The shame — and hypocrisy — of CNN

posted at 12:00 pm on January 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday’s horrific and senseless shooting of more than a dozen people in Tucson, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, provided a look into the biases of much of the American media — and it was not just an ugly sight, but a shamefully hypocritical peek as well, as Byron York points out.  In the last public mass-murder shooting fourteen months ago at Fort Hood, the media spent the first few hours scolding anyone who suggested that it might be an act of terror or that Major Nidal Hasan’s religious beliefs might be relevant before every last fact was exposed:

“The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions,” said retired Gen. Wesley Clark on CNN the night of the shootings.

“We cannot jump to conclusions,” said CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell that same evening. “We have to make sure that we do not jump to any conclusions whatsoever.”

“I’m on Pentagon chat room,” said former CIA operative Robert Baer on CNN, also the night of the shooting.  “Right now, there’s messages going back and forth, saying do not jump to the conclusion this had anything to do with Islam.”

The next day, President Obama underscored the rapidly-forming conventional wisdom when he told the country, “I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.”  In the days that followed, CNN jouralists and guests repeatedly echoed the president’s remarks.

“We can’t jump to conclusions,” Army Gen. George Casey said on CNN November 8.  The next day, political analyst Mark Halperin urged a “transparent” investigation into the shootings “so the American people don’t jump to conclusions.”  And when Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that the Ft. Hood attack was terrorism, CNN’s John Roberts was quick to intervene.  “Now, President Obama has asked people to be very cautious here and to not jump to conclusions,” Roberts said to Hoekstra.  “By saying that you believe this is an act of terror, are you jumping to a conclusion?”

That, in fact, was good advice at the time.  In most of these cases, the shooter turns out to be so mentally ill that no particular rational motivation can be determined.  In the rare case where one can be found, rushing to that conclusion doesn’t make it any more or less true.  There is almost no upside in rushing to speculate in absence of any evidence or with uncertain anecdotal evidence except for potential bragging rights in case one manages to luck into the truth — or in scoring cheap attacks on political opponents through smearing them with blame.

But in this instance, as York notes, the same people who insisted in November 2009 that people should not rush to judgment about the potential connection of radical Islam to the Fort Hood shooting practically broke legs trying to tie an apparent paranoid schizophrenic who hailed Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto to Sarah Palin:

After reporting that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik had condemned what Dupnik called “the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer turned to congressional reporter Jessica Yellin for analysis.  The sheriff “singled out some of the political rhetoric, as you point out, in creating the environment that allowed this kind of instance to happen,” Yellin told Blitzer.  “Even though, as you point out, this suspect is not cooperating with investigators, so we don’t know the motive.  President Obama also delivered that message, saying it’s partly the political rhetoric that led to this.  So that’s why we want to bring up one of the themes that’s burning up the social media right now.  On Twitter and Facebook, there is a lot of talk, in particular, about Sarah Palin.  As you might recall, back in March of last year, when the health care vote was coming to the floor of the House and this was all heating up, Palin tweeted out a message on Twitter saying ‘common sense conservatives, don’t retreat — instead reload.’  And she referred folks to her Facebook page.  On that Facebook page was a list of Democratic members she was putting in crosshairs, and Gabrielle Giffords was one of those in the crosshairs.”

And as has been repeatedly pointed out in the hours since, Democrats have also used crosshairs and bulls-eye imagery in their own political communications, including one in Arizona “targeting” J. D Hayworth of Arizona.  As far as the “reload” comment, it was less than three years ago that Barack Obama himself talked about responding to political opponents with a gun analogy:

Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?

That’s exactly what Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

The comment drew some laughs and applause. But it also struck a chord with his Republican rival. John McCain’s campaign immediately accused the Democratic candidate of playing the politics of fear. They also mentioned that Obama said he would use a gun that would be illegal under Obama’s plans to cut down on illegal firearms.

Getting hysterical about the use of war terminology in politics is about as hypocritical as one can possibly get, as Howard Kurtz explained yesterday, especially for journalists covering politics:

But is it now fair for the rest of us to tie Palin to the accused gunman, Jared Lee Loughner?

Let’s be honest: Journalists often use military terminology in describing campaigns. We talk about the air war, the bombshells, targeting politicians, knocking them off, candidates returning fire or being out of ammunition. So we shouldn’t act shocked when politicians do the same thing. Obviously, Palin should have used dots or asterisks on her map. But does anyone seriously believe she was trying to incite violence?

