Monday, January 10, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention, Part 187

Special "Before you accuse again" Edition

Erick Erickson at
"It should not be, but the media, under the guise of 'a full exposition' of the evil in Arizona, is back to subtly and not so subtly pinning the blame for the attempted assassination of the Congresswoman and the related shootings on the tea party movement, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, me, you, and everyone right of center. Let’s be crystal clear: this is the supposedly objective news media doing this, not the openly, partisan left, though it is fueling the media witch hunt. And from what we now know, it is not just media malpractice, but a lie... The media today, as it begins more expansive reporting, will not let the facts get in the way of making the right, yet again, responsible for violence it neither incited nor enabled. In the process, the media’s credibility will continue to shrink. By the way, as an exit thought, the tea party movement won in November. Winners don’t go on shooting sprees."
Patterico at Patterico's Pontifications:
"Kos 'put the bulls eye' on Giffords and others with written rhetoric. I think you all knew that already, but Tommy Christopher insists that my credibility demands that I explain this to you as if you were all five year-olds."
Jeff Dunetz at Big Journalism:
"The shooter’s name was Jared Lee Loughner. Almost immediately the Left raced to say the shooting was the fault of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, the Right countered that evidence shows Loughner was an ultra liberal. You wouldn’t know it by some of the coverage, but Loughner wasn’t a Democrat, Republican, Conservative or Liberal; the guy was a die hard member of the Psycho Party... The guy is sicko and that is the story the media should have been telling. Shame on the media; instead of focusing on the horror of today’s shooting, they spent the day focusing on blaming their usual political targets."
Susan Swift at Big Journalism:
"If the Left can figuratively mount Sarah Palin’s political head on its PC wall, they doubtless feel the cost of the First Amendment will be worth it."
Dana Loesch at Big Journalism:
"I find the rush to exploit the tragedy of the Arizona shooting for political grandstanding sickening. Of course, if you’re at all aware of how the Paul Wellstone memorial service played out, you’re not surprised. Congressman Grijalva [D-AZ] was quick to blame Sarah Palin and the tea party in an interview with Mother Jones... People went to townhalls to voice their concerns because elected officials purposefully ignored the people, and the people have every right to voice their displeasure. Grijalva is attempting to sloppily make an analogy between the democratic process and violence, which is irresponsible. Demonization of public officials? No, let’s talk about the demonization of private individuals by their lawmakers who were elected to represent them, not ridicule them and compare them to Nazis..."
Jim Hoft at Big Government:
"Democrats plotted to blame the tea party patriots for [Saturday's] slaughter in Arizona. A democratic operative admitted this to Politico. Of course, Politico buried it in their story."
Doug Ross:
"It took roughly seven seconds after the shooter was tackled in Tucson for the despicable loon known as Paul Krugman to blame conservatives... In his eagerness to tar the alleged Arizona shooter as some sort of conservative tea-bagger, Paul Krugman has once again proven that he is completely unhinged. Krugman's not the only one. The malevolent crackpot known as Kos is knee-deep in his usual agit-prop, blaming Sarah Palin for the shootings... Turns out, however, that making political hay out of this tragedy -- while par for the course for the Leftists -- is so far off base that it's quite literally sickening... Democrats -- including Kos -- routinely use bullseye symbols in their graphics... The poison spilled by Krugman and Kos is harmful to society, for they are happy to use pure evil and madness to advance their political agenda... Does this really come as a surprise for a Party that lies as a matter of course?"
Dan McLaughlin via Twitter:
"Funny how media wasn't interested in effects of political rhetoric when Sarah Palin's church was burned down."
Stacy McCain at The American Spectator's AmSpec blog:
"There is no evidence that Loughner was a Sarah Palin fan. There is no evidence that he was associated with the Tea Party or that he was concerned with immigration. Instead, there is a steadily growing heap of evidence that Jared Loughner was suffering from a mental illness, quite possibly paranoid schizophrenia... There was clear evidence that Loughner's mental condition was deteriorating... None of this lines up with the early reporting on the Tucson shooting which heavily implied that Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others were shot because of political activity of Palin and the Tea Party. And yet none of the news organizations that fed that frenzy of speculation has apologized for their irresponsible reporting."
James Joyner at Outside the Beltway:
"Neither Alex [Massie] nor I are Palin fans, by any stretch of the imagination. But she’s simply not culpable in [Saturday’s] outrage."
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:
"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."
John at Verum Serum:
"There is now solid reason to believe Loughner had an unhealthy fixation on Giffords since well before anyone outside of Alaska had heard of Sarah Palin and about 18 months before the existence of the Tea Party."
John Hinderaker at Power Line:
"The Democratic Party is trying to blame Jared Loughner's crime on Sarah Palin. So, if Governor Palin or any other Republican were to... come to any harm, would it be the liberals' fault? By their logic, the case would be more than air-tight. One can reasonably ask: did any Republican ever suggest that it would be a good thing if Representative Giffords were shot...? Of course not. Only liberals sink that low... My own view is that it is pointless to try to wipe out military metaphors, which abound in our language, political and otherwise. Military metaphors, in my opinion, have nothing to do with mass murder by lunatics, whether those metaphors crop up among Republicans or Democrats."
