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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STFU Frum.

portlandon on January 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

STFU = Shut the Frum up ?

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Strange. I just responded to some HuffPo Super User’s vitriolic rant, blaming Palin, Beck, Rush, DeMint, et al for the shootings and attached this link

http://patterico.com/files/2011/01/Markos-2.jpg

All of a sudden the original comment and my reply with the link disappeared completely from the site!

Trafalgar on January 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

I suppose the one positive is that you really see who the scumbags with an agenda are in this tragedy.
Krugman and Frum really revealed their true selves- both without shame or conscience.

jjshaka on January 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Great post Ed. The MSM is poisoned and will never treat their enemies, Obama’s enemies fairly. It is not in their DNA.

FireBlogger on January 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I love how no one talks about the Kossacks “targeting” Giffords for being a Blue Dog, and wanting to “take her out”.

Here’s someone who directly referenced Giffords, and talked in violent terms towards her. Why no calls for the criminal investigation of Kos?

Iblis on January 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

FBI presser on Fox right now.

The FBI always gets its man.

Eventually.

SlaveDog on January 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

So the campaign for 2012 begins and the Presstitutes are telling us again who they fear and it ain’t Mitt or Huck or Plenty, or Gingrinch or Daniels or Jindahl, or Trump or Guliani, its SARAH PALIN!

Run Sarah RUN this is a fight that must be engaged and won and there is no better time than now before the Marxist spawn of Bill Ayers, the Daley machine and George Soros totally destroys this country.

Bring it Marxist clowns we’re ready and able!

Run Sarah you’re the only one with the cojones to stand against the politically pimped out Presstitutes and their pimps the Demrat Party!

dhunter on January 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Frum is no better then the other ghouls exploiting this.

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

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

Exactly.

scalleywag on January 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Well-earned criticism, and the point is sharply made. Good job, Ed. But frankly, CNN has long been the major locus of journalistic hypocrisy.

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

Legal sale. Illegal purchase.

novaculus on January 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The FBI always gets its man.

Eventually.

SlaveDog on January 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

The FBI is run by a progressive ideologue. I have no faith they’ll do their job objectively.

darwin on January 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

FBI: THere was no 9 year old girl shot to death?

portlandon on January 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

In the rare case where one can be found, rushing to that conclusion doesn’t make it any more or less true.

masterful, Ed. Truly masterful.

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Trafalgar on January 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

They’re working double shifts to make sure all the evidence of double standards and hypocrisy are erased down the memory hole.

katy on January 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

They will not stop until disagreeing with socialism is a hate crime. Joseph Goebbels would be envious.

Confront them all and question their common decency to their faces. Facts hurt libs – beat them over the head with them.

DeweyWins on January 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

FBI We are looking at his associates to make sure they don’t present a threat….

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

The FBI is run by a progressive ideologue. I have no faith they’ll do their job objectively.

Richard Jewell, when he was alive, would have agreed, I think.

SlaveDog on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Interesting this guy tried something in 2007. Sarah Palin wasnt even in the national limelight yet.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Interesting this guy tried something in 2007. Sarah Palin wasnt even in the national limelight yet.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

But Sarah Palin was alive in 2007, so clearly she is at fault.

portlandon on January 9, 2011 at 1:18 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.

jon1979 on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Well, as I said yesterday, I generally prefer CNN when there is breaking news b/c Fox has a tendency to get overexcited and sensationalize the story, to the point that they will report things (like saying the Congresswoman was dead) without verifying first. It’s sloppy, tabloid-like reporting and I don’t like it. MSNBC will go political immediately and they are on my permanently-banned list so CNN it is. I thought that they did an OK job yesterday with the initial coverage, reporting the facts as they rolled in. I had already turned the channel by the time Blitzer was on so I guess with nothing new left to report, they reverted to type. It’s rather unfortunate that with hundreds of channels on my cable system, there’s no channel I can turn to in a breaking news event that will just report what is happening without being influenced by ratings or ideology or both.

NoLeftTurn on January 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

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.

this is really good work Ed.

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

In addition to the blood libel the Left is nurturing against the Right, the other troubling aspect of the way this story has been reported was the way some talking heads were trying to draw a political conclusions from this, (rather than conclusions about security and so forth, which would be appropriate).

