Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hate Talk Has Consequences

Slate editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg writes that “There’s something offensive, as well as pointless, about the politically charged inquiry into what might have been swirling inside the head of Jared Loughner,” the man who allegedly tried to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) last Saturday in Tucson, but wound up killing half a dozen other people and wounding 14 more. Nonetheless, Weisberg contends, the “inflammatory language” used by Tea Party types and other right-wingers over the last couple of years certainly “increased the odds of something like [that shooting] happening.” More perspective here.

READ MORE:The Right’s Role in the Arizona Massacre,” by Dan Fejes (The Reaction); “‘Promoting a Paranoid Culture,’” by Steve Benen (The Washington Monthly); “The Amazing Recovery of Gabrielle Giffords,” by Michael J.W. Stickings (The Reaction).

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