Media misses a good opportunity to keep quiet

posted at 2:15 pm on January 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In my latest column for The Week, I recall the observation made by Jacques Chirac in February 2003 that the eastern European nations “missed a good opportunity to keep quiet.”  The remark drew immediate scorn for its arrogance at the time, but perhaps it applies better to the fact-free free-for-all we’ve seen in the media the last three days in response to the shootings in Tucson.  In the column, I sum up a few of the arguments I’ve made in the pushback to the blame-conservatives strategy unleashed during that time, and argue that this was no accident:

For instance, when the news of the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009 broke, CNN repeatedly warned its viewers against jumping to conclusions. Their reporters and guests, including former Gen. Wesley Clark, reporter Jane Velez-Mitchell, analyst Robert Baer, and anchor John Roberts repeated these warnings for two days. The New York Times editorialized the next day to warn readers to wait “until the investigations are complete” before drawing any lessons from the shooting and predicted that “there may never be an explanation.”

Fast forward to January 2011, where jumping to conclusions is no longer discouraged, but appear to have become an Olympic sport. The New York Times called it “legitimate” to blame the GOP and its supporters for “the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats,” even though no evidence at all has been produced that the Giffords shooting was provoked by political anger at all. CNN spent its time this weekend not warning viewers from assigning blame without evidence, but instead providing examples of supposedly extreme rhetoric from Sarah Palin, who once used crosshairs as icons on a map showing “targeted” Democratic Congressional districts as she raised funds for GOP challengers. One of those districts, AZ-08, was Giffords’.

What CNN and most of the media failed to mention in this orgy of blame throwing is that Democrats used target symbols on their campaign literature as well. The Democratic Leadership Council and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee used bullseye symbols for exactly the same purpose as Palin’s map, which was to “target” districts held by Republicans. While the media hyperventilated about Palin’s exhortation to followers of “Don’t retreat – reload” from the midterm cycle, almost no one mentioned the politician who told a Philadelphia audience in June 2008 that “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Perhaps that’s because the politician in this case is the current President, Barack Obama, which would ruin the Republicans-are-violent-extremists rhetoric.

I also reject the notion, as I did earlier, that this is a particular moment for reflection on extreme rhetoric — unless it is intended as a reflection on the extreme vitriol vented at the Right in general, Sarah Palin in particular, and participatory democracy through the demonization of the Tea Party.  Not one media outlet has produced any evidence of a connection between the shootings and Palin or grassroots conservatives, not a single piece of evidence, and most of them have ignored the use of the same kind of symbolic analogies I note above from across the political spectrum.  Perhaps there is a teaching moment in that sense:

What this moment does teach is that the media scolds have a clear agenda, and that agenda puts a big target on conservative backs — analogy intended — and in pursuit of that agenda, the media will consistently miss opportunities to wisely keep quiet.

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Mainstream newspapers and television networks especially missed an actual opportunity to show that they were “professional journalists”, with real standards, unlike all those bloggers and whatnot that they deride. But instead they acted just like them.

David Shane on January 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I agree. It isn’t a time to reflect on extreme rhetoric. Aggressive and inflammatory rhetoric has been around since the founding of this nation. Folks tend to inaccurately believe that this kind of thing is something new. We should all take it with a grain of salt.

Vanbasten on January 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Sit down and shut up she said.

Its what all of the loons are saying.

Speakup on January 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Excellent Ed…..

Media the hunter
Conservatives the hunted

cmsinaz on January 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

It’s the power of image and symbol to incite emotionality. Sarah Palin + crosshairs + liberal hurt feelings creates a storm of controversy. It’s not real. It’s all image.

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Great , keep them coming.

the_nile on January 11, 2011 at 2:27 PM

May I add, my reading of the facts shows 90% of the hate in politics is on the left.

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

The public has rightly concluded that the MSM does not serves its interests and that it is merely a propaganda machine for the left. The 2008 election is a nearly perfect example of the MSM abrogating its responsibility to fully vet candidates.

The Arizona tragedy this weekend is only one more example. The MSM is sick, sick, sick.

While I understand your concern for their survival someone needs to make the case to them of their once important service as a primary news source. They obviously do not care any longer and choose to function as propagandists rather than news providers.

The public is voting with their feet and wallets. Instead of getting the message it appears that they wish to double down.

