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Social Media Campaigns Mount Support of Terror Suspect

Ever since the Menendez brothers shot their wealthy parents to death in 1989 and then received rabid attention from adoring fans (a girl even ended up marrying one of them in prison), I’ve been sickened by our culture’s attraction to lowlifes who commit violent acts. Now, it’s happening in the Boston bombing case through social media.

The “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent” Facebook page has 11,250 members and is expected to exceed a quarter million by the end of the month. The page is filled with admirers and supporters who think the younger Tsarnaev didn’t have anything to do with the bombing. They see him just as a dude in college who watched Walking Dead like everyone else, a good-ole-Americanized kid who is being unfairly treated by the U.S. government.

Also, a bunch of teenage girls and conspiracy theorists have started a hashtag campaign on Twitter, #freejahar, to ensure a fair trial so that the “angel” Tsarnaev can be set free.

I’ve also noticed that the news media, particularly on television, are beginning to speak of the 19-year-old with sympathy, calling him a “normal kid” and reminding people that he’s weak and suffering while on the ventilator in the hospital.

Let me remind anyone tempted to become sympathy saps. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not a “normal kid.”

This is a normal kid, and he isn’t with us any longer:

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  1. Johnny Dubya

    On 60 Minutes, a young woman who was a friend of Tsarnaev was interviewed. She was asked, “Did you have a crush on him?” She replied, “How could you not?”

    Do all the acquaintances who heap praise on the bomber (he is a “beautiful, beautiful” person!) not realize how their comments sound to the victims and their families? Why can’t these people keep such thoughts and memories to themselves? The Dzhokie they knew is no more, replaced by what Brian Williams described on last night’s NBC Nightly News as a “cold-blooded killer”.

  2. D.C. McAllister
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    Johnny Dubya: On60 Minutes, a young woman who was a friend of Tsarnaev was interviewed. She was asked, “Did you have a crush on him?” She replied, “How could you not?”

    Do all the acquaintances who heap praise on the bomber (he is a “beautiful, beautiful” person!) not realize how their comments sound to the victims and their families? Why can’t these people keep such thoughts and memories to themselves? The Dzhokie they knew is no more, replaced by what Brian Williams described on last night’s NBC Nightly News as a “cold-blooded killer”. · 14 minutes ago

    What troubles me is that the social media campaigns are filled with people who did not know him. I can kinda understand those who did and who are trying to wrap their arms around this horror. But for people who didn’t know him and were just introduced to him last week as a “cold-blooded killer,” now that’s disturbing. Too many teenage girls are silly, feather-brained, and foolish. Not to mention, they’re so overly sexualized that they’ve become irrational. (though I think this is true for women of all ages in our shallow culture)

  3. The Mugwump

    One of the signs of societal decadence is the inability to recognize danger, or marshal the spiritual resources to fight it.  I suppose I can now add a corollary to the above statement:  one of the terminal signs of societal decadence is the inability to tell right from wrong.  As goes our national morality, so goes the nation.   

  4. KC Mulville

    That little “club” should be looked at like flypaper. It catches and identifies the people too mushy-headed or too easily-manipulated to be allowed in adult society.

  5. Fred Cole

    Why drag social media into this?  People do what they’re gonna do the dumb [stuff] they’re gonna do anyways.  They just use Facebook and Twitter to do it.  

    Your title links includes “social media”.  Please don’t tarnish social media.  People are jackasses and they’ll be jackasses with or without social media.

  6. Leslie Watkins

    This is is what happens to people who think of evil as being some kind of loud-mouthed terror doll spewing vomit and venom like a fixated, hate-filled sprinkler; who think that evil must be obvious and obviously distinct from ordinary life. Or worse–that it doesn’t really exist, especially not in someone with such a photographable face. I take a line from the late M. Scott Peck of The Road Less Traveled fame, which is that evil is l-i-v-e spelled backwards, which makes it horribly mundane.

  7. Nick Stuart

    So predictable.

    Does it seem to anyone else that this is playing out so predictably that it seems scripted (please, don’t think for a minute I’m suggesting a conspiracy).

    It just seems everything from the fanboy/girl adulation of Tsarnaev, to the dark conspiracies about this being a dress rehearsal for declaring martial law, to treating Tsarnaev like a criminal suspect, to failure of the intelligence community to follow through on this (as well as previous) persons who would go on to commit terrorist acts, to calls for stricter gun control, to the mainstream media striving to blame this on the Tea Party, to a reluctance to call terrorism by its name, to reluctance to name Islamist ideology as a precipitating factor, etc. could have been, and in fact the major outlines were, predicted as early as last Monday.

    So here are some predictions for the future:

    • The Obama administration push as much of this story as possible into the same memory hole as Benghazi and Fort Hood.

    • The civilian trial of Tsarnaev will be a complete circus.
    • The MSM will strive mightily to blame this on Bush administration policies and conservatives.
  8. D.C. McAllister
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    Fred Cole: Why drag social media into this?  People do what they’re gonna do the dumb [stuff] they’re gonna do anyways.  They just use Facebook and Twitter to do it.  

    Your title links includes “social media”.  Please don’t tarnish social media.  People are jackasses and they’ll be jackasses with or without social media. · 32 minutes ago

    Edited 19 minutes ago

    Just reporting the facts. I’ve made no commentary against social media. But this does answer the “where” and it’d be negligent to leave it out.  

