They really are going overboard to silence any discussion of the role rhetoric plays in mass violence. This is at Daily Caller —
ABC News host George Stephanopoulos refuses to admit fault or issue a correction for implying politics had something to do with accused Tucson tragedy shooter Jared Lee Loughnerâ€™s motives.
On ABCâ€™s â€œThis Week,â€ Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic White House press secretary, asked Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat: â€œThe rhetoric definitely got ratcheted up all thousand the course of the campaign. Going forward, what do you think you, other members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans and the like can do to help bring the temperature down?â€
When The Daily Caller asked Stephanopoulos if he would air a correction for the error, he asked, â€œWhatâ€™s false in that question?â€
â€œI explicitly said at the top of that broadcast that we didnâ€™t know the killerâ€™s motivation, whether this was more akin to Columbine or Oklahoma City,â€ Stephanopoulos said in an e-mail to TheDC. â€œA point endorsed and reinforced by George Will later in the program. Asking the chair of the Democratic Campaign what responsibility heâ€™s going to take to ratchet down the political rhetoric in no way repeats or endorses a â€˜baseless accusation.â€™â€
The DC also asked the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN if they were going to run corrections for the mistakes their reporters, anchors and columnists made.
Wow, talk about trying to silence your opposition! I say again, if today’s Right ever gets unfettered control of the government, they’ll turn America into a totalitarian state the likes of which Orwell could not have imagined. They complain about “political correctness,” but no one dares not be “conservatively correct” in America.
Just wait — if it hasn’t happened already — somewhere, some wingnut mouthpiece will declare open season on anyone who thinks hate speech played a part in the shooting in Tuscon. Countdown to the progroms …
If you missed this links I put up this morning, here they are again — these are must reads —
How many more are going to die?
My willingness to endorse and engage in violence had something to do with an exaggerated sense of my own importance. I wanted to prove myself as a man – a motive exploited by all armies and terrorist groups. I wanted to be a true revolutionary like my guerrilla hero, Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I wanted the chant we used at demonstrations defending the Black Panthers to be more than just words: “The revolution has come/Time to pick up the gun!”
As the Weather Underground believed in the absolute necessity of bombs to address actual moral grievances such as the Vietnam War and racism, Loughner might have believed in the absolute necessity of a Glock to answer his imagined moral grievances. Violent actors in this country – whether James Earl Ray, Timothy McVeigh or Scott Roeder, who in 2009 killed a Kansas abortion provider – are always armed not just with weapons, but with the conviction that their grievances demand satisfaction and their violence is righteous.
He could have put Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 terrorists on that list also. Most of the mass atrocities of recent history have been carried out by people who believed they were justified in what they were doing; that their violence was righteous.
Another reason the conflation of right-wing politics and conservative religion is so dangerous.