Cody1991 on January 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

They don’t care that they are not consistent.
They don’t care that they are being dishonest.
They don’t care about future tragedies, much less this one.

They want to destroy the United States of America as it was founded and replace it with something atrocious.

Do not lose sight of this.

Inanemergencydial on January 11, 2011 at 2:29 PM

And don’t forget the war like rhetoric in football,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om_yq4L3M_I

rbj on January 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The height of irony and hypocrisy in that sense came from Steve Kornacki at Salon, who wrote on Sunday that, despite the utter lack of evidence that the shooting had anything to do with campaign rhetoric, “it still makes sense to encourage political leaders to ditch violent rhetoric.” Where did this advice appear? In the “War Room” blog.

Heh.

forest on January 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Er, that George Carlin so ably demonstrated.

Sarah Palin & W. made me hit the submit button too quickly.

rbj on January 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The way rhetoric is viewed depends solely on who it is directed at.

I don’t think it’s more complicated than that.

In the days following 9/11 when DHS was formed and new regulations came to be, I remember hearing people quoting Franklin all the time. “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”

Right now the exact same people have taken the exact opposite view.

reaganaut on January 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Nicely done, sir.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all from the MSM, they pull this.

It is truly amazing – and scary.

RedNewEnglander on January 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I have no doubts now, the blame Palin mantra was a coordinated effort by the media. I’ll even go one further, and say this was done with the blessing of the WH. Those close to the president may even have the blueprints of this crap in their desk drawers. Whether Obama is involved or not, I don’t know. My guess though is…he is. His calm, rational demeanor, his unifying words. It all seems to fit. They wanted Obama to have an Oklahoma moment, and they seem to believe this is it.

Why is it, in so many other instances, not necessarily similar to the assassination attempt, but how many, only to see Obama come out and assess blame on Republicans?! Now, suddenly he ignores the mantra of those who admire him most, and acts suddenly, Presidential?

I do not believe they had anything to do with the shootings, but this was definitely a moment they’d been waiting for, to go into action, and to try and discredit Palin in the process.

capejasmine on January 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Daily Caller reports that Rep. Kanjorski said [emphasis added]:

“That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida,” Mr. Kanjorski said. “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook. It’s just we don’t prosecute big crooks.”

Calling for someone to be stood up against the wall and shot seems a bit extreme. But I clearly don’t have a good sense of these things.

hawksruleva on January 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Speaking of quiet……WHERE THE CRAP IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP to call out the clowns like Clyburn and his fellow Speech Nazis in the Democrat Party?

Oh, that’s right CRICKETS CHIRPING from the Lilly livered cowardly GOP!!!

PappyD61 on January 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

capejasmine on January 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Yep. And they “connect the dots” for the public while BO remains distant, hands clean – as usual.

Disgusting. Chicago Thug Politics all the way. They’ve screwed things up so badly for his 2012 reelection chances that they will stop at nothing.

Cody1991 on January 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Media misses a good opportunity to keep quiet

Jan 11, 2011 2:15 PM by Ed Morrissey

Alternate Headline: Ed misses a good opportunity to inform the public and Hot Air readers about his double standards.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Speaking of quiet……WHERE THE CRAP IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP to call out the clowns like Clyburn and his fellow Speech Nazis in the Democrat Party?

Oh, that’s right CRICKETS CHIRPING from the Lilly livered cowardly GOP!!!

PappyD61 on January 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Is there a leadership , if you have to ask for it.

the_nile on January 11, 2011 at 2:40 PM

One angle of this story the news media absolutely should explore, loudly, is whether any Tea Party activists or conservatives were among the slain.

So far, though, they’ve missed not a single opportunity to be silent about that.

I truly believe the media are supressing information that would show their overheated rhetoric against conservatism created a climate of death that has lured too many a vulnerable youth like Jared Loughner into a depraved killing state of mind.

I think the media are covering up their culpability in producing these murders.

FlameWarrior on January 11, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Alternate Headline: Ed misses a good opportunity to inform the public and Hot Air readers about his double standards.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

What , did Huckster give amnesty to more cop killers?

the_nile on January 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I don’t want the media to wisely keep quiet – I want the media to simply report the facts, only the facts, and nothing but the facts.

FACT: they didn’t know why he did this, but as it’s emerging, it nothing to do at all with right-wing political rhetoric.

