On Wednesday’s “The Five” on the Fox News Channel, Greg Gutfeld explained that “ego” motivates those who have used Monday’s terrorist attack in Boston as a backdrop to criticize their political opponents.
Those who avoid the temptation to ascribe blame are better for it, Gutfeld said.
“So terror oddly puts everything in its place,” Gutfeld said. “It aligns priorities and tells you what matters. Everything on the front page gets evicted by images of murder. And that’s what it is. Not tragedy. It’s murder, which is why it bugs me to see media types ascribe blame to people they already hate. To me the ability to resist the urge for rhetoric urge for political rhetoric in brutal times shows intelligence and grace, and it’s lesser minds who seek to answer ‘why’ first instead of ‘who.’ It’s ‘who’ once caught that tells you ‘why.’ I can name the usual blithering suspects but there are so many. They multiply like rabbits on Cialis.”
Gutfeld, author of “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage,” cited New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews and Salon’s David Sirota.
“You got Michael Moore, Nick Kristof, Chris Matthews and others tossing blame at everyone. My gut says when you go political early, it’s more ego — a desire to score points against people you dislike. Joy Reid at MSNBC even used the attack to hit on George Bush, and then there is Salon’s David Sirota, who writes, quote, ‘Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.’ You mean like the Occupy Wall Streeters on trial in Cincinnati? Or Bill Ayers, the nutty professor? I don’t think David meant that at all. Even though the only difference between Ayers and Boston was that Ayers’ bombs went off earlier.”
But in the end, Gutfeld said none of the posturing will do anything to ease the grieving for the victims of the attack.
“Look, by now have you experienced nonstop coverage of this horrible crime, and we know that certain images will stay with us forever, this one especially,” Gutfeld added. “Right now, wagging fingers at people you dislike will not change that or bring relief to suffering families.”