Palin seemed to pull back in a subsequent campaign appearance for her former running mate, John McCain. “We know violence isn’t the answer,” she said. “When we take up our arms, we’re talking about our vote.”

It was the Clinton campaign that popularized the term “war room” for the rapid-response team they formed in 1992.  Should we blame Clinton for all subsequent wars, too?  CNN calls its political-news show the “Situation Room,” after the actual national-security response facility in the White House.  Maybe we should blame CNN for inciting wars and violence, too, using their logic?

Getting back to York’s litany of examples, CNN clearly didn’t inadvertently cross the line once, but repeatedly kept insisting on a link between the shooting and political activism on the Right, especially Palin’s:

“But the question is, is there any evidence that the suspected shooter in this particular case was a Sarah Palin fan, read Sarah Palin’s website, was a member on Facebook, watched her tweets, or anything like that?” [Wolf Blitzer asked.]

“None at all,” Yellin responded.  “And there is no evidence that this was even inspired by rage over health care, broadly.  So there is no overt connection between Sarah Palin, health care, and the [shootings].”

Indeed, there is no “overt” or any other sort of connection between Loughner and Palin. If such evidence came to light, it would certainly be news.  But without that evidence, and after a brief caveat, the CNN group went back to discussing the theory that Loughner acted out of rage inspired by Palin and other Republicans.  Conclusions were jumped to all around.

Not just on CNN, either, but CNN holds itself out as an unbiased, middle-road news source that people of all political stripes can trust.  Instead, they demonstrated their hostility by taking shots at the Right and Palin through the exploitation of a tragedy and horror that no one understood and for which no evidence existed to suggest any link at all.  We expect that on Twitter, where people on both sides of the political divide wrote things they will (or should) regret later.   CNN owes everyone an apology for their nasty, hysterical, and biased coverage in the aftermath of the shooting yesterday, perhaps especially Sarah Palin.

The rest of us need to focus our attention on continued prayers and support for the victims of the shooting, the families of the deceased, and for the recovery of the rest, especially Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who got shot doing the public service entrusted to her by her constituents.

Update: Contra David Frum, I don’t see this as a particular moment to reflect on “extreme political rhetoric,” since there’s nothing to connect political rhetoric from either side of the political spectrum to this crime.  I wouldn’t even call for reflection on the continued sales of Mein Kampf or The Communist Manifesto, even though the suspect credits both of these as among his favorites, as they have no causal connection to the actions of a lunatic.  Perhaps, though, this is a good moment to reflect on those who rush to exploit tragedy in an attempt to bully political activists into silence.

The time to criticize “extreme political rhetoric” is when it occurs, and making sure that the people making the accusations aren’t just as culpable as those they attempt to indict.


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Next time you are somewhere that has CNN on, ask them if they can change it to Fox.

huckleberryfriend on January 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

The shame — and hypocrisy — of CNN

spit

Shy Guy on January 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I’ve seen a few posts wailing about the gun sale being legal.

I’ve been wondering if a “dope-smoking leftist moonbat” goes to buy a gun and falsifies the 4473 form by omitting his dope-smoking, is that a “legal gun sale?”

mad saint jack on January 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

We are going to punish our enemies-Obama

artist on January 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

the left are ghouls, by the way their reaction to this has already backfired as they failed to recognize their is now a right wing counterpoint to knock their meme’s out of the park.

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I will repeat what I said yesterday. How hypocritical is it for the left to scream about “Divisive political climate” and in the same breath point fingers and make accusations ?

I sent a tweet to Frum asking him where he was during the 8 years of GW Bush and the vitrol from the left then ? That somehow the political climate suddenly got worse when the GOP took control of the House ?

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The elite media is nothing more than a propaganda machine. I have been ignoring them for years now. I hope they all fail, it is the best course for change.

d1carter on January 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

It really doesn’t matter if he voted straight ticket Democrat or Republican. Neither party calls for or supports violence.

This is stupidly insane. Conservatives need to help educate the public on the fact that one kook doesn’t represent whatever political philosophy he claims to follow…because he’s a kook.

This has to stop.

