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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Texyank on January 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Everybody’s patting Ed on the back right now. Where is the post on Dave Weigel? Remember ED going to the mat defending him for being a poser? He’s doing the same thing CNN is doing but the Ole Boys Club sticks together.

Big Orange on January 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

and of course Piven yelling out about trying to be more like Greece (I think 3 people were killed at a bank there)

sick people:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/05/dem-pollster-what-obama-really-needs-is-an-oklahoma-city-moment/

r keller on January 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

humdinger on January 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Quite right. These scumbags know full well that the main themes will be set in the minds of many by the coverage immediately after the event. So they portray the shooter as a deranged right-wing nut case inspired by hate speech from Rush and Sarah. When those despicable lies are later shown to be completely at odds with the facts, there will be far less media attention to the realities. So they fight to control the narrative at the beginning without great concern that they will be called out for their conduct later.

novaculus on January 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Unfortunately this young man will be found not guilty by reason of insanity.
He was able to blend into society to a level that he was not red-flagged.
It will be interesting to find out if he has a psychiatric history or if he was an untreated mentally-ill person.
His parents will be key to finding out the truth about him.
Possible Diagnoses:
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Paranoid Schizophrenia
Delusional Disorder

You know the saying, he knows just enough to be dangerous? This is unfortunately the reality in this case.

Mark7788 on January 9, 2011 at 2:45 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 put it on HuffPo too. Gone baby gone!

Akzed on January 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM

loughner’s channel on youtube is by “classitup10″, which coincidentally is an account on democraticunderground.com

here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×144974

This is the same gibberish, and the consensus was that he was psychotic. He has a beef with his community college, the constitution and the government in all its forms.

virgo on January 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Exploiting a mental-illness tragedy is gutter politics.

Mark7788 on January 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM

This incredible spectacle of attack is further evidence that the Left has taken off the gloves and are pushing as hard as they can toward their goal of a national free-fall, free-for-all. How many more steps until it finally happens? 3..2..1..?

tigerlily on January 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Great post Mr Morrissey.

The left have outdone themselves here.

gary4205 on January 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

It is important to note that this post:

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-1-56-04-pm1.png

That was screen-capped by Hillbuzz at Daily Kos was deleted not even hours after the shooting. If the Left wants to find someone who put a ‘bulls-eye’ on this woman, look no further. Note also how many times it refers to her being “dead.”

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Note in 2007, Sarah Palin was going by the alias George W. Bush. Mystery solved.

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Oh, came across this from one of my favorite sites.

Chris Matthews muses on killing Rush Limbaugh.
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/13/video-matthews-muses-on-killing-rush-limbaugh/

JellyToast on January 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

More of that screen shot from Daily Kos:

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-1-55-55-pm1.png

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

And the point where they use dead several times to describe Ms. Giffords. (Note this was posted on January 6, two DAYS before the shooting)

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-2-17-18-pm.png

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Daily Kos had Ms. Giffords on their “bulls-eye” list:

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/screen-shot-2011-01-08-at-3-05-33-pm.png

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

There’s so much out there that shows what a contradictory paranoid Loughner was that the left is setting itself up for quite a problem cow Monday, when the talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Beck get back on the air.

His writings, his favorite books list and his YouTube videos all set the table up to have the left’s accusations thrown right back in their faces, and since they’ve spent the last 24 hours trying to make talk radio (along with Palin and the Tea Parties) part of this news story, that means the first responses on Monday by Limbaugh, Beck and others on their shows will be news. And that means the facts that don’t fit into the left’s narrative that are being shoved to the background today will be brought back out tomorrow, leaving the same Democrat pols and big media outlets with the option of mentioning them or pretending the targets they are using Giffords’ shooting to go after didn’t say anything about the incident.

jon1979 on January 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM

HillBuzz did an incredible job yesterday in grabbing all of those screen caps.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

When those despicable lies are later shown to be completely at odds with the facts, there will be far less media attention to the realities.

novaculus on January 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Not only that but they are going to begin applying this same strategy to the Democrat Party’s own communication apparatus. (Regarding the recent story about the Dems Schumerizing their communications strategy).

