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Coburn ‘disgusted’ with the media

Senator Tom Coburn, appearing on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” blasted the media coverage of political rhetoric in the wake of last week’s Tucson shooting.

“I’ve pretty well been disgusted with all the media, right and left, after this episode, because what it does is it raises and says there’s a connection and the president rightly said there was no connection to [the Arizona shooting],” Coburn told host David Gregory when asked about what the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein called “apocalyptic” political discourse.

Gregory, pressing the point, asked the Oklahoma Republican if he rejected “those who believe that the president wants to injure the country and that that will deny Americans liberty.”

“Of course I reject that, but the point is we’re spending all this time talking about something that has nothing to do with the events,” Coburn replied. “And what the real problems are we’re not spending time working on, and the fact is that we’re going broke.”

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  • RedneckJim

    Coburn was being overly-diplomatic, but for a reason. Somebody has to act like an adult, and that can’t be expected by most of the leftist media (or politicians for that matter). For Schumer, it’s all a ploy. He didn’t waste a minute before he started preparing to pursue more gun restriction legislation. Good luck getting Coburn to go along with that.

    Of course Obama doesn’t love the US. He loves the idea of a more socialist US that he wants to change the country into, hence his “five days” quote. It’s the same “savior complex” that causes some people to “fall in love” with some person that they think they can change into some better person. They aren’t in love with the real person.

  • loudog

    “pundits should not manufacture a “blood libel “that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn,” said Palin

    Lets not forget, as Sarah points out, words can incite “hatred and violence”.

    • jonavark

      Lou.. you’re stuck. Get someone to tow you out.

      • loudog

        just a reminder, people here need it, words can incite violence

        • brian61

          So true. Imagine what would have happened if the Founding Fathers and original Patriots had swallowed their tongues instead of calling out their British rulers for what they were – an elite ruling class that was trampling on their God-given rights and liberties . . .

          • loudog

            Interesting, but right now we’re talking about fabrications and lies to incite hatred and not about what happened 240 yrs ago to our enlightened, progressive founders.

          • brian61

            Not sure which fabrications and lies you are talking about. The one that the federal government is now $14 Trillion in debt through the funding of hundreds of welfare and other programs that have no constitutional authority? The one the the Supreme Court has completely abrogated its role in checking the power and authority of the Executive and Legislative branches? The one that a ruling class now spends our money at the rate of $3.834 Trillion per year (that’s $10.5 Billion per day), which will eventually lead to the financial collapse of America?

          • loudog

            Just general lies and fabrications that lead to hatred and violence, as Palin points out.

        • Barkhorn

          “Interesting, but right now we’re talking about fabrications and lies to incite hatred…”

          Loudog is right and I for one demand that the New York Times, Olbermann, Moulitos, Fonda and Ebert be held accountable for this climate of political hate they did so much to foment!!

        • jonavark

          Lou..

          Not the case here Lou. But you guys are nowhere to be found when the left BLATANTLY calls for violence. From Alec Baldwin a decade ago calling for Henry Hyde’s family to be pulled out of their house and stoned to the Black Panthers wanting to kill all white babies.

          Can you tell me why the LSM has ignored the Fuller story Lou?

          I can. They are ignoring it because it doesn’t help their agenda. So while you can whine all you want to about ‘words inciting violence’ you would also have to admit that with most of the vitriol coming from the left, the right has been patient and has not responded to the endless calls for actual murder from your side.

          Until you address those things Lou, you’re repeated warnings and whining about Palin are disingenuous at best.

          • loudog

            history is full of examples

          • jonavark

            come on Lou.. if you’re going to post repeatedly about Palin the least you can do is attempt an answer to my questions. That was weak.

          • loudog

            But I’m not trying to argue, I’m trying to agree with Palin, words can incite hatred and violence.

          • jonavark

            lou..

            You’re not gonna mind if I start cooling you LouDodge then?

          • loudog

            Because I agree with Palin? Because I agree with you that examples can be found throughout history? Are you insisting that I argue with you? that’s odd.

          • jonavark

            OK.. LouDodge it is.

            THIS was the question:

            Can you tell me why the LSM has ignored the Fuller story Lou?

            You wanna play games? Fine. And I was starting to think you could be enjoined in a reasonable discussion. I am not resorting to the obvious insults that you are inviting here, Just want you to answer a simple question. And you can not.

          • loudog

            because they’re biased

            I’m agreeing and seriously not trying to argue

          • loudog

            I read over your post quickly because I agree it comes from left and right and I skipped by your question I guess because I also agree with you that anyone who wouldn’t report the Fuller story has to be biased. A thousand pardons, I wasn’t intentionally ignoring the point.

          • The_anniebanannie

            Jon – loud dog is playing a sick game here. He’s trying to screw Palin’s words around and make it look like she’s condemning her own actions and words in the past. Dog has crapped in his own kennel and likes rolling around in the stench.

          • jonavark

            Thank you Lou. I agree.

    • The_anniebanannie

      Actions also incite hatred — which is your sole purpose for mentioning Palin’s name. You do so to incite a nasty discussion about her. You’re about as transparent as cement….and about as smart.

      • loudog

        wrong, again. I happen to agree with her, that words can incite hatred and violence.

        • The_anniebanannie

          You’re a liar and a fool. Palin’s words: ” But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

          Either you are so ignorant that you cannot quote accurately and interpret truthfully, or you are a liar playing some sick, slimy game here. I KNOW it’s the latter. No where in her speech did she say “words incite hate and violence”. To the contrary – her speech was about free speech and the difference between spirited debate and PUNDITS MANUFACTURING a scenerio that caused hatred and violence.

          You’re playing a slimy and juvenile word game here, making a mockery of the tragedy. You’ve sunk pretty low. Those of us that have known you for some time see right through it.

        • theprofessor

          HAHA…you might want to get a sling to carry that a$$ around Annie just handed to you.

          That had to hurt, fleaboy.

        • loudog

          Spin it however you want, she said “pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence”…words can serve to incite hatred and violence.

          Nothing I posted takes away from what she said, too bad for you, you’re wrong again and theprofessor is just too stupid to know any different.

          • The_anniebanannie

            I didn’t “spin” anything. You deliberately changed the wording and then called it a quote. It wasn’t. Palin was chastizing the “pundits” for their lies. She supported public debate. The fact that you can’t tell the difference between public debate and “hate and violence” shows your stupidity,,,no one elses.

          • loudog

            “pundits should not manufacture a “blood libel “that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn,” said Palin

            That’s my original post, word for word what she said. Sorry, you’re wrong…again.

  • laphil

    Why is everyone so preoccupied with the tone of the rhetoric in this country? Some whack job goes bananas and kills 6 people and its the fault of heated political discourse? Have the talking heads totally lost their minds? This incident would have happended if there had been a totally lack of any political discourse. Stop trying to make connections which don’t exist!

    • brian61

      The left has to continually manufacture crises to deflect attention from the fact that their progressive policies are continually failing, both substantively and financially.

  • overthere55

    American’s are starting to wake up, would crush Mitt Romney 51% to 38%,Mike Huckabee by a similar margin, 50-38 percent and And he’d crush Miss Palin by 56-30 percent http://bit.ly/g8y5nI

    • brian61

      I doubt it. If Americans were truly awake, then they would realize that the progressive policies which have promoted the welfare state and destroyed the traditional family have been a complete disaster. If Americans could truly read and comprehend the Constitution (dispute the failure of government schools to educate them), then they would realize that a ruling class made up of professional politicians has usurped our money and power to and extent that can only be described as treasonous.

    • chai

      Sorry, but your comment is unclear. Who would crush whom?

  • savage24

    As time goes on, I continue to lose faith in the Senate. It was once called the “great debating society” but it doesn’t even debate anymore. Seems like it has become the “mutual admiration society” holding hands and all that crap. The Senators with the longest time there, are usually the most worthless in the service of the country. The newly elected ones are usually useless until they figure out how to get things done, and by the time they figure it out, they are worthless. Like the dog chasing it’s tail, the ever lasting tale.

    • brian61

      Hello? Rip van Winkle? Anyone home? The House and Senate stopped caring about the American people as a whole many decades ago. They only care about specific groups of people, special interests and other donors who give them money during election cycles, in exchange for favorable laws and tax treatment. And the specific limits on their power as enumerated in the US Constitution? Congress only laughs at such quaint notions of limited government.

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  • diamndgirl

    Coburn has turned out to be nothing but another let down over the years, anyone that watches politics closely and listens to floor speeches knows how much this bull dog has turned into a poodle isn’t paying attention…Coburn says he’s going to sit hand in hand with Shumer too during State of the Union.

    How lovely Coburn..we will remember- don’t be a fool and think different.