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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Kissmygrits on January 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM

The term “job-killing” legislation is mentioned in the Politico article about Boehner in the Headlines. Check it out – they actually stated they may not want to use that phrase anymore. She must have seen the Politico article and quoted them.

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Megan K really took that sheriff to the wood shed, almost cross examining him as a witness on the stand. He had to admit he had no specifics.

Looking forward to seeing that later, (I hope).

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I have always been concerned about the President’s rhetoric. Many crimes have happened in this country directly after he attacks someone in his speeches. He is a big threat to the peace of our country.

PrezHussein on January 9, 2011 at 8:02 PM

bama: “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.”.

PrezHussein on January 9, 2011 at 8:04 PM

It would be a terrible mistake for America to allow one unhinged anarchist assassin and left wing commentators to shut down legitimate political discourse.

To allow this lowlife assassin that much power over us, any at all, is unconscionable. That there are so many people on the Left, even Geraldo, willing to exploit mass murder is also unconscionable.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I would like to see some of these people entrap these leftist idiots by reading off the above list as things that have been said on talk radio. Then ask them if this is dangerous rhetoric.

PrezHussein on January 9, 2011 at 8:09 PM

If Republicans back down on “job-killing”, they are finished.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Tigerlily, it’s not that much as far as reaching a large audience, but if we all combat it in our local papers it will be a large outreach. I feel I have to do something, but don’t know what really. I just know we cannot allow the left to get by with smearing the right this way. I detest them.

silvernana on January 9, 2011 at 7:54 PM

+1000

P.S. Going to watch Sarah Palin’s Alaska tonight to get some kind of hope for a return to normalcy (if she runs). The past twenty-four hours with the Left in full hue and cry have left me thinking that 10,000 showers per conservative couldn’t clean the filth of their minds and accusations off of us. This has got to stop. I am so sick of the inmates, starting with the head loon obama and his msm lackeys, running our lives. It’s like we gave the most unstable, degenerate, dictator wanna-be neighbor on our block the keys to our homes, cars, bank accounts, families’ future and businesses.

Impeach him before it’s too late for all of us. They don’t plan on having elections in 2012.

tigerlily on January 9, 2011 at 8:13 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.

Considering what Palin is being accused of… she better get a body guard… I mean a better one. And wear a vest. Following the left’s (by that I mean CNN) own argument, they are inciting someone to shoot her.

This is inflammatory political rhetoric with the intent to incite violence against Palin.

I am sickened. CNN and all the rest should make a very public apology. Not that they will even see what they are doing. HYPOCRITES!

petunia on January 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Megan K really took that sheriff to the wood shed, almost cross examining him as a witness on the stand. He had to admit he had no specifics.

Kissmygrits on January 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Really? I thought she was too easy on him. I would have just asked him if he had any specific examples in mind, and then let him keep going until the phone started ringing off the hook. He’d be standing in the unemployment line right now.

We cannot afford to keep taking this crap lying down.

Cylor on January 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM

If Republicans back down on “job-killing”, they are finished.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 8:10 PM

agree

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Cylor on January 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM

agree, wish she was a little more forceful with him…

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

This is inflammatory political rhetoric with the intent to incite violence against Palin.

petunia on January 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Good point! And unlike the lefts fraudulent claims against Palin, the TEA Party and the right in general, your statement is actually true when measured by their own standards. By our standards they aren’t inciting violence unless they actually incite violence, but reality doesn’t seem to intrude much in their world.

They may not be inciting violence but they’re certainly trying awfully hard to create a fictitious blood libel against conservatives.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ATTENTION – Ed Morrissey is a Hypocrite ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦

“…they demonstrated their hostility by taking shots at the Right and Palin through the exploitation of a tragedy…” — Ed Morrissey

Ed, you are a HYPOCRITE! Dont tell me you don’t do the same thing as CNN, because you do. When Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in 2009, you immediately blamed Governor Mike Huckabee. A full 24 hours hadn’t even passed and you were already using it as a political weapon against him (which by the way is the same thing you’re blaming others for). And what made your “cheap attack on a political opponent through smearing them with blame” even more disgraceful, was that there was no blame for Governor Huckabee there at all. Thanks to the Seattle Times we now have the facts and know what actually happened in the Maurice Clemmons case. So get this garbage outta my face. It’s absolute garbage. You did Huckabee dirty and you know you did, you well heeled RINO lapdog. You insulted him, his family, and all the moral decent people out there who spend their valuable time reading Hot Air with your breathtaking display of self-righteousness and intellectual dishonesty. Yeah, I’m gonna be the mouthpiece for everybody. For all the decent people. All the real conservatives out there. Thanks for being such a good hypocrite. You are a model RINO.

