- Accuracy in Media - https://www.aim.org -

CBS Poll: Majority Doesn’t Link Tucson Shootings to Political Rhetoric

A new CBS poll shows that nearly six in ten Americans do not believe that political rhetoric was to blame for the shootings in Tucson that critically wounded a U.S. Congressman and left six other people dead.

From CBS News [1]

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.

The telephone poll was conducted Jan 9-10 among 673 adults across the country. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

And yet the mainstream media jumped on the story from the beginning by trying to blame Sarah Palin as well as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Fox News for fanning the flames leading to the attack.

Once again the mainstream media’s liberal bias got the best of them as they jumped to conclusions without the benefit of any facts or evidence only to be proven wrong in their assumptions.