As I’ve noted around here on more than one occasion, the Leftists over at the “non-partisan” and “totally-objective” Texas Tribune are strongly anti-death penalty — with their reporting on the issue often bordering on unhinged activism, while a few of their reporters’ admiration of the evil monsters on the row often borders on hybristophilia.
They just can’t help pushing their anti-death penalty narrative, even on stories that have nothing to do with the death penalty. Like this other-wise innocuous post about Governor Rick Perry’s annual pardons, written by Maurice Chammah:
Following his yearly routine, Gov. Rick Perry granted pardons to 14 people on Friday, bringing his career total to roughly 200. Each of the cases was recommended to him, as the law requires, by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
So Perry pardoned 14 folks, all of whom were recommended for pardons by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. None of whom were executed by the state of Texas for murder.
But that didn’t stop the Tribune from throwing the name of executed arsonist and 100%-guilty Cameron Todd Willingham into their story from out of the blue:
Patricia Willingham Cox is the cousin of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 and whose family submitted an application for a posthumous pardon in October. Responding to today’s pardons, she reiterated her hope that Willingham will be on Perry’s list in the future. “I think that the list certainly is not complete,” she said. “My heart goes out to those fourteen people who have been pardoned, because of their families. I know exactly what they’re going through. I still have confidence that we will prevail and that Todd will get justice as these fourteen have gotten justice.”
Willingham is a cause célèbre for anti-death penalty activists, who believe that Willingham is innocent. Much like the movie The Life of David Gale, antis believe that if only an innocent man could be found to have been executed, it would be the death of the death penalty. So they look for any wisp of innocence, even where none exists.
There simply was no other reason for Chammah to include this out-of-context and unrelated paragraph quoting Willingham’s cousin (you know, because Cameron himself wasn’t available for comment…because he’s in hell being ass-raped repeatedly by Satan) except for this: Chammah and the folks at the Trib believe that Willingham is innocent. They believe he is worthy of a pardon from the Governor. You know…because he’s innocent of burning his three children to death when he set the home where they were sleeping on fire.
Never mind that the City of Corsicana responded to the “expert report” that antis believe exonerates Willingham with a 21-page rebuttal, noting that much of what condemned Willingham wasn’t even related to the fire investigation, but rather his own inconsistent actions at the scene and his own inconsistent stories he told the police.