Friday January 13th 2006, 6:18 am
Filed under: Government, Media Watch, Free Press
A supposed bomb found in the bathroom of a San Francisco Starbucks turned out to be nothing more than an old flashlight which a homeless man had left there.
Check out the dubious way that conservative blogger Michelle Malkin reacted to the initial reports:
Just sharing this info, FYI: Bay Area moonbats have quite a history of Starbucks-bashing. See here, here, here, and here. Apparently, they don’t think the left-leaning corporation is guilty enough about its profits or organically pure enough for their caffeine-stained tastebuds.
Whoever it was that left the IED in Starbucks ought to face serious consequences for endangering people’s lives. But it’s the Bay Area. So they won’t.
Reader Daniel G. notes of the SF Chronicle’s coverage that it refers vaguely to “vandals” who have “targeted San Francisco Starbucks in the past,'’ but leaves out who or why.
Once again, left-wing terrorism and violence gets a pass in the MSM. The Chronicle was equally coy when left-wing terrorist groups like ELF exploded devices at Emeryville’s Chiron headquarters. But if a right-wing anti-abortion group placed a pipe bomb at a Planned Parenthood office, you wouldn’t see such vague “vandals” descriptions.
Update: A suspect has been arrested.
Update II: 1/12/06
SFChronicle reports… Starbucks ‘bomb’ found to be harmless
Preliminary tests apparently find no explosive material
My favorite part is where she approvingly quotes a reader bashing the MSM (mainstream media) as being too kind to liberals. In fact, the initial article in the San Francisco Chronicle was too credulous towards authority:
The headline on Monday was “Bomb defused at Starbucks on Van Ness.” The first sentence was, “A San Francisco Starbucks is closed this afternoon after police defused a bomb placed in the bathroom.” We now know it was just an old flashlight.
Update of January 14, 2005: David Neiwert of Orcinus has more on Malkin’s false alarms.