Asher on January 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

That worthless piece of crap Paul Krugman was the worst ysterday. He would be fired by any respectable corporation for his slanders, yet because he is a darling of the left, nothing ever happens.

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I keep seeing Palin’s name being thrown in as a root cause. Where was all the media concern when Palin’s effigy was hung up in the front yard of someone’s house in California during the 2008 election?

Such hypocripsy.

parke on January 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

do the left and the media understand how much damage they are doing?

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Et Tu Claire?

Inanemergencydial on January 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

We truly are engaged in a messaging war in this country. The left has no principles or values other than the teachings of Alinsky. If fact, I know Liberals who brag about this aspect of their being, telling me we are so easy to beat because we’re always hung up on emotional crap rather than going for the throat. Honestly, these people are truly spiritually sick people and we must not tolerate their despicable behavior any longer. They see this horrible tragedy as an opportunity to damage the Tea Party, not caring one second for those families that have been harmed for life.

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Lest we forget the this

Obama Campaign Tries to Shut Down Chicago Radio Show

Members of Barack Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago tried to shut down a local radio show on the City’s most powerful radio signal, WGN 720, because they didn’t like a conservative guest that was on going on the air to discuss Senator Barack Obama’s ties to local terrorist William Ayers. This is a shocking attempt at stifling political free speech and a bald attempt to quash debate by the office of the Democratic Party’s nominee

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM

do the left and the media understand how much damage they are doing?

They understand, all right. They don’t care, because it’s all part of their template.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/palin-beck-tea-party-are-not-responsible-for-giffords-shooting

jdawg on January 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM

The leftist fanatics, the propagandists, the leftist sympathizers, the leftists apologizers, the internet trolls, were all over this story before the reverberations of the gunshots had faded from the streets of Tucson. Almost as though it was orchestrated.

You see it everywhere you go, your liberal friends are strung so tightly, so miserable, so perpetually enraged that the slightest mention of anything political and they go right for your throat.

Does this kid have any parents?

Skandia Recluse on January 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Furthermore, why don’t we isolate every one of these sicko’s and spread the truth 24/7 about them, their personal lives, their finances… Sick and tired of having their finger poking me in the chest. Two can play at this game…

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining.

This is the first crime involving a Democrat lawmaker in decades where you don’t have to play “Guess the Party” when sifting through the news coverage. This time, every article and clip says right up front that it was a “Democrat” who was killed by an assailant with unknown (but probably political) motives.

logis on January 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Wonderful post, Ed. Absolutely spot on. Prayers and aid is what’s needed now.

Weight of Glory on January 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Thank you Ed. I’m amazed that the Left continues this rhetoric on the Sunday shows. The perp is being characterized as an anti-semite, atheist, goth, maybe even a “Bush-hater”. Yet the MSM continues to allow the meme that Palin is culpable.
Keep up the good work Ed – we’re going to need you.

humdinger on January 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

jdawg on January 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM

South Hill.

You?

artist on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Does this kid have any parents?

Skandia Recluse on January 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

From a comment at FR:

On Fox & Friends this morning, it was reported the perp’s mother works for or with the Pima County Board of Supervisors. That the perp had had charges brought against him before, and that those charges were reduced. I posted on another thread earlier, that it’s possible the sheriff could have been involved in the sentencing, or may be aware of how that came about.

I think this is an avenue that should be pursued in light of his off-the-wall remarks in his news conference yesterday. I’m also curious if he pursues the same train of thought today.

Inanemergencydial on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Thanks for pushing back for us, Ed. If this crap is allowed to stick, they’ll leverage it into all kinds of First Amendment infringements… talk radio, bloggers and internet, FNC, you name it.

petefrt on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

CNN attempts to brand itself as between Fox News and MSNBC, but when a breaking news story like this cones along, they can’t help but show that when push comes to shove, they’d really like to be MSNBC if they could get away with it.

Having all time to fill amd the free association that comes with it results in them trying to steer the narrative in the direction they hope it goes, not the way it actually does go. A nut can only be a nut when for him or her not to be that would be to indict their own personal beliefs, but with a flag burning YouTube video and the Communist Manifesto on Longhner’s reading list, it’s going to be hard o maintain the narrative for long that he was a Palin supporter or was influenced b the Tea Party.

jon1979 on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!

reaganaut on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

H/T to Gateway Pundit

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

You see it everywhere you go, your liberal friends are strung so tightly, so miserable, so perpetually enraged that the slightest mention of anything political and they go right for your throat.