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Found it over at Free Republic. I long list of the hate speech coming from the left. Links provided.
From Salon posting a letter recently that called for the murder of Sarah Palin to Ed Schulz saying “We ought to rip out Cheney’s heart!”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2653895/posts

JellyToast on January 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM
HillBuzz did an incredible job yesterday in grabbing all of those screen caps.

Knucklehead on January 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I think we’ve all learned the hard way that when you see it, you’ve got to screen-grab it, or it will be sent down the memory hole by the time you tell others about it. They did excellent work grabbing and holding onto the YouTube postings and the DailyKos postings. The only thing they/we didn’t think to grab were the Facebook and MySpace pages. You can bet those will be grabbed in time if something like this ever happens again.

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Despicable.
james23 on January 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

What’s “despicable” about it? Do you think it was a smart thing for Palin to do? I want our side to have the best possible candidate to run against Barack Obama in 2012. In the event that it ends up being Sarah Palin, I want her to avoid doing things which unnecessarily give the Left ammunition. This was a completely avoidable political error on her part.

I’m not going to bother responding to your idiotic Romney remark.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

They are still working overtime to connect this to Palin:

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/eyynb/sarah_palins_crosshairs_website_has_been_quickly/

pearson on January 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

jon1979
Agreed, but Rush, Beck, Mark and the others are preaching to the choir. This leftist pattern needs to be addressed by senior Republican politicians.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Could someone PLEASE explain the “logic” (I know there is none, but ???) of the Westboro Cult Phelps & Co. to picket the slain child’s funeral.

http://hillbuzz.org/2011/01/09/brace-yourselves-democrat-fred-phelps-and-westboro-hate-group-announce-plans-to-picket-9-year-old-shooting-victim-christina-greenes-funeral-a-new-low-for-democrat-hate-groups/

WHAT SENSE DOES THIS MAKE?

A Leftist Democrat shoots and nearly kills a Democrat Congresswoman. In the cross-fire a nine-year-old girl is killed, and this loony-toon Leftist Democrat cult group decides to show up at the girl’s funeral to “protest.” What in the WORLD are they “protesting”? That makes NO SENSE at all!

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I want her to avoid doing things which unnecessarily give the Left ammunition.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The left has no ammunition, that’s why they have to fabricate it.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

jon1979
Agreed, but Rush, Beck, Mark and the others are preaching to the choir. This leftist pattern needs to be addressed by senior Republican politicians.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Yes, but too many of them doesn’t understand how the leftwing tactics effect them. Some even part of it.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

And we all know the Dems would NEVER post a map like Sarah’s… right?

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647

Yeah. Like everything else, not so much.

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I just read that Illinois’s less than favorite son, Big Dick(head) Durbin was blathering away on CNN’s lousy State Of The Union show this morning, doing his part to fan the flames on what happened in Arizona and, as every other liberal scumbucket has been doing all blasted day, blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Partiers for what happened!

pilamaye on January 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

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

Radical? What utter nonsense.

Luka on January 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Great work here. Until now, the conservative response has been scattered. Good job off specifically nailing CNN. Yellin is awful.

swamp_yankee on January 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

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

Radical? What utter nonsense.

These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it. (Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan)

Luka on January 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

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.

Oh yes there is. See Dailykos.

Luka on January 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

The left have outdone themselves here.

gary4205 on January 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Indeed. If this does not make the public completely ignore and shun the meanstreak media, I don’t know what it will take….maybe another repeat of ’08 election ??

cableguy615 on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Interesting Giffords2 you tube account subscribed to this kid Jared Lee Loughner’s you tube account. It’s only got 2 subscriptions and one is to Jared Lee Loughner, and the other Congressman Ike Skelton. Someone mentioned the subscription happened in June 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/user/giffords2

Wouldn’t a staff member handle Giffords’ you tube account?

It wasn’t just Giffords that was shot, her staff was shot too.

