Anti-Vitriol Crowd Rushes to Turn Up Heat
I imagined that the stunning nature of events in Arizona yesterday would quiet, for a time, those who would politicize the violence. But the people who claim to lament the vitriol in our politics today, which they say led to the shootings, jumped on the opportunity to make things hotter. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik blames talk radio.
"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," the sheriff said.
When events carry so much drama on their own, it seems odd to me that TV pundits feel the need to move so quickly to trivialize and politicize the shootings by trying to assign political blame. Geraldo, for example.
“However unfair the link is,” said Rivera, “I think that this event affects Sarah Palin’s at least short term political future.”
All agree that it is too soon to know if the alleged attacked was driven by any particular political agenda, yet the speed with which TV pundits are rushing to assign blame is high. The role of Twitter in driving the faster evolution of a story is noteworthy here. Watch as CNN lefties join Geraldo in trying to damage Sarah Palin's political future.
Keith Olbermann is tedious, but after he blames O'Reilly, Beck and Palin, he further self-engrandises by including himself.
"We need to put the guns down. Just as importantly we need to put the gun metaphors away... and permanently,"
It is not appropriate for pundits, or sheriffs, to trivialize the Arizona shootings by throwing those events right into the mud wrestling pit of daily politics. The nation deserves a moment to collect the facts and to absorb them. Will the race to the bottom, at some point, diminish viewer interest?