Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Limbaugh claims political motivation in media in its coverage of Giffords shooting
They do so at their own peril.
The man is the most listened to person on talk radio. And he is incredibly powerful.
He recently defended himself and others with a similar worldview from recent suggestions in the media that charged political rhetoric (by folks like Sarah Palin) may have inspired the Arizona shootings.
I have mixed feelings about this whole situation, as, on the one hand, there is no direct evidence that anything anyone in particular said motivated this particular shooter's actions. However, on the other hand, many specific people did say specific things--including things that suggest a willingness to use violence to solve political problems and that unnecessarily get people all worked up over non issues--that probably generally do increase the likelihood that violent acts will occur.