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On Arizona Shooting, Jon Stewart Skirts the Edge of Reason
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | January 12, 2011 | Walter Hudson

Posted on 01/13/2011 4:01:34 AM PST by Walter Scott Hudson

Most of us know a disingenuous apology when we hear one. The sincerity of a mea culpa is generally revealed by whether it is focused upon the offended party or the offensive behavior. Saying "I'm sorry you took it that way" does not fully own up to an offense. Likewise, the inclusion of excuses within an apology indicates an offender hasn't fully accepted responsibility for their behavior.

Even so, a less than sincere apology is perhaps better than none at all. Likewise, in the aftermath of the horrendous shooting spree in Arizona and the stunning witch hunt that has followed in the media, an attempt by some left-wing television commentators to moderate their tone is better than the blatant double-standard employed by many of their colleagues. In particular, Jon Stewart has broken from the leftist herd to concede that political rhetoric cannot be blamed for Jared Loughner's shooting rampage. Still, Stewart has not completely let go of the "toxic vitriol" meme. He still seems to assert that political rhetoric may have influenced Loughner, even if it did not directly cause him to kill.

Like an insincere apology, this concession leaves us rather cold. Still missing from Stewart's assessment is the moral distinction between speech and action, and the plain sense which informs the "reasonable person" standard in common law. Stewart's instincts push him in the right direction. However, he never quite reaches the relevant philosophical destination.

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TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: arizona; giffords; jaredloughner; jonstewart; tucsonshooting

1 posted on 01/13/2011 4:01:34 AM PST by Walter Scott Hudson
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
He is a vile, GODless creature that mocks GOD HIMSELF... what do you expect?!

LLS

2 posted on 01/13/2011 4:04:30 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

I don’t think Jon Stewart is a bad guy. I don’t sense that he hates America like a lot of the others so. He is just misguided.. lets home he comes around


3 posted on 01/13/2011 4:05:35 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Palin or 3rd party... no exceptions !)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

You mean like Dennis Miller? I was glad when he came around coz that guy is cerebral funny!


4 posted on 01/13/2011 4:10:19 AM PST by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

I wonder with all the use of the word “vitriol” if they know what Vitriol is?


5 posted on 01/13/2011 4:12:55 AM PST by barb-tex (What else did you expect from the likes of 0? BTW, What ever happened to Rhodesia?, Oh, yes, Zimbabw)
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To: barb-tex

I noticed the word ‘vitriol’ found it’s way into the messiah’s speech at the rally last night.


6 posted on 01/13/2011 4:18:11 AM PST by Carley (THE MEDIA UNDERSTANDS CREDENTIALS BUT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND PRINCIPLES)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

He is a fake reporter on a fake news show. Why does anyone take him seriously?


7 posted on 01/13/2011 4:52:38 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: isthisnickcool
Many 16-30 year olds take Stewart VERY seriously. It is their “news’ show.
8 posted on 01/13/2011 4:59:35 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
“Even so, don’t we have an obligation to moderate our rhetoric to ensure psyches like Loughner’s are not triggered toward violence?”

If the answer to this is “Yes”, they'll have to shut down DU . . .

9 posted on 01/13/2011 5:03:42 AM PST by BraveMan
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative; Walter Scott Hudson; LibLieSlayer; 2ndDivisionVet; SunkenCiv; don-o; ...
I don’t think Jon Stewart is a bad guy. I don’t sense that he hates America like a lot of the others so. He is just misguided.. lets home he comes around

*PING*.

Look up The Unforgiveable Sin of Being Lame.

Better still, go to the original source so you can click on this referenced article and read that too.

Bonus assignment: compare the Tucson "memorial" to the Stewart "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear".

(The original plan was to have the press demonize Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh in a crescendo, and have Obama step in as the Prince of PeaceTM bringing division to a deeply-divided land, while putting those racist hateful Teabaggers in their place. Why ELSE did the Sherriff Sheep-Dip make all those off-the-wall statements, then get included in the Rally funeral? When else have you EVER heard of a Sheriff attacking "outside groups" by name, all over the airwaves, rather than a terse "No comment, there is an ongoing investigation".)

But Sarah greased their oats and stole Obama's thunder, with no mob of adoring teeny-boppers, no Oprah-style giveaway souvenir T-shirts, and no teleprompter.

Finally -- since people have brought up Rahm "no crisis goes to waste" Emmanuel, why has nobody mentioned his "Dead! DEAD! DEAD! performance with the knife, attacking the restaurant table? ...THAT is a literal "atmosphere of hate" openly calling for death, and using a weapon to strike what WOULD be a fatal blow, in the President's own CIRCLE. And the only response at the time from the left blogosphere was a little drool and glances which told of wanting to give each other handjobs under the table because of it...

Prayers up for the families.

10 posted on 01/13/2011 5:11:05 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Carley

I would not expect him to know. After all he thinks the national motto is e pluribus unim.
Then conquer we must, For our cause it is just. and thus be our motto.
IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!
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11 posted on 01/13/2011 1:00:42 PM PST by barb-tex (What else did you expect from the likes of 0? BTW, What ever happened to Rhodesia?, Oh, yes, Zimbabw)
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To: grey_whiskers; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ...

Thanks grey_whiskers, well put!


12 posted on 01/13/2011 6:28:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Jon Stewart is just another tiresome, overpaid, partisan media shill.)
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