Morally bankrupt Salon goes #TeamDorner, compares Chris Dorner to Jack Bauer and John Wayne

Not content to “give truthers a chance,” Salon completed its descent into moral bankruptcy Thursday when it republished a despicable Jacobin magazine piece with the title “Understanding Christopher Dorner.”

Unlike many Dorner cheerleaders, Salon didn’t call cop-killer Christopher Dorner a “modern day Django” or the new Nat Turner. Instead, he’s excused as the “product of a society gone mad on racism and war.” The author laments that Dorner’s mainfesto “will be dismissed as the rantings of a lunatic.” Oh, and he’s Jack Bauer and John Wayne rolled into one awesome truth-telling whistle-blowing package. If you can stomach it, here’s a taste:

Dorner’s reaction is partly rooted in a corrosive version of American masculinity — his response to institutional corruption is uniquely Jack Bauer and John Wayne. Gratuitous violence included. Dorner is a wholesale product of a society gone mad on racism and war, of a state that aggressively punishes dissent, of an intellectual milieu where telling the truth has become a dangerous act. There was no internal institutional outlet for him to address injustices against him: the blue line prevented that.

Pipe down, Dorner hater. You just can’t fathom the edgy depths of the Salon editorial team. Neither can any person with an ounce of decency.

Salon’s editors should be ashamed. But when they published a love letter to trutherism, the piece quickly disappeared down the memory hole. Despite significant backlash, Matthew Cunningham-Cook’s ode to Dorner is still online.

Way ahead of you.

  • Lady 12

    T. Becket Adams has some excellent posts.

  • Lady 12

    T. Becket Adams has some excellent posts.

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Understanding John Gacy:
    Result of teacher shortage at clown school.

    • Jack Deth

      Understanding Dr. Josef Mengele:

      “Pain is good. Extreme pain is extremely good!”

    • Jack Deth

      Understanding Dr. Josef Mengele:

      “Pain is good. Extreme pain is extremely good!”

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Understanding John Gacy:
    Result of teacher shortage at clown school.

  • CatHerder

    I understand Dorner. I understand he’s deader’n a doornail and partially cremated to boot. I also understand that when you basically challenge every law enforcement officer in the US to a duel, it ain’t gonna end well.

    And leave John Wayne out of it, there’s zero comparison.

    • Canadian in USA

      I knew, pretty much, that when Dorner challenged pretty much every law enforcement agency in the US, he’d be toast.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

        would it be inappropriate to say that Dorner became the “toast” of liberal society?

    • Canadian in USA

      I knew, pretty much, that when Dorner challenged pretty much every law enforcement agency in the US, he’d be toast.

  • CatHerder

    I understand Dorner. I understand he’s deader’n a doornail and partially cremated to boot. I also understand that when you basically challenge every law enforcement officer in the US to a duel, it ain’t gonna end well.

    And leave John Wayne out of it, there’s zero comparison.

  • independentjones

    Understanding Adolf HItler:

    Emotionally fragile artist denied entry to Art School … by Jewish faculty.

  • independentjones

    Understanding Adolf HItler:

    Emotionally fragile artist denied entry to Art School … by Jewish faculty.

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Funny how when a spree killer is an avowed lefty, the “legitimate news” goes out of its way to explain the killer’s “misunderstood suffering” and stands at the ready to provide a litany of excuses for their depraved blood lust.

    I wonder how the media would react if the next spree killer wrote a tea-party-esque “manifesto”? You think they would be so quick to defend then?

    • Canadian in USA

      Or if the manifesto of their “misunderstood” killer targets one of their family?

    • Canadian in USA

      Or if the manifesto of their “misunderstood” killer targets one of their family?

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Funny how when a spree killer is an avowed lefty, the “legitimate news” goes out of its way to explain the killer’s “misunderstood suffering” and stands at the ready to provide a litany of excuses for their depraved blood lust.

    I wonder how the media would react if the next spree killer wrote a tea-party-esque “manifesto”? You think they would be so quick to defend then?

  • Jack Deth

    How exactly is Chris Dorner like John Wayne?

    John Wayne (Marion Michael Morrison) was an actor and icon of America and film for forty years. No criminal record. Turned down the role of “Dirty Harry” Callahan, because Wayne had misgivings about “Back shooting a bad guy.” Ridiculous comparison.

    Where Chris P. “Crispy” Dorner was a multiple cop killing mad dog murderer who ran out of options and hid behind hostaged women. And like James Cagney’s “Rocky” Sullivan. Died a cowardly “Yellow Rat”. As in ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’.