I could see him adding her channel but why would her channel add him? The account only has 2 subscriptions.

Are they going to find out he was having contact with someone on her staff?

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Great post Mr Morrissey.

The left have outdone themselves here.

gary4205 on January 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

2nd that….

the double standard is outrageous

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I’m fighting back in the local newspaper comment section and wonder if anyone can remember seeing a list of all the events that the right was blamed for and it ended up being a leftist, such as the IRS building in Austin that a plane flew into. Seems like someone posted such a list, but can’t remember where I saw it. Any help would be appreciated. We have to fight back any way we can against this narrative – we can’t let them pin this on Sarah or the right and get away with it. We can’t let the left use this to stifle the new Republican majority in the House. This is what they want. Do what you can to stop it!

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on January 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

They will, but only after the coast is clear. The Democrats’ strategy after Obama’s election of threatening to demonize anyone who opposed their plans via the race card actually worked perfectly inside the Beltway, where Republican pols were hiding under their desks and just praying to survive two years ago at this time. It was Rush’s “I want him to fail,” line followed by Rick Santelli’s call to arms for the Tea Party that foiled their plans, and — eventually — gave the GOP leadership enough courage to start fighting back.

Same thing here. While there are a few pols like John Kyl who went on the offensive this morning, others (including the other Arizona senator, who seems to have dropped into the witness protection program this weekend) will wait until Tuesday or Wednesday after Loughner’s all-over-the-map rantings have been shown by other to have as man or more left-wing components as anything from the right before they will finally go on the offensive.

jon1979 on January 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Are you a detective in real life, because you keep finding very interesting information!

txmomof6 on January 9, 2011 at 3:41 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

Exactly what I was thinking as I was cruising on my way home this afternoon.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Looks like Jared created his account 25 October, 2010.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Amen comrade… The Tea Party is in action and will be throwing facts around the country like Tom Brady delivering the football. I (and thousands of others) will be using this as an example detailing exactly why every freedom loving citizen needs to get involved with their local TP… The Tea Party will continue to grow and grow. This evil is and will continue to be confronted; our Ed Morrissey is a TP member and thank God we have people like Ed walking side by side with us.

Comrades, if you’re not involved with your local Tea Party; why not…. The gloves are off and the punches are being landed on both sides. We’re in a fight and there will no escaping it’s realities.

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

m fighting back in the local newspaper comment section and wonder if anyone can remember seeing a list of all the events that the right was blamed for and it ended up being a leftist, such as the IRS building in Austin that a plane flew into. Seems like someone posted such a list, but can’t remember where I saw it. Any help would be appreciated. We have to fight back any way we can against this narrative – we can’t let them pin this on Sarah or the right and get away with it. We can’t let the left use this to stifle the new Republican majority in the House. This is what they want. Do what you can to stop it!

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Here’s the list from poster Baxter Greene on HA yesterday:

Actually it’s happened before. I don’t remember what people call the incident but there was a guy that was in a city building shooting up, I think, a Jewish center. They blamed that on the Tea Party, (or conservatives at least), too, even though it turned out that the guy was an avowed socialist.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM
Remember when the Mayor of NY blamed the NY City bombing attempt by a radical muslim on the Tea Party?????

….this same narrative has been thrown out on a regular basis over the last few years:

About the Pentagon shooter; Update: Stop playing games, MSM. John Patrick Bedell was a registered Democrat
By Michelle Malkin • March 5, 2010 10:14 AM
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/05/about-the-pentagon-shooter/?print=1

….and the violence from the left has been extreme over the last few years:

Basically the press have NOTHING…NO FACTS WHAT-SO-EVER, to show the TEA party to be anything more than real,hard working Americans who object to Obama’s socialist policies.

The press are doing everything they can to ignore all the educated,passionate,and informed Americans in the TEA party movement to find their “Obama is Hitler” signs protester in which to smear the entire movement.

Look at the obvious slander and bias that has been directed at the Tea Party:

About a million march on Washington less than a year into Obama’s Presidency…..the liberal press and blogosphere do everything they can to distort the numbers to around “70,000″ in an attempt to discredit the march.

