out on it by slamming his single-engine plane into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas. We now know this thanks to the rather clear (as rants go) suicide note Stack left behind. There’s no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.
A friend of mine told me that MSDNC’s coverage centered around the fact that there was “a lot of anger out there.”
If they’d actually bothered to read Stack’s full “explanation” (h/t Memeorandum) for why he did what he did, then they’d see that this guy could have just as easily been a left wing nutcase as he could a right wing nutcase. Yeah, he obviously hated the IRS but he also deplored capitalism and the lack of adequate healthcare (among other things). That hasn’t stopped the WaPo nor MSDNC nor the AP from focusing primarily on the anti-IRS part of his screed so as to make him out to be yet another post-Obama election right wing “wacko.”
They’re also doing it with the Alabama professor who killed three of her colleagues last Friday and injured three others in a shooting spree even though it’s clear she was/is a far left nutcase. But why let a little thing called “the facts” get in the way of a good smearathon?
These people are so freaking predictable.
Update – 6:56 PM: I see Time Magazine didn’t waste any time falsely linking Stack with the Tea Party movement.