Left wing journalists and commentators are coming out in force to lay blame for the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and seventeen other innocent individuals on “fear mongering” conservatives.
The Politico gathered up a couple of examples of the left springing into action.
First it was Keith Olbermann
If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bulls eye targets on 20 representatives including Gabby Giffords, does not repudiate her own part — however tangential — in amplifying violence and violent imagery in American politics, she must be dismissed from politics. She must be repudiated by the members of her own party. And if they fail to do so, each one of them must be judged to have silently defended this tactic that today proved so awfully foretelling. And they must in turn be dismissed by the responsible members of their own party.
If Jesse Kelly, whose campaign against Congresswoman Giffords included that event in which he encouraged his supporters to join him firing machine guns, does not repudiate this, does not even admit that even if it was solely indirectly, or solely coincidentally, it contributed to the black cloud of violence that has enveloped our politics, he must be repudiated by Arizona’s Republican Party.
If Congressman Allen West, who during his successful campaign told his supporters that they should make his opponent afraid to come out of his own home, does not repudiate those remarks and all other suggestions of violence or forced fear, he should be repudiated by his constituents and the Republican congressional caucus.
If Sharron Angle, who spoke of second amendment remedies does not repudiate that remark, and urge her supporters to think anew and again of the terrible reality of what hewords implied, she must be repudiated by her supporters in Nevada.
If the tea party leaders took out of context a Jefferson quote about blood and tyranny and the tree of liberty, do not understand, do not undersand tonight, now, what that really means and these leaders do not tell their followers to abhor violence and all threat of violence, they those tea party leaders must be repudiated by the Republican party.
If Glenn Beck, who obsesses, nearly as strangely as this Mr. Loughner did, about gold and debt and who wistfully joked about killing Michael Moore, and Bill O’Reilly, who blithely repeated ‘Tiller the Killer’ until that phrase was burned into the minds of his viewers — if they do not begin their next broadcasts with solemn apologies for ever turning to the death fantasies and the dreams of bloodlust, for ever having provided just the oxygen to those deep in madness to whom violence is an acceptable solution, then those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers and listeners, by all politicians would would appear on their programs, including President Obama in his planned interview with Fox on Super Bowl Sunday, and repudiated by the sponsors and by the networks that employ them.
If all of these are not responsible for what happened in Tucson, they must now be responsible for doing everything they can to make sure Tucson does not happen again.
Olbermann also fessed up to his own culpability;
Here once, in a clumsy metaphor, I made such an unintended statement about the presidential candidacy of then-Senator Clinton. It sounded as if it was a call to physical violence. It was wrong then. It is even more wrong tonight. I apologize for it again. And I urge politicians and commentators and citizens of every political conviction to use my comment as means to recognize the insidiousness of violent imagery that if it can go so easily and slip into the comments of someone as opposed to violence as me, how easily and pervasively and disastrously it can slip into the deranged mind.
For Olbermann his words were just clumsy while for conservatives it is inciting violence.
Then there was an unapologetic Paul Krugman blogging for the New York Times
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list.
Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
Olbermann and Krugman are not alone in their hatred for conservatives nor in their attacks on them after the Giffords shooting. But while they are protesting what they see as hateful and spiteful conservatives they themselves are now stirring up the left with vitriol of their own.
As I pointed out in my earlier post as soon as the word came out that Giffords was shot the Twitter stream was filled with references to Sarah Palin and how she was to blame for the attack. No facts or figures just anger fueled venom while the rest of us were in shock trying to figure out what happened.
Krugman says that he diabled the comments on his blog post after the crazies started coming out. Well what did he expect after attacking Palin and the right without any proof. I don’t seem to recall the “Communist Manifesto” being on Palin’s reading list as it was for the suspected shooter’s according to press reports.
The left is clamoring for sanity and looking for the voice of reason but it has been their reaction that has created an even larger divide instead of bringing all sides together and they are too dense to realize it.