Maybe if the media didn't produce cartoons mocking children praying for their enemies, or calling Kanye West the token negro for republicans, some of us might have sympathy for those who get tossed on their rear at times.
Both of those things happened after Gianforte's crime, so that seems highly doubtful. And none of them involved Ben Jacobs who was actually attacked.
There's always going to be a grievance, so arguing there can't be anything you're upset about before you'll be sympathetic to the victim of a violent politician is essentially saying you never will be.
I'm not blaming those actions for what happened. I just brought them up because they're recent and illustrate the vile MSM for what it is really about. The media hasn't exactly been kind to conservatives. They've pushed the narrative of the right being nothing more than racists and homophobes who want to push grandma over the cliff. Many Americans see the MSM as nothing more than a PR arm of the democratic party, which I can't really argue that's wrong.
So when you have something like this happen to a member of a group who is openly hostile to them and what they believe, are you surprised they are not punishing Rep for what he did?
I'll reiterate that I don't want to see this type of things happen, I want my side to be above such things. This is not the way to get things done.
You're conflating like a political cartoon, two guys on CNN and an old campaign ad with "the media", which is literally thousands of people, to say it's totally reasonable for an entire political wing to cheer when they're violently attacked. That's victim blaming and making excuses for celebrating their assault.
Just because their competitors are feeding you a constant stream of victimhood and persecution doesn't justify excusing actual victimization and persecution, let alone cheering it.
But flip your own rationalization around - journalists see a President who routinely singles them out for a Two Minutes' Hate from his jeering supporters, lies about them prolifically, refers to them as "the enemy of the people" and celebrates elected officials using violence against them, all while enjoying overwhelming Republican support. Why shouldn't they be biased against people like that? It's not like there isn't a wealth of other odious behaviors and statements alongside it.