(Note: “The Power of the Jump”™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, documenting examples of the Los Angeles Times’s use of its back pages to hide information that its editors don’t want you to see.)
Page One of today’s L.A. Times has an article titled Republicans walk the line over healthcare outrage. The deck headline reads: “The GOP could gain from voter anger stirred by the bill’s passage, displayed by threats and vandalism. But Democrats question whether the party has crossed into reckless provocation.”
Want to hear about that reckless provocation, coming only from the Republican side? Editors are happy to lay it all out on Page One:
In the days surrounding passage of healthcare overhaul legislation, Republican lawmakers have been left to strike a fine balance between harnessing voter outrage and fueling it.
Examples of raw anger have piled up. A call to New York Democrat Louise M. Slaughter said snipers would “kill the children of the members who voted for healthcare reform.” Later, a brick smashed her Niagara Falls district office window. Hate messages jammed the lines of Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion Democrat whose last-minute support helped cinch passage. Law enforcement offered increased protection to at least 10 lawmakers, a security measure usually only afforded party leaders.
Now you can turn aaaaallllllllll the way back to page A17 if you want to read on.
It takes until paragraph 17 of an 18-paragraph story to mention that a bullet went through the window of a Virginia office belonging to Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor — at which point it is characterized as nothing more a claim made by Cantor, as an example of finger-pointing:
As the spring recess approached, emotions at the Capitol ran high. The violence was the talk of the Senate cloakroom. House members pointed fingers at one another. At a news conference, Cantor said a bullet struck a window this week in a building where his Richmond campaign office is housed; the police said someone fired into the air.
Congressman Cantor tries 2 blame dem 4 incitin violence only cause he had a shot fired at his office he was cheerin sunday cry baby!yea#hcr
Eric Cantor wishes his ass wont laughin when a bullet came thru his office, his pussy ass shouldnt be fuckin wit that dumb TP
Brown’s threats to Palin don’t appear in today’s front-page story at all. Guess we’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s front page? (Yes, that was tongue-in-cheek.)