When Tragedy Strikes, Media Ratchets Up The Rhetoric

Posted by Brian
The Mainstream Media, in their zeal for ratings, or whatever it is that motivates them, is becoming a sick, twisted entity. They are more concerned with pushing an agenda than actually taking the time, and putting in the footwork, to get the facts on a story.  Their reporting of half-truths, innuendo, and complete fabrications are embarrassing.  The reporting in this tragedy is reminiscent of the shoddy reporting during Hurricane Katrina, where we heard of rapes and murders in the New Orleans Superdome, which later turned out to be not true.  The tragedy in that case is that it prevented much needed supplies, such as food and water, from getting to the people inside the stadium, because relief workers were afraid to go inside. Now we are getting fingers pointed at everybody from Sarah Palin, to talk radio, to the Tea Party as being responsible for this senseless act.  The actual shooter is mentioned, but only as a post-script to the media template that Conservatism is to blame.  "Yeah, he is sick, but it was Glenn Beck who pushed him over the edge."  The once- great U. S. Press Corps is now just sad and pathetic. 

Exploiting a tragedy
By Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel - The Daily Caller
Published: 12:51 PM 01/10/2011
Updated: 2:34 PM 01/10/2011

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was still in the operating room when the professional Left began to leverage her shooting for political purposes. Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos blamed Sarah Palin. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann wagged a finger at a long list of high-profile conservatives, ranging from newly-elected Florida Congressman Allen West to Glenn Beck. Giffords’s own father suggested “the whole Tea Party” might be suspects in the shootings.

It’s easy to understand a father’s overwrought reaction. It’s harder to forgive demagogues like Clarence Dupnik, the sheriff of Pima County, Ariz., and an elected Democrat, who at a weekend press conference declared anyone with libertarian tendencies complicit in the shootings: “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government — the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”

Have you complained about the stimulus package? You might as well have pulled the trigger yourself.
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