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Tucson tragedy, exploited by main stream media?

Gabrielle Giffords
Gabrielle Giffords

Moments after the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the main stream media, in a rush to cast blame, chose the conservative talk shows and the Tea party movement as the main instigator to today’s tragedy.

They claimed that it was the “rhetoric” spewed by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and other conservative media that led Jared Loughner to commit such a cold blooded attack.

While there is no proof that the suspect, Jared Loughner, was tied to the Tea Party or a listener of conservative programming that did not stop some in the far left media from casting blame:

Commentator Keith Olbermann of MSNBC called out Sarah Palin, Allen West, Sharron Angle, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and the Tea Party for contributing however ‘tangential’ to the atmosphere the cause’s violence and said that each of them should repudiate their fear based/violent rhetoric. Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, stated, “Violent rhetoric comes exclusively from the right.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman took to his blog site Saturday to blame “Republicans and conservatives for the attempted murder of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.”

The truth, so far, is that Jared Loughner is described as a “very disturbed” individual who enjoys books such as “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto.” According to police reports, the suspect is also believed to have done drugs in the past and was rejected by the Army when he tried to enlist in Dec. 2008.

Whatever happened to simply reporting facts? When did it become acceptable to treat opinion and supposition as truth? We cannot lose sight of the fact that six people, including a 9 year old little girl, lost their lives today. We cannot forget that Ms. Giffords, a highly respected Representative, is in for the fight of her life. I seriously doubt that she and the other victims of today’s senseless tragedy appreciate being used, so callously, to promote a political agenda.

For more on this topic:

Witnesses recount 'chaos' at scene of Tucson shooting:

McCain: Shooter ‘a Disgrace’ to Nation:

The unseemly rush to blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and Republicans for murder in Arizona:


  • shirley mitchem 4 years ago

    These people did not put the gun in this man's hand, but their
    remarks fed it. So, in a sense they are in some ways responsible. Will they be held accountable. NO

    Sarah Palin won't change. She's made millions off of her redoric
    she will continue to feed the hatred and bigotry. She will pull back for a week or so and then she'll start her personal attacks on the Pres. and first lady., and anyone that doesn't fit into the republican or tea party group People should step back and listen very closely to what this woman says. She's a believer in God .But, her actions, and what she states is not from a christian.
    It's made her a millionare These terrible killings in Arizona
    will slow her down but it won't stop her.

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    Christina Wijfjes-Smit 4 years ago

    Shirley, while you may not like Sarah Palin, there is no evidence to suggest that the alleged shooter was a fan of hers or that he was a tea party or a conservative. It seems strange to me how so many can arbitrarily point the finger every which way but to the shooter himself.

  • QBEEZER 4 years ago

    It's sick how the media has exploited this turn of events to serve their own politically biased agendas. Blaming people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin for influencing this guy's actions, to me, is just as bad as those crazy Westboro Baptist Church nuts that plan to picket the funerals of the victims (even the 9 year old girl!).

    Whatever happened to taking responsibility for our own actions? This is no one's fault but the shooters, he made a decision, a very bad, very psychotic decision, but it was his own!

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