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The Media’s Double Standard

Some hate crimes are less hateful than others.

Aug 19, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 46 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Dees’s callous remarks only underscore the point that, unlike many of the more publicized incidents in recent years, the Family Research Council shooting actually warrants a discussion. If anyone is sincerely interested in frankly exploring politics and violence, Leo Johnson still works at the Family Research Council and walks past the bullet holes in the lobby every day. It might be worth asking him what he thinks. “I’ve worked here for 14 years. I know these people, I’ve worked closely with them, and I know what people they are,” he says. “So to label them a hate group is absurd. It’s absurd.”

Mark Hemingway is a senior writer  at The Weekly Standard.

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