Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. Unless, of course, it involves Pinch Sulzberger.
The New York Times used the attempted assassination of dozens of Republican congressmen by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter to attack former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a baseless conspiracy theory blaming Palin for inciting mentally ill Jared Loughner to shoot Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011.
“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,” the editors wrote.
That’s right: Yesterday a devoted Bernie Sanders supporter and virulent Republican-hater specifically targeted GOP congressmen for death, and the NYT’s response is to bring up a lie about Sarah Palin from six years ago.
There isn’t a shred of proof that Loughner ever even saw that map, let alone that it drove him to shoot those people. Fortunately for the left, no shred of proof is necessary. Once the narrative of the Magic Palin Map was set, within hours after the shooting, that was it. That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.
I don’t believe that the New York Times editorial board believes this. They know it’s not true. They’re lying, because they think the lie is necessary. In order to maintain the fiction that they’re the good guys, they need to twist this around and blame the people who are being physically attacked for their beliefs. As Ben Shapiro puts it: “The facts don’t match the narrative, so the facts must die a gruesome, slow death.”
James T. Hodgkins. Floyd Lee Corkins. Andrew Joseph Stack III. Hell, you can go back to Lee Harvey Oswald, and probably further. Again and again, left-wingers commit violent crimes for explicitly political reasons, and the propaganda arm of the left has no recourse but to make shit up.
Then they wonder why everybody hates them. They can’t figure out how Donald Trump — Donald Trump! — could get elected. Let ’em wonder.
Keep talking, NYT.
Update: “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”
New York Times issues correction to editorial pic.twitter.com/pxNYL3ftGM
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 15, 2017
Or, translated from NYT-speak: “The entire premise of this editorial is based on a lie, and we regret that you noticed.”