Selective Outrage Syndrome

No matter the reasons for the media’s obsession with nailing the president for something, anything, no matter the reason so many are so perpetually outraged by the president’s every action, we need some context here. That context comes in a question. Where was their outrage from 2009-17? Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms, writing about the evils of playing politics with police shootings lays out some very harsh, yet richly deserved criticism of President Obama.

In 2010, Brian Terry, a United States Border Patrol officer was the victim of Obama Administration politics. Eric Holder’s Department of Justice walked more than 2,500 AK’s and other high-powered rifles across the border in Operation Fast and Furious. Mexican cartel members obtained one of those rifles and murdered Brian in a firefight. Neither the Obama Administration nor Eric Holder had to answer for the grief they caused Brian Terry’s mother.


Because politics were more important to Obama and his crew than the life of a Border Patrol agent. The maddening part is that Obama didn’t consider that a scandal. He said his two terms were scandal free.

The Obama Administration made law enforcement officers less safe and more hated. During his first year in office, Obama tried to make an example of a Cambridge Police Department officer who detained a subject that was seen forcing his way into a home. However, further investigation on the scene showed the suspect was the homeowner. Instead of being thankful the officers were thorough and acknowledging that sometimes mistakes do happen, the president became belligerent and continued to use this rhetoric to divide the country for the next eight years.

Black Lives Matter cheered when cops were shot or injured. The Obama White House was silent. The media would selectively pick police shootings to cover, and the White House was quick to condemned officers. Weeks later, we would learn the truth of what happened, and that most of the shootings were justified.

Obama fostered emotion that perpetuated the idea that it was acceptable to assault police officers because you felt wronged. He created this war on cops, and it is still waging. In 2017, 34% of officers were killed by gunfire.

Of course not mentioned here are Benghazi, the use of the IRS to attack Tea Party groups, or several other black marks that will forever tarnish Obama’s legacy. Odd that our media, and the left in general runs with every rumor about Trump. They mock him at every turn, they embrace every “source” with an axe to grind with the president. Yet they were silent during the Obama years. Paints a very clear picture doesn’t it?

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