FACT: they didn’t know it at the time, but this nutjob had a problem with his representative for a while now.

The absence of any affection for factual reporting should leave every conservative with an overwhelming to drive to traffic whatsoever to these fact-free zones of ill-informed opinion masquerading as news outlets.

Starve them of the very thing that pays their bills.

beatcanvas on January 11, 2011 at 2:43 PM

capejasmine on January 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Spot on.

Heck, they lamestream media has done such a good job of hammering Palin on everything, that half the conservatives here at HA use the “She is unelectable” meme and say they wouldn’t waste their vote on her.

BierManVA on January 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

What , did Huckster give amnesty to more cop killers?

the_nile on January 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

You don’t address the issue which leads me to my next question. Have you read my post about Hot Air Zombies yet?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Better:

Their absence of any affection for factual reporting should leave every conservative with an overwhelming allergy to drive any traffic whatsoever to these fact-free zones of ill-informed opinion masquerading as news outlets.

Wow, did I butcher that as first written.

beatcanvas on January 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Once upon a time, journalism was a methodical pursuit of facts. Now it’s a media rush to report cherry-picked stories or twist facts to support their biases.

Terrie on January 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

FlameWarrior on January 11, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Right. And if the MSM had done their job, BO wouldn’t be president.

There are no words to express my contempt for the MSM. However, their contempt for large swathes of the American public is in full display. It knows no bounds. It’s as though they are waging war on their own country. Oh…. I guess that’s an inflammatory statement.

Cody1991 on January 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

A Saskatchewan farm couple whose land lies over the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project says greenhouse gases that were supposed to have been injected permanently underground are leaking out, killing animals and sending groundwater foaming to the surface like shaken-up soda pop.

Obviously, the AZ shooting was caused by leaking CO2 in Saskatchewan

J_Crater on January 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM

The media didn’t miss an opportunity, they saw their opportunity and pounced.

The Mega Independent on January 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM

hawksruleva on January 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Hypocrisy so thick it’s comical, and his call for civility is in al New York Times!

slickwillie2001 on January 11, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Yep. Not a single shred of evidence of his right-wing lunacy, unless you count the Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf, his apparent anti-war vies, his apparent anti-religion views…

Wait…

catmman on January 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Great article Ed. What I find so terrible is that within minutes of the shootings, while victims still lay on the ground, the media was pushing the narrative that the Tea Party and Sarah Palin were responsible for the shooting.

1.They didn’t have the name of the shooter
2.They didn’t know how many were shot
3.They didn’t know how many were dead

But they knew that the shooter was a Conservative? Driven to shoot because of a Map symbol that Palin used? The media needs to be held accountable for their over-reach. People need to be fired.

portlandon on January 11, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Daily Caller reports that formerRep. Kanjorski said [emphasis added]:

“That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida,” Mr. Kanjorski said. “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.

FIFY. That district is now represented by Lou Barletta, and the people of Florida didn’t shoot Scott, but elected him Governor. Karma is a b!+c# sometimes…

Lest we forget, there was also that campaign ad by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) literally shooting holes in Cap and Trade. Since the EPA has indirectly imposed carbon taxes by executive fiat against the will of Congress, maybe it’s time for Congress to shoot some blanks at the EPA–no money till they rescind the rule!!!

Voters to media: You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can and will be used against you. You also have the right to open mouth and insert foot if you so desire.

Steve Z on January 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

You don’t address the issue which leads me to my next question. Have you read my post about Hot Air Zombies yet?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

And your point?

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

The libs lost hard in November, you knew this scorched earth policy would arrive soon after; what do they have to lose at this point?

But haysoos marimba, they’ve gone beyond even scorched earth, this is something entirely new and vicious.

Bishop on January 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

AND WHERE IS JOHN MCCAIN?

Where is the guy that wanted us to “Fight” with him…where is his defense of his running mate that is being basically accused of buying the ammo for the shooter at Walmart?

CRICKETS CHIRP… McCain fights for no one!!

PappyD61 on January 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

And your point?

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

In your judgment is it wrong to use something like a shooting massacre as a political weapon. I mean, would you agree that in the first 24hrs of something like that the media should wait for all the facts to come in before they render judgement?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I mean, would you agree that in the first 24hrs of something like that the media should wait for all the facts to come in before they render judgement?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

It is not ‘media’s’ job to render judgment.