Somebody on FNC said yesterday that since the shooter attacked a Blue Dog bipartisan and wants to reduce the debt, the lesson to be learned is that America should rally around bipartisanship and deficit reduction.

While I agree that we need to reduce the deficit it is absurd and inappropriate to try to draw any lessons from an unhinged shooter that tried to kill a Congresswoman.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:20 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

I have asked this question for years on various forums. No one has even been able to answer it.

FNC isn’t perfect-no one is. But their documented “goofs” pale in comparison to the CNN examples I cited.

In 2004, FNC’s Carl Cameron was busted for making something up about the jackass Democrat running for President that year. It was relatively trivial, but the Left jumped on it as proof that Faux News was evil.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

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:

Now let’s challenge them to produce the proof of the connection.

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

One has to wonder if there would have been 24/7 coverage if the congresswoman had been a Republican. Me thinks not. Notice that there hasn’t been alot of focus on the Bush 41 appointed judge either.

Remember, we never heard a word from the left about black conservative Kenneth Gladney’s beating at a St. Louis tea party by a union thug.

TxAnn56 on January 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

While I agree that we need to reduce the deficit it is absurd and inappropriate to try to draw any lessons from an unhinged shooter that tried to kill a Congresswoman.

In other words it would be insane to give assassins the power to steer the political future of our nation based on which politicians they target.

And on that basis it is also inappropriate to give political assassins the power to shut down the House of Representatives for a week.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

to the point that they will report things (like saying the Congresswoman was dead) without verifying first
NoLeftTurn on January 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Are you kidding me? Everyone, from Drudge, to the AP, to CNN reported that she was dead, not just Fox.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Following yesterday’s shootings and the media’s reporting and unsubstantiated speculations, many of which were inflammatory and wholly unjustified, I stayed away from posting on the subject. I did read most of the comments at Hot Air because they struck a balance on the issue and reminded all of the grievous loss of life and endangerment caused by Loughner.

The Left, politicos and media, were quick to attribute Loughner’s motives to conservatives, libertarians, and the TEA party, as well as to Sarah Palin in particular, while ignoring contradictory postings and the history of the alleged perpetrator.

The usual Dem politicos who love a camera and microphone whenever a newsworthy event occurs began spouting unfounded accusations to The Hill and have continued to do so on the Sunday talk shows.

FWIW the Arizona Sun ran an article that says that Loughner is registered as an Independent. So much for the name the party smears by the Left.

The media shaping the narrative are completely ignoring the confused posts and erratic behavior of Loughner prior to this shooting. He has a history of brushes with the law, he overdosed on alcohol, he is a pot user, he was banned from a classroom. Those acquainted with him socially and scholastically single out his socially inappropriate behaviors and outbursts.

This is one very mixed-up young man, probably paranoid because of his substance use and abuse. His understanding of what he claims to have read, contradictory literature at that, shows that “a little learning is a dangerous thing.” It is pitiful how he demonstrates a superficial understanding of what he has read and then muddles the body of those works with what he calls “dream conscience.” (He probably meant “dream consciousness,” but such is his flawed thinking. He fancies himself superior to others intellectually, yet his ramblings demonstrate the thinking processes of a paranoid schizophrenic. He has created his own “grammar” and “logic” to justify himself in a manner that makes sense only to himself.

At this point, perhaps it is wise to suggest that news outlets confine themselves to strictly reporting the news for at least 24 hours after an event. The frenzy of the media commentators while events are unfolding is shameful and inflammatory. Some heads need to roll in the networks, and some politicians need to weigh and limit their words to expressions of sympathy until facts are known.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Why isn’t Obama defending innocent American citizens who are part of the Tea Party from these jackals? Where is he?

Key West Reader on January 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

CNN calls its political-news show the “Situation Room,”

I even heard them refer to both Ohio and Florida as “Battleground States” before. Can we blame them for any gun violence that occurs there?

just asking?

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Where is he?

Key West Reader on January 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Present!

/rimshot

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Interesting this guy tried something in 2007. Sarah Palin wasnt even in the national limelight yet.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

You forgot about time travel.

aikidoka on January 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Present!

/rimshot

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

LOL… He’s present in the smoking lounge, I’m sure.

Key West Reader on January 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I blame Paul McCartney.

http://www.chrisofrights.com/2011/01/are-beatles-responsible-for-manson.html

Helter Skelter, man.

