All I am saying is that threats to Bush similarly pursued — but weren’t.
And the only reason I’m publishing the essay is that many Obama supporters — to my astonishment — now claim that Bush was never threatened at protests.
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In fact, I’m pointing the finger of blame in an entirely different direction.
Often, the Secret Service is only alerted to a possible threat by reports in the media. I contend that the media is aggressively reporting on, highlighting and pursuing any and all possible threats to President Obama — and even hints of threats — but they purposely glossed over, ignored or failed to report similar threats to President Bush. I believe it is part of an ideological bias: most mainstream networks and newspapers tried their best during the Bush administration to portray the anti-war movement as mainstream and moderate; whereas now they are trying to portray the anti-tax and anti-health-care-bill protesters as extremists and as fringe kooks.
To achieve these goals, they essentially suppressed any mentions of the violent signage (including threats to Bush) at anti-war rallies, but have highlighted anything that could even conceivably be construed as a threat at anti-Obama events.
The reason: Because the media intentionally failed to report on them.
Which is why both the average American and the Secret Service never became aware of many of these protest threats.