Skandia Recluse on January 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I lost several ‘friends’ yesterday…they went straight in on blaming the tea party and palin, when I responded with some of the links at dkos, it was instant ostracization.

Inanemergencydial on January 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Kindly indulge me to repost this. Concerned DHS isn’t getting the attention it needs:

DHS memo ties shooter with American Renaissance. AmRen editor tells FNC that it has searched its files back 20 years, and evidence of shooter’s ties cannot be found… not a member, not on any mailing lists, attended no AmRen events, nothing.

This is not the first time that Øbama‘s DHS has jumped the shark attempting to smear the right. Seems DHS is coiled like a snake, ready to strike the first thing that moves.

Darrel Issa needs to put DHS on his short list of matters to investigate.

petefrt on January 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I’v been reading over on KOS and they are sick. Now this morning Kurtz has a discussion on CNN that focuses on Sarah Palin and the conservative tried to make the point that Obama uses the same or worst rhetoric but was shut down everytime he tried to make his point. It looks like this is the type of event the left has waited for in order to derail Sarah’s potential run for office. In fact on KOS they are saying she is done and no way can she run now. Do you agree?

UncleZeb on January 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Seems pretty obvious that as soon as they heard about the shooting, scores of pundits and bloggers had as their first thought, “how may I use this to my political advantage?” And that’s just sad.

David Shane on January 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

OT Question to the collective: Has Napolitano pre-emptively surrendered to the DC area mail-bomber threats?

Recall, a note from the sender that accompanied the bomb package to Governor O’Malley contained a mocking reference to the phrase “report suspicious activity,” saying it was “total [expletive]“

Driving from Annapolis to DC this morning, I noticed MDOT road signs– that for months have carried the TIPS suspicious activity signs phone number– were ALL disabled.

Is this just in the DC metro area? Or have DHS TIPS road signs been disabled elsewhere?

Terp Mole on January 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Wonderful post, Ed. Good job.

ladyingray on January 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Watch Obama make another huge mistake – he’ll assume that this continued bashing of the right by the media will help him. It won’t.

Poor fool has a golden opportunity here but he won’t take it.

sherry on January 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Funny for months now we have had a nut running around shooting at Military buildings and nothing from that ? But The Media is really all over this story.

Admittedly people died here and not in the other story but why the selective outrage ?

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I’m sure conservatives have their faults too, but I see this desire of liberals to smear the Right for this shooting as specifically based in liberal psychology. That is, a liberal can’t stand to have someone disagree with him. Instead of talking policy, they will try to destroy that person. This is an opportunity for liberals to smear those who disagree with them. When the Tea Party disagrees with liberals, that’s not hateful, that’s not incendiary, that’s not violent. That’s American.

Paul-Cincy on January 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

All these people are scumbags.

I detest our American Pravda Network, which is on most channels, and most papers.

Wolf Blitzer has interviewed Sarah Palin before.

I almost would like to see her go on his program and confront him face to face about this. He would wilt like a tulip in Death Valley. He can’t escape being ashamed of himself deep down inside, and it would be great to see Sarah, eye to eye with him, make him feel overtly what he surely does covertly. He knows it’s despicable, he just hasn’t been forced to admit it.

Gutless cowards, all of them.

Brian1972 on January 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Here ya go Ed………..Compliments of the Chicago SunTimes Editorial Board. They go right for the throat and don’t back down.

Overwhelmingly today, the fear-mongering and demonizing flow from the right, aided and abetted by cable TV and talk-radio hosts. They may represent only the irresponsible fringe of conservatism in America, but they are drowning out the thoughtful voices of the vast majority of conservatives.

Disgusting isn’t even the word.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Gifford is responding to instructions now, they say. That is a very good sign this early on.

Wouldn’t it be great if she had the last word on this business?

S. Weasel on January 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I don’t know, Mr. Morrissey, I am really upset by all of this. Since the public has gathered together, in the form of representatives’ town halls or Tea Party gatherings, people have been vilified. And for what? Because they think their government’s actions are wrong. We have become numbed at being called racists, I guess repetition serves it purposes. So now we are killers? The media encourages restraint for a Muslim extremists but suspicion of neighbors and friends?

