Thursday, June 15, 2017
New York Times Editor's Uses Yesterday's Shooting Of GOP Congressmen To Attack Sarah Palin
WNU Editor: The New York Times editorial is here .... America’s Lethal Politics (New York Times editorial).
The key part is here ....
.... Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.
Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals. They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.
The problem with this New York Times editorial is that there is no evidence .... none .... to support the conspiracy theory (and that is what I call it) that the shooter of Ms. Giffords (Jared Lee Loughner), who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic, was at all inspired by Palin’s electoral map. And I am not alone .... even the senior editor of Mother Jones believes this New York Times editorial is "stupid". See link here. But such is the discourse of today .... everything has become politicized.