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Media figures politicize Giffords shooting

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Several media figures jumped at the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, as a way to further whatever political agenda they have.

Though the motive of accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner has not yet been determined, left wing bloggers are calling this a political assassination inspired by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. Also, media figures and reporters immediately blamed Palin and the Tea Party movement, many before the name of the suspected shooter had even been released.

Left wing blog Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas tweeted, “If Palin’s crosshair effort was excusable, why has her PAC scrubbed her site of that page?,” trying to tie Loughner to Palin and the Tea Party movement. Moulitsas also tweeted, “How dare people ‘politicize’ a political assassination!”

Also, referencing Palin’s map of “targets” of congressional seats held by vulnerable Democrats during the 2010 midterm elections, on which Palin marks Giffords’ district in Arizona as one of them, Moulitsas tweeted, “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”

Moulitsas removed a post from his site shortly after the shooting that was published Thursday in which a blogger attacked Giffords from the left for being too conservative a Democrat. Though the post, titled “My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!,” has been removed, Google caches of it show that the blogger was upset at Giffords for voting against Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader and infuriated at Giffords for being too conservative.

At Slate magazine, former Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel immediately started tying Loughner’s actions into the Tea Party movement, before Loughner’s name was even released, and, via Twitter and his blog, Weigel railed against the Tea Party movement for supporting violence. Weigel also compared the shooting and its potential long term ramifications to the political effects after of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

“If you are a Republican politician, and you allow yourself a callow thought today, you flash back to 1995 and the Oklahoma City bombing,” Weigel wrote. “It occurred four months after Republicans took over Congress, and Republicans thought they heard President Clinton turning the tragedy back onto them in his remarks at the memorial service.”

Weigel then wrote that, “Like it or not, this is what our national conversation will now turn back to.”

That’s something Howard Fineman at The Huffington Post furthered, adding that President Barack Obama should learn from how President Bill Clinton handled the aftermath of the tragic bombing in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh.

“Clinton’s political resurrection began four days later [after the bombing -- Newt Gingrich had swept into Congress with a new Republican majority in the House as result of the previous midterm election]. It had nothing to do with McVeigh, a former soldier who had taken a murderous turn from anti-authoritarianism to racist paranoia,” Fineman wrote. “The president was careful, as well he should have been, to avoid suggesting any link between his political foes and the event. Rather, in a short but eloquent address — now regarded as a classic of modern presidential rhetoric — he recalled his own roots in nearby Arkansas, invoked God and the Bible, and called not only for justice but also for tolerance, forbearance and love.”

  • kingfish

    A large group of veterans just sued the CIA and US government for doing MK-Ultra “mind control” experiments on them and, further, denied them medical care for the resulting damages. The CIA claims these veterans are NOT ENTITLED to VA medical benefits. We as taxpayers FUND this ultra-criminal government agency, the CIA, which has a 60 year history of drug-running, gun-running, money-laundering, and murders of American citizens, soldiers, and foreign popularly elected leaders..

    • thephranc

      And according to you jews did 9-11.

      You are a scum bag.

  • kingfish

    Using this incident as a mechanism for GUN CONTROL must be STOPPED. This administration and their Nazi gestapo have turned this country into a POLICE STATE. The Giffords and Fed Judge Roll shootings were for political currency, just like all those school shootings and WACO during the CLINTON ADMINISTRATION (which we recently learned Bill himself directed) were for the same purpose. People should start looking BEHIND the motives for all these “seemingly” unrelated occurrences, like the murder of Mr. Wheeler, a man connected to the biochemical lab at PINE BLUFF, AR and the deadly aerial spraying of PHOSGENE in CHEMTRAILS since November. Before that it was only aluminum, barium, and strontium to ruin your health, breathing, and immune system. Then today, the wife of a congressional liaison to Obama liaison was found dead in her burned car QUOTE “after a slow-moving chase” END QUOTE When will the dead bodies end that this administration and the Democrats consider TRASH, just to keep an INCOMPETENT and his “gang of nincompoops and NAZIS” in office?

    The young man who did the shooting was most likely “mind-controlled” via the MK-Ultra program which they claim no longer exists. OH YES the program still exists, and it’s more advanced than ever “knowingly” FUNDED BY THE ENTIRE CONGRESS. THEY should be prosecuted for funding this atrocity, and destroying the lives of thousands.

    Read the book “Trance Formation of America” and you’ll see that all the top politicians were (and are) involved in it, to include Leahy, Byrd, Bush, Clinton, and a littany of others. The book review is at Amazon. What’s more, a group of veterans has just sued the CIA and U.S. government for using them in MIND CONTROL experiments. The CIA has tried 3 times to get it dismissed. Today the technology is even more advanced and can be used on anyone, but notice that it’s always the “young ones” they choose to do their shooting for political purposes.

