Mark Halperin: Conservatives should turn the other cheek when scapegoated for murder

During a discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, the panel conceded that conservatives and Tea Party activists were unfairly scapegoated in the wake of Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., which killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life after a gunshot wound to the head. Mark Halperin of Time just thinks conservatives shouldn’t bother defending themselves, so as to avoid further political escalation.

“Obviously, the initial reaction was so offensive to conservatives it has united everybody from Rush Limbaugh to David Brooks this morning, who wrote a very, very compelling piece that the scapegoating was an offensive act,” Joe Scarborough said during a discussion about the politicization of the tragedy.

Despite claiming the media had behaved “pretty well so far,” Halperin seemed to agree with Scarborough’s assertion that “a shooting was turned into fodder to attack conservatives.” But he seemed to find more fault with how conservatives reacted to unfair attacks than with the original accusations.

“I just want to single out one thing. I think the media and the politicians have behaved pretty well so far. I’m worried about the anger of the right-wing commentariat,” Halperin said. “Fox and George Will and other conservatives are in some cases justifiably upset at liberals, but they’re turning this back into the standard operating procedure of ‘all this is war and fodder for content’ rather than trying to bring the country together.”

“Wait a second,” Scarborough responded. “I think they would say that you have that backwards, that a shooting was turned into fodder to attack conservatives.”

Halperin: “And, I already made that criticism, as well. They’re right, but rather than seizing on it and turning the other cheek, they’re back at their war stations. that’s not going to help us.”

The conversation then pivoted from a discussion of the actual facts to yet another lecture on rhetoric, with Scarborough hoping conservatives see it as a “wake-up call” on rhetoric even though he had just established that there was no connection between rhetoric and the shooting.

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  • mountainaires

    Halperin’s response is just repulsive. On Sunday, Michael Daly liberal writer for NYDailyNews wrote that Sarah Palin has Gabriel Giffords’ BLOOD ON HER HANDS. It was a shocking and repugnant thing for anyone to say! The very next day, in the Wall Street Journal, Glenn Reynolds responded to the “blood libel” launched by liberals. The Twitter threats on Palin’s life, the stunning spew from DailyKos and Huffington Post since then have been nothing but hate-speech against Palin. Halperin’s pathetic mewling is disgusting at this point. Those of us who have read the sheer mountains of undisguised and visceral loathing coming from the left for the past 4 days, blaming Sarah Palin in such poisonous, venomous and repugnant volumes, can only look on Mark Halperin with pity and disgust. That he could even attempt to make such contemptuous assertions in the face of such ugliness from Democrats and their supporters reveals his position too clearly to be denied; the man has no integrity, not an ounce. He is contemptible; disgusting; vile.

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    • theprofessor

      What a rotten piece of $hit. So ashamed of what you do you needed to lie about it to get people to look?

  • Toby99

    On 1/11/11 truebearing responded to my earlier posting with: “Ahhh, bullseye! You are targeted! Dead center in the crosshairs!”

    Is this your idea of reasonable discourse, truebearing? My rhetoric may have been insulting to some, it may not have made any sense to some, but it was not threatening. What purpose was it supposed to have served? Perhaps that maybe I’ll go away now and stop posting things that you don’t like? Not likely – especially now.

    All of you on-line here should be condemning those words. If you do not, then you are implicitly condoning violent rhetoric as well. And don’t try using any BS that “you’re misunderstanding me”, or some crap like that. You know exactly what you are saying. That is the bane and the wonder of chat areas like this – we can hide behind our anonymity and let our words fly out like poison darts. I will admit I like doing that – it is very cathartic – and I assume others here like it as for pretty much the same reason, but nothing I said warranted a statement like that.

    You know exactly what you are saying. I don’t care whether the topic is about Tucson or the local 7-11 or about the GD parrots in my bathroom. The language is used and you are using it. How does that help anything?

    I will be reporting that comment. It was over the line, IMO.

    • moira1987

      I will be reporting that comment. It was over the line, IMO.

      What would Halperin do? He’d tell you to “turn the other cheek,” right? lol

      • truebearing

        He’d normally be happy to turn the other cheek, but he doesn’t want to get his make-up smeared. LOL!!!

        I’m having a BLAST with this new attempt to reduce the vocabulary of the english language. It makes it harder to give these idiots a good broadside, and I’ll be damned if they don’t blow up every time you shoot down their stupidity. They seem to have a short fuse, and a hot load if you make fun of them. What will they ban next, testosterone? Toby doesn’t have to worry about that one.

        this whole exchange has triggered an unstoppable round of puns and word play. Good thing this isn’t duel.

    • truebearing


      Now you’re crapping your jeans over a parody? Could you possibly get anymore melodramatic?

      Does yellow make you sad, jackwagon? Don’t be such a panty wetting crybaby. I was mocking the fools who use a bullseye but decry a crosshair. Oh, that’s right, you’re one of those fools!

      I suggest you invest in some Depends, cupcake. You self righteous lefties like to mouth off and make death threats against women, ie Palin, but can’t even take an obvious joke.