Burying the Needle on the Hypocrisy Meter: Lefty Tweeters Wish for Sarah Palin’s Death Because of her Violent Rhetoric (Update: Schultz and Alan Grayson Debate Evil Right Wing Vitriol)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Important Update: See this post exonerating two of the tweeters.
On Twitter they are reacting to the claims that Sarah Palin incited murder against Giffords with inflamed rhetoric by having an evolved, civil and intelligent discussion about the limits of free speech.
Ah, who am I kidding?
My favorite was the one that admitted she had nothing to do with Giffords shooting, but said they wanted her to die anyway.
Also, to be fair, some merely wish for her to get cancer and die. Do remember that these are generally the same people who want the government to control your healthcare destiny.
Oh, and that bumper sticker mentioned in one? It exists.
Meanwhile the first polling data is out concerning this idiocy and even CBS news’s polling outfit is having trouble finding Democrats who blame the so-called extreme rhetoric:
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated – 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue – 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.
Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown – 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.
I will note the sample size is on the small side, and CBS is notoriously biased toward the left and Democrats. Still, I bet if the question was “do you blame heated conservative or Republican rhetoric for the shooting?” the numbers would crater. Smear fail, Democrats!
Meanwhile before you get to that critical paragraph, CBS news says this:
The lone suspect in the attack, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, had expressed in recent years a deep-seated distrust of the government and personal animosity toward Giffords, according to evidence collected by authorities, YouTube videos he made and accounts from former acquaintances.
So they don’t mention that the deep seated distrust of government includes the fact he believes they are engaged in mind control (something Representative Kucinich has stirred the pot on in the past), 9-11 Trutherism and opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The only time the liberal media appears to be beyond partisanship or ideological labels is 1) when a Democrat or liberal does something bad, or 2) when a Republican or conservative does something good.
Update: As though that twitter video was not bad enough, here is Alan Grayson and Fast Eddie Schultz discussing where to draw the line.
Grayson of course is the guy who called his opponent in the last election a terrorist and said that the Republican plan on healthcare is to “die quickly.”
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]