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

H/T to Gateway Pundit

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Wow. Quite a compilation there.

Paul-Cincy on January 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Good post. Let’s email it to friends. Take it everywhere. Beat it like a drum.

petefrt on January 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

The shame — and hypocrisy — of CNN

In other news of the day, a dog bit a man.

Bruno Strozek on January 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Wow.

“None at all,” Yellin responded. “And there is no evidence that this was even inspired by rage over health care, broadly. So there is no overt connection between Sarah Palin, health care, and the [shootings].”

But the very next moment they go ahead and blame Sarah Palin.
Blitzer is such a tool.

NeoKong on January 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Ed:

I forced myself to CNN and MSNBC yesterday and actually witnessed this exchange live, just to see what the coverage would be like. I was not disappointed, it’s everything you say and worse.

On MSNBC about 15 minutes before this CNN exchange, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post was commenting and said; “now violence like this exclsively comes from the right”….after acutually mentioning in the same sentence Bill Ayres!!!

As the talking heads and MSN babble on, the overwhelming meme will be that the Tea Party, and other independent thinkers are to blame.

The results of this will not end well.

PatriotRider on January 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Better be prepared to fight (peacefully) comrades… We are at war with these people; as was the case when 9/11 hit us, they were at war with America long before we were willing to admit it. These creatures are pissed beyond our comprehension that they were so badly defeated a few months ago. Getting even with us dirty and stupid Americans is their single focus. They will not rest, and they will not be distracted or thrown off the only play book they have ever had. Relentless is what we will see. We had better be ready to fight fire fire with fire, as they don’t think we have it in us.

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The funniest part of this article is the statement that CNN portrays itself as unbiased.

jeanie on January 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Here is the story that Kos removed from his site. A direct threat against this Congresswoman; “She is DEAD to me”.

Too late, Kos… It’s all over the internets.

Key West Reader on January 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I don’t know if this is just spitting in the wind…but in the places, blogs, social networks, etc., I go to, I am pushing back againt the leftist crapola. Hard as I can. Glad I saw both True Grits in the past week!

CinnamongirlUF on January 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Wait for it…

It was Bush’s fault [/Sarcasm OFF]

Mike Morrissey on January 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I am expecting within the next few days that some gasbag liberal loudmouth from either the New York Slimes, or CNN, or NPR, or most likely the insane asylum known as MSNBC, is going to offer someone with “undenialable proof” that will tie in this wackjob gunman Jared Loughner with either the Tea Party or Sarah Palin, or Glenn Beck or even Rush Limbaugh.

Of course the “proof” will end up with having more holes in it than a standard slice of Swiss cheese, but the MSM will still be all over it like flies on rotted meat.

pilamaye on January 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM

The left needs to pay a very large, a very loud and a very public price for the despicable instantaneous mud slinging as their first reaction.

If words have consequences why doesn’t the liberal party get the message?

For libs its not all about politics, its always only about politics, even when people have or might die.

The cowardice of blame first, blame always to deflect liberal accountability, has to stop.

Only if sunlight exposes how wrong they are, and it hurts deep down inside the political sewer they live in, will the lies finally tone down.

Speakup on January 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

The rest of us need to focus our attention on continued prayers and support for the victims of the shooting, the families of the deceased, and for the recovery of the rest, especially Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who got shot doing the public service entrusted to her by her constituents.

It’s hard to find time for calm when conservatives are unfairly attacked in this way and on this scale , every time.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Since when is CNN worried about hypocrisy? These are the same people who knew what was going on in Iraq under Saddam, yet said nothing in order to keep their “access”.

GarandFan on January 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Anyone who “buys” this propaganda is already a lost cause. I, for one, am tired of trying to debate them. It’s like the old saying about never wrestling with pigs… You always end up covered in crap & pissed off (or something like that) Screw the morons. I prefer to devote my political energy to the reasonable folks. To do otherwise is to squander it & burn out with no impact on kool-aid-drinking stooopid people.

NightmareOnKStreet on January 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

You said it. That’s what bothers me about it too. I am neither a racist nor a killer. That’s the worst kind of off putting, hate mongering speech. Casually applying these slanders to millions of law abiding, right leaning citizens is an affront beyond forgiving. I sincerely hope it’s reflected in the 2012 Presidential elections. Obama and the left cannot hide from this no matter how they try.

jeanie on January 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

do the left and the media understand how much damage they are doing?
rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

A few of them do. But the vast majority of liberals are just as much “useful idiots” to home-grown Fascists as they are to foreign ones.

