DemocRATs SHAME - 'RATs Trying to Blame Everyone Except Their Own for 'RAT Shooting

Bernard Goldberg: Here We Go Again, With Blame Game
Monday, 10 Jan 2011

This was the headline in a column about the Arizona shootings in the
Sunday Guardian out of London: ?In the US, where hate rules at the
ballot box, this tragedy has been coming for a long time?

And then the sub-headline: ?The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords may
lead to the temporary hibernation of rightwing rage, but it is encoded
in conservative DNA?

Yes, the Guardian is a far left piece of work, so we shouldn?t be
surprised by the shallowness or visceral hatred of conservatives by
one of its pundits. But the same message, in slightly less outrageous
form, is the topic of much conversation in the American media, too.

There is grave concern about the ?vitriol? and ?anger? in American
politics and commentary. It was all over the Sunday talk shows and on
page one of The New York Times under the headline ?Bloodshed Puts New
Focus on Vitriol in Politics.?

Here we go again.

After Timothy McVeigh blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in
1995, liberals in the media played connect the dots back to
conservative talk radio.

Dan Rather said, ?Even after Oklahoma City, you can turn on your radio
in any city and still dial up hate talk; extremist, racist, and
violent from the hosts and those who call in.?

Time magazine senior writer Richard Lacayo put it this way: ?In a
nation that has entertained and appalled itself for years with hot
talk on radio and the campaign trail, the inflamed rhetoric of the
?90s is suddenly an unindicted co-conspirator in the blast.?

Carl Rowan, the late columnist, was quoted in a Washington Post story
saying that, ?Unless Gingrich and Dole and the Republicans say ?Am I
inflaming a bunch of nuts?? you know we?re going to have some more
events. I am absolutely certain the harsher rhetoric of the Gingriches
and the Doles . . . creates a climate of violence in America.?

And David Broder wrote in The Washington Post that, ?The bombing shows
how dangerous it really is to inflame twisted minds with statements
that suggest political opponents are enemies. For two years, Rush
Limbaugh described this nation as ?America held hostage? to the
policies of the liberal Democrats, as if the duly elected president
and Congress were equivalent to the regime in Tehran. I think there
will be less tolerance and fewer cheers for that kind of rhetoric.?

As that great American philosopher Yogi Berra might say: ?This is déjà
vu all over again.?

Now, we hear not about Gingrich and Dole, but about Sarah Palin and
those bull?s eyes she put on a map depicting congressional districts
that were in her crosshairs during the midterm election. Frankly, I
think Ms. Palin pulled a real dumb move with those bull?s-eyes. But
unless we find out that the shooter was influenced by those icons ? or
saw them, or even knew they existed ? then why drag Sarah Palin into

There?s also been a lot of talk about supposedly extreme and dangerous
rhetoric in other conservative circles. Glenn Beck, Bill O?Reilly, and
Rush Limbaugh came in for special treatment by Keith Olbermann on
MSNBC. What else is new? But again, unless it turns out that their
words influenced the gunman, then why bring it up now?

Paul Krugman, the left-wing New York Times columnist, went on line to
say that ?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,? two of whom he mentioned by name: Glenn
Beck and Rush Limbaugh. This without a scintilla of proof that the
shooter was influenced by either of them.

And then there?s Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, the top Arizona law
enforcement officer investigating the shooting. He too believes
there?s too much hate and vitriol in the air ? on radio and television
? and, as he put it, ?words have consequences.? But when Fox News
anchor Megyn Kelly asked the sheriff if there was anything he had
discovered that suggested the gunman was ?listening to radio or
watching television and was in any way inspired by what he heard or
saw,? the sheriff said he had no such evidence.

Who needs evidence when your mind is already made up, when you just
know those hate-mongering conservatives are responsible, directly or
otherwise, for the massacre in Tucson.

The sad fact is that some people are just plain nuts. They might go
off after seeing a red balloon or Mickey Mouse or reading a recipe on
a box of Betty Crocker cake mix. That?s why we say they?re unstable
and unhinged. We don?t know as of this writing what motivated the
gunman in Arizona. And until we do, journalists ? even opinion
journalists ? should stop playing connect the dots.

It?s interesting, and not in a good way, that the same liberals who
are so concerned about supposedly hateful conservative speech
polluting our national conversation never seemed especially bothered
by all the talk about President Bush being a ?war criminal? and a

Nor were they especially outraged over the movie ?Death of a
President? which was about the assassination ? not of some fictional
generic president ? but of President George W. Bush specifically.

And were my sensitive liberal friends thrown into a tizzy when in June
of 2008, during the presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama
said, ?If they [Republicans] bring a knife to the fight, we bring a

No! Somehow all of this flew beneath their normally fine-tuned radar.

The terrible tragedy in Arizona should not be one more tiresome
liberal-vs.-conservative debate. But that?s what some liberals have
turned it into. Without a shred of evidence that the gunman was
influenced by Palin, Beck, O?Reilly, Limbaugh, or the tea partyers,
the opportunists on the left are fretting about the vitriol in our
national conversation allegedly brought on by these supposed
right-wing villains.

But what the conservative-bashers are really doing is simply taking a
page out of the Rahm Emanuel playbook. They?re not going to let this
crisis, or any other, go to waste.

Bernard Goldberg is a television news reporter and author of ?Bias,? a
New York Times best-seller about how the media distort the news. This
column, reprinted with permission, originally was published at

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