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Cylor on January 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM

That would have been good too. A one/two punch, (can I still say punch?), of your idea and PrezHussein’s would have been a great contribution to Megan, (though I didn’t see it).

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I was told Dick Durbin climbed fully on board the blame-Palin wagon today. Can anyone confirm that?

Cylor on January 9, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Cylor on January 9, 2011 at 8:34 PM

yes he did and when confronted to name a lib who did the same thing, he didn’t want to ‘speculate or name names’…what a putz

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 8:36 PM

MS-DNC is “reporting” that Palin’s show has been canceled by TLC. I thought they had already renewed it for a second season?

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40990871/ns/today-entertainment/

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 8:39 PM

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

?

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 8:40 PM

cmsinaz on January 9, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Then that’s it. The gloves come off.

If this is the standard that traitorous piece of filth has decided to go by, then here’s the deal. I’m sure we all remember his speech on the floor of the Senate a few years back where he compared US troops in Iraq to Nazis, Soviets and Pol Pot, in as many words.

Well then, guess what. The bombing of that NYC recruiting station a couple years ago? That’s on him. The Fort Hood massacre? Dick Durbin incited it. Any other incident of violence against American military personnel, on US soil, for, oh, let’s say…the next thirty years or so? Right at his feet.

And we can back that up a hell of a lot further than he can back up his lying slander, too.

The left has laid out how they want to play this. Fine, then. Let’s make them live up to their own terms.

Cylor on January 9, 2011 at 8:43 PM

ABC News just ran a report blaming the Tea Party for the shootings.

Django on January 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Oh, and they blamed Palin too, running the “target” map as “evidence.”

Django on January 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste.

profitsbeard on January 9, 2011 at 8:51 PM

WHY??
Why are we on the defensive on this? It’s bullsh!t! A nut who suggests abortions should be performed through strapping bombs to babies, and then laughs about it, and cites the communist manifesto as his favorite book, then shoots a conservative judge appointed by a republican president, and the right is on the defensive here? I don’t think so. This is on the left, just like every other violent act that they try to pin on us, despite clear evidence that they are the disturbed, violent ones. We are ceding too much when we defend Palin, or Tea Partiers, or political climates or whatever by saying his motivations don’t matter. Let the left make that case after we point out that this man was one of theirs, through and through, and his delusions happened to turn to violence.

ReformedAndDangerous on January 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

The DailyKOs is at another web site…

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2011 at 8:54 PM

JWF hammered on Durbin: Dick ‘Our Troops Are Nazis’ Durbin: Hey, Let’s Tone Down the Political Rhetoric

Durbin is a jackass.

slickwillie2001 on January 9, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 8:39 PM

She turned down an offered second season. MSDNC is as usual full of crap.

alwaysfiredup on January 9, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 8:39 PM

No – she declined a second season. But I think their trying to sping that it got “cancelled” or dropped bc of yesterday.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/07/sarah-palins-alaska-no-second-season/

Equality 7-2521 on January 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

“Enlightened” West Hollywooders hang Palin in effigy: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/sarah-palin-e-1.html

I’d say that’s a hell of a lot more sinister than a generic target on a map.

Django on January 9, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Whatever Ed.

Palin/Demin/Palin 2012!

TheAlamos on January 9, 2011 at 9:05 PM

And I’m not back either, but Ed’s post was too much. I had to login and say something. Now that is a hypocrite if there ever was one. And to all you pencil neck weenies like Morrissey who said Mike Huckabee was at fault. He was to blame. You guys make me sick. And if any of you bozo’s got a problem, any of you journalists, any of you reprobate bloggers writing me messages at Hot Air, go join the Democratic Party and listen to that creepy clown Nancy Pelosi, you Karl Rove listening, limp-wristed throwing, RINO’s, alright. I’m outta here.

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ATTENTION – Ed Morrissey is a Hypocrite ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

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Of course you’re being an idiot on purpose… right?
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Clemmons was given clemency by then Governor Mike Huckabee in Arkansas eleven years ago. He was in prison on numerous charges at the time and was serving a 60 year term.