Time and time again the press look for some out-lier like the CNN reporter who waited around for quite some time until she found a contriversial “Obama is Hitler” sign and got into an argument with him on National television.
We had an MSNBC reporter get into a pissing match with a teenage girl in an attempt to show that TEA Partier’s have no knowledge of the issues.

Time and Time again the press try to paint the TEA Party as “crazy extremist”,”nazi’s”,”klansmen”,”white supremist” while ignoring the liberals who do commit violence in the name of their political ideology:

‘Oddball’ portrait of Amy Bishop emerges
Suspect’s family, pals offer clues
By Laurel J. Sweet, Jessica Van Sack, Jessica Fargen and Ira Kantor | Monday, February 15, 2010

Police in Huntsville, Ala., charged Bishop, 44, with capital murder after she allegedly opened fire on six colleagues at a faculty meeting Friday, killing three. Afterward, she calmly called her husband and asked him to pick her up as if nothing had happened, said police Chief Henry Reyes.

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children – the youngest a third-grade boy – was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

Stunner. Al-Qaeda Killer Who Shot His Way Out of Hospital Is Former Dem Operative
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 12:02 PM
Jim Hoft

Al-Qaeda terrorist, Sharif Mobley, was arrested in Yemen earlier this year. The New Jersey man shot two men at a hospital in Yemen over the weekend after being arrested in the company of several al-Qaeda members. Sharif Mobley, 26, was quietly detained earlier this year by Yemeni authorities.
Jammie Wearing Fool has more on the “good kid” who, as luck would have it, ended up in a terrorist cell in Yemen, including this little nugget:

Campaign finance records show Mobley received $75 as an election day worker for Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign in 2005.

ObamaCare Protester Punched in the Face During Union Sponsored Town Hall in NC….

The assault took place at the end of an opening speech Congressman Price at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Eyewitnesses of the assault say claim the assailant was an African-American woman who openly supported Obama.

New video from St. Louis town hall beating

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

Handicapped Woman Cries After Assault By Union Thugs at Town Hall (Video) … Update: Woman Speaks Out on Being Stomped On

A handicapped woman with a walker cries as she tells how union members pushed her out her seat at a town hall:
Smashing women in the face–

St. Louis tea party protester is smashed in the face by SEIU member.

Healthcare-reform opponent says bit-off finger could not be re-attached

A healthcare-reform opponent whose finger was partially bitten off Wednesday during a Thousand Oaks rally said today that doctors could not re-attach the severed section.

Lila Rose assaulted by Planned Parenthood escort

At approximately 11:50am on Thursday, December 17th, 2009, Live Action President Lila Rose was struck by a male uniformed Planned Parenthood escort. The attack occurred on a public sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood affiliate located at 1691 The Alameda in San Jose, California.

Pro-life demonstrator murdered at Michigan high school; Update: Motive confirmed

“The indication is that he had ill will … a grudge against these three individuals,” said Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry. “The defendant was offended by the manner of Mr. Pouillon’s message.”

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By Michelle Malkin • September 1, 2010 02:28 PM
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/01/hostage-situation-at-discovery-channel/

The gunman was reportedly motivated by Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth eco-propaganda.
All this violence from the left.

We have none of this coming from the Tea Party.
None…
No shootings ….
….No beatings
Nothing.

On….and on….and on….and on….the violence from liberals continues while the press ignores it and tries to paint TEA partiers as “extremist” because they yell and get mad at politicians who are using our tax dollars to buy votes and run our economy into the ground with gargantuan spending combined with raising out taxes……
….oh God forbid we raise our voices or demand accountability from democrats and their leader Mr. Hope and Change.

Baxter Greene on January 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

From Hot Air

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

They are passing around this fake Facebook page. Can’t even spell his name right

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1105353407

Can anyone find the screengrab of the original. I know it had the animal farm as a profile picture.

xax on January 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The left has no ammunition, that’s why they have to fabricate it.
FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

They have the mainstream media to spread their inflammatory talking points at a machine-gun pace. That’s plenty of ammunition.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Are they going to find out he was having contact with someone on her staff?
Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

That post deserves a “hmmmmm”.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Looks like Jared created his account 25 October, 2010.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Time line: Someone from Giffords staff subscribed to him after that date…by 25 November 2010 he bought guns. Where did he practice shoot? Where did he get the money for the weapons? What you found narrows down the time line for interaction between whoever managed the Giffords2 account and Jared. It’s also more recent 25 Oct and then a Month later exactly he purchased weapons? This is recent history, why the MSM is reporting on things that happened what a year ago Sarah Palin’s campaign poster? Compared to events that are happening closer to the time of the shooting is just plain dumb. Did someone suggest to him that if he created a you tube account they could chat? You Tube has an email feature. I am sure the FBI has looked at it already.

This might turn out to be more personal than political.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Are you a detective in real life, because you keep finding very interesting information!

txmomof6 on January 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Genealogist – Family Historian, I have done my share of researching:) What a family historian looks for is time lines, records, facts, to figure out people involved in events – relationships to one another.

We are getting white noise from the boob tube -it’s a distraction. The MSM wants to make it political. In the meantime the authorities are not limiting themselves to the Congress person’s politics, as a sole motive (I Hope) I am sure their investigation is wide open.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

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

Ahh, for the “good old days,” when “dissent” was still considered to be
PATRIOTIC

JannyMae on January 9, 2011 at 4:02 PM

They have the mainstream media to spread their inflammatory talking points at a machine-gun pace. That’s plenty of ammunition.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM

sad but true…

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

fox news alert. they found a letter from giffords to the shooter dated back in 07…he’s known about her way before palin ever came into the spotlight

they had better backtrack on this palin meme, they have messed up big time….i’m highly doubtful it will happen

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Thanks. I found those and used them, but I thought there was a more thorough one, with some of the recruiting places where shootings occurred, plus some others. I’m still arguing with the lefties in my newspaper.

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

they had better backtrack on this palin meme, they have messed up big time….i’m highly doubtful it will happen

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

They shouldn’t get away with it this time.

The left needs to get named and shamed all out after this.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

The Chicago Sun Times is running with this repulsive headline.

makaput on January 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

The left needs to get named and shamed all out after this.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

yesiree they do….

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

makaput on January 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

pathetic…

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Baxter Greene on January 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

From Hot Air

UnderstandingisPower on January 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

… +7%!

(I am still having a hard time controlling my rage)

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Oh, came across this from one of my favorite sites.

Chris Matthews muses on killing Rush Limbaugh.
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/13/video-matthews-muses-on-killing-rush-limbaugh/

JellyToast on January 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

And I was reminded this afternoon about how the Left scrubbed video of Alec Baldwin on Conan O’Brien, in 1998, where he fantasized about stoning Henry Hyde (R-IL) to death, and then going to Henry’s home and killing off the rest of his family.

Henry’s crime, of course, was to dare to run impeachment proceedings against Clenis.

Alec Baldwin: “I was in Africa. I go to Africa. I mean ladies and gentlemen I am in Africa. For three months I am in the bush and I come back. I come back here and I come back to what? I mean what is happening right now as we speak? Right now the Judiciary Committee, the President has an approval rating of 68 percent. The President is very popular and things are going pretty good and they are voting to impeach the President. They voted on one article of impeachment already. And I come back from Africa to stained dresses and cigars and this and impeachment. I am thinking to myself in other countries they are laughing at us twenty four hours a day and I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together, [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! [crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! Shut up! No shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families. [stands up screaming] What is happening in this country? What is happening? UGHHH UGHHH!!!!”

Obviously the studio audience was no more intelligent than the one at “The View” today. Public education at its finest!

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM

This might turn out to be more personal than political.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Could he be some kind of love sick stalker?

