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: www.azcentral.com
McCain: Shooter ‘a Disgrace’ to Nation: www.blogs.wsj.com
The unseemly rush to blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and Republicans for murder in Arizona: