Kentucky census worker’s murder – not a murder

On Sept. 12, Bill Sparkman, a part-time census worker was found dead hanging from a tree with the word “FED” written on his chest. The statists went nuts, questioning if the “inflammatory” rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, Backman, Savage, Levin and Hannity sent someone over the edge and killed Sparkman. As it turns out, Sparkman committed suicide.

First, our condolences to the Sparkman family. I am truly sorry your personal loss has become so public.HangingFed_JesusGeneral

I did not write about this story at the time, but bloggers on the left just thought the story was too damn good to pass up and jumped on it. This now infamous poster started floating around stating “he reaped what they sowed.” That’s pretty sick.

In a not-so-unexpected turn, state police ruled the purported homicide, a suicide.

A Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with the word “fed” written on his chest killed himself and staged his death to look like a murder, authorities said Tuesday.

Kentucky State Police said Bill Sparkman died at the same location where his body was found Sept. 12 near a cemetery in a heavily wooded area of southeastern Kentucky. …

Kentucky State Police Capt. Lisa Rudzinski said the investigation revealed that the letters “fed” scrawled on his chest in black pen had been written from the bottom up and Sparkman’s DNA was the only forensic evidence found at the scene.

He was touching the ground, and to survive “all Mr. Sparkman had to do at any time was stand up,” she said.

Sparkman spoke to a witness they wouldn’t name about hanging himself and making it look like someone else killed him, according to Rudzinski.

So, what did the left have to say in the weeks after Sparkman was found? Michelle Malkin notes the Democratic Underground and other bigger Web sites (no need to refer to New York magazine as more reputable) wasted no time pointing the blame.

Democratic Underground immediately posted a “Handy Guide to how Republicans and Fox News are responsible for Census worker being hanged,” where a DU user fumed:

We need to absolutely expose Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, CNN’s Lou Dobbs, Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh and the legion of others parroting right-wing lies for trumping up this nonsense and getting people to now commit murder in a hideous fashion.

The Democratic Underground is an unrepresentative fring voice, you say? Well, here’s the “respectable” New York magazine pointing hysterical fingers at Bachmann, Limbaugh, “conservative media personalities, websites, and even members of Congress.”

Newsbusters spotlighted HuffPo indictments issued against conservative talk radio for the Sparkman’s death.

Radio Equalizer has video and transcript of left-wing radio loon Stephanie Miller blaming the Tea Party movement.

Maybe Andrew Sullivan will step up and apologize for statements he posted in his Daily Dish column? Maybe he will, and maybe he won’t, but the double standard when it comes to media coverage will continue – that’s for certain.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.

1 Comment

  1. Dimsdale on November 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Malkin deserves special credit for asking everyone to wait until the results of the investigation were in, something the liberals were plainly unable to do.   Talk about being hanged in the blogosphere!  Malkin got the most grief for simply saying that, as if it were some defense for the alleged actions of conservatives.  Liberals never admit guilt and never apologize,  yet they demand it of conservatives.  They name streets after liberals: ONE WAY.


    Of course, these are the same people that think Obama actually knows what he is doing…

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