    Top US Federal Judge Assassinated After Threat To Obama Agenda
    http://www.eutimes.net/2011/01/top-us-federal-judge-assassinated-after-threat-to-obama-agenda/

    EXCERPT
    “…the top US Federal Judge for the State of Arizona was assassinated barely 72-hours after he made a critical ruling against the Obama administrations plan to begin the confiscation of their citizen’s private retirement and banking accounts in order to stave off their nations imminent economic collapse, and after having the US Marshals protecting him removed.”

  • dahni

    I woke up yesterday to a continuatin of Saturday’s shooting of several people in Tucson, including a Comgresswoman and a Federal Judge. It was a terrible event, and one hich I certainly wish hadn’t happened. I don’t know who the other 4 or 5 people killed were, yet, because they aren’t very important to the media.

    As sick as I am about the shooting, I am even sicker of turning on CNN Sun. Morning and being assaulted by some leftist woman frothing at the mouth about how it was Sarah Palin’s fault! Followed by Joe Klein about how it was Fox New who caused it.

    Every media station is continuing to wallow in the misery of the situation, although I haven’t learned anything new since a few hours after the killings. These media flacks are as sick as is the murderer.I sick of them.

  • rattlingpatriot

    Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
    Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
    Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
    Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
    Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
    Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
    Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
    Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
    Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”.

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  • thephranc

    This morning on the WTOP I heard them say dem Congress critters want to remove hateful words like “death panels” and “job killing” from the vocabulary of members to stop shootings like this from happening again. So many are blaming this on the right and saying how its their fault with out any proof and contrary to the facts about this man. The chances this has anything to do with the level of “vitriol” in political discourse is slim yet the left will use it as leverage against those who disagree with them while ignoring their own sides instances like Kos and Obama. It’s dishonesty on display by the perpetrators of the majority of political violence.

  • truebearing

    Watch our government, led by the most powerful person in our government, George Soros, choreograph the developing story with the leftist media. By the time they are done we’ll be told that Loughner is Palin’s secret love child, fathered by George Bush, and is Hitler reincarnated to become the leader of the Tea Party.

    The leftstream media was amazing in how they seemed to each choose a different conservative to attack, even before they knew the name of the assassin! Remarkable coordination for a group of alleged “competitors” in the news business. It seems the only thing our media competes with now is the truth.

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  • grasyknol

    Where’s William F. Buckley when you need him? Instead, we get Tucker.

    • thephranc

      What exactly is the point you are failing to make?

    • loudog

      excellent point, clear, concise, so simple even a caveman can get it, which leaves out some of the less fortunate here…see above.

      • The_anniebanannie

        So, then, answer my question. What part of the article would Buckley change?

        • loudog

          Boyle wrote the article, not Tucker, but I’d prefer a thinker like Buckley to an opportunist peddling spin like Carlson. Pretty simple really, you don’t get that either?

          • The_anniebanannie

            So, you actually know nothing about Buckley, but are just being your usual opportunist and jumping on a bandwagon by blaming Carlson, even though you admit Carlson has nothing to do with the article. You just spun yourself into a pretzel.

          • loudog

            The original comment had to do with Buckley and Carlson, you brought up the article for some reason. What does the article have to do with Buckley or Carlson? Comments don’t have to be limited to the article. Nice try spinning his comment. Working your way into becoming a DC editor?

          • thephranc

            So you say Tucker didn’t write it but then call me dumber than a cave man when I question what Tucker had to do with writing it and what the point was of Tucker being brought up.

            The best part is you aren’t even smart enough to see how much of a fool you make your self.

          • loudog

            By the comment I’d say grasyknol prefers Buckley over Carlson. So simple even a caveman can get it.

    • The_anniebanannie

      What part of Boyle’s article is wrong? What part would Buckley change?

  • des1

    You have to love the way Liberals can’t wait to use a tragedy to make themselves famous and/or push their political views. I’ve always said that Liberalism was a mental disorder, and it’s good to see them trying so hard to prove me right.

    BTW,

    Communist Manifesto………..Check
    Karl Marx fan……………..Check
    9/11 Truther………………Check
    Anti-Religious…………….Check
    Delusional………………..Check

    Hey wait, has anyone seen BadMotherFarker lately?

    Congrats Libtards, this douchebag is your boy.

    • Matthew Boyle

      des1 – also, it turns out Loughner has had a history with Giffords. Here’s the story from the WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576071191163461466.html?mod=wsj_share_twitter

      The fact that the media, in general, did this with this tragic event is sick and twisted. I’ve always known them to be left-leaning biased, but, I’m just utterly appalled at this.

