So will the general media cover that the person who attacked the Discovery Channel with bombs and gun was inspired by Al Gore?

This connection with Al Gore is getting some news coverage, but not a lot.

James Jay Lee wasn't a stranger to the Discovery Channel employees he terrorized Wednesday with a gun and with what appeared to be makeshift bombs strapped to his chest and back.

Lee, a 43-year-old California man with a seemingly religious fervor for his environmental causes, had a history of targeting the channel for its programming, most notably in a 2008 protest in front of the channel's Silver Spring, Md., headquarters, where 1,900 employees work. On that day, the protest included tossing wads of cash in the air, and it ended in his arrest. . . .

Lee said he started his crusade after being laid off from a job in San Diego. He also appears to have been inspired by books by the environmental novelist Daniel Quinn, notably Quinn's "Ishmael." He singled out pages of that novel in his manifesto, saying that Discovery should create programming based on its message. He said he also was inspired by Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." . . .

Here is a Google news search that I did at 10:45 PM today.

The incident as a whole has gotten a lot more coverage.

It will be interesting to see if this imbalance is corrected over time.

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Blogger TooMuchTime said...

Mr. Lee is the perfect example of a religious zealot. He will probably claim he has no religion, but in a well though out and researched speech by Michael Crichton, he explained how environmentalism is a religion.


I studied anthropology in college, and one of the things I learned was that certain human social structures always reappear. They can't be eliminated from society. One of those structures is religion. Today it is said we live in a secular society in which many people---the best people, the most enlightened people---do not believe in any religion. But I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.


Mr. Lee was willing to kill people for his religion. That is truly sad and, unfortunately, is a testament to how hoaxes and charlatans like Al Gore and Daniel Quinn affect the weak-minded.

9/02/2010 12:35 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

I wouldn't blame Al Gore so much - that sort of thing can cut both ways. The next nut case might claim to be inspired by Ronald Reagan.
Bad people do bad things and make bad rationalizations about why they do them.
The fact is that in our society, murdering innocent people is vastly more significant than anyone's personal political perspective, and that fact was completely lost on this individual.
Mass murder is such a disgraceful act that it invalidates any attached political message - a fact that is lost on the criminally insane, who unfortunately go forward regardless.

9/02/2010 7:14 PM  

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