WaPo's Capehart: Austin Suicide Pilot's 'Alienation Similar To Extreme Elements of Tea Party Movement'

The media push to connect apparent suicide victim Joe Stack to the Tea Party movement is clearly in full swing.

As NewsBusters reported moments ago, Time.com made two links to the man who crashed a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, Thursday and the conservative movement.

At about the same time, the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart wrote at the Post Partisan blog, "There's no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement."

To prevent readers from questioning his fears, Capehart omitted a couple of key sentences from the highlights he shared of Stack's suicide note (h/t Hot Air via Ace):

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)


What was missing? Oh, nothing important:

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Next, Capehart invoked images of Oklahoma City:

My Facebook and Twitter buddy Steve Beste made a wry observation about Stack's last stand. "If a white Texas guy flies into a government building it is a contained criminal act," he Tweeted. "Oh. OK. McVeigh was disgruntled." McVeigh was more than disgruntled. He was murderous. And the alienation he felt from his government in 1995 still affects more than we care to admit 15 years later.

How pathetic.

Let's make it crystal clear: Tea Party members are NOT in favor of dumping capitalism for communism.

That Capehart either doesn't know this or willfully kept these two sentences from his readers should totally disqualify him from writing about this subject in the future.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.