Common threads are noted in red.
2008: Joseph Sparkman is found hanging from a tree in a rural area with “pro-GOP” graffiti scrawled on him. The media leaps to conclusions, blaming the right. It turns out Sparkman, as one of his last demented acts on earth, opted to try to use his death as a crude smear of the conservatives he hated, including Michele Bachmann.
2009: After the media publicly assumed a Republican or “Tea Partier” vandalized the Colorado Democrat party headquarters, it was discovered that the vandal, Maurice Schwenkler, was a Democrat hoping to smear his opposition.
2010: After Joseph Stack flew his plane into an office building in Austin TX, the media assumed he was a right-winger. He turned out – naturally – to be a left-winger.
2012: ABC News broadcasts report – picked up by other media – that James Holmes, the Aurora theatre shooter, was a Tea Party activist. He was very much not.
2013: After a killing spree teed off by a screeching, shrill leftist political screed, Christopher Dorner’s left-wing politics pass with scarcely a mention in the media.
It seems an odd time for them to rediscover the virtues of detachment, doesn’t it?