By all accounts, Maurice Clemmons should have still been in prison. The prosecutors in Arkansas that took part in Clemmons case protested his clemency grant eleven years ago.
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Tonnes of stories about that issue are on the net, and most show a direct connection between Huck and the release of Clemmons… who had a long criminal history.
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There was no jumping the gun by Ed… But you’re still an idiot.
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RalphyBoy on January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Let the left make that case after we point out that this man was one of theirs, through and through, and his delusions happened to turn to violence.

ReformedAndDangerous on January 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I understand your frustration but if we did that we would be employing the same failed strategy that has been backfiring on the Left in recent years. We’re better off on defense on this one. It’s their offensiveness that is so off-putting to independents.

We need to remain vigilant in our defense, though. TEA partiers everywhere need to keep doing what they’ve been doing all along.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

She turned down an offered second season. MSDNC is as usual full of crap.

alwaysfiredup on January 9, 2011 at 8:55 PM

She’s gonna be a little too busy the next two years to do a TV series!<:)

dhunter on January 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

I’m outta here.

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

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And…. CUT! Now exit stage left.

RalphyBoy on January 9, 2011 at 9:16 PM

ABC News just ran a report blaming the Tea Party for the shootings.
Django on January 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Here it comes. The bodies are still warm and the leftist jackazzes are already using them as props for their vitriol.

Bishop on January 9, 2011 at 9:30 PM

And to all you pencil neck weenies

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Fred Blassie lives!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNM4atakanI

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 8:39 PM

No – she declined a second season. But I think their trying to sping that it got “cancelled” or dropped bc of yesterday.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/07/sarah-palins-alaska-no-second-season/

Equality 7-2521 on January 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM

That figures…I hadn’t heard she turned down a second season, but then again, she doesn’t live rent-free inside my head like she does in millions of otherwise “intelligent” people.

Oh well, guess I will have to check out the next Alaska show, coming up on Discovery Channel this week, about a family-run small airline in the 49th state. Sounds cool!

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Didn’t bother me. I never watch CNN or MSNBC or broadcast news. I like my news from people I can talk back to.

flataffect on January 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Call your Representatives, write your local papers, call national and local shows to stand up against the crazy left/MSM blame-Sarah/Conservative-talk.
Tell your Rep. that shutting down the House votes for the proposed week will be an injustice to Rep. Giffords and ALL Americans. We did not shut down Government when Pres. Reagan was shot. Stop this crap, now.
ObamaCare IS a job killer.

LoneStarGal on January 9, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Why would they shutdown the House vote on OBlahBLah Care?

Is Boehner crying uncontrollably over a murderous lefty anarchist killing people such that he cannot do his job?

Do we all get the week off work then?

Someone ask Mochelle if we all get the week off since a murder killed people.

How many died in the Chi-town Jesus hometown over the weekend? Do those unfortunate enough to live in Chitown get the week off?

dhunter on January 9, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Someone needs to do an hour by hour media response to Ft. Hood and this. Each journalist should be shown how he coddles the muslim cancer and fights the TEA party.

PrezHussein on January 9, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Dude! You haven’t been watching Gold Rush!? You should – it’s good. But the one you’re talking about looks good too -love the part in the previews where the mom says “Ice Road Truckers are a bunch of pu**ies.” Haaaa.

Equality 7-2521 on January 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Is it me, or is anyone else nauseated by that smug prig of a schoolmarm in the picture?

John the Libertarian on January 9, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I am glad to hear others voice criticism of putting off the House vote on Obamacare.
Why are we letting a single incident knock our government processes off track? Are we that week, or that “sensitive”?
How much will it take, with this useful precedent, for Obama to call off the November 2012 elections, probably with Republican leadership agreement? One riot of Rodney King dimensions in October 2012, two, or three riots?
Yes, the Tucson shootings are tragic, but I fear that we are being shown to be wimps, very very small wimps.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 9, 2011 at 10:28 PM

CNN needs to be scoffed as a tabloid by the public, they need to be humiliated and ruined as a company.

scotash on January 9, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Tigerlily, it’s not that much as far as reaching a large audience, but if we all combat it in our local papers it will be a large outreach. I feel I have to do something, but don’t know what really. I just know we cannot allow the left to get by with smearing the right this way. I detest them.

I’ve been doing the same too. I do think it helps. I have seen the same thing with anti-Israel stuff, which is an even bigger cesspool. There are people who just don’t know anything, and you have to be in there putting out the facts, for them.

wrt the Ace commenter, I had the same impression, made this my facebook status:

Countless fb and blog conversations:
Lefty: This massacre is a result of violent rhetoric from the Right!
Righty: 50 examples of you guys doing the same and worse.
Lefty: Hey I never said it was left or right, why are you Righties so defensive?