  9. D.C. McAllister
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    Nick Stuart: So predictable.

    Does it seem to anyone else that this is playing out so predictably that it seems scripted (please, don’t think for a minute I’m suggesting a conspiracy)…..

    Did you also hear that they dropped all the charges against the Ricin suspect? When those letters came out, the government rushed to pin it on one guy, but it turns out not to be him (at least I guess that’s why the FBI dropped the charges). Now we don’t know who sent out the poison. Screw-ups all around.

  10. Fred Cole
    Denise McAllister

    Fred Cole: Why drag social media into this?  People do what they’re gonna do the dumb [stuff] they’re gonna do anyways.  They just use Facebook and Twitter to do it.  

    Your title links includes “social media”.  Please don’t tarnish social media.  People are jackasses and they’ll be jackasses with or without social media. · 32 minutes ago

    Edited 19 minutes ago

    Just reporting the facts. I’ve made no commentary against social media. But this does answer the “where” and it’d be negligent to leave it out.   · 3 minutes ago

    That’s fine.  I just don’t the luddites out there to go in riffs about how social media is the problem.

  11. D.C. McAllister
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    Fred Cole

    Denise McAllister

    Fred Cole: Why drag social media into this?  People do what they’re gonna do the dumb [stuff] they’re gonna do anyways.  They just use Facebook and Twitter to do it.  

    Your title links includes “social media”.  Please don’t tarnish social media.  People are jackasses and they’ll be jackasses with or without social media. · 32 minutes ago

    Edited 19 minutes ago

    Just reporting the facts. I’ve made no commentary against social media. But this does answer the “where” and it’d be negligent to leave it out.   · 3 minutes ago

    That’s fine.  I just don’t the luddites out there to go in riffs about how social media is the problem. · 3 minutes ago

    social media is just a tool–it can be used for a great good or a great evil. like guns.

  12. Joan of Ark La Tex

    This showcases the American Leadership. When the commander in chief, sworn to protect the integrity of this nation, decides to treat a Terrorist as a civilian criminal, he underlies “his innocence”. 

  13. Fred Cole
    Denise McAllister

    Fred Cole

    Denise McAllister

    Fred Cole: Why drag social media into this?  People do what they’re gonna do the dumb [stuff] they’re gonna do anyways.  They just use Facebook and Twitter to do it.  

    Your title links includes “social media”.  Please don’t tarnish social media.  People are jackasses and they’ll be jackasses with or without social media. · 32 minutes ago

    Edited 19 minutes ago

    Just reporting the facts. I’ve made no commentary against social media. But this does answer the “where” and it’d be negligent to leave it out.   · 3 minutes ago

    That’s fine.  I just don’t the luddites out there to go in riffs about how social media is the problem. · 3 minutes ago

    social media is just a tool–it can be used for a great good or a great evil. like guns. · 24 minutes ago

    Well observed.

  14. Kenneth Gauck

    We have always loved the outlaw. From Jesse James to Bonnie and Clyde and at every other time and place, outlaws have won more than their share of public affection. 

  15. EvlMdnghtBmr
    Fred Cole

    That’s fine.  I just don’t the luddites out there to go in riffs about how social media is the problem. · 59 minutes ago

    All the “luddites” reading and posting on Ricochet?

  16. Instugator
    Fred Cole: Your title links includes “social media”.  Please don’t tarnish social media.  People are jackasses and they’ll be jackasses with or without social media. · 1 hour ago

    Edited 1 hour ago

    With “social media” the effect is magnified.

  17. Richard Fulmer

    Too often people judge by appearances.  TV and movies reinforce this bias – their heroes and heroines are beautiful and the bad guys unattractive.   If Che Guevara had been ugly, his picture would not now be adorning millions of t-shirts.  (Wonder how long it will be before we see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tees).

  18. Randy Weivoda
    Denise McAllister

    Did you also hear that they dropped all the charges against the Ricin suspect? When those letters came out, the government rushed to pin it on one guy, but it turns out not to be him (at least I guess that’s why the FBI dropped the charges). Now we don’t know who sent out the poison.

    Which affirms what we all should know, that police are not infallible and that sometimes a suspect actually is innocent.  In the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, however, engaging in a shootout with the police makes it hard to give him the benefit of the doubt. 

    It is surprising how a pretty picture or other attractive qualities can sway peoples’ notions of guilt or innocence.  If I remember correctly, one of the O.J. Simpson jurors declared something along the lines of “I just knew he was innocent because he was such a good football player.”

  19. D.C. McAllister
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    Randy Weivoda

    It is surprising how a pretty picture or other attractive qualities can sway peoples’ notions of guilt or innocence.  If I remember correctly, one of the O.J. Simpson jurors declared something along the lines of “I just knew he was innocent because he was such a good football player.” · 1 hour ago

    People are often deceived by pretty things. Lucifer is the most beautiful of angels.

  20. Ansonia

    We don’t any longer teach young people to be wary of the human tendency to more strongly want to believe physically beautiful people are good (well anyway, not evil.) And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev really does look like an angel of light, if you don’t look too closely at his eyes. He looks Greek.