Oct 29, 7:11 PM (ET)
WANTAGE, N.J. (AP) - Police in New Jersey are trying to determine who fired a bullet that struck CNN commentator Lou Dobbs' home as his wife stood nearby. State police Sgt. Stephen Jones says Dobbs' wife and driver were outside the home Oct. 5 when they heard the gunshot. Jones says the bullet didn't penetrate the siding and fell to the ground outside.
Dobbs mentioned the bullet earlier this week on CNN and his radio show.
Dobbs says he had been receiving threatening phone calls for weeks. On his radio show, he connected the gunshot to his advocacy for a crackdown on illegal immigration and to his opponents' rhetoric.
The home is on a farm in Wantage, about 50 miles northwest of New York City.
It is small-game hunting season, but no hunters were seen in the area.
Why isn't this story the lead on every newscast? Why isn't it a headline in every newspaper? A couple of months back, Big Media and Leftist Democrats were apoplectic claiming that Tea Party Patriots and others who protested at town meetings were a threat to their safety. All of the angry verbal exchanges made them fear for their physical security. But, were any of those folks targeted by violent attacks? No.
Now, a radio and television commentator whose views are hard to pigeonhole but who is certainly on the conservative end of the spectrum is the victim of a drive-by shooting. His wife was close enough that she hit the ground. The Dobbs house was struck by the bullet. Do you think this could be linked to Statist?Leftist pundits and politicians who marginalize people like Dobbs and accuse them of racism over political disagreements? Could the responsibility be laid at the door of the Southern Poverty Law Center which has turned from being an information center focused on the KKK, Skinheads and Neo-Nazis to just another Leftist advocacy group that accuses mainstream Conservatives of hate speech over issues such as illegal immigration (the SPLC supports the law breakers in this case)? Could we possibly say that a White House that accuses every political opponent of ill will and ulterior motives is responsible for this sort of violence?
I pray that Lou Dobbs and his wife will face no more attacks and will be able to go about their daily business. Was this the act of a nut acting of his own volition or someone who felt the President, the press or their Congressman had declared folks like Dobbs to be fair targets? Has lumping legitimate political thought (you know, the things the Founders believed in) into the same category as Neo-Nazi rants legitimized such violence in the minds of some? Something tells me Big Media won't ask these questions.