It's Not Just Bill Ayers

After the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, and the shooting of George Tiller, the Left tried to make a case both that:

  1. the offenders in each case were conservatives; and,
  2. the right’s political culture encouraged them to violence

That argument has a host of problems – the Holocaust Museum shooter didn’t fit anyone’s profile of a conservative, the theory ignored criminals on the Left, etc. But the Left tried to make the argument nonetheless. Given that, you would think the New York Times might at least be sensitive to the argument that they are essentially praising terrorists of the Left:

Physician, fugitive, federal prisoner, clinician to the homeless, advocate for AIDS patients. epidemiologist: That was the arc of Alan Berkman’s career…

Eagle Scout; high school salutatorian; National Merit Scholar; honor student at Cornell, class of 1967; graduate of Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, class of ’71; medical director of the Highbridge Woodycrest Center in the Bronx, one of the first residences designed for AIDS patients; vice chairman of the epidemiology department at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health since 2007: Those, too, are parts of Dr. Berkman’s record, along with his years working in clinics in the South Bronx, Lower Manhattan and rural Alabama.

On May 23, 1985, Dr. Berkman and a friend were arrested outside Doylestown, Pa. In their car, federal agents found a pistol, a shotgun and keys to a garage that contained 100 pounds of dynamite. That day ended Dr. Berkman’s two decades of participation in underground groups, among them the Students for a Democratic Society.

Four years earlier, on Oct. 20, 1981, an offshoot of the Weather Underground had attempted to rob a Brink’s armored truck in Nyack, N.Y. In the shootout, two police officers and a guard died.

A year later, a federal grand jury investigating the case subpoenaed Dr. Berkman, who, a witness said, had treated one of the robbery defendants for a gunshot wound. When he was indicted and charged with being an accessory after the fact, Dr. Berkman jumped bail; he spent several years on the run.

While a fugitive, he entered a suburban Connecticut supermarket with a friend; they brandished revolvers, tied up the manager and stole $21,480. Prosecutors later said the money was used to buy the explosives found in Doylestown and to support other radical groups. Dr. Berkman was sentenced to 10 years in prison; he served 8.

Member of a terrorist organization, accessory to murder, trafficking in explosives, armed robbery… and the Times lauds him?

It’s a good thing no one reads the Times anymore; people might get the sense they don’t regard terrorism as all that big a deal.