Blogger extraordinaire Sooper Mexican noticed something interesting about MSM coverage of Christopher Dorner’s manifesto: Most news outlets are publishing a censored version that is only 11 pages long:
By contrast, the uncensored manifesto is 21 pages long.
What was left out? Quite a bit.
- Dorner’s statements in support of gun control (“Who in there right mind needs a fucking silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one”),
- his attack on President Barack Obama’s critics (“You question his birth certificate, his educational and professional accomplishments, and his judeo-christian beliefs”),
- his adoration of First Lady Michelle Obama’s hair (“I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama”),
- his admiration for Joe Biden (“I’ve always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians”),
- his support for Hillary Clinton (“You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016”),
- his fondness for former President Bill Clinton (“He was always my favorite president”),
- his confidence in San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (“He’s [good people] and I have faith and confidence in him”),
- his love of MSNBC and CNN (“Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead”),
- his criticism of the National Rifle Association (“Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of shit”) ,
- and his hatred of George Zimmerman (“Too bad Trayvon didn’t smash your skull completely open, Zim”).
In short, the MSM omitted the parts of the manifesto where Dorner reveals he is a card-carrying liberal Democrat.
Did the media outlets disclose that they left out this material? No they did not.
FOX 11’s headline says “READ Murder Suspect Chris Dorner’s Online Manifesto” then adds this qualifier, “NOTE: At the request of the Los Angeles Police Department, FOX 11 has removed all names mentioned in this manifesto for their safety. Also note that we have redacted some offensive language contained within this statement.”
KTLA 5’s headline reads: “Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto (Disturbing Content and Language).” The story does not mention that any material is excluded.
The Hollywood Reporter noticed some of the omissions:
[W]hile several media outlets have chosen to report on the contents of the manifesto, most have been leaving out Dorner’s views on the media. In some cases where news media allegedly presents the entire manifesto, the portion about the media isn’t included.
At the website of Los Angeles TV station KTLA, for example, a headline reads: “Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto (Disturbing Content and Language).” What follows appears to be the entire manifesto, minus the paragraphs where Dorner discusses the media. At the end, KTLA notes that it “has removed the names of a number of officers out of respect for their privacy,” though it doesn’t mention that entire paragraphs pertaining to the media are missing.
See Sooper Mexican’s post for much more.
We can certainly understand redacting the names of individual officers (for safety reasons), but what is the rationale for excising Dorner’s hard-Left political views?