"Boy Blue," whom, by all rights, should soon be renting:
"I would bet my house that it will come out that some disgruntled former Jesse Kelly right-wing supporters did this."
Rick Moran at American Thinker Blog:
"And the winner of the most bizarre, overwrought, hysterical denunciation of Sarah Palin by a brainless lefty is... the NY Daily News' Michael Daly. The headline on his column: 'Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands after putting cross hair over district...' Just one example would be helpful, but apparently Mr. Daly is far too busy drooling his hysterical rant to pay attention to such mundane details as proving such an outrageously stupid charge. Congratulations are in order to Mr. Daly for topping the rest in vitriolic hate of Sarah Palin. The competition was stiff, but Daly prevailed due to his mindlessly idiotic 'analysis' of the tragedy."
Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Sarah Palin isn’t responsible for the shootings any more than J.D. Salinger was accountable for the murder of John Lennon, 'Taxi Driver' was the cause of the attempted assassination on Ronald Reagan or video games were the motivating factor behind the Columbine shootings."
Kyle-Anne Shiver at Pajamas Media:
"I don’t think I’ve ever been so repulsed by the shameless liberal media as I am today, watching and reading the purely 'hate-hate-hate-!!' rhetoric blaming Sarah Palin’s 'targeting' of Gabrielle Giffords’ Arizona district for Saturday’s tragedy... As for all the purely shameless left-wing jabs at the Palin piñata in the wake of a horrible tragedy, this outrageous display ought to be enough to convince millions more Americans of the complete moral vacuity of the 'progressive' community."
Roger Kimball at Pajamas Media:
"A question for the metaphysicians and cultural pathologists: just how low can former-economist Paul Krugman, hysteric-in-chief for The New York Times, go?"
John Hayward at Human Events:
"Within hours of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, lunatic 'economist' Paul Krugman raced to put up a blog post blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the attack... Somehow the New York Times left Krugman on the payroll after this disgusting example of mindless idiocy... Shall we step into the minor leagues, and talk about New Hampshire state house candidate Keith Halloran, who responded to the plane crash that killed Alaska Senator Ted Stevens by wishing Sarah Palin was on board? Another New Hampshire Democrat, Timothy Horrigan, was forced to quit the state legislature for saying 'A dead Palin would be more dangerous than a live one,' and 'if she was dead, she couldn’t commit any more gaffes.' If that’s not good enough, we could take a step back into the fetid swamps of Bush hatred, when liberals actually made movies about assassinating him... Maybe we should be taking a closer look at that 'climate of hate' on the Left."
Adam Brickley at Conservatives 4 Palin:
"It is the height of hypocricy for [Rep. Raul] Grijalva to blame Palin and the tea party for some abstract 'climate', when he himself has been recently engaged in a concrete, personal crusade aimed directly at Gabrielle Giffords."
Skye at Flopping Aces:
"Of all the misleading and false information that flew around the internet, the [claimed] connection between the shooter and Sarah Palin is the most egregious. Without a shred of evidence, news outlets claim a direct correlation between Sarah Palin and the actions of this alleged shooter. Blaming the deaths on inflammatory rhetoric of Sarah Palin instead of the actions of the alleged shooter – Jared Lee Loughner is the new normal for liberals. Case in point – there is a Democrat group using the shooting to raise funds for political campaigns. Trying to score political points and dollars off the dead is despicable."
Daniel M. Ryan at Enter Stage Right:
"No conservative of any prominence specifically blamed Obama for Major Hasan's killing spree in the way that some liberals have been very publicly blaming Sarah Palin."
Rachel Alexander at
"Loughner is far from a right winger... Ignoring the facts about his political persuasions, the Left instead has tried to turn the focus of the shooting to blaming the right and Sarah Palin, trotting out a map Palin created last year 'targeting' incumbent Congressional candidates. This is outrageous. There is no comparison whatsoever between 'targeting' members of Congress for defeat in elections and attempting to murder them. Right-leaning politicians and activists do not approve of murder. There is also no indication Loughner was inspired by Palin’s map, considering his political leanings come from the anarcho-left. In order to justify that desperate stretch, the left ignores the fact that one of their own, defeated Arizona Democrat Congressman Harry Mitchell, ran a campaign ad against JD Hayworth in 2006 featuring Hayworth in the crosshairs of a rifle."
Carol Platt Liebau at
"When left-wing bloggers invoked a bulls-eye graphic that had appeared on a year-old campaign map from Sarah Palin as a reason for the violence, right-learning bloggers like VerumSerum were quick to point out that similar graphics have been used by the Democratic Leadership Council. Liberals no longer have the media playing field all to themselves."
James Rosen at
"Without mentioning Palin by name, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the number-two Democrat in the Senate, alluded on Sunday to the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee in his discussion of the causes of the violence the day before. Durbin invoked 'don't retreat, reload,' a phrase from a well publicized Twitter message once sent by Palin, as the kind of 'violent' sentiment that can provoke incidents like Saturday's. 'These sorts of things, I think, invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response,' Durbin said on CNN’s 'State on the Union' program... Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethic and Public Policy Center in Washington, called the comments by Krugman, Durbin, and other liberals 'sickening.'"

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