Journolister Michael Tomasky- "I'm just jelly, lord!"- Is back spewing hate. America would be just fine but the angry media can't stand that idea.
- Everything in Michael Tomasky's paragraph is hatefully and dangerously wrong except that the initial target was a Democrat legislator. She happened to hold meetings 5 minutes from his house. He had made death threats against many people. Unfortunately, he was not arrested, institutionalized, or given any of the care that would have prevented murder. As everyone knows, the shooter was apolitical, mentally ill, a user of dangerous substances, and targeted the congresswoman over 3 years ago when he was 18 or 19, at which time the only rhetoric going on was violent anti-George Bush and anti-war:
- were right wing.
- For anyone to attempt to insist
- 1/12/11, Ottawa Citizen: "While it did not quite rise to a blood libel, the headline in Monday's Guardian (U. K.) did not fail for want of trying: "Gabrielle Giffords shooting reignites row over right-wing rhetoric in U.S."
Elsewhere in the Guardian, the distance was bridged. Consider this heading (over a piece by Michael Tomasky): "In the U.S., where hate rules at the ballot box, this tragedy has been coming for a long time: The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords may lead to the temporary hibernation of right-wing rage, but it is encoded in conservative DNA."...
The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that
- they bypass critical thought.
No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. The best that can be said is that the accusations in question here were fatuous. Yet they were also
- entirely predictable,
given the extraordinarily low standards in contemporary political debate."...
- 1/12, "Bloody words and deeds," Ottawa Citizen, David Warren
"Obama Wins! And Journolisters rejoice": "MICHAEL TOMASKY, THE GUARDIAN:In the US, where hate rules at the ballot box, this tragedy has been coming for a long time," UK Guardian, Michael Tomasky
- "Civility is a political, not moral concept, in the minds of many on the left. "Civility" means to them
- peaceful submission to liberalism
- and "incivility" means annoyingly
- effective opposition to liberalism."...
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