Go to any liberal arts graduate school in America today and you will find hundreds of Reids and Pelosis. And among them will be a few dozen Obamas and Ayers. They spout a lot of the same kind of rhetoric, but are all stamped out of plastic — but from two entirely different dies.

The latte liberals are just spoiled brats who have the infantile idea that America can (somehow, magically) transition to Communism, but still retain its oh-so-comfortable standard of living.

On the other hand, the REAL Socialists know full well the carnage and deprivation they will need to wreak in order to bring about their “fundamental transformation of America Society.” And they revel in it.

logis on January 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Next time you are somewhere that has CNN on, ask them if they can change it to Fox.

huckleberryfriend on January 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

THREAD WINNER…..this hits them where it hurts.

I have done this, and complimented the store managers, thanked them for having FOX NEWS on. One particular fast food chain is especially fond of CNN. We have made this request before, and sometimes they will turn it.

It’s worth the effort, TURN OFF CNN.

****another way we can send a message?

DVR “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” tonight. :-)

PappyD61 on January 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Hey at least it’s not eating Twinkies or playing an AC-DC album backwards.

I don’t know here, it seems to me that the MSM did rush to judgment fairly quickly on Major Hasan. They concluded that although he had never been deployed to a war zone that he must have been suffering from a kind of pre-traumatic stress disorder because he was supposed to ship out to Afghanistan in a few months. So this is kind of like that.

There’s zero evidence that Loughner ever read anything by Palin, ever attended a tea party event or volunteered for or supported a conservative candidate, no proof that he even followed regular political news at all but here we go, he was suffering from pre-reading Palin tweets and pre-attending tea party meetings. It drove him to kill, that he might someday read or hear or be in the vicinity of some conservative, right-wing, tea party influence. It was in his future, possibly, and he had to act on it now before he actually encountered any of it.

Bennett on January 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

This is CNN’s legacy of journalistic prostitution.

Whether it is Celebrity Jeopardy reject Wolfie Blitzer trying to tilt a debate outcome to Bernard Shaw and propagandist Peter “Baby Milk Factory” Arnett trading favors with Saddam Hussein to keep their prime Baghdad hotel Gulf War air-raids vista, to promoting “human shields” to yet again Peter “Baby Milk Factory” Arnett and former Ted Koppel waterboy the anal Jeff Greenfield fabricating the Tailwind story, to CNN going ashore during our troops Somalia beach landing with the TV camera lights intentionally pointed at our soldiers (in harm’s way) coming ashore… This is CNN.

viking01 on January 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Of course the “proof” will end up with having more holes in it than a standard slice of Swiss cheese, but the MSM will still be all over it like flies on rotted meat.

pilamaye on January 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM

See my 12:28. This post was put on Kos site 2 days before this shooting and directly targets this congresswoman.

Key West Reader on January 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

CNN holds itself out as an unbiased, middle-road news source that people of all political stripes can trust.

1. CNN falsely accused the US of dropping nerve gas on civilians in Laos.

2. CNN covered up Saddam Hussein’s atrocities against his own citizens for a decade, just so they could keep their precious Baghdad Bureau open.

3. CNN’s CEO had to resign in disgrace after he falsely accused US troops of “murdering” Iraqi journalists.

4. In prime time, CNN showed video footage taken by Iraqi snipers showing their US targets, just before those targets were shot.

Can any of our Leftists here cite similar journalistic malfeasance by “Faux News”? No, they cannot.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Don’t worry about it

they are worthless

Sonosam on January 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I wonder how much ratings CNN would actually have if they were to lose the airports?.

hawkman on January 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Despictible

http://tinyurl.com/3998m39

An extreme, left-wing Democrat group calling itself 21st Century Democrats has had the gall to send out an email blast using as a fundraising tool Saturday’s criminal shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. Judge John Roll and four others were killed in the incident, one of them a 9-year-old girl, but these Democrats are ignorant enough to be using this incident to try and squeeze donations from its supporters. Some might think the action of 21st Century Democrats is itself a crime — a crime against decency.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

From Gateway Pundit who asks the question: Did Barak Obama cause the Arizona shootings…

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

The point being if we’re going to hyperventilate about “extreme political rhetoric”, etc…

catmman on January 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

do the left and the media understand how much damage they are doing?

