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In wake of Giffords shooting, the mere act of questioning the gov't now being demonized


In the aftermath of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson yesterday, the mainstream media is now desperately trying to blame the attack on “anti-government” sentiment. USA Today ran a tabloid journalism piece that selectively cherry-picked certain phrases used by Jared Lee Loughner in order to create the impression that he was some sort of anti-government nut. Loughner was actually a mentally deranged individual who ranted about everything from “grammar” to imaginary birds (…). His state of mind, as evidenced from his YouTube posts, seems incapable of holding any traditionally-recognized politicalphilosophy.

The Associated Press, meanwhile, actually blamed the “political climate” for the shooting, saying, “The nation’s caustic political climate has become a suspect of sorts in the rampage that left six dead and a lawmaker critically injured inArizona.” The implication from these kinds of stories is thatif you criticize thegovernment, you therefore promoteviolence.

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