Inevitable Slander By The Liberal Media

Over the weekend, we all heard about the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a federal district judge, a nine year old girl, and others.  Having read his incoherent postings on line and a bit more about him over the weekend, it is clear that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is one messed up nutjob.

Sadly, we are now watching liberals in the media try desperately to use the tragedy for political purposes.  This morning, NPR devoted more than half of an interview of Rep. Giffords’ predecessor in office to push the theme that “overheated” rhetoric — meaning tea party opposition to policies being pushed by the Democrats, of course — caused the shooting. 

Ed Morrissey delivers CNN’s even more ham-fisted version of the same attempt to pin the blame, while contrasting it to CNN’s equally staunch refusal to leap to conclusions about the Fort Hood shooter’s motiviation, even though Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” just before he started shooting.

Of course, there is currently zero — none, nada, zilch — evidence to support the theory that Loughner had any political motivation whatsoever.  Drudge, in fact, reports that Loughner tilted left of center. 

But no matter.  Why let facts get in the way of a good Sarah Palin and tea party bashing. 

Glenn Reynolds nails it in the WSJ:

To be clear, if you’re using this event to criticize the “rhetoric” of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the “rhetoric” and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?

Either way, it’s pathetic. 

Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin reminds us of what uncivil discourse really looks like.  Funny how there was never any hand-wringing about the need for civil discourse on the left from 2000-2008.

Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment  

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