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Hewitt: The McCarthyism of the Left (Will: "a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas.")
Hugh Hewitt ^ | 1/11/11 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 01/11/2011 7:14:05 PM PST by Libloather

The McCarthyism of the Left
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 6:42 AM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

“This guy wasn’t a missed case." That's the assessment of Saturday's killer by one expert in today's New York Times. In other words, people around him knew he was unbalanced. The conclusions of two others:

It is also not clear, some doctors said, that today’s partisan climate had any bearing on the assault. “The psychosis picks up on the grand themes of the day, whether those are antigovernment or something else,” Dr. Stone said.

In the logic of delusion, a grievance may be conflated with some larger mission, whether religious, political or artistic. “It’s not political thinking,” Dr. Torrey said. “It’s psychotic thinking.”

The killer wasn't driven by a political agenda or by political rhetoric any more than he was driven by the position of the moon or the fortunes of some random sports team. The psychosis of the killer has been clear since at least Sunday, and ever since the fact emerged that the killer's obsession with Congresswoman Giffords began in 2007, all attempts to make connections to Governor Palin's "map" or any other political event or rhetoric are at best ignorant and the worst of them are manipulations of terrible tragedy for personal gain, far worse than an ambulance chasing attorney looking for money --media and/or political attention addicts looking for anything to bring traffic or ratings their way. A handful of politicians have exploited the situation beyond any excuse, but the worst offenders of decency have been in the media, and it appears they will continue to dig their holes deeper and deeper.

Pete Wehner has summed up the actions of the manipulators and exploiters: "It is all quite sick, really." Wehner also correctly assesses Sheriff Dupnik, though the proximity of the sheriff to the victims and their families makes him a repulsive character in his indifference to their suffering as he goes about his almost incoherent speculations.

George Will has done the great service of naming this attempt for what it is: "McCarthyism of the left - devoid of intellectual content, unsupported by data - is a mental tic, not an idea but a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas."

"It expresses limitless contempt for the American people," Will continues, "who have reciprocated by reducing liberalism to its current characteristics of electoral weakness and bad sociology."

No one can predict the consequences of this concerted effort to create and spread a blood libel. I would like to think that it will further devastate the credibility of everyone involved in the attempt, but who knows? This is the media's worst moment in my memory because unlike errors of the past when at least there was for a brief moment a thin reason to believe what latter became obvious as a lie, there is no rationale --none-- for promulgating the story line that Governor Palin or anyone else is responsible for the actions of the killer.

Some months ago the left was angry over a poll that showed that nearly 20% of Americans thought President Obama was a Muslim. Though they could not find anyone in the media, new or old, to blame for acceptance of this lie by a large number of people, the argument that conservatives were to blame didn't need specifics. This Time "story" illustrates how the "argument" went.

Now we have the left pushing a Big Lie --that conservative political rhetoric was responsible for the murders of six and the woundings of many more-- and no doubt this false and libelous narrative will stick in the minds of some, just as lies about the president took root in some people.

In this case, though, the lie is actually being pushed openly and repeatedly by the left. The brazenness of the lie is without precedent in our media, and the willingness of MSM "journalists" to let it pass without challenge is also astonishing. Megyn Kelly is almost alone in doing the job of a real journalist in pushing a person in authority, the sheriff, to defend his outrageous attacks on innocents. Real journalists don't abet lies, but there are very few left in the MSM, so powerful is the pull of their own politics towards a false narrative that fits with their own, increasingly discredited world view.

I do not think that public opinion will be greatly affected by the Big Lie, and I hope that the public is not only noting the attempt by the liars to exploit the tragedy, but also that there will be no erasing that knowledge or reclaiming of lost credibility by the incredibly depraved individuals who tried to climb on the bodies of the dead and the wounded for political gain.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: giffords; left; loughner; mccarthyism
George Will: Blaming the Right for the Giffords Attack Is Pure McCarthyism
1 posted on 01/11/2011 7:14:12 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

More akin to nazism in my opinion. Even though McCarthy was right he still didn’t use blood libel.

2 posted on 01/11/2011 7:17:25 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Libloather

Only one problem with this analogy...McCarthy was right. There were communists in our government and they wanted to destroy our Republic. He understood the stakes but political correctness got him swept under the rug.

3 posted on 01/11/2011 7:18:33 PM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: Libloather

>> “It’s not political thinking,” Dr. Torrey said. “It’s psychotic thinking.”

He’s talking about Loughner, but he might as well be talking about liberalism.

4 posted on 01/11/2011 7:25:07 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Libloather

The only thing good about this is that every single center-right journalist is expressing sincere shock at the behavior of their leftwing peers that they have worked all these years to impress.


5 posted on 01/11/2011 7:30:11 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: roses of sharon

I think they should have hearings on all this hate speech. Lets call there bluff. Lets show the world who the hate is coming from. No legislation, hearings!

6 posted on 01/11/2011 8:06:37 PM PST by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: Libloather
Calling what liberals are/do as McCarthyism has no base in reality. There was a slaughter of innocents, without a clue their lives were in the balance, and the dark minded liberals react as if they attended a mass sacrifice to their gods.

Many peoples lives have been forever changed, hurt beyond words to describe, and the liberals demonstrate they are heartless and clueless beyond normal 'moral' Americans. Yes, 'moral' Americans, 'you know' those 'morals voters', who live for 'life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness', attributes liberals despise and intend to destroy.

There is NOTHING akin to McCarthy in what the despot destructive minds these liberals have put on display attempting to reap political rewards from the slaughter of innocents. (Oh and I have yet to read one word out of these wordsmiths objecting to the godless freaks that spend their time and money protesting funerals of all things. )

What we have been subjected to these past days and hours is NOT McCarthyism but unadulterated practice of 'Rules for Radicals' top down. Alinsky-mites attempting to put God loving and fearing 'moral' Americans on the defense. SICK the lot of them. (I can't wait to see what the official teleprompter is programmed to say tomorrow.)

7 posted on 01/11/2011 8:16:17 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts
(I can't wait to see what the official teleprompter is programmed to say tomorrow.)

A new low, I'm sure of it.

8 posted on 01/11/2011 8:50:58 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: surfer

“Blacklisted by History” by M. Stanton Evans.

9 posted on 01/12/2011 6:15:14 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Inwoodian

Just like they did to Coolidge and even are doing it today to Reagan. It is a sad state of affairs when we can look back on the last 120 years and see we really only had two good Presidents... Coolidge and Reagan.

10 posted on 01/12/2011 6:18:40 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: surfer

I agree with you. The next best was probably Harding despite his “scandals”.

11 posted on 01/12/2011 6:41:03 AM PST by Inwoodian
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