    Can’t comment of Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. Never watched ’24’. Though I understand the series boasted superb supporting characters and actors.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.oconnell.94214 Kevin O’Connell

      Except that Cagney’s character in in “Angels with Dirty Faces” actually didn’t die a cowardly death as much as he made an act of redemption before settling into Old Sparky.

  • Jack Deth

    How exactly is Chris Dorner like John Wayne?

    John Wayne (Marion Michael Morrison) was an actor and icon of America and film for forty years. No criminal record. Turned down the role of “Dirty Harry” Callahan, because Wayne had misgivings about “Back shooting a bad guy.” Ridiculous comparison.

    Where Chris P. “Crispy” Dorner was a multiple cop killing mad dog murderer who ran out of options and hid behind hostaged women. And like James Cagney’s “Rocky” Sullivan. Died a cowardly “Yellow Rat”. As in ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’.

    Can’t comment of Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. Never watched ’24’. Though I understand the series boasted superb supporting characters and actors.

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Understanding Joseph Stalin:

    One death is a tragedy, but a million is a statistic.

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Understanding Joseph Stalin:

    One death is a tragedy, but a million is a statistic.

  • CatHerder

    Understanding Arnold Dean Corrl:
    He haz candy.

  • CatHerder

    Understanding Arnold Dean Corrl:
    He haz candy.

  • carla5731

    I guess we should all pat ourselves on the back because although we too are part of this “society gone mad on racism and war.” we’ve refrained from expressing ourselves via a murderous rampage.

  • carla5731

    I guess we should all pat ourselves on the back because although we too are part of this “society gone mad on racism and war.” we’ve refrained from expressing ourselves via a murderous rampage.

  • Emily B

    Uh, 24 is my favorite show, and on behalf of Jack Bauer, I’m highly insulted by the comparison.

    • Love of Country

      That’s because they actually tried to insult you by comparing Dorner to action heroes liked by Republicans ….. so do what I did and turn lemons into lemonade by pointing out the fact they just unwittingly pointed their fascist little fingers at Hollywood influence.

      So to that end …. I say thank you, Salon, and let’s go ahead and have that conversation on Hollywood and pop-culture influence, lol.

    • SpinMeNot

      This is their S.O.P. — start with subtle (or not so subtle) innuendo that right is left, good is evil, and tradition is bad. In the end, everybody knows that conservatives are racists, God doesn’t exist, and having a job in the private sector where you work hard and provide a positive contribution to the economy is greed.

      This is how it begins …

  • Emily B

    Uh, 24 is my favorite show, and on behalf of Jack Bauer, I’m highly insulted by the comparison.

  • Steve_J

    IMO, Dorner grew up spoiled and when he didn’t get his way as an adult he threw a tantrum that resulted in the murder of four people.

  • Steve_J

    IMO, Dorner grew up spoiled and when he didn’t get his way as an adult he threw a tantrum that resulted in the murder of four people.

  • michael s

    Matthew Cunningham Cook is the author’s name. I thought his name would be a headline as Marc Lamont Hill’s name was. Very obvious. I hope I’m proven wrong that Marc Lamont Hill was subjected to a selective twitter war by Katie Pavlich and MM. I know the same twitter war is coming for Cook. Please prove me wrong?

    • carla5731

      Mr. Hill was speaking on his own behalf while Cunningham-Cook’s article was published by Salon. The tweets that are critical of the article are rightly targeting the publication.

    • GaryTheBrave

      “Matthew Cunningham Cook” sounds like the name of the next serial killer.

    • NachoCheese (D)

      I wonder how long until you condemn the lefty on this article for his racist crap…

      —–
      An Abstraction • an hour ago
      SQUEEEEE!! Dr. Token in tha hizz-ouse!
      —–

      http://twitchy.com/2013/02/15/awesome-dr-ben-carson-has-joined-twitter/

      So, is it ok for leftist to call a distinguished pediatric neurosurgeon a “token” because he dared to stray from the Democrat plantation?

      Or do only expend your “moral outrage” over racism on *certain* perceived “racism”…

    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      how many times do we have to condemn every single person that glorified Dorner for you get it through your greasy fucking head that this isn’t a selective outrage thing??

  • michael s

    Matthew Cunningham Cook is the author’s name. I thought his name would be a headline as Marc Lamont Hill’s name was. Very obvious. I hope I’m proven wrong that Marc Lamont Hill was subjected to a selective twitter war by Katie Pavlich and MM. I know the same twitter war is coming for Cook. Please prove me wrong?

  • Love of Country

    Hey Salon …… if you stand by this quote “his response to institutional corruption is uniquely Jack Bauer and John Wayne” ….. then you finally get it! Hollywood gave us Chris Dorner …. because that’s exactly what you just said.