YehuditTX on January 9, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Well then, guess what. The bombing of that NYC recruiting station a couple years ago? That’s on him. The Fort Hood massacre? Dick Durbin incited it. Any other incident of violence against American military personnel, on US soil, for, oh, let’s say…the next thirty years or so? Right at his feet.

I have already told several lefties in various comment threads that if anything happens to Sarah Palin, I am blaming them. I think that would be a useful pushback. Of course most of them are so stupid they can’t see the parallel….

YehuditTX on January 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM

P.S. Going to watch Sarah Palin’s Alaska tonight to get some kind of hope for a return to normalcy (if she runs). The past twenty-four hours with the Left in full hue and cry have left me thinking that 10,000 showers per conservative couldn’t clean the filth of their minds and accusations off of us. This has got to stop. I am so sick of the inmates, starting with the head loon obama and his msm lackeys, running our lives. It’s like we gave the most unstable, degenerate, dictator wanna-be neighbor on our block the keys to our homes, cars, bank accounts, families’ future and businesses.

Impeach him before it’s too late for all of us. They don’t plan on having elections in 2012.

tigerlily on January 9, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Exactly!

CCRWM on January 9, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Late to the game here, but I have to say that this is one of Ed Morrissey’s best columns ever.

This is a very serious matter, and for the left to use it for any sort of political gain is abhorrent.

UltimateBob on January 9, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Great article, Ed!

Mini-14 on January 10, 2011 at 12:16 AM

nd I’m not back either, but Ed’s post was too much. I had to login and say something. Now that is a hypocrite if there ever was one. And to all you pencil neck weenies like Morrissey who said Mike Huckabee was at fault. He was to blame. You guys make me sick. And if any of you bozo’s got a problem, any of you journalists, any of you reprobate bloggers writing me messages at Hot Air, go join the Democratic Party and listen to that creepy clown Nancy Pelosi, you Karl Rove listening, limp-wristed throwing, RINO’s, alright. I’m outta here.

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Aw, you know the old saying – don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out!

silvernana on January 10, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Re: Dr. Evil, 1/09/11, 4:01 PM, and the_nile, 4:18 PM.

Because of Gifford’s and the shooter’s mutually subscribed You Tube accounts, Dr. Evil wondered whether this might turn out to be more personal than political – and the_nile wondered if he could be some kind of love sick stalker.

Later on, 1/09/11 at 6:35 PM, Jocundus remarked that a letter from Congresswoman Giffords had been found in the safe in the shooter’s home; a letter thanking him for attending a 2007 “Congress on your corner” event; that handwriting on an envelope said “I planned ahead” and “My assassination.”…that the envelope contained Gifford’s name, along with what appeared to be Loughner’s signature.

Contemplating the_nile’s “lovesick stalker” scenario possibility, I got a red flag this afternoon when hearing that Gifford and her husband got married 3 years ago. That the shooter saved something about Gifford from 2007 – in that 3 years ago time frame – and that he saved it in a safe – to me gives weight to the possibility that unrequeited attention/love could well have been the impetus for his savage behavior of yesterday.

Food for thought.

GGMac on January 10, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I understand your frustration but if we did that we would be employing the same failed strategy that has been backfiring on the Left in recent years. We’re better off on defense on this one. It’s their offensiveness that is so off-putting to independents.

We need to remain vigilant in our defense, though. TEA partiers everywhere need to keep doing what they’ve been doing all along.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I agree with this. Why? Because of the logic of it. The truth of it.

Even if this guy is one of theirs (and it looks like he’s more theirs than ours), he is still primarily a lunatic.

That is the truth of the matter, and if we don’t stand for the truth, who will?

I know it’s tempting to use their (insane and/or dishonest) tactics, but I believe the truth always will out, as will principles.

Not to them, of course, but to fair-minded people. If there aren’t enough fair-minded or reasoning people left to flock toward that truth, well, there’s not a lot we can do about it anyway.

Alana on January 10, 2011 at 12:39 AM

I have already told several lefties in various comment threads that if anything happens to Sarah Palin, I am blaming them. I think that would be a useful pushback. Of course most of them are so stupid they can’t see the parallel….

YehuditTX on January 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Although, on second thought, I must say this is very tempting.

