New York Times Blames Sarah Palin for the DC Shooting

Gov. Palin and I may have our differences, but I am offended for her with this New York Times editorial that seeks to lay blame for the DC shooting at Palin’s feet. The New York Times editorial board wrote,

Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.

The implication is revisionist history. We know that Jared Lee Loughner was, to the extent political, of the left, but his political affiliations were not meaningful. He was not inspired by that map in any way, shape, or form.

This paragraph is completely irresponsible by the Times and attempts to engage in a “you started it” argument to dodge the fact the Times itself has now published multiple stories alleging massive collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia to steal the republic and then had to retract those stories. There is no evidence Loughner acted because of that map, but there is ample evidence the Times’s reporting and the leftwing echo chamber in which the Times’ editorial board exists incited and inspired the shooter in Washington.

The very fact that the New York Times cannot deal honestly with the situation shows that they have no intention of the situation changing and are perfectly happy when the bullets fly right.

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