Chris of Rights on January 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Interesting this guy tried something in 2007. Sarah Palin wasnt even in the national limelight yet.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

well, you know she was *thinking about it*…

/too easy

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

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.
scalleywag on January 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Exactly.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Are you kidding me? Everyone, from Drudge, to the AP, to CNN reported that she was dead, not just Fox.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I’ll have to get my ears checked then. I don’t remember hearing them report that. Nevertheless, Fox is not my go-to network for breaking news and hasn’t been since 2001 when they speculated minutes after that plane fell out of the sky in Queens not long after 9/11 that it was probably another terror attack. As Ed says above, there’s really nothing to be gained from speculating early on when facts are still scarce and sorry but Fox is as guilty of that as the other two are. They just inject more breathless drama into their reporting.

NoLeftTurn on January 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

War is politics by other means.
Clausewitz.

Hence, war analogies are generally appropriate and descriptive when discussing political issues.

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Hillbuzz has screenshots of tweets of a Loughner friend who said he was very left wing.

John the Libertarian on January 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The Left knows they got it wrong. It matters not. If enough of them scream loudly enough, saturate the airwaves and the social media – It’s Sarah Palin’s Fault! – some people will believe it. You know – those folks who only watch Dancing With the Stars and American Idol. The truth will eventually come out, but by then many will have lost interest. Mission Accomplished. Obama and his minions employ this strategy frequently.

humdinger on January 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

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.

ED , this tactic is done willfully by the left , they know it works.

Remember why Rush couldn’t buy a part of that football team , “everyone knew he’s a rasist”, no proof ever needed . The left creates this , it’s not an accident.

It should be stopped.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

humdinger on January 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

one of the alinsky rules is that if you “repeat a negative enough, it’ll break through and become a positive for you.” Hence, the meme is already written before these issues happen, they just have to repeat it pretty often until it “comes true”…well, true insofar as they are concerned.

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

These deranged leftists and the media agitators are walking a dangerous line. Who will take the blame if something happens to Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and on and on?

Jeff on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

The shooter reportedly fired on Giffords from about four feet away. The gun was purchased on November 30 at Sportman’s Warehouse, in Tucson, and was bought along with at least one additional handgun. ….. A very disturbed man is easily able to access a semi-automatic weapon in Arizona. …

That’s premeditated – waited for a window of opportunity – did he act alone? Why is the speculation that he is somehow not competent for his actions? He clammed up is pleading the 5th how is that nutty? The gun purchases happened after the Mid Term elections someone should check what Kos was posting around that date. Where did he get all the money for these weapons and ammo? One was a Glock what would it have cost?

Why do people keep referring to him as nutty and deranged. Because he rambles? So he isn’t a very good communicator. That doesn’t make him “mentally ill”.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Oh good grief, they’ve let the crazy sheriff on the boob tube again.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

This Clarence Dupnik on TV sounds like a hack politician. His behavior is beyond atrocious. Now he’s trying to score anti-gun points.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

From newsbreifing it seems Lochner had tried to meet the Congresswoman in 2007 and even got a personal invite to an event.

Hmm

And correct me if Im wrogn GW Bush was President in 2007 and there was no tea party.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

The Left knows they got it wrong. It matters not. If enough of them scream loudly enough, saturate the airwaves and the social media – It’s Sarah Palin’s Fault! – some people will believe it. You know – those folks who only watch Dancing With the Stars and American Idol. The truth will eventually come out, but by then many will have lost interest. Mission Accomplished. Obama and his minions employ this strategy frequently.

humdinger on January 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

They dont care about right or wrong, they’re eventually worried about getting exposed , it’s just about attacking for them.

Venezuela 2.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

CNN attempts to brand itself as between Fox News and MSNBC,

jon1979 on January 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

They are between FNC and MSNBC.

FNC = center
CNN = left
MSNBC = further left

Chris of Rights on January 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

No less than Jane Fonda came out publicly and assigned blame for the atrocity to the Tea Party and Palin.

So I guess that means we can now freely blame Jane for the violent deaths of American soldiers in Vietnam.