Inanemergencydial on January 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM

The media needs to be held accountable for their over-reach. People need to be fired.

portlandon on January 11, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Not very likely with the Oppressive-Leftist media, it’s much more probable they will be recipients of all manner of awards and accolades.

Chip on January 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

It is not ‘media’s’ job to render judgment.

Inanemergencydial on January 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Especially not in first 24hrs (I mean, before 24hrs has passed) of a shooting massacre. You don’t go political. You would agree?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The libs lost hard in November, you knew this scorched earth policy would arrive soon after; what do they have to lose at this point?

But haysoos marimba, they’ve gone beyond even scorched earth, this is something entirely new and vicious.

Bishop on January 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I hope people are getting this message. Because I live in the South as a transplant I have been very sensitive about the treatment Southerners have received, i.e. nothing but contempt. It should be clear to everyone now that they are regarded with the same disdain. INOW, if you are not an inhabitant of one of the liberal conclaves or a Beltway elite, you’re a target. Yes, the liberals always have us in their cross hairs.

Cody1991 on January 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

The left would like to make it a crime to be conservative. That’s about the gist of it.

silvernana on January 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Especially not in first 24hrs (I mean, before 24hrs has passed) of a shooting massacre. You don’t go political. You would agree?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

But after that, the Oppressive-Left has free reign to try and eviscerate as many rights as possible, right?

Chip on January 11, 2011 at 3:09 PM

You would agree?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Did I properly punctuate my statement?

Inanemergencydial on January 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

And once again, your point? Or are you just here to bash Ed with your zombie crap?

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

But after that, the Oppressive-Left has free reign to try and eviscerate as many rights as possible, right?

Chip on January 11, 2011 at 3:09 PM

No, not at all. I think what the left is doing is immoral and self-serving and they will try to pass bad laws because of one man’s demonic killing spree. But, back to my question which nobody seems to want to answer: Is it wrong to use a shooting massacre as a political weapon in the first 24hrs of it happening and before they have all the facts?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Speaking of quiet……WHERE THE CRAP IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP to call out the clowns like Clyburn and his fellow Speech Nazis in the Democrat Party?

Oh, that’s right CRICKETS CHIRPING from the Lilly livered cowardly GOP!!!

PappyD61 on January 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Don’t disturb them. They are feeding on Sheeple Chow waiting for The Obama-Shepherd the lead them to slaughter.

Geochelone on January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Calling for someone to be stood up against the wall and shot seems a bit extreme. But I clearly don’t have a good sense of these things.

hawksruleva on January 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

“Stop defending yourselves!!!!!”

-Mark Halprin

portlandon on January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

And once again, your point?

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

You won’t answer the question. Coward.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

You won’t answer the question. Coward.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Troll

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Is it wrong to use a shooting massacre as a political weapon in the first 24hrs of it happening and before they have all the facts?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Yes

darwin-t on January 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

to lead them to slaughter

Geochelone on January 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

The left would like to make it a crime to be conservative. That’s about the gist of it.

silvernana on January 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Well, they would like to be able to criminalize any speech they deem to be out of bounds or whatever, with an ever-lowering bar of behavior until any opposition to their agenda will be outlawed.

And they would like to take away your right to defend yourself.

While simultaneously going after the top Conservative in the country.

Sounds like you’ve got the gist of it.

Chip on January 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

DoctorZero has a great column:
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41117

onlineanalyst on January 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

In my latest column for The Week

Wow, Ed…. I didn’t know you had a “real” job! :-)

UltimateBob on January 11, 2011 at 3:22 PM

If Palin switched from cross hairs to bunnies the left would say that they were Carter’s killer rabbits.

scrubjay on January 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Is it wrong to use a shooting massacre as a political weapon in the first 24hrs of it happening and before they have all the facts?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Answer: Yes.

No politics were involved in the killing of the six other people, one being a 9-year-old child.

The question(s) the media should be asking is did Loughner’s parents try to get their son help? That to me should be the main focus. How many times do we have to have a deranged person go on a killing spree and the parents did not act on getting their child help when it’s very obvious they needed it?

moonsbreath on January 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM

In other news DISSENT NO LONGER PATRIOTIC declares the down on their knees Presstitutes and their pimp daddy Barrack Hussein OBlahBLah gets the chance to vote present again thus being above the fray.

