The star of the mediaâ€™s Smearing Olympics was Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a Democrat who rushed to the readily available media microphones to proclaim the shooting was the natural outgrowth of hot â€œanti-governmentâ€ talkers, that â€œthe vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from the people in the radio business and some people in the TV businessâ€ was to blame.
At first Dupnik didnâ€™t name names, but you knew who he meant. He later said he wanted to say Rush Limbaugh first, and Glenn Beck as well. That began a deluge of â€œnewsâ€ coverage blaming conservative radio hosts, Fox News, and politicians like Sarah Palin for their alleged encouragement of nutty lone gunmen to kill federal judges and congressmen.
Even as they acknowledged the shooterâ€™s motive was a mystery, liberal reporters were filling their buckets with mud. Typical was CBS reporter Nancy Cordes, who scolded that â€œGiffords was one of 20 Democrats whose districts were lit up in cross hairs on a Sarah Palin campaign Web site last spring. Giffords and many others complained that someone unstable might act on that imagery.â€
Jumping into special coverage on MSNBC, that dispassionate news â€œanchormanâ€ Keith Olbermann insisted that Palin should apologize or be â€œdismissed from politics.â€ It mattered not one iota to this man who drools nightly hatred that his friends at the Daily Kos also talked of a â€œtarget listâ€ with Rep. Giffords â€“ and dehumanized her a â€œcongresscritter.â€
This flood of slanderous sludge is designed for nakedly political benefit: to paint a permanent black mark on conservatives as accessories to murder, and criminalize any expression of conservatism as a dangerous anti-government conspiracy.
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-bozell/2011/01/11/bozell-column-liberal-sickos-exploit-rampage#ixzz1AvJjJhpD