Is the Guardian embarrassed by perpetrator of Discovery Channel siege?

One has to wonder if the Guardian has an editorial reason for omitting details about why the hostage taker at the Discovery Channel building in Maryland has undertaken his siege.

The current Guardian version of the story provides no explanation for the actions of James J Lee. The Grauniad is only prepared to tell its readers that:

“Lee has a track record of protesting against the Discovery Corporation, although police refused to confirm him as the gunman.”

To find out why and to what end Lee has made protests in the past, the Guardianista will have to revert to other news sources, such as the Washington Post, which in complete contrast to the Guardian is reporting important background information about Lee:

Wednesday, as police tried to get the situation under control, details of Lee were emerging. His MySpace page shows a 43 year old who wanted to meet “environmentalists, scientists, readers of Daniel Quinn, and people who want to work toward a real change.”

Federal officials also confirmed that he was the creator of this Web site, which detail his complaints against Discovery. Among them was this one that seems to be aimed at the overpopulation of the planet: “All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.”

Or even the pisspoor Independent, which informs readers that:

According to a story in The Gazette, which covers Montgomery County, Lee was arrested there in 2008 after throwing thousands of dollars in the air outside the building.

Lee said he planned the protest because Discovery’s programming had little to do with saving the planet. He was identified then as being from San Diego, California, although he gave a local address of a homeless shelter.

At the trial, he said he began working to save the planet after being laid off from his job in San Diego. He said he was inspired by “Ishmael,” a novel by environmentalist Daniel Quinn and by former Vice President Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Could it be the Guardian is a touch embarrassed by the behaviour of one of its fellow eco travellers who has become completely unspooled by the kind of global warming hysteria it churns out via the columns of alarmists such as George Monbiot?

Update: Police have shot and killed the hostage taker.  It is a tragic end, but it has likely saved the lives of those he was threatening.  Just wondering, how long will it be before certain bloggers and environmentalists describe this act of terror as a misguided and desperate cry for help that underlines the urgent need to act now on global warming?

1 Response to “Is the Guardian embarrassed by perpetrator of Discovery Channel siege?”


  1. 1 Patrick Harris 02/09/2010 at 11:51 am

    No, all the loons are in the sceptic camp, apparently, along with the liars, deniers, cranks, fruitcakes, swivel-eyed-maniacs, flat earthers and all the denying scientists in the pay of “big oil”.


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