Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:50

Everyday Americans Demonized After Las Vegas Murders

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As if on cue and reading from the same script, senior Obama administration officials and the increasingly discredited establishment press rushed to paint a deeply deceptive caricature of the alleged Las Vegas cop-killers. By selectively picking what to report in an outlandishly biased manner, a deranged couple described by neighbors as methamphetamine-abusing white supremacists became — at least in the mischaracterized “mainstream” media — everyday Americans suspicious about government run-amok. According to polls, over two thirds of U.S. voters say the federal government is “out of control” and a threat to basic liberties.

Like with tragedies of all varieties, the establishment almost reflexively began searching obsessively for unalienable rights to attack: gun rights, free speech, freedom of association, and more. Also, as has become typical, the media promptly began trying to distort and pigeonhole the supposed “ideology” of the murderers in an effort to demonize ideological foes, as if the “ideology” of lone lunatics was important. The victims, meanwhile — two police officers and an armed Good Samaritan at Walmart — have been largely ignored except as props to advance the dangerous agenda being pushed by the press and the Obama administration.

The first two victims, both police officers in Las Vegas, were 41-year-old Alyn Beck and 31-year-old Igor Soldo. They were executed at point-blank range at a pizza restaurant. Beck, a senior patrol officer who joined the department in 2001, was survived by a wife and three children. He was described by friends as tender, gentle, funny, fearless, a good cop, and an intellectual. The other officer, Soldo, leaves behind a wife and a baby. He joined the department in 2006 and was described by family as a loving father and a “great guy.” Fellow law enforcement officials and the community mourned their loss.

The other victim, who was carrying a concealed firearm and tried to stop the male suspect in Walmart, was identified by authorities as 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas. Based on police accounts, it appears that Wilcox did not realize the couple was working together. He was shot dead by the female suspect after confronting her husband. “Joseph died trying to protect others,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie said of the Good Samaritan. A police official quoted in local media reports also praised Wilcox. “To me, he was a hero,” the officer said. “He was trying to stop an active shooter.” Unsurprisingly, as The New American reported, Wilcox was virtually ignored by the press — almost certainly because his heroism does not fit with the agenda

In most of the press, the focus was not on the hero or the innocent victims, but on the supposed “ideology” of the deranged murderers — identified by police as Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller. Special vitriol was reserved for critics of the Obama administration. The Tea Party, for example, was demonized due to its occasional use of the U.S. War for Independence-era Gadsden flag reportedly used to cover up the bodies of the murdered police officers. A National Socialist (Nazi) swastika was also left at the crime scene. Law enforcement is still investigating what it all might mean, if anything. 

Radio titan Alex Jones and his Infowars media empire, meanwhile, were hysterically attacked by the establishment press because one of the suspects had left some comments at the website and shared some of the articles. Jones, who recently warned listeners to expect a false-flag operation, said after the tragedy in Las Vegas that he suspected the latest rampage had been staged. That prompted the White House-linked, Soros-funded propaganda outfit Media Matters to ramp up the anti-Jones hysteria even further. The attack-dog group also slammed the wildly popular and influential Drudge Report — a favorite target of far-left ideologues — by extension. Jones has one of the top 10 radio programs in America and his websites get far more traffic than even many national establishment media outlets.  

Based on the "likes" of one of the suspects on Facebook, numerous mainstream organizations ranging from the Heritage Foundation to the Washington Examiner were also demonized by far-left media outlets such as MSNBC and Mother Jones. Even political figures like former Congressman Allen West and others associated with elements of the conservative movement were cited as possible sources of inspiration for the alleged white-supremacist murderers — despite the fact that West is black. Some of the most outlandish media commentators even pointed to Obama’s skin color as a possible motivation for the killings.   

Finally, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters nationwide were cited by the establishment media because the suspects reportedly visited the property amid a showdown with the Bureau of Land Management. The two murder suspects were promptly asked to leave the ranch, according to the suspects themselves, their neighbors, and members of the Bundy family — a fact that much of the establishment press conveniently omitted in their reports. Also carefully concealed from consumers of what critics say is establishment-media “propaganda” was the presence of numerous law enforcement officers, sheriffs, and lawmakers from across the West at the Bundy ranch in support of the embattled ranchers.

It was not just the media seeking to whip up hysteria and paranoia about everyday Americans and their constitutionally protected rights. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, currently under fire for alleged corruption and bizarre ramblings against private citizens, wasted no time in calling for more gun control after the tragedy. “The American people are depending on us to pass legislation to prevent gun violence,” Reid claimed, ignoring the fact that dozens of existing gun-control schemes were violated by the suspects — not to mention far more serious laws against murder. Obama’s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell also tried to link the alleged murderers to the Bundy ranch. 