Alana on January 10, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Have you noticed that the left ALWAYS includes one particular person in any defamatory rhetoric? It doesn’t matter what it is if is bad she is in the story. Does this give you a clue whom they fear the most? Are you listening Romney? Jane ginckuf Fonda had the stupids enough to blame Palin because of her cross hairs on a goddamn map! Guess who actually looked through real cross hairs on a loaded anti-aircraft gun aimed at American fliers? These people are actually insane. Unfortunately the MSM is too so they don’t recognise in each other. People we have to throw this crap back at them ten times over every time they make these ridiculous charges against conservatives

inspectorudy on January 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

“Oh Palinbots, oh she can’t do anything wrong, why do you people defend her all the time”

No one has to wonder anymore, these psychotic loons have gone batsh*t crazy. The have no integrity or shame and it’s time people understand they can’t be reasoned with. We have to make sure Nov 2, 2010 is a political standard.

Africanus on January 10, 2011 at 1:38 AM

As a note to Frum if this is a time to reflect on extreme political rhetoric and imagery I believe the Democrats have an order of magnitude more reflection in front of them. Consider how the Democrat dominated press reacted to Snow’s illness and subsequent death. Consider the Bush-Hitler rhetoric and images. Consider the blame Bush movement. Consider the still not discredited despite clear evidence from Wikileaks canard, “Bush lied, people died!” Consider Code Pink, if you have a strong enough stomach.

The extreme rhetoric on the right is much more restrained, even when one considers the “Reverand” Phelps putrescence.

Besides, the guy was hardly a “right winger” or even a “libertarian” if his favorite literature included the Communist Manifesto.

{^_^}

herself on January 10, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Well, The Evil Gunman is a supporter of:

2nd Amendment believer
Communist believer
Pro-Obama Healthcare

It’s a mix. Typical independent. But he hated a centrist congresswoman.

… in short, the guy is an INDIE LOON!

TheAlamos on January 10, 2011 at 6:24 AM

GGMac on January 10, 2011 at 12:27 AM

You may be on to something.

BigAlSouth on January 10, 2011 at 6:48 AM

The rifle sights I am familiar with are iron sights. Nothing like what’s shown. Silly me, but aren’t Cross-hairs for SLR cameras, binoculars, compasses and surveyor scopes? And microscopes? And sometimes computer cursors?

Richard Blaine on January 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCP0HD3I_wM&feature=player_embedded#!

Watch this video all the way through… Very telling indeed.

Keemo on January 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

When will we ever learn that to the “relative truth and morality,” Alinsky trained Godless left, that hypocrisy is not a bad thing -it is an honorable virtue to use any and every means to an end. A fact that someday will be realized, too late, by their supporters when it is used to do them in.

Don L on January 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

President Alinsky will be giving a speech on the Giffords “crisis”?

I’m sure he will sound reasonable and use all the P.C. words/phrases about “civility”, “we can disagree, but we should never resort to name calling”, blah blah.

And then he’ll talk at the next rally about “get in their faces”.

But the greatest threat to Liberty and Free speech in this country isn’t the DOTUS/President Alinsky, it’s SOUNDBYTE AMERICANS who get their 10 second clip/look at the news and then go on uninterested or uninvolved because it’s just too hard to dig any deeper or to make that call to Congress, or sign that petition, or attend the meeting.

PappyD61 on January 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM

The rifle sights I am familiar with are iron sights. Nothing like what’s shown. Silly me, but aren’t Cross-hairs for SLR cameras, binoculars, compasses and surveyor scopes? And microscopes? And sometimes computer cursors?

Richard Blaine on January 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Anyone saying having a map with crosshairs on it or “targeting” an incumbent for defeat is equivalent to inciting violence is either childish or dumb or–gasp!–has an agenda. Grown-up, intelligent people can discern the difference.

ncborn on January 10, 2011 at 9:08 AM

The shooter was into “Lucid dreaming”. I bet he watched the movie “Inception”. That was probably his motivation. After we ban all the guns we can ban all movies too!

mgt on January 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM

The local Phoenix, Arizona media said the shooter was a communist and several classmates said he was someone you would see walking into class was an automatic weapon. Fox News said he was a left-wing satanist who hated Jews as Giffords is Jewish. So much for the lib media spin to create a Tea Party attacker. Another disgusting attempt by the lib left.

dthorny on January 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Your post sounds like the incoherent writings of someone else…

Wade on January 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

apacalyps on January 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

So let me see, according to that logic, Huckabee letting a known killer free, then that means Manson should not have been held accountable for the killings he incited by his followers.
As I recall, Manson did nothing but incite them to violence.
Now of course, Huckabee did not incite that man to violence, but he did let a convicted killer go, yes?
I wager there is some culpability in that action.
ALthough Huckabee should certainly not be liable in any way for the killing(s) that ocurred.
It seems as if Loughner had a lot of variables in his life that were responsibile, collectively, for these murders, & not just one thing.
Society in of itself is responsible perhaps.
But Huckabee could have prevented any killing by simply not letting a killer go free.
IMHO that is a big difference.
And BTW-I am the last person to defend RINOism.
But that is not what this is about.

