[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
“It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Eric Fuller, a former campaigner for Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told Democracy Now. “Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled.”
But I want you to watch the original video, and listen carefully.
It’s risible in many ways, but notice what he doesn’t say. He doesn’t say he presently blames Palin, Beck, and so on for the attack. He is saying he did Saturday night. And of course that was the same night that Sheriff Nifong Dupnick was making his own intemperate remarks. So is it reasonable for the Mr. Fuller to have believed law enforcement on that issue on that night? Of course it is.
But you never hear them ask the obvious follow up question: do you still feel this way? And if you look at the rest of the report, created today, it is obvious that these people are completely dishonest. They have deliberately skewed every other piece of evidence to indict the right wing, leaving out every piece of evidence that might exonerate their targets. Why should we think they presented this man’s entire statement? For all we know, he might have said this, “yeah, I was really mad that night at the Tea Party and all that. And now I am angry at Dipshit Dupnick for putting out that kind of wild speculation. I feel manipulated.”
Now that the story has gone halfway around the world, who knows how he might amend that statement?
And even if Fuller still feels this way, unless he can present facts to back up his claim, it is just his opinion, no more informed by fact than the opinion of your average 9-11 Truther (Pat Buchanan proves that even a broken clock is right two times a day, here). Maybe he heard the killer shout something relevant as he fired, but in that interview, he didn’t mention it. So in the absence of him being privy to some piece of evidence the rest of us are not, there is no reason to think that just because he got shot he has a special line on the killer’s motivations.
Still I am not going to beat up the man if he repeats the blood libel. He was shot and he is allowed to be angry, even irrationally so. But we don’t have to credit his opinion, either.
But I don’t want to leave you annoyed as you go into the weekend, so let me share this video with you as well. Pat Caddell tells us what he really thinks about Paul Krugman:
The word bleeped out is “asshole.”
Hat tip: the Daily Caller.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]