One of the big problems with the media and administration narrative so far, though — again, as with most tragedies — is that the facts do not fit the agenda. Even if they did, of course, the supposed “ideology” of the deranged killers would be as relevant as their fanatical obsession with heavy metal music. However, in the now-typical rush to demonize political opponents, the establishment press has had a field day, citing the shooters’ alleged shouting about their “revolution” during the rampage.    

Law enforcement officials, who were mourning their slain colleagues, tried to keep the calm. “We believe this is an isolated act,” explained Assistant Clark County Sheriff Kevin McMahill in a press conference about the tragedy. “There is no doubt that the suspects have some apparent ideology that’s along the lines of militia and white supremacists.” He also said the alleged killers had “anti-police ideology.” Apparently the suspects were under the misguided impression that police are the “oppressors,” officials said. Local law enforcement spokesmen said they were still searching for a motive, even though the media seem to think they have already uncovered it. Officials also said they found white-supremacist paraphernalia.

Neighbors who knew the suspects and social-media posts attributed to the alleged killers revealed bizarre views and behavior as well. “They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” a 22-year-old neighbor told the Las Vegas Sun. According to the neighbor, the male suspect sometimes dressed up as Peter Pan. He also described the couple as “weird people” who probably used methamphetamines, sometimes called crystal meth — a drug known for contributing to strange, paranoid, aggressive, and sometimes delusional behavior. Another neighbor also said the couple often talked about murdering police.    

On Facebook, the female suspect, who reportedly did most of the shooting before eventually killing her husband and then herself, also posted strange rantings on the Internet. “[T]o the people of the world… your [sic] lucky i can’t kill you now but remember one day one day i will get you because one day all hell will break lose [sic] and i’ll be standing in the middle of it with a shot gun in one hand and a pistol in the other,” she allegedly wrote on May 23. Analysts noted that such rhetoric, despite the media narrative, sounds nothing like the words of a Tea Partier concerned about Big Government and its violations of the Constitution.  

The male suspect was a convicted felon in Washington State for stealing cars, thereby becoming legally prohibited from owning a firearm. Apparently the alleged murderer was not concerned about gun laws, which are generally only adhered to by law-abiding citizens. According to news reports, the male suspect also had a criminal record in Indiana, as well as a long history of problems with drugs and domestic violence. Also left out of most media reports was the fact that the suspects allegedly seized weapons from the police officers they murdered, and the fact that the rampage only ended after they were confronted with armed force at Walmart.

Of course, when mass-murderers express obsessive pro-government views — National Socialists (Nazis), Communists, international socialists, and other adherents to "ideologies" that have murdered well over 100 million people in the last century — the press actively tries to cover it up. The New York Times, for example, became infamous for its half-baked efforts to conceal the Soviet communist genocide of Ukrainians from the world. Its headline for an article about the recent tragedy, though, reads: “Antigovernment Obsession Preceded Las Vegas Shootings.”

When ex-Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer Christopher Dorner hunted down and murdered his former colleagues over alleged corruption, the media was virtually silent about his rabidly pro-Obama "manifesto," his demands for more gun control, as well as his praise for Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and media figures like CNN’s Anderson Cooper and extreme anti-Second Amendment zealot Piers Morgan. Headlines declaring "Pro-Government, Pro-Obama, Pro-Gun Control Obsession Preceded Cop-Killer's LA Rampage" were nowhere to be found. Neither were radical pro-government media personalities blamed.

The pattern of deeply biased and deceptive reporting was also manifested recently after another recent shooting. When a deranged homosexual activist and fringe Southern Poverty Law Center apparatchik shot up a conservative-leaning non-profit’s headquarters, the media were mostly missing in action. No establishment media headlines trumpeted that “Pro-government and Pro-Homosexual Obsession Preceded D.C. Shootings,” or anything remotely similar.

After those shootings, The New American reported: “Of course, the individual shooter was solely responsible for his actions — nobody else, including the leadership of the SPLC ... can be legitimately blamed for the attack.” The same is true in this case and all other, similar tragedies. Some analysts, though, say the establishment media’s obsession with the supposed “ideology” of deranged killers — at least when it suits their agenda — may contribute to creating copy-cat murders.   

About one in five Americans trusts the establishment media, according to recent polls. Even that much support, though, is almost surprising considering how brazen the deception and agenda-driven “journalism” has become. On the other hand, some 68 percent of Americans say the federal government is “out of control” and a danger to their fundamental freedoms — making such views about as mainstream as they can be. From reading the misnamed “mainstream” media and its regurgitation of Obama administration press releases, the one in five people who still trust the press might be forgiven for thinking that almost seven in 10 Americans may be on the verge of going berserk. In the real world, though, the chances of that happening are probably as close to zero as it gets.

Photo: AP Images

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, politics, and more. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU.