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM

(I am still having a hard time controlling my rage)

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM

with you there my friend…

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:20 PM

The Left’s favorite “linguist,” Lackoff (rhymes with…) has provided the script for the narrative. He spouts this nonsense at Politico. He is “framing the argument” on his terms, and implying that Speaker Boehner has a responsibility to reel in inflammatory rhetoric. (So far, it has been the Left that has been incendiary, and the examples of the media’s complicity are mounting.)

http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/George_Lakoff_E6790930-A422-4A2C-A444-267035F2D4C3.html

Lackoff has been guiding the Dems, especially the “progressive” wing for many years now. His indoctrination in the use of language to propagandize fits right in with Alinsky’s methods.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

the tea party murders????

talk about delusional

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

loughner’s channel on youtube is by “classitup10″, which coincidentally is an account on democraticunderground.com

here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×144974

This is the same gibberish, and the consensus was that he was psychotic. He has a beef with his community college, the constitution and the government in all its forms.

virgo on January 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

It’s gone now – scrubbed from their site.

yogi41 on January 9, 2011 at 4:27 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

It does remind us of Journolists, their secret conference calls, and how they tried to use the argument that a child molestor attended a Joe Miller rally in Alaska.

Like I wrote on my blog: I am still sitting down, waiting for more news to come in, but I am still on the defensive when it comes to Governor Palin. One can only take so much crap.

If you guys want the liberals to get away with it, fine. I am totally with Ed on this one. I commend this post. BUT I will stand with Governor Palin ’till she decides if/when she decides to “not reload”, metaphorically speaking of course.

NOW is against her on this one, they were against her before (no links need to be provided, this is common knowledge) but I decide to stand my ground next to her.

We all know this: He could have taken a gun to a Tea Party event, he never did. Nor were guns shown or used on any Tea Party event. He could have Republican message on the videos, that is not the case. He never mentioned Sarah Palin, nor Alaska, nor hatred or any other sentiments towards her so far in the investigation. Kos kids say he’s a registered Republican, but I haven’t seen that information personally, nor links nor that has anything to do with the shooting.

I like to use my dawg as an analogy: She’s as sweet and calm as a marshmallow, but don’t you dare step on my boundaries.

ProudPalinFan on January 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Great post, Ed! And thanks for watching CNN, so I don’t have to. CNN chose to not mention the DNC’s own map with “targets” and the vitriol from Obama; it’s stunning to see the out-right bias. Wow. CNN sinks to a new low.

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.”.

Texyank on January 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Oh WOW. Does Obama ever say anything nice??

TN Mom on January 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM

This story is getting interesting and a touch scary. Far too many nut job Liberals in positions of power and influence.

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

You might be thinking of this list:
Baxter Greene on January 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

There are probably even more examples than that, though.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I figured this was going to happen. Nothing like another crisis for the libbies to use for their own political gain. It’s disgusting when ANYONE does this and these folks who were terrified Islam might e blamed for Maj. Hasan’s murderous rampage ought to have used that same discretion in this case. but as usual, no dice. Instead, it’s all barrels pointing in Palins direction, along with anyone else who disagrees with their agenda.

Mad Mad Monica on January 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM

It’s gone now – scrubbed from their site.

yogi41 on January 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

You can still find it , it’s a tread about what he says in the video.It’s not by him.

I didn’t see any classitup10 user in that tread.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM

If these lefty websites are scrubbing things actually written by Loughner, isn’t that edging into destruction of evidence territory?

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

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Sheriff of Pima Cty

reshas1 on January 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

fox news alert. they found a letter from giffords to the shooter dated back in 07…he’s known about her way before palin ever came into the spotlight

they had better backtrack on this palin meme, they have messed up big time….i’m highly doubtful it will happen

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I was thinking about that earlier. That chick who’s been tweeting about knowing Loughner and claiming he was left-wing mentioned how he’d met Giffords back in 2007 and thought she was dumb and uninformed. So clearly if he had a grudge against her, it dates back to 2007 which is a year before Sarah Palin emerged on the national scene and 2 years before anyone had ever been to a Tea Party rally.

