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Will Fox News Mock Passivity of Fort Hood Soldiers The Way It Did Va Tech Shooting Victims?

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 9, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Notveryhow

Commenting on the April 16, 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, Fox News contributor Mark Steyn wrote a piece for the National Review Online which decried the passivity of the students in the face of an armed gunman. Steyn, whose survival of a rough and tumble deployment at King Edward's School in the United Kingdom, before dropping out, has qualified him to comment on facing down armed adversaries, mocked the Virginia Tech victims by saying, “They’re not 'children.' The students at Virginia Tech were grown women and — if you’ll forgive the expression — men.”

And this most manly of men went on to write of the passivity among our young, “I’d prefer to say that the default position is a terrible enervating passivity. Murderous misfit loners are mercifully rare. But this awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and, unlike the psycho killer, is an existential threat to a functioning society.”

As documented by News Hound Marie Therese, Steyn also appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show to amplify his remarks, saying, “When one man is able to kill dozens of people in the same location over a period of several hours, that reflects a systemic failure. So we need to understand what caused that failure. And I think part of the problem is a general culture of passivity, which Virginia Tech exemplifies”

As Ellen noted, Fox News affirmed Steyn’s departure from common decency by rewarding him with a guest-host spot on Hannity & Colmes.

Another Fox News contributor, Michele Malkin, joined the Right Wing Chorus:

“There's no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and universities have become coddle industries... Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance. And as the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense.”

Marie Therese and reader Jason Baxter compiled various other insulting remarks from the Right Wing, including such gems as this one, from Neal Boortz:
"How the hell do 25 students allow themselves to be lined up against the wall in a classroom and picked off one by one? How does that happen, when they could have rushed the gunman, the shooter, and most of them would have survived?"

Media Matters also has a compilation.

So now we've had a situation at Fort Hood where a “murderous misfit loner” attacked hundreds of unarmed American soldiers. Thirteen people were killed, 29 were wounded, and the shooting didn’t stop until an armed civilian police officer, Sergeant Kimberly Munley, shot the assailant.

Can we expect Steyn to appear with Cavuto to say of the soldiers, “They’re not “children,” and to decry “this awful corrosive passivity?”

Should we expect Malkin to write about the military “coddle industries” and “the erosion of physical self-defense?”

Or do the Fox faves reserve this kind of crass vitriolic abuse for America’s students and its colleges and universities?