Skip to comments.Palin Plays the Victim Card
Posted on 01/12/2011 12:49:33 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
It's becoming increasingly clear that Jared Lee Loughner is mentally unstable. Sarah Palin's bullseye on Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords did not direct Loughner to shoot Giffords point-blank in the head on January 8, 2011.
Did the vitriol in political discourse, crosshairs and phrases like "Don't retreat, reload" (by Sarah Palin) or "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" (by President Obama) influence Loughren's state of mind?
Perhaps in an idiosyncratic way, according to Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University. "Political rhetoric provided some of the context for his thinking, the pretext for his actions, but the core reasons for his actions were his psychosis," Lieberman told National Journal.
Regardless of what motivated Loughner to pull the trigger, the tragedy in Tucson has put the tone of political discourse, and those who tend to inflame more than inform, in the spotlight.
Campaigning has often been rough and tumble and full of venom and half-truths since the founding of the country, but as Giffords told MSNBC on March 25, 2010, after her campaign headquarters in Tucson was vandalized, "In the years that some of my colleagues have served--20 to 30 years--they've never seen it like this."
In reference to her district being targeted with the image of a crosshairs gun sight by Sarah Palin, Giffords said, "We're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, it has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that they have to realize that there are consequences to that action."
But Palin doesn't seem to think that there are any negative consequences associated with her campaign words and images.
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More See BS.
THIS IS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!
SeeBS Sinks To New Low! Attacks Sarah Palin for defending herself against absurd allegations made by the Communists and Marxists.
So according to this leftie, Sarah isn’t guilty, but she’s still guilty. Leftists are all lying scum.
It's time for Palin and others engaged in the democratic process to stand back and consider the full impact of their words and images.
Un real. She was a victim in this. They made her a victim and now it pisses them off.
The leftists are very stupid in so many ways.
Dan Farber wears lacy panties. Bank on it.
All I can do now is laugh. hilarious and sad really
Its actually been pretty interesting watching this all play out. The media is going through all kinds of contortions to find an angle.
They accused them of causing this, but then attack them for defending themselves.
If their goal was to get my blood pressure up today they have succeeded, other than that I hope the sheeple see through their partisan reporting.
No it didn't asshat. The guy didn't even watch TV or listen to talk radio you moron!
Now they are taking OUR argument againt them, using it themselves, and then saying we are playing vitims because we are using it...or, something...
What do you mean you can't breath? Quit complaining - you're making my hands tired.
The MSM just needs to stop talking about this. They only embarass themselves more.
In other words...Shut Up. No standing up for yourself. No dissent. We (liberals) know what's best.
To state “What you did is wrong” is just a tad more adult than the left-wings “You hate me because I’m ______________” victimology card.
And the left can't handle that, ( hey, you are supposed to shut up and take it , who cares what the facts are!/s)
Well, well, the lefties had better learn right NOW to keep their political band aids handy. Times have indeed changed, and for the better.
In the best FR spirit, I proclaim Sarah so NOT GUILTY!
I’m starting to worry that out of the pool of leftists, more whack jobs may emerge. We might need serious liberal control. At least liberal registration is needed! These people are certifiable. Rush even quoted a congressman who felt that reading the Constitution in the House chambers might have triggered this weirdo.
“...the tragedy in Tucson has put the tone of political discourse,and those who tend to inflame more than inform,in the spotlight.”
Uh...no. The media(like the writer of the article) put”the tone” on the shooting.
“It’s time for Palin and others engaged in the democratic process to stand back and consider the full impact of their words and images”
I think CBS ought to practice what they preach..
This man should lose his license!!
It’s obvious Farber missed the Ashleigh Banfield interview.
Its disgusting. Even though Sarah, Tea Party et al had nothing to do with this they put her and others at risk of physical violence.
THE LEFT IS SETTING THE TONE FOR VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT THE RIGHT AND CONTINUED DIVISION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. Imagine these fools telling people to “tone it down” in one breath and wrongfully accusing people of death, destruction of life in another. NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER WAS REQUIRED.
These people will never stop. We already know that, we must just keep dealing with it. Refute with facts, continue to answer back with truth.
Their voices ae getting smaller and weaker even as we speak. The dinosaur media is becoming extinct.
>>Campaigning has often been rough and tumble and full of venom and half-truths since the founding of the country<<
The phrase “Fake, but accurate” comes to mind. :)
Aren’t they also responsible for keeping the heated rhetoric going? If they think it’s a problem wouldn’t the responsible thing to do be to SHUT UP?
Giffords pretends to be a gun owner and a supporter of the second amendment.
I would like to know where she ever saw a shooting target shaped like the target on Sarah’s website.
We buy targets and they certainly do not resemble Sarah’s depiction of a political target.
The congresswoman added to the libel, didn’t she?
Well, the first page of comments took them to the woodshed. I’ll not go further. It’s SeeBS, after all...
So basically what CBS wanted her to do is come out and beg for forgiveness, am I getting close..I wonder how Catty Katie would react if someone had accused her of being a co conspirator to the deaths of 6 people..No one watches CBS news because they are NO longer legit news, they are nothing more than pimps for Obama and the progressive movement. Hey idiots in the press, Sarah IS the victim here, you guys day after day after day accused her of being a murderer, and you what, didn’t expect her to come out fighting back
And when did this "Dr" have time to examine him? He must have channeled Bill Burkett...
Its hard to tell who is more out of touch with reality, the shooter, or the MSM.
What about the "consequences" of Obama's negative words and rhetoric? Why is that glossed over? Oh, never mind...
Not accurate, Farber. It was you media pukes that put the "tone of the political discourse" in the spotlight.
Is this now what SeeBS has sunk to? Dishonest, hateful "editing."
Time for a new IncPen graphic.
They don't seem to mention that Obama hasn't acknowledged it, either.
We’ve entered the post-statement phase where Democrats flail wildly in an effort to find a talking point that will make next week’s media meme.
This is worse.
The best thing to do is let it die. Instead, they double down.
This is what caused them to lose in November.
Have at it kids.
This has nothing to do with LEFT OR RIGHT. It is a time of national concern and mourning to honor the victims the families and those left behind. Anyone with a shred of common decency or half a brain would realize it not a political debate.
There is a real opportunity to seriously hurt the MSM by reminding those who still watch the news or read newspapers, that THEY PAY MONEY TO READ WHAT THESE IDIOTS PRODUCE. Any output produced by these people is worthless, devoid of logic and superficial. Better journalism is produced in high school newspapers than by these “professionals”.
THIS IS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!”
It’s a million roadrunners going off the cliff at a billion miles an hour.
Regardless of what motivated Loughner to pull the trigger.....we're going to blame it on Sarah Palin.
There. Fixed it.
Better known as projection.
I argued for a while with a lib on Facebook who was determined to defend the Democrat use of targets while condemning Palin’s use of crosshairs. I could not get that POS to admit that crosshair are would you look through, targets are what you HIT (and therefore equally significant in this debate.)
You're right. And, according to "them", Palin needs to sit down, shut up and just nod her head in agreement while crazy people publicly accuse her of being an accessory to the brutal murders of innocent men, women, and children.