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Of course. Why do you think they keep doing it.

bw222 on January 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Bennett on January 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

You’re right, they did try to pretzel the facts into being anything but Islam.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Whether it is Frum, the left, or the media they all see the passion in Palin and the Tea Party as political obstacles. The health care debate, for example, now rests on the public accepting the votes already cast. The calls for “reduced rhetoric” are really just attempts to regain political ground that has been lost by the left and RINOs. The calls from Kurtz to cool it are a lefty who sees danger in pinning this to a Palin website posting and not out of concern for the “discourse” in this country. Kurtz just sees what the blind ambition of others do not and that is this is all flimsy, lazy accusations and will later fall apart as the facts about the metal state of the shooter come out impugning the reputations of the people who put out this nonsense theory. It will be viewed as a power grab and smear campaign or simply incompetence in analyzing the situation. I can foresee the thought that this guy was acting so rationally that he formulated the attacks for months as a strike in the war against the democrats in congress will seem like the dumbest idea someone could have leaped to from the beginning even given the facts we already know. Egg. Face.

Conan on January 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Is the media going to pay any attention to the fact that Giffords is Jewish, and the shooter was anti-semitic?

You would think if, as Rick Sanchez claimed, the Joooos run the media, that this would be at the top of every article about the situation.

MadisonConservative on January 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Blitzer is such a stool.

NeoKong on January 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Inanemergencydial on January 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

I just “hid” them. I’ve just had it with their lib posting crap.

bernzright777 on January 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Solid column Ed. I was looking for something comprehensive like this to share. Thanks.

MikeknaJ on January 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The MFM wouldn’t be spinning this way if the shooter’s name was Mohammed. Instead, we’d be hearing how important it would be to close Gitmo and build a mosque at Ground Zero. It’s kinda sad when we can report the news before news even happens. Nice job, CNN.

joejm65 on January 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

It was not just CNN…Geraldo on Fox last night was desperately trying to assign a political motive to the event…HELLO! Crazy is NOT a political philosophy…

Idiots…

JIMV on January 9, 2011 at 12:44 PM

“As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy,” the former classmate, Caitie Parker, wrote in a series of Twitter feeds Saturday.

From the New York Times today….bet you won’t see much of this reported today…

PatriotRider on January 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I can’t come up with one (although there may be some). Maybe that is why they are more trusted than the others!

Rndguy on January 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Conservative media was going to be demonized Alinskyed no matter what (and at least Beck has acknowledged this).

The Progressive America haters in the D.C. are in charge, calling the shots and are one incident away from lighting the match that sends the Constitution up in flames.

The left MUST HAVE violence. They must demonize all of their opponents, isolate them, freeze the target. Fox News, Conservative talk radio, HotAir, Drudge, Malkin, Levin, Ingraham, etc.

Google: Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

PappyD61 on January 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM

All these cable and media outlets are garbage.
CNN, MSDNC, FOX with the disgusting drama queen Sheppie.
At least with sanitation landfills like KOS, I know what to expect- sadly, thats now the same with television.
Hot Air really shined yesterday and was a beacon of sanity.
Great job.

jjshaka on January 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Dick Durbin was on with Candy Crowley blaming Palin the push back from the Republican that Crowley kept asking for a response statement to Durbin’s accusations. Milk toast – they – the Republicans don’t know what’s going on. They don’t get they are being tar and feathered with the actions of the Left…that the Left used this tragedy for political muckraking who is surprised. Turns out there was a Democrat Congress woman Lopez Arizona, SPEARHEADING MUCKRAKING AND EXPLOITING TRAGEDY TURNS SHOOTING INTO POLITICAL STUNT.
Democrat Linda Lopez owes Americans an apology…was driving force behind Left’s attempt to blame Tea Party for assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords.

Don’t any of these so called news outlets get the point the FBI is going to un cover this kids entire life. So far his classmate states “He’s a leftist A Liberal” that’s not tea party that’s not a Military Veteran, that’s not Sarah Palin.
I don’t think I have seen this kind of irresponsibility in reporting on an event “EVER”.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Did CNN blame Sarah Palin for the G8 and G20 riots too?