Edouard on January 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Jerry Rivers was slingin the same hateful leftist mud on Fox yesterday. Strongly urge you all to turn off Fox and tell them u won’t be back until Rivers is gone.

james23 on January 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Gabrielle Giffords…..a Blue Dog, gun-supporting, anti-illegal alien,Jewish female in Conservative-dominated Arizona.

I couldnothave chosen a better sacrificial lamb if I were a Leftist bent on preserving the Obama Agenda.

So many templates fulfilled with an attack on this wonderful woman.

David2.0 on January 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I remember, after the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts, Obama claimed that the Republicans wanted to raise taxes on Middle Class Americans. I believe this was at the Press Conference, and no one in our intrepid press questioned that remark. Do you think that any one sitting there actually believed that Repubs wanted to raise taxes? Matters not.

humdinger on January 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

This Clarence Dupnik on TV sounds like a hack politician. His behavior is beyond atrocious. Now he’s trying to score anti-gun points.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Oh, he’s a democratic hack all right.

Ariz. Sheriff Says He Will Refuse to Enforce Immigration Law

TxAnn56 on January 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I am waiting for that Joy woman to weight in tomorrow.

Electrongod on January 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

So I guess that means we can now freely blame Jane for the violent deaths of American soldiers in Vietnam.

Edouard on January 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

And the 2 million Vietnamese that were killed when North took over south.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

weight—weigh ..oh well

Electrongod on January 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

These moments really make me angry. Just when you manage to cool down (as much as one can) the Olbermans, Matthews and Shultzs with a douse of rational thought and deductive reasoning….
just when you win a huge election by the force of the will of the people …

You get one stupid nutjob to send you back to square one. He may even be a nutjob with sympathies with the opposition, but again logic, facts and rational thought are useless and you’re back to square one.

kurtzz3 on January 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Jennifer Rubin has a great piece at the WaPo blog:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/the_arizona_tragedy.html

Excerpt:

We saw the same phenomenon following the Oklahoma City bombing and the Holocaust museum shooting when MSNBC hosts and liberal pundits blamed the incidents on radio talk show hosts. These exercises in blame-mongering inevitably run aground when inconvenient details muddle the “talk show hosts did it” mantra (e.g. Did radio talk show hosts tell the Holocaust museum shooter to target the conservative Weekly Standard offices?) The same is true in this incident. You can almost hear the disappointment from the left that he was a pothead rather than a Tea Partyer.

And here is the winning “comment” from a Leftist mental giant at the WaPo blog:

This op ed is even more disgusting than the shooting itself.

It appears as though the right wing, and Republicans, in this country are going to deal with this situation by denying responsibility and through trying to pin the blame on liberals.

Jared Lee Loughner, through his writings, words, and affiliations, is clearly a right wing ideologue. So many of his ideas about ‘government ruling through currency,’ ‘conscious dreaming,’ ‘gold based currency’ are taken directly out of fringe right wing thought.

Yet Jennifer Rubin thinks that she can simply absolve republicans, conservatives, and the GOP of responsibility by blaming the left.

Republicans have become baseless creatures who talk about responsibility, ethics, and morality. Yet when confronted with the results of their actions they choose to act like children and blame their political enemies.

I’ve never been more disgusted and disappointed by an op-ed.

Nice person, eh?

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Somebody on FNC said yesterday that since the shooter attacked a Blue Dog bipartisan and wants to reduce the debt, the lesson to be learned is that America should rally around bipartisanship and deficit reduction.
FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

In her interview with Hemmer she specifically voiced her intention to vote against raising the debt ceiling, which is a position many in the Tea Party (like Jim DeMint) are advocating. Therefore, the point they should have made is that since the Tea Party and Gifford see eye to eye on this issue, it makes no sense to claim that Gifford was shot by someone who was inspired by the Tea Party. And of course (to the extent they are rational at all) there are many other items on the list of his manifestos which are the polar opposite of Tea Party positions such as his God hatred, his support of Communism, his Antisemitism, the flag burning video, and so forth.