But obviously we know the Dems and the media(I know, I’m being redundant) don’t give a rat’s you-know-what about the facts of the case. In less than 24 hours, they managed to turn what was and still is a tragic event perpetrated by a lone nutjob into a full blown smear campaign intended to silence not only Sarah Palin but just about anyone on the right who has the temerity to raise their voice in opposition to Obama or the Democrat agenda.

Doughboy on January 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

If these lefty websites are scrubbing things actually written by Loughner, isn’t that edging into destruction of evidence territory?

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

We were discussing that aspect this morning also. My wife brought up a good point… The DOJ refuses to prosecute the Black Panthers, what would make us think they will prosecute any blogger who raised money for Obama. We agreed that Liberal hate sites such as KOS are above the law while Obama sits in our WH…

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM

go megyn, go

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I put it on HuffPo too. Gone baby gone!

Akzed on January 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM

dude!?

ted c on January 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Doughboy on January 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

well said db

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

They have the mainstream media to spread their inflammatory talking points at a machine-gun pace. That’s plenty of ammunition.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM

It doesn’t matter anymore. Our media is at least as powerful as there’s, as demonstrated in November after two years of false narratives about the TEA Party.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM

It’s gone now – scrubbed from their site.

yogi41 on January 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Yeah, I got that too – an odd message I hadn’t seen before, about being unable to load in invalid URL. Usually it goes somewhere, to an error page or a “removed” page or something but this was different FWIW (probably nothing).

capitalist piglet on January 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Theirs, not there’s.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Mad Mad Monica on January 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Belated condolences, MMM. I missed your post about your loss the other day. So sorry…

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

It doesn’t matter anymore. Our media is at least as powerful as there’s, as demonstrated in November after two years of false narratives about the TEA Party.
FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM

That may or may not be true. In the meantime we should watch our P’s and Q’s, dot our i’s, and avoid unforced errors.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Yeah, I got that too – an odd message I hadn’t seen before, about being unable to load in invalid URL. Usually it goes somewhere, to an error page or a “removed” page or something but this was different FWIW (probably nothing).

capitalist piglet on January 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

The link is broken ,try this http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×144974

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I truly believe, that the Left, and all it’s tentacles, has over stayed its welcome…

… I am so serious, I haven’t been this outraged since I can’t remember when.

Their words and actions in response to this tragedy needs to be, and has to be thrown right back in their faces…!

I mean it…

… No more “Mr. Play Nice” guy.! We need to hound these people off of the airwaves, out of office, out of our schools, and out of our society!!!

The light of day needs to be shined upon them, and expose them for the cockroaches that they are…!

They can not be allowed to get away with this, nor ever again!

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2011 at 4:54 PM

virgo on January 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Got a screen shot?
That link been scrubed.

DSchoen on January 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Everybody’s patting Ed on the back right now. Where is the post on Dave Weigel? Remember ED going to the mat defending him for being a poser? He’s doing the same thing CNN is doing but the Ole Boys Club sticks together.

Big Orange on January 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

You got any links. I dont like Weigel.

the_nile on January 9, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Don’t ignore that Lackoff link. He is the one who has been grooming the Dems on how to phrase their talking points and how to frame the narrative.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Our friends over at Newsbusters have some great stories about this stuff today. Some links:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/01/09/within-minutes-shooting-cnn-finds-local-liberal-blame-states-rabid-right

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Somehow it seems appropriate that CNN would first look for commentary on this from a liberal cartoonist, CNN being a bunch of clowns and all.

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Good post Ed.

Palin and the Tea Party are, metaphorically speaking, the canaries in the conservative free speech coal mine. Whether you support Palin and the tea partiers or not we all need to pull together on this one, speak out and not let the left get away with these lies … “refudiate” their lies with facts.

Done That on January 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 4:51 PM

love nb :)

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2011 at 4:54 PM

hear hear!

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Don’t ignore that Lackoff link. He is the one who has been grooming the Dems on how to phrase their talking points and how to frame the narrative.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Lackoff is now in the picture and his name & body of work will be looked into. Thanks for that…

Keemo on January 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

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