New York Post Style Guide for White American Political Violence

The New York Post (2/19/10) has an interesting front page on the anti-government protester flying his plane into an office building. After the bad pun (“KAMIKAZE ATTAX!”), the subhead reads:

Fed-Up Madman Crashes Plane Into IRS Building

“Madman”–because unlike, say, Nidal Malik Hasan, Joseph Stack is not a “terrorist” whose actions might discredit a wider political movement. And “Fed-Up” because…maybe he has a point?

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.