Ann Coulter’s Take on MSM Reaction to Tucson Shooting

by Mike on January 12, 2011

in Media Bias,Politics

So what exactly does the media want from us? Ann Coulter says it all in one sentence.

After the monstrous shooting in Arizona last week, surely we can all agree that we’ve got to pass Obama’s agenda immediately and stop using metaphors.

Read the whole thing.  Besides hitting the nail on the head (and as you’ll see, no actual nails are involved) on the media’s post-shooting coverage, the lesson for Chris Matthews will make you chuckle. Yes, I know Matthews should have learned this lesson sometime before fourth grade, but better late than never.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ross January 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

It is probably true that no one’s words specifically motivated the killer in this case. Nevertheless, Ms Coulter has missed a key point: why did the media jump on Palin for this murder? It was not a random attack from the “lamestream media” as some might have us believe but because of the haunting premonition of the wounded congresswoman herself months before, warning of “consequences” for use of Ms Palin’s targeting logomarks. Maybe the targets themselves did not cause the attack but use of them is exemplary of a kind of smart-ass, angry, mean-spirited tone the tea party has taken since its start and which Ms Coulter has employed for some time also for the same reason: it attracts attention and appeals to the ignorants’ base instincts, who care to portray complex political matters as black and white or evil vs good. Here’s the request Obama has made and which I’d like to make of Ms Coulter: just be reasonable: we’re all Americans and we all have love of this country as our main objective. Disagreement is fundamental to our democracy but debate must not vilify the other side. It seems over time disagreement has come to mean: side A represents the extreme A opinion and side B represents the extreme B opinion and somehow truth will emerge as middle ground between the two after nasty debate. This is not the right way for politics to work since many ignorant folks simply choose to remain adherent to A or B. This causes otherwise reasonable people to counteract, dig in heels and continue to fight, rather than seek middle ground. Reasonable dialogue is a must and Ms. Coulter is not one to advocate such. As exhibit A, I leave you with one of her book’s title: “How to Speak to a Liberal (if you must)”.


Sal January 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

@Ross –

Why did the media not call out the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, which also had a similar target map of GOP candidates to go after? Or after the Daily Kos, which had specifically mentioned “targeting” Rep. Gifford? In my mind, bringing this up and even discussing it in the wake of a tragedy that had absolutely nothing to do with Palin is disgusting and wrong-headed.

And, I might add, that Obama is a hypocrite. He is one of the worst when it comes to inflammatory language, and coming from him it the call for civility rings hollow. Let’s see if he ends up practicing what he preaches. If he does, I will give him credit, but I am not holding my breath, because it has not been his history to be civil in his discourse.


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