    But what you fail to see is that Hollywood movies and videogames were only half of Chris Dorner’s problems. The other half was clearly liberal values bolstered by MSNBC’s and Barack Owebamao’s unholy and completely un-American and completely fabricated race war because both evil/regrettable entities have been spreading fear, hatred and racism like no one has ever seen in this country since the days of DNC slavery, DNC Jim Crow Laws, DNC segregation and the DNC KKK. And never mind Joe Biden who actually told him (projection) that Republicans wanted to put Chris Dorner “back in chains” ….. the Vice President of the United States actually said that …. can you fricken believe it???

    But of course if Salon had ever realized they just firmly pointed their grubby little dishonest fingers at Hollywood influence, they never would have made such a head-scratching comment to begin with. It seems that Joan Walsh and her communist ilk just couldn’t figure out a way to pin this one on Sarah Palin this time ….. must have driven all those uber fascist neo-progs nuts, bless their little hearts.

  • $29561723

    When criminals are liberals, their victims are scientific samples, statistics to exonerate the motivations of the perpetrators. Nothing more.

    When victims are able to be exploited to further a liberal cause, they are paraded about in photos and movies, used in speeches, eulogized in legislation, and immortalized in song.
    If you’re not an active liberal, your life is worth less than zero.

  • $29561723

    When criminals are liberals, their victims are scientific samples, statistics to exonerate the motivations of the perpetrators. Nothing more.

    When victims are able to be exploited to further a liberal cause, they are paraded about in photos and movies, used in speeches, eulogized in legislation, and immortalized in song.
    If you’re not an active liberal, your life is worth less than zero.

  • traffic_robot

    So basically no one is capable of comparing Dorner to anyone who is real, wasn’t a criminal or wasn’t an actor. Got it.

  • traffic_robot

    So basically no one is capable of comparing Dorner to anyone who is real, wasn’t a criminal or wasn’t an actor. Got it.

  • tripindictuloudiouslywild

    Why do anti-american Americans cheer for sick arse-holes like Dorner and occupy Wall Streeters? If the United States of America is so unfair, racist, terrible and all that, why not just move to China, North Korea, Cuba and enjoy your life?

  • George Washington Mclintock

    What did the pitch meeting sound like, “Yeah, we want to do a story
    about how great Dorner is, but even our readers won’t go for the theory
    popular with young black people :that he was shot that black couple and those
    guys who didn’t work for the LAPD because the LAPD hated him because was
    black. So we were thinking we could blame society. And just for clicks,
    we’ll blame some stuff Republicans like. John Wayne, and..ummm. ummm,
    and that tv show 24.” Soooooo very smart

    Chris Dorner was run of the mill spree killer: a bitter failure who couldn’t cope
    with the realization he was a bitter failure. Racism didn’t make him
    that way. In fact, examining his police career, his being black got him
    more chances than most. Nor is he a product of society’s failures. He saw his self as personally wrong by a group of people, and as criminal psychology teaches us, when it’s personal people want to punish those they hold against us. He lacked modesty, so when his self-evaluation didn’t match up with reality, he relied on the race card to deal with the cognitive dissonance. And when the race card couldn’t save him anymore, all he could do was lash out. His manifesto was just a pretty typical example of the mental gymnastics that scum engage to feel good about what they do.

    The fact that the LAPD can do what they do after decades of left-wing attempts to discredit it is amazing to me.The big racial skeleton in California’s history isn’t really the ploce, but rich whites who manipulated the law to keep blacks and latinos out of their neighborhoods. Which seems so familar for some reason…? Oh yeah, all the techie liberals, San Fran artists, actors who don’t go anywhere near Watts, East L.A, or associate with any minorities outside of Snoop and Will Smith. History of that department is a worthy topic of study for anyone interested in the lies liberal tell, and how tell them. It’s early days were pretty bad. It was real corrupt and pretty racist,but not even close to a 100 rotten. But in the 60’s, the Dragnet days, it gets a lot more complicated. So William Parker gets hired as chief in 1950, and he cleans up the department by instituting strict hiring standards. So, a lot of no-nonsense military vets got hired. I really do think it was the meritocracy that enraged the liberals of the time. If you could hack it,even if you were black, you got it in. Some facts about the LAPD’s history you’ve been hearing about with the Dorner story you won’t learn from the media.

    0. Black officers held command positions in the LAPD as early as the late 20’s.

    1. Chief Parker ended all of the department’s segregationist practices, like having black officers work only with other black officers, in the 1960’s

    2. The Watts riot that’s been brought up by the media as context for the Dorner story was started when a black man who was driving while severely intoxicated attacked officers attempting to arrest him.

