That "Isolated Incident" at the Holocaust Museum


As you have probably now heard, an 89-year-old anti-Semite with a Prussian junker name (James W. von Brunn) shot and killed a guard at the Holocaust museum this afternoon. Little surprise that he is a 9-11 truther, an Obama "birther," and a neo-Nazi psychopath.

At The New Republic's group blog, Jason Zengerle makes an eminently sensible point:

What I Hate About Our Warp-Speed News Cycle

At 12:52 P.M., an 88-year-old white supremacist walked into the Holocaust Museum in D.C. and opened fire. At 2:56 P.M., Greg Sargent was arguing that the shooting means "it's time to revisit criticism of 'right-wing extremists' report." Sheesh. I really miss the good old days–when it took at least three hours before the cheap political point-scoring started.

Asked whether tourists should be concerned about doddering fascists carrying shotguns, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty stressed to reporters that the shooting was an "extremely isolated incident." I suppose it is true that this type of incident is rare—an attack at the Holocaust museum, motivated by a Wagnerian anti-Semitism—but Mayor Fenty might acknowledge that, in 2008, there were 186 such "isolated incidents" in the district.