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Even should Obama make some puny attempt to move towarsd the middle,I will always be offended by his Party and his far left supporters. He’d better hope he does not need right leaning people to vote for him in 2012. There will never ever be a Democrat that this racist, would be killer will ever vote for in the future.

jeanie on January 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

One would have to conclude that the left have a great big..

BULLS EYE TARGET on Palin.

irony anyone.??

katy on January 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Its not just media bias anymore, its media with an agenda. Its one thing to want to believe certain things and report on items with your ideology coloring your conclusions. Its another ball game when you go into a story with the end goal of making a specific narrative fit no matter how badly you have to twist the facts or reach to make a connection.

Its a disgrace.

alecj on January 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

When that enviro-wacko took hostages at the discovery channel building, and he cited Al Gore as his inspiration, why wasn’t there an outcry for Al Gore to tone down his alarmist rhetoric? There was much more of a connection there than between this nut and Palin, Beck or the tea party.

JohnInCA on January 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

CNN owes everyone an apology for their nasty, hysterical, and biased coverage in the aftermath of the shooting yesterday, perhaps especially Sarah Palin.

Good luck with that.

BTW–I am serving notice that I will not be bringing a knife to a gunfight.

davidk on January 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

PappyD61 on January 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I posted Alinski’s rules last night. These two seem to fit the narrative nicely…

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

katy on January 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

the people doing this are evil.

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2011/01/veterans-demand-an-apology-congresswoman.html#comments

Your demented, irrational view of veterans shows in this despicable statement. You have, as most do on the extreme Left and within the MFM, caused irreparable damage to veterans everywhere- not just those in Arizona. You do a complete disservice to us, to your country, and to your state by repeatedly asserting that there was a likelyhood he was an Afghanistan veteran.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I don’t think I have seen this kind of irresponsibility in reporting on an event “EVER”.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

What do you expect when sheriff Dupnik got up there and permanently set the stage for this insane rhetoric?

The man should be fired.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

the people doing this are evil.

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

By definition. They dont want truth or facts.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Yea, the hypocricy is stunning, isn’t it?

However, using crosshairs and hunting analogies when referring to eliminating incumbents is stunningly stupid in this day and age of political correctness, and especially if you’re in the “crosshairs” of a large majority of the MSM. In a perfect world people would “get” that these were analogies and nothing else, but never underestimate the fact that the left is perfectly capable of exploiting them as incendiary devides designed to trigger a crazed gunmen. They probably would have had the same reaction if she had put thrown pies on a map.

scalleywag on January 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

you know what sucks for the evil men and women pushing this, their are no elections to change the makeup of congress and when the House Republicans begin their cuts will “Over the top” rhetoric now be looked at as unseemly. Will screaming about Republicans killing people with their budget be allowed? Seriously I think the left has lost its collective mind and will suffer long and short term over their vile actions.

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

David Frum is trying to take this opportunity to bash Palin/Limbaugh over “rhetoric”.

STFU Frum.

portlandon on January 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

The MFM wouldn’t be spinning this way if the shooter’s name was Mohammed. joejm65 on January 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Actually I kind of wish his name was Mohammed and he was in regular email contact with a certain American born cleric hiding out in Yemen because then we would all be spared this self-righteous hypocritical pontification about how some mentally deranged 22 year old with a history of disturbing behavior must have been influenced by the sudden “political vitriol” stirred up in this country once Obama was elected President.

It is all just terribly unfortunate that so much attention is being to the political aspects of it which frankly seem to be pretty much non-existent but for the fact that he shot a Congresswoman, very possibly a convenient target of opportunity for reasons that exist only in his jumbled messed up head and with no greater implications than that.

The real issue is here is probably going to turn out to be a very old and sad one, the difficulty we have as a society in dealing with mental illness. Who’s truly crazy and potentially violent vs. who’s just kind of strange and essentially harmless. And what can we do about it. No good answers and nobody to blame really. So of course no one’s going to talk about any of that. Unless it’s to fault Republicans for cutting mental health programs or something.

Bennett on January 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

David Frum is trying to take this opportunity to bash Palin/Limbaugh over “rhetoric”.

STFU Frum.

portlandon on January 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Surprise that rinos try to blame conservatives.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

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