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8 comments

  • Comment Link Old Mullet Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:07 posted by Old Mullet

    How's this for a "conspiracy theory"? Has anyone else noticed that nearly all of the high profile murders over the past 5 years have resulted in the perpetrator being dead at the scene? You know, no way to get information on why they did it. Though the male in the Vegas two had previously stated his plans for "after" the deed, it ended in the female killing him and herself. Has anyone delved into medically induced hypnosis, as in commands to commit acts (such as murder/suicide)? Are there really that many people with mental problems suddenly bent on murder or are these people more susceptible to mind control? IF that is the case, who could have the resources and the need to put our nation in such a state of turmoil and distrust of each other, the police, our own Constitutional rights, and, even conservative values?

  • Comment Link Todd Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:36 posted by Todd

    I'm somewhat entertaining the notion Jones put forth - a possible false flag event. But, who can say for sure. Depends upon just how much of the background info can be verified as not being fabricated. It does sound nutty on the one hand, but then on the other, consider that the fast and furious operation was dreamed up and put into play by the government to make a case against gun shows. Snowden had something on that, if I remember right. They know that Patriots for America had planned a demonstration for impeachment recently and they (the gov and their controlled media) are trying to scare away support for it. Unfortunately, PFA had already over-estimated the American spirit and it didn't amount to much, but they are still trying, and so is the media.

  • Comment Link Todd Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:02 posted by Todd

    Michael, I think murder has various levels, and does not necessarily depend upon whether an opposing individual is armed. Its the pre-existing intent to kill that makes it murder in the first degree. Homicide may be more to your definition, but only if no intent existed beforehand, in the mind of the perpetrator. Indeed, the armed shopper was also agitated to draw his weapon, and so, also had a "cause", as you say. But, who started it - the two suspects started it. As far as the other things you mention - there are good cops and bad cops - just like there are good armed civilians and bad armed civilians. You cant lump them all in one pot. That's what the media is doing to us armed civilians, patriots and militia members, and we don't like it, because its not fair. Our battle is not with the cops, its with the politicians at the top who have forgotten what their job is all about - to uphold the constitution - not bend it to every foul wind of circumstance.

  • Comment Link Jake Martinez Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:59 posted by Jake Martinez

    Billionaire Leftists Attack Your Gun Rights!
    http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blogs/billionaire-leftists-attack-your-gun-rights
    “Food For Thought”
    Hello: When Are Americans Going To Wake Up?-God Bless America!
    Semper Fi!
    Jake

  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:39 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    It is good that the author of this article blamed the Mainstream Media, viz. the Agitprop propagandists for the real crime: Disinformation.

    Other commentators seem to have gotten tangled up in the details.

  • Comment Link Todd C. Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:33 posted by Todd C.

    I'm appalled at the comment made by Michael Dalene. What are you thinking to post such a ludicrous and, honestly, mentally and emotionally disturbed comment? First, the term murder is defined as: The unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice. It is not a term that you can simply define as you wish in order to justify your immoral and, honestly, approaching insane comment. You need help, in a big way, and it is important that you know that you are fairly alone in your antisocial views. Your views do not represent patriotism, conservatism, or even the founding principles and structure of this great country. Personally, I think your comments bring shame upon the article and this Web site. Your comments also make you suspect of the potential to carry out murderous acts like the MURDERERS who also were mentally and emotionally disturbed. Get help before you hurt someone or yourself.

  • Comment Link Michael Dalene Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:48 posted by Michael Dalene

    I like the way the New American emphasizes that the officers and 'good Samaritan" were "murdered." All three were Armed... and apparently their killers had- at least in their minds, good reason for killing them, so... you can call it many things but technically, IT WAS NOT MURDER. There was CAUSE, and they were Armed... MURDER is taking the life of a defenseless person without Cause!

    When a squad of highly trained SeALS kills a man in his bedroom (remember Osama Bin Laden) they are called "Hero's," and the president and congress that ordered his murder (assassination if you wish?) are 'great ameriKans.

    QUESTION: If Cops are so Brave and Heroic, why do they put civilians and children (like that poor kid maimed- possibly murdered by a police 'flash-grenade') at risk just so they are safe? PUTTING A CHILDS (or any civilian) LIFE AND HEALTH AT RISK FOR THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY IS THE MOST COWARDICE ACT ANY MAN (or woman) CAN COMMIT. THOSE OFFICERS SHOULD DO THE HONORABLE THING AND EXPLAIN TO THEIR CHILDREN THAT THE GOVERNMENT THEY SERVE IS EVIL AND THEIR OWN ACTIONS ARE UNFORGIVABLE--- then they should shove a gun in their mouths and splatter their brains in front of their children to show their children that the only Honorable Act a Coward can do to atone for their crimes is Death by their own Hand...

  • Comment Link Dana Shore Tuesday, 10 June 2014 19:20 posted by Dana Shore

    The faggot loony left will stoop at nothing to pass their agenda. We have a small ultra-liberal population here and we know who they are.

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