Looks like Pimp Daddy OBlah BLah learned something from the POOlice acted stoopidly fiasco, to keep his trap shut and let the Presstitutes do the work then ride in later and pretend he had no culpability!

I won’t be silenced, or cowed, or have one single freedom removed by these marxist freakshow ass clowns!

There hows’ that for decent!

dhunter on January 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

If Palin switched from cross hairs to bunnies the left would say that they were Carter’s killer rabbits.

scrubjay on January 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Just wait until the Oppressive-Left starts using the “Code words” logic.

As in – she may have said Primary that seat, but We all Know that’s Code for Targeting (or some other such nonsense).

Chip on January 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Not only media, so did Sheriff Dupnik.

jeanie on January 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

That Media includes Fox News. Bill O’Reilly is the only one who has spoken out.

Today Megyen Kelly was giving the shooter cover, interviewing a supposed expert, who never met or examined Jared Lee Laughner but offered a diagnoses and suggested what medications should be prescribed….sigh. “Mental Illness” is a defense. Megyen Kelly is well aware that Jared Lee Loughner has not been examined or found to be mentally ill.

The Judges in PIMA county Arizona, are recusing themselves from the trial that will result from the Friday shooting. I read that on the crawl on CNN. I also read that Loughner’s planning in advance means he isn’t going to be able to plead “insanity” also in the crawl.

The cable news channels should get rid of the media bunnies and just leave the crawl.

Is The Arizona Killer A Product of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s Incompetence?

The question that the media won’t ask. It’s staring them in the face like a deer in the headlights.

Dr Evil on January 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Has the senile, er senior, Senator from AZ said anything about the lefts viicious attacks on his former running mate and the Tea Party. Or is he just being Juan Mccain and hoping the presstitutes will throw him a bone?

dhunter on January 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Yes

darwin-t on January 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Thank you. Oh, wow! This is the first time I’ve agreed with Darwin. Well, now that someone with courage has answered the question, here’s my point: Ed’s on his soapbox lecturing us on why it’s important not to leap to conclusions in cases like this. He said in his interview with Al-Jazeera that, “It’s better to wait for the evidence because in cases like this, as very little evidence is first exposed, people tend to try to fill that in with their own personal theories.” Here’s the problem. Ed did the SAME THING the left is doing to Palin right now, but he did it to Mike Huckabee when the Washington state shootings happened. Ed went political on Huckabee in the first 24hrs of that massacre. He smeared Huck. He infered blamed on Huck. And he left out crucial details to make his article stronger. So my point is that Ed is a HYPOCRITE. He did exactly what he’s preaching against. How can anyone have all the facts less than 24 hrs after a mass killing??

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Is it wrong to use a shooting massacre as a political weapon in the first 24hrs of it happening and before they have all the facts?

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Answer: Yes.

moonsbreath on January 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Good for you. That’s the right answer. See here.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM

So my point is that Ed is a HYPOCRITE. He did exactly what he’s preaching against. How can anyone have all the facts less than 24 hrs after a mass killing??

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

O.K. so we have your point. Why not start your own blog and quit wasting bandwith here if you find Ed so offensive?

Troll for sure.

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I also reject the notion, as I did earlier, that this is a particular moment for reflection on extreme rhetoric — unless it is intended as a reflection on the extreme vitriol vented at the Right in general, Sarah Palin in particular, and participatory democracy through the demonization of the Tea Party.

Well said. The statement above should be e-mailed to every GOP member of Congress…so the little darlings will know what to say when the microphone is shoved into their faces. The only discussion I want to have about “extreme rhetoric” is the one that condemns the behavior of the left over the past 72 hours. In fact, I’ve decided that is the only discussion I will have should anyone in my life bring this up.

Rational Thought on January 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

O.K. so we have your point. Why not start your own blog and quit wasting bandwith here if you find Ed so offensive? Troll for sure.

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I don’t listen to Hot Air Zombies, (the fake conservative).

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

I don’t listen to Hot Air Zombies, (the fake conservative).

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

We get your point. You don’t like Ed and want to continue pointing us in the direction of your lame posts that you obviously think are somewhere in the Pulitzer prize ranks. They are not.

Time for you to move along.

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Please ban concern-troll.

slickwillie2001 on January 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

The press and the left should take a lesson from one of our founding fathers.

