Bad Irony Alert: The Blood Libel on Palin Has Resulted in an “Unprecedented” Increase of Death Threats Against Palin (Update: “Imagine” a Remix on the Palin Hate Tweet Video)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Update: I am not even going to bother to embed this video because you know it will get pulled for its blatant violation of copyright, but some smartass decided to add a soundtrack to the Palin Hate Tweet video. You can watch it, here.
Important Update: We have a second Tweeter who argues very plausibly that she was denouncing this reaction and was misunderstood. She writes more, here. I will flag that one appropriately below. Thanks to “1redthread” in the comments for bringing this to my attention.
We now resume the original post…
Hey media, maybe you will get your wish and someone can assassinate her, right? As we sit here tonight we learn that Sarah Palin is getting unprecedented levels of threats against her and her family:
An aide close to Sarah Palin says death threats and security threats have increased to an unprecedented level since the shooting in Arizona, and the former Alaska governor’s team has been talking to security professionals.
Since the shooting in Tucson, Palin has taken much heat for her “crosshairs” map that targeted 20 congressional Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was the main target of Saturday’s attack.
That is from ABC News, which doesn’t bother mention what the same network carried out an interview this morning with Zach Osler, Jared Loughner’s friend, where the young man said of the killer:
He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.
Don’t you think it is relevant, ABC, that your own reporting has demonstrated for a fact that she is right to deny responsibility?
So what the media falsely accused Palin of doing, of stirring up violent anger toward Ms. Giffords, the media actually has done to Sarah Palin. We can only hope that none of those nitwits will actually act on those threats.
Of course we can take some solace from further evidence that this blood libel just isn’t working. But as Lee Harvey Oswald demonstrated, it only takes one liberal nutjob to create a tragedy.
Meanwhile, you might remember the twits on Twitter who threatened Palin. Those tweets made it into YouTube video which I posted previously.
First, as constructive criticism, I think Patrick is right to say that there is no evidence that this first man is guilty of any kind of violent invective.
It seems he is simply pointing out other violent invective, and has stated he didn’t agree with it but merely wanted to highlight that absurd bit of hate. He deserves the benefit of the doubt.
But meanwhile one of the Twits on Twitter complained that this invaded her privacy. Mind you, all he did was take a screencap of an image she put on the internet for all the universe to see. And now she thinks somehow this was a private conversation? There is simply put no way in hell this is covered by any theory of privacy. Regardless of the illogic of her assertion, YouTube pulled the video. Big Journalism and Legal Insurrection have a lot more on this silly story.
Still, they can’t kill the message. Thanks to helpful commenters on this site, I have both a copy of the YouTube video of my own and screencaps of each and every ugly tweet. As Prof. Jacobson says, “You can’t take it back on the internet.”
He has already reposted the video on another service:
And in case that video is tanked, a complete set will follow after the break. But I should warn you the language is not only harsh, but foul, and probably not safe for work.
Also they all suffer from a crippling lack of self-awareness. Heh.
Important update: The author of this next tweet (“will everyone be satisfied…”) comes forward and very plausibly argues that she was misunderstood–that she was criticizing hateful rhetoric. I believe she deserves the benefit of that doubt.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]