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Literally minutes after the Tucson shootings, the media magically created a connection out of thin air between the the shootings and Sarah Palin's crosshairs map targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others for defeat in the 2010 elections. As profoundly dishonest as it is to suggest Palin was somehow advocating violence with that map, the media was undaunted. They embraced their dishonesty, and heaped blame on Palin, despite a complete lack of evidence. Tucson's Democratic Sheriff Dupnik joined in the clue-less chorus, blaming "violent" rhetoric and conservative talk radio for the murders, although Dupnik admitted he had absolutely no evidence to backup his claim either. 'Facts ? We don't need no stinkin' facts', bleated these dishonest media whores.
What has been the result of all this fact-less blame casting aimed at Palin ? Oh, irony of ironies, the unbased hatred appears to have further endangered Palin's life:
An aide close to Sarah Palin says death threats and security threats have increased to an unprecedented level since the shooting in Arizona, and the former Alaska governor's team has been talking to security professionals.
Since the shooting in Tucson, Palin has taken much heat for her "crosshairs" map that targeted 20 congressional Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was the main target of Saturday's attack.
Nice going, media. You have ginned up a fact-less controversy to smear Palin, and as a result of your lies, you have increased death threats against her to an "unprecedented level". You must be so proud.
Palin fired back at the media (oops, sorry. We aren't supposed to use words like "fired" anymore), saying:
"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn," [Palin] said in an early morning Facebook post today.
Palin's comment nailed it, and the culpable media types should apologize, but because it is Palin saying these words, the media is instead all atwitter about Palin's NEW "controversial" comments (I swear, the media would call it "controversial" if Palin read the dictionary aloud). Here's the source of the "controversy" this time around, in case you missed it, as you probably did. From ABC News:
The term "blood libel" has been used historically to falsely accuse Jews of using Christian children's blood to prepare their Passover matzoh. The myth is said to have begun in Europe as early as the 12th century, perpetuated by the death of a small boy in England in 1144.
It's a term that Jews say has been used to incite anti-Semitism and justify violence against them for centuries.
Sarah used the words "blood libel", and now she's anti-semitic ? Oh, for crying out loud. That's ridiculous, but others say 'you betcha she is', as our media is only too glad to report:
The Jewish Fund for Justice assailed Palin for abusing a tragic episode in Jewish history.
"We are deeply disturbed" by her commentary, president Simon Greer said in a statement today. "Unless someone has been accusing Ms. Palin of killing Christian babies and making matzoh from their blood, her use of the term is totally out of line."
The National Jewish Democratic Council called the video a step in the wrong direction.
"This is of course a particularly heinous term for American Jews, given that the repeated fiction of blood libels are directly responsible for the murder of so many Jews across centuries -- and given that blood libels are so directly intertwined with deeply ingrained anti-Semitism around the globe, even today," it said in a statement.
Now, after Palin has been the target of a bunch of irrational hate speech in the wake of the Tucson shootings, she is suddenly and magically transformed once AGAIN into a purveyor of hate by using two words, "blood libel" (which seems like a perfect description of the irrational hatred directed toward her to me).
Liberal groups are naturally thrilled with this fresh cow manure being flung at Palin:
"The last thing the country needs now is for the rhetoric in the wake of this tragedy to return to where it was before," liberal group J Street said in a statement. "We hope that Governor Palin will recognize, when it is brought to her attention, that the term 'blood libel' brings back painful echoes of a very dark time in our communal history when Jews were falsely accused of committing heinous deeds."
I didn't realize the words "blood libel" were stricken from the English language, or that they had only one possible context. I must have missed the memo. I''m also beginning to realize what liberals mean when they refer to "hate speech". Hate speech to liberals is when words come out of a conservative's mouth. It doesn't much matter what the words are, as long as they are somewhere in the political sphere. It doesn't much matter because whatever the words are, liberals will magically transform them into "hate speech", just like they did with Palin.
There is a voice of reason crying out against the Palin Derangement Syndrome universe, and it comes from Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz:
"There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim."
Thank you, professor. Now, of course, the media wants to know WHY Palin chose those two words to use, as if it freaking matters. If I was her, I'd simply say, "because they fit".
Our media. Gotta love 'em. They lament the tone of our political rhetoric in the wake of the Tucson shootings, while at the very same time they are stirring things up against Palin based upon nothing. And here I thought Palin Derangement Syndrome was going to end after the 2008 election. Boy, was I wrong.
Update - Jennifer Epstein of Politico has taken Palin Derangement Syndrome to the next level with this:
Sarah Palin’s use of the charged term “blood libel” may not have been an accidental blunder, but a deliberate “‘dog whistle” appeal to her evangelical Christian supporters for whom the expression has meaning, commentators and others are saying.
The fact-free parade continues. Ooh, look at the straw men, mommy !