A billboard for CNN is shown Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 in New York. Time Warner, which owns CNN, says it reversed its losses in the fourth quarter, as its cable channels and movie studio boosted revenue. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

If You Think the President’s Tweet Encourages Violence…

Look, I’m sympathetic to the claim that the President’s wrestling tweet against CNN encourages violence. The President once tweeted critically of me and I had people show up on my front porch — literally. Nowadays any tweet can set off a hyper-emotional person who sees the other side in American politics as an existential threat. I get that, but I also think the President’s tweet was more a matter of being “not Presidential” than encouraging people to go attack reporters.

Reporters seem to be as thin skinned as the President these days and so expert at covering every story as victim vs victimizer that they’ve decided they are victims too. Meanwhile, they obsess about the President as much as he obsesses about them. The number of frivolous and quickly retracted stories about this administration is far in excess of anything I remember about the Clinton, Bush, or Obama Administrations.

But here’s the thing, I have noticed since that tweet that many of the same people who think that tweet will incite violence against reporters are perfectly happy saying the Republicans are going to kill people and destroy the planet. If you are upset about the one and not the other, you may need to rethink things.

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Erick Erickson

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