Sunday, January 9, 2011

Did Talk Radio and Fox News Play A Role In Arizona Nightmare?

A gunman, Jared Loughner, approached, and at point blank range, shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the head. Giffords, survived the immediate wounding, but is still in critical condition after having had surgery.

Unfortunately, the gunman proceed to shoot eighteen other people, killing six. Among the dead was U.S. District Judge John Roll and a nine year old girl.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik held a press conference and had this to say:
Mr. Dupnik called the shooting a "very sad day for Tucson" and a "horrendous, horrendous, senseless, unbelievable crime." And then he blamed the crime on the rhetoric -- presumably political rhetoric -- in the country.

"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government," he said. "The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry."

Mr. Dupnik said it is time for the country to "do a little soul searching."

He added: "The vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business ... This has not become the nice United States that most of us grew up in."

I'm sure that Charlie Sykes, Mark Belling, Patrick McIlheran and their supporters will deny this up and down until they are blue in the face (blue faces and red necks don't go as well together as you might expect).

But since Sykes has already been sued for libeling a Hispanic man and Belling has been suspended for using the term "wetback," they cannot deny that they love too stir up their audiences primal fear and hatred.

It's rather telling that right loves to act very much the tough guy, with their rantings about gods, gays and guns, but when it comes to owning up to the consequences of their behaviors, they mewl a different tune. So much for their argument for personal responsibility.


  1. To say that talk radio had anything to do with this is just a pathetic excuse of the left. the sheriff of Pinal County is a lefty, so I don't put any stock in what he says.
    Of course, on the Daily Kos, on Thursday, they had a post from a lefty threatening Congresswoman Giffords with death.
    Bottom line, this was a wacko who was neither left or right- just nuts. The only people celebrating this incident are some members of the left who are going on blogs and leaving comments in newspaper comments section ripping on the conservatives. Those pieces of human trash are truly the nut cases.

  2. The only people celebrating this incident are some members of the left

    And the only people scrubbing their websites of damning evidence are conservo-jihadists.

  3. Dan- Where do you think this guy got the ideas for "one-world currency" and "gold standard" ideas? Out of his a$$?

    Your boys lead to this environment. It's not entertainment, and it's not productive. And you have the nerve to try to deflect it back to us for simply telling the truth about who and what you are? Cry me a river and come down off your cross. You will now pay the price for exploiting the emotions of downtrodden white people, and we will expose you for the disgusting, weak frauds you are.

    You made the statements, you own the consequences. That's the way it works in the big-boy, "out of the basement" world.

  4. umm, Jake, who says it? Please enlighten us. Specific quotes please.
    I guess when he reads the Communist Manifesto, he is reading something conservative.
    How about that Daily Kos blog about the death threat to the congresswoman two days before the shooting?
    No, lefties like you are the frauds. You try and come off as saintly but you have your share of liberal talkers on radio and TV who are just as bad or worse than any conservative out there.

  5. Dan- That just simply isn't true and you know it. Name one legitimate left-wing perosn who advocates "Second Amendment Solutions" and puts candidates in crosshairs with exhortations to "RELOAD!" NAME ONE THAT IS IN POWER. You know you can't, so stop wussing out with your strawman. But hey, maybe we do need people to sink to your classless level because that low act seems to be rewarded....of course, that would imply that corporate media would even allow someone like that on the air (and we know they wouldn't).

    It's not even and it's not close. And be happy that's true, because you'd shrivel up into the fetal if we brought anger and violence like your boys do.

  6. Dan, you'd might have a point if this was an isolated incident. Unfortunately, it's only the latest in a long string of incidents going back to the presidential elections. The problem is not new, it's just that many of us have it the breaking point where we won't just meekly sit by while this kind of crap continues to happen.