Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tragedy & False Equivalence. Again.

The mass shooting in Tucson inspired the NYT to step up the game of false equivalence the American media love to play:

Within minutes of the first reports Saturday that Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and a score of people with her had been shot in Tucson, pages began disappearing from the Web. One was Sarah Palin’s infamous “cross hairs” map from last year, which showed a series of contested Congressional districts, including Ms. Giffords’s, with gun targets trained on them. Another was from Daily Kos, the liberal blog, where one of the congresswoman’s apparently liberal constituents declared her “dead to me” after Ms. Giffords voted against Nancy Pelosi in House leadership elections last week.

How could anyone in their right mind, with even a shred of journalistic integrity, equate the violent right wing posturing that inspired the shooting with some random bitching from a liberal? This is unforgivable and pathetic.

For every Palin/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity stoked atrocity, there is not an equal and opposite liberal impetus. This is not some law of moral physics. And there should be no "hang on, let's not rush to judgment...". F*cks like the Arizona 'libertarian' who gunned down Giffords and killed at least six other people today are not influenced by talk from the left. These people take notice of Palin/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity. Palin/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity are the fluffers of the psychotics with the power to turn nutbags into fully-functioning terrorists.

So in short, f*ck you NYT. And a f*ck you too to all those conservative blogs who are now busily clogging the Web with defenses of eliminationist rhetoric and pretending the violent bullsh*t being spewed out by Palin/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity cannot possibly be to blame.


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