Indeed, if we’re going to pick a group with whom he has similar views, he has a whole lot in common with the anarcho-Communist thugs who regularly riot at G8 and G20 meetings. Also note that Frances Fox Piven is egging on union activists and their Socialist allies to participate in mass demonstrations/strikes here in the U.S. (similar to what we have been seeing all over Europe) and has explicitly not ruled out violence as a tactic.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

If we haven’t come to the conclusion that we are in a c i v i l w a r in this country and that the s h o o ting just hasn’t started,then we are unprepared. I am so angry about what has happened here. To me the Hatefilled Left is the very definition of evil. THe Hatefilled Left intentionally lies in it’s broadcast. They know darn well that Sarah Palin is not in any way even remotely responsible for what the guy did but they are so desperate to destroy her that they behave unethically and despicably in order to do that. I have not stopped praying for Sarah and her family since McCain introduced her and the smearing and the lying about her and the family started instantaneously. I still remember Allah’s Comedy Gold where he put on this site a video that was a lie. It starrred some man with a horrible smoker’s cough pretending to be filmed by Bristol when Sarah is supposedly the Mayor of Wasilla. THe guy is in bed and telling the supposed child to lie to Sarah that he is working and not in bed. Why was that even shoen here? It just added to the false narrative of her. We on the Right have to guard against the smears not help them. Ed thank you for taking this issue on. Thank you for defending Sarah Palin.

CCRWM on January 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

scalleywag on January 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Exactly.
Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Despicable. But we expect no less from Romney’s people.

james23 on January 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Why do people keep referring to him as nutty and deranged. Because he rambles? So he isn’t a very good communicator. That doesn’t make him “mentally ill”.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Exactly, if this is the criteria for mental illness then much of the Bamster’s base qualifies.

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

These deranged leftists and the media agitators are walking a dangerous line. Who will take the blame if something happens to Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and on and on?
Jeff on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

They won’t care! That’s their objective!

CCRWM on January 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

And correct me if Im wrogn GW Bush was President in 2007 and there was no tea party.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Sounds like you (and Ed, of course) have done more investigative journalism than the whole MSM combined! Used to be that journalists had to be really careful about what they said or printed about criminals, “allegedly” being the key word. Now they’ve flushed that standard down the toilet when it comes to reporting the “news” by tossing in whatever opinion they may have, even if it tarnishes a politicians image or chances for election. Shameful indeed.

scalleywag on January 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Here is another interesting tidbit about our deranged shooter.

Yeah, he is all over YouTube with his insane rantings and “anti-government” politics.

Did you hear his voice?

Did you see his face?

Didn’t think so.

Just text words appearing on screen.

So how do we know it was him?

Because his name was registered on the account?

David2.0 on January 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

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.
scalleywag on January 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Instead of politically correct censorship I would suggest that you guys grow a pair.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

This Clarence Dupnik on TV sounds like a hack politician. His behavior is beyond atrocious. Now he’s trying to score anti-gun points.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Makes me wonder if Clarence Dupnik is running for a higher office next election.

I’ll bet he is.

portlandon on January 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

They are between FNC and MSNBC.

FNC = center
CNN = left
MSNBC = further left

Chris of Rights on January 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

True. Anyone who thinks FNC is conservative is a fool.

bw222 on January 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

The good news: all the evil in the world is no longer George W. Bush’s fault.

The bad news: all the evil in the world is now Sarah Palin’s fault.

CJ on January 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

grow a pair.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Quote of The Decade.

John the Libertarian on January 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I think what you are dealing with in the leftist media and bloggers is a personality that is focused on obtaining and maintaining political power almost to the exclusion of everything else. Every fact must be forced into that view of the world, or, if that is impossible, discarded as irrelevant or a distraction. Everything is about liberals and the forces arrayed against their progressive agenda, or an ally in support of it.

Socratease on January 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

The shame — and hypocrisy — of CNN

Shame and hypocrisy have been deleted from the language database of CNN.

The query produces the error ‘not found’.

rukiddingme on January 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

It’s not just the Frums, the media & political sheriffs and politicians who have rushed to judgment without a shred of decency but the brainwashed masses who have been infected with misinformation, destructive education, and government handouts who are also to blame. As our religion has been taken from our lives, so has our moral compass, and without it we have become what we saw yesterday: lost souls who can only shout hate and pass out poison in hopes of destroying those we fail to agree with. Our nation is broke, not just monitarily but mentally and without a conscience we become
not the United States but the Un-United States. How Sad!

mistert1950 on January 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The new meme coming from the left is that this retard was for a gold currency, therefore he is a member of the right. Never mind any other evidence, including his friends statements, his views on gold currency is proof he is a righty.

Howcome on January 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I think what you are dealing with in the leftist media and bloggers is a personality that is focused on obtaining and maintaining political power almost to the exclusion of everything else. Every fact must be forced into that view of the world, or, if that is impossible, discarded as irrelevant or a distraction. Everything is about liberals and the forces arrayed against their progressive agenda, or an ally in support of it.

Socratease on January 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

It’s the Alinsky way. They just follow the rules for radicals.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

You get one stupid nutjob to send you back to square one. He may even be a nutjob with sympathies with the opposition, but again logic, facts and rational thought are useless and you’re back to square one.

kurtzz3 on January 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I agree it’s frustrating but we’re not back to square one. Our status is unchanged as this isn’t the first time the Left has tried to capitalize on murder by blaming it on the Tea Party or the Right. They won’t score any more points this time and in face, if anything, I suspect it will backfire on them even more than previous examples because this time they seem to have been even more unhinged.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

And in face fact

Fixed

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Man, Frum is dumb. It’s pointless to try to parse through the political ideology of a schizophrenic. He opposes paper money because it leads to “mind control” for crying out loud. That says absolutely nothing about the real debate on monetary policy or the people involved in it. There’s almost nothing to be “reflected upon” or “learned” from this crime. It was a 100% pointless act of a true madman.

forest on January 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

These deranged leftists and the media agitators are walking a dangerous line. Who will take the blame if something happens to Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and on and on?
Jeff on January 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

That sounds like the real threat to me. Palin hasn’t had much security around her. How about some left wing nutjob shooting her as a hater based on the lies of the MSM such as CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and ABC?

Paul-Cincy on January 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Will the left “tone down” its rhetoric when the GOP releases its budget cuts?

rob verdi on January 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Sarah Palin should be impressed by all of the Terminators out there trying to take her out politically in one form or another. It is breath taking to watch all of her ideological foes looking for ANY reason to remove her from the picture.

An aside: Could you imagine the field day the Left would have had if “Going Rogue” was a part of the shooter’s reading list?

We all need to be watchful as opportunists might attempt to further erode the 1st and 2nd Amendments in response to yesterday’s horrific events.

The problem is often with problematic INDIVIDUALS, not necessarily institutions.

itzWicks on January 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

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.

Perfectly said. Great post!
And lets not forget Obama recently telling Latinos they should “punish our enemies.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnnwJ1rgCnM

Punish in what way Mr. Obama? What enemies are you referring to Mr. Obama? Who would qualify as your enemy, Mr. Obama. Why call someone an enemy at all Mr Obama?

This is not a small thing at all. When Obama tells someone to bring a gun to a brawl what exactly does he intend that person to do with the gun they bring?

Worthless men and women in the mainstream media pervert a tragedy for their own twisted political purposes, attempting to smear good law abiding average Americans who love their country! Decent hard working Americans who have the courage to do nothing more than get involve in peaceful protests and the election process. The TEA Party got together and organized and ran a candidate against Giffords. And for that they are branded as violent murderers who spew hate all because some nutcase who actually looks more like the left goes on a murdering spree! Well the TEA party didn’t kill anybody! All they did was get involved and participate in the political process!

Yet on the left, we have real people spewing real hatred and violence like Bills Ayers! Friend of Obama! Bill Ayers tried to kill people! Bill Ayers actually bombed buildings and wished he caused more damaged! Bill Ayers has more in common with this murderer than than any average normal good hard working American who simply went out and made a sign with markers and protested high taxes at a rally down on main street!

The TEA party marches on Washington! Bill Ayers, friend of Obama, bombed buildings in Washington! There is a clear difference!

JellyToast on January 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Man, Frum is dumb. It’s pointless to try to parse through the political ideology of a schizophrenic. He opposes paper money because it leads to “mind control” for crying out loud. That says absolutely nothing about the real debate on monetary policy or the people involved in it. There’s almost nothing to be “reflected upon” or “learned” from this crime. It was a 100% pointless act of a true madman.

forest on January 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Frum is just searching for any way to attack conservatives.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I was just reading that FBI Director Robert Mueller may charge him with domestic terrorism. They’re investigating possible connections to white supremacist groups.

fastestslug on January 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Asserting with zero evidence that right wing rhetoric is inciting violence is the new race-baiting. But what can we call it? Tea-baiting?

Paul-Cincy on January 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM

They’re investigating possible connections to white supremacist groups.

fastestslug on January 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Is there any hint of supremacist else from the Mein Kampf in his book listing.

Killing a jew is left wing ideology too.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I was just reading that FBI Director Robert Mueller may charge him with domestic terrorism. They’re investigating possible connections to white supremacist groups.

fastestslug on January 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

We should not underestimate what the idiot Eric Holder is capable of. The Black Panther outrage showed him for what he is, a hack democratic operative with a worthless law degree. He will do what he thinks is best for Bammie’s chances of reelection.

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

The new meme coming from the left is that this retard was for a gold currency, therefore he is a member of the right. Never mind any other evidence, including his friends statements, his views on gold currency is proof he is a righty.

Howcome on January 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Absurd. I can guarantee you, lefties have been buying gold lately too. They just pretend they don’t.

Anyway, his anti-social obsessive fantasy of “creating a new currency” and his instinctive, preclusive and unelaborated anti-government jabber show him to be probably more anarchist than anything — someone who is disdainful of or disgusted by political activism rather than energized by it.

Edouard on January 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

First of all, to be clear, this guy had severe mental problems and that fact was out there relatively early. Secondly, a conservative doing a shooting? Conservatives don’t do that stuff. If you think they do, give me a list because I can give you a list of violent liberals that do stupid things, let’s start off with E.L.F.

I pray for the victims and their families and I sincerely hope that all of those who were wounded survive this event. I also hope all the liberals who, in Rahm’s famous words, didn’t let this crisis go to waste, rot in hell.

bflat879 on January 9, 2011 at 2:23 PM

The new meme coming from the left is that this retard was for a gold currency, therefore he is a member of the right. Never mind any other evidence, including his friends statements, his views on gold currency is proof he is a righty.

Howcome on January 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Soros is a huge proponent of and investor in Gold, I beleive. There is nothing exclusive to the Right about gold investment and concerns about our currency, which is also, if not more so, the province of the far Left.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Interesting this guy tried something in 2007. Sarah Palin wasnt even in the national limelight yet.

William Amos on January 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Yeah, but she uses that Delorean of hers like crazy.

steebo77 on January 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM

It is interesting but not newsworthy to identify yet another example of media bias. Long and thoughtful repetitions of this point, as in Ed’s post, do not really add to the political discussion.
At some point there will be a meaningful discussion about the left’s concerted effort to attribute every negative event in our society to the right, and that Obama participates in this and encourages it. The Gateway Pundit today has a good list of Obama’s actions in this regard. This left action will continue through the November 2012 elections. It goes unanswered or responded to in any meaningful way by the right. Some Republicans, in addition to Sarah Palin, need to call out the President and the press on this pattern. Otherwise, the left’s plan will continue to be successful.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I am like most of you and am disgusted with these simpletons that immediately blame someone on the right for anything that happens. Thank God the Ft. Hood murderer didn’t have a Confederate flag in his quarters! But we must realise that they have gotten used to being leftists and they are not held to any standard of professionalism. It ain’t going to change. What our job as bloggers and web site managers is to publish their hypocritical past statements and videos of their double standards. Just wailing about how unfair they are will get us no sympathy but evidence of their bias along with each whine will. Imagine a walking talking tunc like Jane Fonda who sat on an North Viet Namese anti-aircraft gun looking through the “Cross Hairs” at Americans has the stupidity to blame Sarah Palin for putting a cross hair on an entire state which symbolizes nothing personal about Gifford.

inspectorudy on January 9, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Let’s remember, Loughner is alive and will likely speak eventually. There’s a real danger that the lefty nutballs will get to him and tell him what to say about his motivation. They may even write a script for him that reads like the fever swamp narrative of the far left. He will end up with a far-left lawyer, probably working pro-bono, that will also push that angle hard.

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 2:29 PM

crazy people absorb stuff from their environment. pieces are incorporated into their “narrative”. crazy people can plan to commit crimes, and they do

the projections that the left is engaging in speaks volumes about their own character and intellegence (or lack thereof)

r keller on January 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Rush’s show should be gang-busters tomorrow.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Pigs, short and simple.

RedNewEnglander on January 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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