Sunday, January 09, 2011


The shooting of a US Representitive, Gabrielle Giffords, and a crowd of other people has inevitably been seized upon by various factions to advance political agendas and find a way of blaming their political opponents. This is inevitable I suppose even thought the evidence about the shooter's political leanings is highly patchy and paranoia seems like the common theme rather than a left or right ideology.

The Guardian's Alex Hannaford's effort is particularly nauseating though because after running through a litany of smears: along with a wide eyed protestation of innocence- "Of course, there's no suggestion that the suspected gunman – a college graduate from Arizona who lists reading as his favourite pastime – was particularly inspired by Sarah Palin"- he then has the chutzpah to express outrage that people are expoiting the
shooting to advance their political agendas:
Incredibly, though, what happened on Saturday is already being seized upon by the pro-gun lobby. One comment on Sarah Palin's Facebook page reads: "This will be another avenue for gun control groups to further their sick agenda."
I didn't detect one hint of irony.
Me neither Alex, me neither.


JuliaM said...

They should learn from the National Geographic shooter's case, when the cry when up 'Right wing Tea Party gun freaks Sarah Palin lovers OOOOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!'.

Only to fall unaccountably silent when the lone gunman turned out to be an eco-loon.

banned said...

BBC Radio leapt straight onto this bandwaggon, 'reporting' that the shooting was being blamed on Shock Jocks for "creating an atmosphere of hysteria and violence".