Paul Mirengoff of Powerline and Charles Cooke of NRO note that the media originally buried the political elements of the Dorner manifesto; the spectacle of an Obama-praising, NRA-bashing cop-killer on a murderous rampage doesn't really fit a convenient mass-media template the way it would if Dorner were an avowed Tea Partier.
But then again, sometimes silence is golden - now that the Times has discovered the rest of the Dorner document, they fgeel obliged to note that he makes some good points:
Shooting Suspect’s Racism Allegations Resound for Some
LOS ANGELES — For the Los Angeles Police Department, the allegations of departmental corruption and racism by a former police officer now accused of a revenge-fueled killing rampage are the words of a delusional man, detached from the reality of the huge improvements the force has undergone over the years.
“These are the rantings of a clearly very sick individual,” William J. Bratton, a former department commissioner, said Friday. “It would be a shame if he was able to rally to his cause people who remember the bad old days of the L.A.P.D.”
Yet for whatever changes the department has undergone since the days when it was notorious as an outpost of rampant racism and corruption, the accusations by the suspect — however disjointed and unhinged — have struck a chord. They are a reminder, many black leaders said, that some problems remain and, no less significant, that memories of abuses and mistreatment remain strong in many parts of this city.
“Our community doesn’t need this,” said the Rev. William D. Smart, the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California. “We don’t need something like this opening old wounds.”
“While there been a lot of improvements, there’s still room for improvement,” he said. “There is still one segment of our community that historically distrusts the police force.”
I am still searching the Times archives for their validation of the notion that Timothy McVeigh made some good points about Federal excesses at Waco. I haven't found it yet...