When Jared Lee Loughner shot Gabby Giffords, the media immediately leapt to the conclusion that Loughner had been bathed in the water of political incivility. They attributed his shooting to a political map from Sarah Palin’s website. They blamed the Tea Party.
When Adam Lanza murdered 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the media jumped to the position that the NRA’s "gun culture" was responsible. They suggested that violent video games and movies had to be curbed.
But when it came to Dorner, the media suggested that his manifesto meant nothing — nothing! Piers Morgan blamed Dorner’s "deranged criminality," although he said nothing of the sort about Loughner or Lanza.
If the manifesto did mean something, the media said, it was that Dorner was essentially right about the LAPD. CNN reported, "LA cops stalked by suspect — and a brutal past." The New York Times reported, "The killings and Mr. Dorner’s online manifesto have reopened old wounds for some black residents here, even as they condemned the violence."