While I am thinking about whether or not to put up another post, I have to say that today’s episode of ‘The Michael Coren Show’ definitely covers all the important issues I wanted to raise. Thanks to SDAMatt2 for posting this video.
In this instance, Michael Coren, who’s not a fan, comes to the defense of Sarah Palin like Barbara Walters did today on ‘The View’ (hat-tip to Hot Air’s Allahpundit). Noel Sheppard has the full story and a clip from the segment on ‘The View’ if anyone is interested. I have to say that I am upset that it took such a tragedy to get them to come to Palin’s defense against a media which has done everything to demonize her. As Michelle Malkin stated last night on her blog, this is a continuing campaign to smear those on the right, a vicious campaign that has become very ugly in the last few years. I think Tarek Fatah should have given it a read before ranting about the whitewashing of the left’s involvement in tragedy. Same goes for his ignorant and hateful comments about the people of Arizona. If he is concerned with hateful rhetoric, he shouldn’t have made those comments.
As for the comments about this not being political, I both agree and disagree with this. I agree that this is the work of a deranged individual so it doesn’t matter what Jared Lee Loughner’s political affiliation is. This is an individual who was obsessed with conspiracy theories, most notably the conspiracy theories involving the September 11 attacks (hat-tip to Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey). On the other hand, I disagree. As Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters.org reported last weekend, ABC interviewed people who know Loughner and, according to Caitlin Parker, someone who spoke at length with him, he was “left wing, quite liberal and oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.” This does seem to be the source of Loughner’s hatred towards Giffords as he felt she wasn’t informed enough on the issues, as Parker stated in the ABC interview. The vast majority of this deranged individual’s beliefs are shared by those on the left. There hasn’t been any discussion on this in the media has there? Am I saying the left is to blame for this? Of course not. As with Dr. Amy Bishop and Joseph Andrew Stack, Loughner is a crazy person and crazy people will do crazy things. What I am saying though is that the vast majority of these people, despite claims to the contrary, come from the left, so if those like “Hanoi Jane” Fonda, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, and those at CNN and The New York Times really want to play this game, they won’t like the outcome.
As for the rest of the comments, as a Canadian, I don’t begrudge the gun culture of the United States. If we did carry firearms like they do in America, we might not have had the massacre at École Polytechnique, the tragedy briefly discussed on today’s show. This nonsense about the difference between our countries frustrates me as those who are obsessed with the idea that Canada and the United States are vastly different seem to forget centuries of shared history and an almost identical political and social culture. Let’s also not pretend that Canadian politics are anymore proper than American politics. Have we already forgotten Libby Davies’ rant about Israel?
In any event, this story is far from over. The weekend has just ended but it seems that the fallout from the shootings in Tucson, Arizona has just begun. Let’s remember that it is Jared Lee Loughner who committed this horrible act, not Sarah Palin nor anyone else on the right, and let’s also remember to pray for the victims of this horrible attack. That is what really matters, not trying to figure out who should be blamed for the actions of a deranged individual.
What did I say about Canadian politics being no different. This is the exact same approach Tarek Fatah took in condemning Sarah Palin for removing the much discussed crosshairs map from her website, that by defending themselves they are contributing to the problem. Huh? It doesn’t make sense, but this seems to be the newest line of attack on the former Alaskan Governor and those who share her political views.
In any event, I recommend my readership give Ed Morrissey’s post a read, especially since he also reports on the reaction by right-leaning pundits to Mark Halperin’s comments.