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

After we ban all the guns we can ban all movies too!

mgt on January 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Probably should ban sharp things, too.
You never know what someone might want to do with a toothpick.

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM

So let me see, according to that logic, Huckabee letting a known killer free…

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Huckabe didn’t let a known killer free. Get your facts straight bozo before you open your mouth.

Now of course, Huckabee did not incite that man to violence, but he did let a convicted killer go, yes?

Read above.

But that is not what this is about.

You are missing the point. This is about Ed Morrissey NOT Mike Huckabee. The point is, Ed is blaming others for rushing to judgment so they can score cheap political points on an opponent, when he did the exact same thing to Mike Huckabee not even 24 hrs after Clemmons went on his rampage. How can anyone have all the facts in less than 24 hrs after a mass killing?

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Tonnes of stories about that issue are on the net, and most show a direct connection between Huck and the release of Clemmons…

RalphyBoy on January 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I doubt you know the facts of the Clemmons case. Who cares if a “ton of stories” on the Internet show a connection between Clemmons and Huck. Popular opinion means nothing. The majority of people in Germany thought is was OK to kill Jews in WWII. That didn’t make it right, bozo.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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?

Didn’t CNN also have a political debate show called “Crossfire”? Who was shooting whom?

Does anybody remember 2004 Presidential candidate John Kerry saluting the crowd and “reporting for duty” and publicly shooting a goose in Ohio? A goose for John, a moose for Sarah, what’s the difference?

Apparently, from reports on Fox News, Jared Loughner went to a previous townhall meeting with Rep. Giffords, and asked her a question about GRAMMAR. So, by this logic, let’s fire all English teachers–you never know which one might shoot a kid for using “ain’t” in a sentence!

And the nutjob (Hinckley) who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981–did he just have a crush on Jodie Foster, or was he a crusader for a great liberal cause?

Steve Z on January 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I know it will never happen but its time for mass firings of all these clowns in the media that participated in this. There should be demands it be so.

Virginia Shanahan on January 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I agree that Wayne Dumond is an even worse failure for Huck than Clemmons.
Huckabee has a total lack of commone sense letting guys like this out of prison.

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

And as I said, thanks to the Seattle Weekly we have the truth about what led up to the shootings and Mike Huckabee does not deserve blame for the Clemmons massacre. Here’s another story. All he did was reduce a 16 year old Clemmons sentence from 108 years to 47 years because the original sentence (for burglary and robbery) was so dramatically outside the norm for sentencing (and he did that based on the recommendation of the Arkansas Parole Board and the trial judge). That’s it. End of story. End. Of. Story.

Now, re-read Morrissey’s hit-piece on Huckabee and tell me if you see anything about the logic in sentencing a 16 year old child to a 108 year prison term for non-violent crimes? Or tell me if you see how Huckabee didn’t commute his sentence he just lowered it. From 108 years to 47 years. Did Ed tell you that? I’ll save you time. The answer is, NO. Anyways, it was a hit-piece. Own it you cowards.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Oh really… Maybe you need to re-read a bit…

Midas on January 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Take your own advice. Do you have a Bible at home? When did you last read it? Well, dig it out, dust it down. The evolution theory is in complete contradiction to what the Bible teaches. The Bible says that “by man came death” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12). That is, that death and sin cannot come before Adam. To say otherwise is a direct contradiction to Scripture and clear heresy.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Oh really… Maybe you need to re-read a bit…

Midas on January 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM
Take your own advice. Do you have a Bible at home? When did you last read it? Well, dig it out, dust it down. The evolution theory is in complete contradiction to what the Bible teaches. The Bible says that “by man came death” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12). That is, that death and sin cannot come before Adam. To say otherwise is a direct contradiction to Scripture and clear heresy.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Ahhh. And there it is.
The disguised cry of Darwinist.
And so the ‘religious’ feel powerful enough in their ‘knowledge of science vs Christianity to judge who is a Christian & who is not, who is of the Bible & who is not.
Midas, you will never win any reasonable argument with one such as this.

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

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