    • grasyknol

      Don’t be so confident Des…facts are still emerging.

      • des1

        Yes, facts are emerging, and all of them point to him being crazy, but obsessed with Liberal conspiracies. Despite that, all of the MSM is claiming this guy is a Tea Party extremist driven to murder by Sarah Palin.

        Maybe you should be sending your email regarding caution to CNN or CBS instead, huh?

        • truebearing

          Des,

          Did you notice the well choreographed responses from the media were? It is like they were assigned different conservatives to attack. One outlet attacked Palin, another Beck, another the Tea Party, and so on. usually they all attack the same person, and it’s usually Beck, Palin, or Limbaugh. This time they drew names and attacked in a coordinated smear. I don’t think it was a coincidence.

          The Soviet Union had Pravda. We have the Pravda Media Network.

          • hampton

            So if they all mention the same person, it’s orchestrated. And if they mention different people, it’s orchestrated. Gotchya.

    • BJC49

      Copy this and shove it in the Liberals face everytime they want to bring up Palin. I refuse to let them drop their boy off on my doorstep!!! He was a crazy idiot but I won’t allow them to throw their propaganda out there.

      THE “TONE” OF OUR COUNTRY COMES FROM THE “TOP”

      “Don’t you think we’re not keeping score, brother” – Chairman Obama

      “Bring it on”- Obama Regime to The American People.

      “Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your fellow Americans” – Obama

      “I want all Americans to get in each others faces! – Obama

      “You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” – Obama

      “Republicans are our enemies”–Obama

      ** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
      ** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
      ** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
      ** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
      ** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
      ** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
      ** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

      “I am going to strangle all Republicans who don’t agree with me politically”
      – 5 Time Draft Dodger Biden

      “the Cambridge Police acted Stupidly” ” – Beer Summit Gaffe Leader

      “Democratic map with Republican targets on it”

      “God Damn America” – Barrack Hussein Obama’s Spiritual Advisor

      “We should rip the heart right out of the chest of a former Vice President of The United States!”
      – Left Wing Hate Hero And Agitator for Leftist Terrorism – Shultz

      Most Divisive Administration In History.

    • LetsGetReadyToGrumble

      I’m not about to get into the guilt by association that the leftist hacks over at the Huffington Post and MSNBC are (really? Come on now. You reply to an article rightly criticizing the disgusting politicizing of a senseless murder, by politicizing it yourself? Really now?)

      But, I’ll correct you on one claim (just for the sake of accuracy). I don’t believe he was a 9/11 truther. Mark Potok (of the (Southern Poverty Law Center), the guy who makes a living demonizing pretty much anyone who isn’t a closet Marxist made that connection without any evidence. You can see that he was into Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto (even though Mark Potok claims he’s a fan of Ayn Rand. . . yeah. . . Communism and Ayn Rand? Does this guy have Multiple Personality Disorder as well?) He’s also the guy who claimed that when Obama got elected all Conservatives were going to have a “Bubba Effect” and start shooting people in masses (which didn’t happen, of course). He’s also the guy who claimed that all Veterans are suspicious and should be practically considered terrorists, that anyone who called for fiscal responsibility, sound money, or supported candidates like Ron Paul are enemies of the nation. . . etc. . . In other words. I wouldn’t trust a word that guy says. He’s a shill if I ever saw one, and he practically takes dictation from Obama’s teleprompter writer (or vice-versa, I suspect).

      This guy was an unhinged communist/socialist, likely neo-nazi, pro big government, pro abortion, etc. . . That’s true. But, so far the only evidence at all that he was a 9/11 truther comes from Potok.

      I’d say that it really isn’t important what he really believed (even though it’s quite amusing liberal rags calling him a “tea partier” when he is really a die hard communist). He was totally insane. If you watch his videos which are still bouncing around youtube, the motive becomes pretty obvious. He was deranged. He couldn’t even make a statement that made any sense at all. Just look at the one with him dressed like the grim reaper wearing a plastic garbage bag skirt and setting a flag on fire. You’re saying that guy is sane? He looks like he doesn’t have a clear thought left in his head. I think that the motive should be more of “mental illness” rather than his political beliefs. THe guy was just nuts. It’s a shame what he did, and it’s a shame that some people are so petty and selfish that they’d turn a murder into a chance to attack their political enemies. So, I join the author in condemning the dehumanizing response from these corporate media suits. How dare they, indeed. People died. . . and they’re in full on campaign mode. Sick. Do they even have a soul?

      • des1

        Yeah, it’s already been reported that he had a reference to it on a video or on his Facebook page. The line was very detailed, so I’m inclined to believe it. Unless I hear differently, that is far more substantive than anything the MSM has been reporting.