    3. ROdney King was a real piece of garbage who was high on PCP. But we all knew that.

    4. THe infamous Rampart scandal involved more black and latino officers than did white. And the residents Rampart neighborhood felt so oppressed by the department at the time they gave it an 83% approval rating when surveyed by the papers.

    5. Police corruption cases skyrocketed in the 80’s when civil rights leaders(clear eyed people call them race hustlers) forced the abandonment of Parker’s hiring standards and hundreds of black and latino officers, many with juvenile criminal histories, got badges.

    I could go on with hundreds, literally hundreds of documented facts, about the LAPD that you won’t be hearing about from the MArc Lamont Hill’s of the world. If you were wondering why people support Dorner, it’s because Liberal institutions of the country have sought to conceal, distortrevise, and selectively teach the historical record. Too many people think the true history of the department is Season 2 of The Shield. It you think about it, it’s mind boggling what publications like Salon are attempting to do. and have already done regarding so many public institutions.

  • ceemack

    The Onion vs. Salon.com:

    Both publish ridiculous faux-news items.

    The Onion is funny. Salon.com is not.

  • $3838536

    Dorner battles “racism” by stalking & killing a black man & an ethnic Chinese woman just to get started? Who did the voices in his head sound like, PiersMusket & ChrisTingles?

  • Howzah123

    Salon had a complete 180 take on McVeigh – http://www.salon.com/2001/04/07/mcveigh_3/

    “There is a common ideological thread that runs from Timothy McVeigh to
    bedrock Republicanism, and the shared emotional leitmotif of that
    ideology is anger. What distinguishes America’s worst domestic terrorist
    from Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and George W. Bush is the intensity of that anger.”

    • SpinMeNot

      An excellent point — the left is righteous in their cause, regardless of the methods. Dorner and McVeigh were evil, pure and simple. In the end got what they deserved.

      • Howzah123

        The article also states:

        “There is a common ideological thread that runs from Timothy McVeigh to
        bedrock Republicanism, and the shared emotional leitmotif of that
        ideology is anger. What distinguishes America’s worst domestic terrorist from Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and George W. Bush is the intensity of that anger.”

        So they only thing that makes Conservatives different than McVeigh is that he was more pissed off than us or something. Dorner? He’s just a product of racism.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

          Gee wonder what they said about the Occupy Wall Street protesters committing crimes and trying to bomb bridges? Reality is
          Timothy McVeigh was much closer to Occupy than he ever was to any conservative.

  • SpinMeNot

    “Institutional corruption” … does Salon have proof of that? Oh sorry, never mind, my bad.

  • tdpwells

    Society gone mad on racism? Well, blame the left for that since apparently every third word in the dictionary is secret code with racist intent, and you can’t criticize a black man’s beliefs, policies, or even clothes without being called racist. The left has turned racism into a joke and belittled those who have truly suffered under racism.

  • Maxx

    A political party whose mantra is now nothing more than a late night ad for a law firm:

    “you’ve been wronged and you’re entitled to compensation.”

  • 1azuce

    Will Joan “I’m not the editor, sort of, editor at large, aaahh you stupid conservatives, don’t you know who I am” Walsh neigh in.

  • PAttyconservatopia

    #OpSlam whoever advertises in SALON magazine. The only way to make these leftists/marxists/communists/socialists/democrats understand we won’t put up with their idiocy is to hit them where it hurts, in their little capitalistic wallets

  • PAttyconservatopia

    #OpSlam whoever advertises in SALON magazine. The only way to make these leftists/marxists/communists/socialists/democrats understand we won’t put up with their idiocy is to hit them where it hurts, in their little capitalistic wallets

  • michael s

    I’m sure Matthew Cunningham Cook will have to go on the OReilly factor to clarify his positions and explain himself on his Christopher Dorner statements. No just like Jack Moore his statements aren’t the subject of outrage . Only The Black professor of Columbia University must be hounded,vilified,subjected ,piled on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Understand Hillary Clinton. What difference does it make at this point?

  • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

    so if somebody set fire to all the cars in the parking lot of Salon magazine, they stand around and cheer “man, that’s one cool revolutionary!”

  • imcookie1

    here is ONE of the MAIN reasons this country is in the $h!tter. LIBERALS thinking ITS OK to murder innocent people, cause mayhem , all in the name of racism, which has yet to be proven. DORNER took 5 years to plot this revenge, those 5 years should haves been spent FIGHTING BACK on bis so called firing, SO TO ALL WHO THINK DORNER was a VICTIM, GO TO HELL, one day when some sicko revenge seeking idiot holds a gun to your head, make him dinner.