Media neglects to mention gym shooter was right-winger and racist

Found this over at

How many people realize that the fitness club killer in Pittsburgh was a right-winger and a racist?

I’ll bet almost nobody.

That’s because the media isn’t telling you.    

George Sodini, the man who took the lives of four women, and then his own, at a Pittsburgh-area fitness club Wednesday, leaves behind a long history of right-wing anti-government militancy.

In political rants on the Internet, going back to the early days of the Web, Sodini showed a consistently anti-government attitude. As first reported by Greg Mitchell at his Huffington Post blog, in the mid-1990s Sodini posted to a newsgroup titled misc.activism.militia, where right-wing libertarians and survivalists compared notes on the state of politics, and made plans for upending the “socialist” policies of the Clinton White House. Sodini appeared to support a violent overthrow of the US government in order to return the country to its “Constitutional order.”


The Associated Press and other news outlets have omitted references to President Barack Obama, the election of “The Black Man” and remarks that black men have “their choice of the best white” women when republishing excerpts of the diary by a Pittsburgh-area man who killed three women and himself at an LA Fitness gym Tuesday evening.

In fact, the Associated Press’ primary story contains no reference to Obama at all, even though the first entry of the killer’s diary came the day after Obama was elected and references Obama’s election directly.

The omission was noted by the blog of Editor and Publisher.

Editor and Publisher points it out very clearly:

AP Omits Killer’s Obama References

Like many other news orgs, the AP today is reprinting excerpts from the online diary kept by George Sodini, who killed 4 women and then himself at a Pittsburgh area fitness center last night.  The diary focuses on his problems with women and other worries, but also has some comments about the “liberal media,” the “Obama economy” — and it opens with remarks about last fall’s election, the election of “The Black Man” and jokes about black men and white women.  All left out of the AP excerpts and nearly everywhere else. Here is the full diary.  UPDATE:  The diary has now been taken off the Web. Also, the NYT story on the diary also fails to note the Obama and media references.

If you’re interested in the diary, the link at rawstory, above, has it.

If you’re familiar with the Republican Mouthpiece role that the AP has assumed the last eight years, this won’t surprise you.   In case you’re not, here’s a good example, written by yours truly over at the Orange Satan a while back.

Just one more thing that Americans won’t know about.   More right-wing violence and terrorism from one of their unhinged disciples with a gun.  

1 comment

    • Inky99 on August 7, 2009 at 05:14

    Wow, I’m kinda surprised.  Maybe i should start doing this “first comment’s on me” sort of thing just to prime the pump.   (I refuse to call it a tip jar)

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