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Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics (The latest spin from the NYT)
NYT ^ | 1/8/2011 | CARL HULSE and KATE ZERNIKE

Posted on 01/08/2011 8:56:29 PM PST by Qbert

WASHINGTON — The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others at a neighborhood meeting in Arizona on Saturday set off what is likely to be a wrenching debate over anger and violence in American politics.

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The original health care legislation stirred strong feelings that flared at angry town hall meetings held by many Democratic lawmakers during the summer of 2009...

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Not since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 has an event generated as much attention as to whether extremism, antigovernment sentiment and even simple political passion at both ends of the ideological spectrum have created a climate promoting violence.

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Tea Party activists also condemned the shooting. Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, noted on his Web site that Ms. Giffords is “a liberal,” but added, “that does not matter now. No one should be a victim of violence because of their political beliefs.”

But others said it was hard to separate what had happened from the heated nature of the debate that has swirled around Mr. Obama and Democratic policies of the past two years.

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DeAnn Hatch, a co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party, said her group had never staged any rallies against the congresswoman elsewhere, and she did not believe there were any Tea Party protesters at the event Saturday.

“I want to strongly, strongly say we absolutely do not advocate violence,” she said. “This is just a tragedy to no end.”

But others said it would be hard to separate this shooting from the ideological clash.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: az; gabriellegiffords; giffords; teaparty
Not a word about the left-leaning killer...
1 posted on 01/08/2011 8:56:33 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

The assassin left a note.
If he were a card-carrying member of the Tea Party, Eric Holder would be holding a news conference and providing a copy of the note to every media outlet in the country.

Remember that fact.


2 posted on 01/08/2011 9:00:58 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: Qbert

A lie runs halfway around the world before the truth get’s it’s pants on....


3 posted on 01/08/2011 9:01:01 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: Qbert
HASAN II
4 posted on 01/08/2011 9:01:35 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: mabelkitty
Dem sheriff is pissed because the guy is obviously a libtard...
5 posted on 01/08/2011 9:02:07 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: Qbert
The NYT is whitewashing Leftist violence!

6 posted on 01/08/2011 9:02:31 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Qbert
Some people just aren't right. This kid is one of them. When my mentally ill brother finally committed suicide, it was, in some ways, a relief. There was no question about what he would do next after that.
7 posted on 01/08/2011 9:04:35 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Crim

I believe he was also the first to out the new “vitriol” talking point. Hmmm.


8 posted on 01/08/2011 9:06:04 PM PST by Spitzensparkin1 (Arrest and deport all illegal aliens. Americans demand those jobs back! Whooorah, Arizona!)
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To: Qbert

I wouldn’t bank on that predicted “wrenching debate”.


9 posted on 01/08/2011 9:07:17 PM PST by the Real fifi
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“@antderosa he had a lot of friends until he got alcohol poisoning in ‘06, & dropped out of school. Mainly loner very philosophical.”

“@antderosa As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.”

http://twitter.com/caitieparker

10 posted on 01/08/2011 9:07:17 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Crim

bttt


11 posted on 01/08/2011 9:08:59 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Crim

From what I’ve read, this guy is all over the map, politically-speaking. Not sure he can be labeled as “obviously a libtard.” Sometimes a nut is just a nut.


12 posted on 01/08/2011 9:12:18 PM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Qbert
When it is well know that shooter is a full blown leftist crazy the MSM will focus strictly on the gun and gun control.
13 posted on 01/08/2011 9:13:16 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: mabelkitty

Thanks for that information.


14 posted on 01/08/2011 9:13:54 PM PST by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: Qbert
Do the "progressives" have any new assassination plot movies in the hopper?


15 posted on 01/08/2011 9:14:33 PM PST by OCC
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

“From what I’ve read, this guy is all over the map, politically-speaking. Not sure he can be labeled as “obviously a libtard.” Sometimes a nut is just a nut.”

Somebody who knew him well described him as “quite liberal”.

And why can’t he be *both* a Lib and a nut?


16 posted on 01/08/2011 9:19:43 PM PST by Qbert
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Note to the Slimes: smearing your political opponents as accessories to murder is not a convincing way to decry extremist rhetoric.


17 posted on 01/08/2011 9:26:02 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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Somebody who knew him well described him as “quite liberal”.

Somebody on Twitter who claimed to know him well described him as "quite liberal." Not the most credible source.

And why can’t he be *both* a Lib and a nut?

He could be, sure. Most libs *are* nuts (though usually not quite to this extent). I'm just saying that from what I've seen of this guy's videos, etc., his politics seem to be all over the place. For example, the infamous "favorite books" list - yes, the Commie Manifesto and Mein Kampf are there, but so are Animal Farm and We the Living.

18 posted on 01/08/2011 9:26:39 PM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

He was a dope smoking loser liberal.....people who know him have been quoted saying so...


19 posted on 01/08/2011 9:28:02 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

“Somebody on Twitter who claimed to know him well described him as “quite liberal.” Not the most credible source.”

The friend is apparently being interviewed by a number of legitimate news sources. I doubt they interview her if there wasn’t some shred of credibility to her story.


20 posted on 01/08/2011 9:30:44 PM PST by Qbert
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Fair enough. He could very well be a lib. Just trying not to jump to any conclusions...


21 posted on 01/08/2011 9:33:14 PM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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But others said it was hard to separate what had happened from the heated nature of the debate that has swirled around Mr. Obama and Democratic policies of the past two years.

Hmmm. Would the Old Grey Lady be this upset if some whacked out lib had attacked Sarah Palin? After all, leftist websites, and national news groups have been attacking her since the minute she was named as GOP Veep Nominee, and it has been non-stop vitriol. I guess they'd say she had it coming because of HER angry rhetoric.

22 posted on 01/08/2011 11:56:39 PM PST by SuziQ
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Not since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 has an event generated as much attention as to whether extremism, antigovernment sentiment and even simple political passion at both ends of the ideological spectrum have created a climate promoting violence.

Huh, I wonder why the author didn't mention Mark Penn's statement just two months ago that B.O. and the Dems "needed another event like Oklahoma City"? That's right because he's a DEMOCRAT. Statements such as this, and the "pearls" today by people such as Paul Krugman, Jane Fonda, Roger Ebert, Keith Olberman, to name just a few, show the radical left for the slimy bastards that they are.

23 posted on 01/09/2011 2:22:34 AM PST by Clink (Conservatives believe it when they see it. Liberals see it when they believe it.)
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