Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Charles Johnson Blames Right-Wing 'Bigotry' and 'Hatred' for Leftist Non-Profit Employee's Attack on New York Muslim Cabdriver

Reliapundit's always telling me to ignore him, but I couldn't resist this one.

I tweeted this at about 9:00AM. I'm linking there to the New York Post's report, "Driver claims his throat was slashed after telling passenger he was Muslim."


And right on cue, Charles Johnson posted this (safe link) about 10:15AM:


In two more (safe link) posts, King Charles attacks both Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (with the same old stupid guilt-by-association smears).

Obsessed much, Lizard Man? And jumpy, sheesh.

Turns out the "bigotry" of the attacker doesn't fit the radical left's "Islamophobic" narrative. The alleged attacker, Michael Enright, is an associate of a pro-Cordoba Mosque non-profit outfit, according to Ben Smith, "
Alleged Anti-Muslim Attacker Works at Pro-Park51 Group":
The alleged assailant, Michael Enright, is — according to his Facebook profile and the website of the left-leaning media organization Intersections International — a student at the School of Visual Arts and a volunteer for Intersections, which recently produced a statement of support for the Park51 project and is funded by the mainstream, liberal Collegiate Church of New York.

Intersections did not respond to two messages, and the group does not appear to be picking up the phone. Enright did not respond to a message through his Facebook account.

But this appears to be the same man: Police described Enright as a resident of Brewster, 21 years old, and an employee of an "Internet media company who had recently spent time with a combat unit in Afghanistan filming military exercises until this past May."

His Facebook picture, above, appears to show him in Afghanistan. The page describes him as a cinematographer and photographer for Intersections.

Smith links to a Little Green Footballs update, where Charles conveniently ignores (safe link) his earlier allegations against "Fox News" and "right-wing websites," and instead offers some lame dodge about how "there's no reason to believe" Enright was involved with the Cordoba Initiative.

The non-profit, Intersections, has released
a public statement.

And according to a 5:24PM EST update at New York Times:

Mr. Enright is a volunteer with Intersections International, a nonprofit that works to promote cross-cultural understanding and has spoken out in favor of the proposed Islamic cultural center near ground zero. Mr. Enright, who shuffled into court with a collared t-shirt, cargo shorts and shackles around his ankles, has also worked with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, Mr. Martin said.

It's now 3:00PM on the West Coast, and I don't see an update or correction at Little Green Footballs.

I know most conservatives have long written off Charles Johnson as a disturbed crank. For me, well, C.J.'s pomposity's both fascinating and funny --- frustrating too, since the MFM gives him an unbelieveable amount of coverage and credibility. And of course, while I'd never hold my breath, Charles' ignorant and unhinged rant on the cabbie attack deserves a retraction at the least. The guy's a tool.


Special Note: I thank God the cabbie, Ahmed H. Sharif, a Bangladeshi immigrant, is going to be okay.

ADDED: Glenn Reynolds links with an Instalanche!


G'Willie said...

My theory is that after McCain lost the election Charles bought the MSN lie that McCain lost because he was trying to appeal to the right and lost the middle. Charles' been full out nutbag ever since.

jayemarr said...

He was always a nutbag. But he used to be OUR nutbag.

Anonymous said...

On the Factor today, lefty talker Mark Levine sadly mischaracterized the attacker's motivation ascribing it to right wing hatred of muslims. So one person must be reading LGF. Do these guys have no shame?

What's New Today said...

Do these guys have no shame?

Blue Collar Todd said...

And forget about trying to point things like this out to Chuckie at his blog. He will just delete your comments and remove your account.

Anonymous said...

did charles get hit with a lefthanded wrench? i used to go to his site, years ago, but i think the man was bought or is in the early stages of dementia.