Given that yesterday’s shooter who opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice was a militant Leftist, the media has to pretend that, had the political affiliations been reversed, they wouldn’t attribute the incident to President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric.”
The fact that nearly all post-election violence has been from the crowd chanting “love Trumps hate!” is irrelevant to the liberal media, as that’s nothing in comparison to the right-wing violence that’s occurring in their heads (but not reality).
The New York Times decided to take a deflection strategy, and cite a long-debunked conspiracy theory to make the “right-wingers do it too” defense.
As the Daily Caller reported:
The New York Times used the attempted assassination of dozens of Republican congressmen by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter to attack former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a baseless conspiracy theory blaming Palin for inciting mentally ill Jared Loughner to shoot Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011.
“In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs,” the editors wrote.
They added later: “Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”
There is no evidence to support the conspiracy theory that Loughner, a schizophrenic, was at all inspired by Palin’s electoral map.
As CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out in response to the NYT editorial: “even way back in Jan 2011 we knew that Loughlin’s obsession began 3 years before the Palin map.” Tapper made that same exact point back in 2011 when he worked for ABC.
And despite all that, leave it up to the times to believe that Sarah Palin was responsible for the shootings in Tucson by an “anti-Christian, anti-Constitution, left-wing, pro-Marx, antiflag, “quite liberal” lunatic who hated Bush.” And of course, let’s not pretend that putting targeted political areas in the cross-hairs isn’t something uncommon in political strategy — evidenced by the DNC target map for the 2004 presidential election:
The Washington Free Beacon’s David Rutz pointed out that the NYT’s “editorial board has now done editorials about Pulse and Alexandria shootings that found a way to blame Republicans.”
“This NYT editorial on today’s shooting is just despicable,” said another Free Beacon writer, Stephen Gutowski. “What absolute trash.”
en Dreyfuss, a senior editor with left-wing Mother Jones, called the editorial “stupid,” adding: “Palin didn’t make that loon shoot Gabby Giffords.”
This is the second time that the NYT’s editors have blamed Palin for Gifford’s shooting. The NYT ran a similar editorial in 2011 that — again, without any evidence to support such a conspiracy theory — cast blame at Palin for Giffords’ shooting.
It wasn’t until 12 hours until after publication that the Times removed the language blaming Palin for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. An editor’s note was later added after more criticism, stating “an earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established.”