In a piece that cites the notoriously far-left Southern Poverty Law Center as an authority, the New York Times addressed one of its pet topics: the threat of right-wing extremists.
The Times' most recent right-wing extremist warning, titled "Memories of Waco Siege Continue to Fuel Far-Right Groups," highlights the alarm some Texans feel about the massive military exercise called "Jade Helm 15," which began to raise eyebrows when a map for the exercise circulated online showing Texas and Utah listed as "hostile."
A number of Texans, particularly in the region where the exercise is taking place, have expressed deep concern about the intent of the operation, some of the more conspiracy-minded even fearing an Obama administration-led seizure of citizens guns and a form of martial law imposed on those who resist.
The Times of course makes sure to blame Republicans for the furor, accusing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of having failed to really try to "tamp down" Texans' suspicions:
While not endorsing those prophecies, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas did little to tamp them down when he ordered the Texas State Guard to “continuously monitor” Jade Helm to reassure Texans that “their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”
Like the Washington Post in several pieces, the Times makes sure to roundly mock the Texas right-wingers who distrust the Obama administration, but the article's main point is to warn that Waco is still "fueling" far-right extremists:
Still, that such an exchange even took place was testament to the deep mistrust of government harbored by some Americans, more than a few of whom come to any dispute heavily armed. Hostility toward the federal government is hardly new. It can be traced at least as far back as the anti-tax Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s. But its modern roots may be summed up in a single word: Waco.
Quoting the blatantly biased, anti-conservative "extremist watchdog" the Southern Poverty Law Center (which recently published a hit-list of what it deemed "anti-Muslim" conservative women and until recently listed Ben Carson as an "extremist"), the Times warns that authorities must learn from Waco and be more cautious in how they suppress the far-right for fear of "fueling" even more violence.
The Jade Helm piece follows a recent article by the Times that, as TruthRevolt reported, "massages" the data on terrorism incidents to arrive at the conclusion that right-wing extremists pose a greater threat to Americans than radical Islamists (they do so in part by only looking at statistics after 9/11, thus conveniently eliminating the 2,977 people murdered by radical Muslims from their statistics).