Posted by | September 1, 2010 18:11 | Filed under: Top Stories

James Lee, the gunman who took hostages at the Discovery Channel and then was, himself, killed, set off a political firestorm within moments of his death.

Conservatives are working overtime to paint him as a left-wing environmentalist whacko because of his “save the planet” demands, outlined here (h/t Karoli at Crooks and Liars). The knee-jerk anti-liberal hate is based on a news report that Lee was inspired by Al Gore.

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.”

However, his demands also contain vehement anti-immigrant rants:

5. Immigration: Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH! (The first world is feeding the population growth of the Third World and those human families are going to where the food is! They must stop procreating new humans looking for nonexistant jobs!)

Does that look like the ravings of someone with a firm, left-wing ideology?

Within minutes of Lee’s death, my radio producers were pitched two anti-environment authors using that as a hook:

Coincidentally, Steve Milloy, publisher of and author of Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them, just wrote the op-ed below about radical environmentalists desperate to implement regulatory changes.

Coincidentally, hostages and their families, thankfully safe,  are traumatized by this right now, and Lee’s body isn’t even cold yet. But if they can use this, out-of-context, to attack the left, so be it.

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