‘Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment’
-Benjamin Franklin

FireDrake on January 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

We get your point. You don’t like Ed…

Knucklehead on January 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

No, you don’t get my point so don’t lecture me. If I recall, Christ was walking around cracking a whip, OK. He threw the money-changers OUT of the temple and I’m not saying we be violent, but I’m saying we be FIRM and speak TRUTH unapologetically as did Christ. We emulate Christ on these issues. We don’t have to be weak. We don’t have to try to be nice. Uh, Christ wasn’t always nice. You know, He called the Pharisee’s a brood of vipers to their faces. Now, I like Ed and I only wish him success. I want him saved and going to Heaven. I carry around a deep and heavy sorrow when it comes to a person’s salvation. Every true Christian does. That said, what Ed and his “then boss” Michelle Malkin did to Mike Huckabee in the first 24hrs and the first few days following the Washington State shootings was wrong. Very wrong. They attacked him politically and I’m going to point it out whether you like it or not. So either shut up, show me where I’m wrong, or email Ed and AP and get them to ban me. Thanks so much.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

And with that, have a nice afternoon. *hugs*

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I don’t listen to Hot Air Zombies, (the fake conservative).

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

You need to buy a new shovel. Or perhaps one of these:

http://www.manurespreaders.com/

Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Coming soon…….

Giffords is the guest sitting next to the FLOTUS at the State of the Union.

BTW silence from the Congress Reps that Palin campaigned for in 2010?……NOT A PEEP from the cajones free GOP.

PappyD61 on January 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I never watch CNN anyway, so
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please stop using that picture of the young “Lady” smirking, it is a blood boiler.

esblowfeld on January 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

You are trying too hard dude, though I do love the religious bent within everything you say – it exposes your instability and desperate need to be validated, akin to…

Anyhoo – you have ye tto provide Ed’s hypocrisy between the 2 issues.

Huckabee DID grant clemency to 2 people who ended up committing further crimes: fact

Therefore, the question is germaine as to his track record, electibility and ability to serve in an elected position.

tThe MSM hyper ventilating WITHIN 24 HOURS (I thought I would cap lock for you – you have a deep desire for this to be stated 7 times) to directly blame Sarah Palin, Reps, etc – who have nothing to do with anything in this sick kids head – and surprise! Really have nothing to do with anything…

I suggest when publically crying for attention, you pay more attention to the content of your words, notebly a direct comparison issue, whereas there isnt one. That is why no one cares to play the “make Johnny feel validated game”, because your premise is broken.

Now I will throw you a bone – the issue that can and should be discussed due to this tragedy, is the 2nd Amendment, mental health, etc. Because there are direct correlations and caustic laws that effect everyone, in the same why a standing Gov pardens someone who kills after said pardon.

Which also (and correctly) brings in the account of Sheririff moron in Arizona for his blatant political commetns, while desperately trying to cover his and his offices failures.

When a cop knows your nickname, its not he has ESP – its because his office was intimate with this kid.

Odie1941 on January 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

What this moment does teach is that the media scolds have a clear agenda, and that agenda puts a big target on conservative backs

What’s really got the media and left pissed off is that conservatives refuse to roll over and play dead. They’ve been called on their hypocrisy – even by European newspapers. When 57% of the public is not buying your trash, RAISE THE VOLUME.

Look for more to come.

GarandFan on January 11, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Thanks Del Monte Pet Products …you’re just another Zombie hater.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 10:04 PM

why a standing Gov pardens someone who kills after said pardon.

Odie1941 on January 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Wipe that smug look of your face and get your facts straight. Mike Huckabee NEVER “pardoned” Clemmons. A pardon wasn’t even considered. We’re talking about the Washington State shootings here, OK. The case before Governor Huckabee was that a 16 year old black kid was sentenced to a 108 years for burglery and robbery and it was too high for the crimes he committed. So on the advice of Arkansas Parole Board and the trial judge Governor Huckabee reduced the child’s sentence to 48 years (still a long time). The youth had already spent 10 years in prison. That’s what Huckabee is responsible for and based on the information at that time it was sound judgment. I would have done the same thing. So stop using the word “pardon” to describe Huck’s actions. Thanks.

you have yet to provide Ed’s hypocrisy

Yes I have proved it. You just don’t want to see or admit to what you know is wrong.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM