Is the Giffords Media Coverage About Rhetoric or Ratings?

Posted by Brian
Stu Blog: The one thing the media can’t stand to tell you about Gabrielle Giffords

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM EST

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords was, as we all know, tragic and horrifying. We all feel for her family, along with the other victims, and denounce this idiotic violence.

Watching the coverage of the story this weekend was truly perplexing. The left immediately jumped to blame the right before we even knew he name of the shooter. The right correctly defended itself pointing out that most of his rhetoric was from the left. At moments of attempted fairness, both sides say that they have some responsibility for angry rhetoric. The media, which is forever trying to elevate itself above that which it covers, claims that one thing we can all agree on is that there is a problem with the discourse in this country.

However, the one thing that no one seems to want to talk about is that after looking at the gunman and his ramblings, I don’t see how a discussion about rhetoric applies at all.

The truth is, unless there are a lot of new facts to come that we don’t know about yet, this shooting says absolutely nothing about our political discourse. Nothing. In fact, it says absolutely nothing about society as a whole. Zero.  READ MORE HERE--->