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Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 9, 2011 - Tragedy in Tucson

The quiet calm of the usual weekend news was shattered with reports yesterday that Representative Gabrielle Giffords, AZ - 8th District was shot at a public meeting with constituents.  Representative Giffords is in critical condition following emergency surgery.

Six people were killed, including a young girl.  Also, thirteen people sustained injuries.  A suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, was apprehended on the scene and it appears, at first blush, that he has had a troubled past that includes an arrest for a drug related charge. 

Certainly, this event is a tragedy but it is also wrong, in my opinion for the pundits and news talking heads to harp on the heated rhetoric coming from both sides of the politcal spectrum as some sort of influence in this tragedy.

While there is no question the tone from both sides could be less partisan, I believe that most informed and reasonable people can watch either Fox News and MSNBC and realize that these stations are both BUSINESSES.  Each station has a  job and that  is to make money.  Fox News has staked out a center-right side of the spectrum while MSNBC has claimed the center-left.  Both are arms of their corporate masters: Fox Corp and GE. 

Let's remember this the next time we watch the commentators on both channels and then turn them off and seek other avenues to become informed on the important issues facing our republic.

That's my comment,  what do you think?



  1. Very interesting analysis, Steve, but I do think the polarization of the citizenry through vitriolic internet punditry and lowest common denominator radio programs, while not entirely new in this country, combined with the economic marginalization of millions has given rise to a critical mass of wack jobs.

  2. This particular "whack job" is quite young. I'm sure he falls into your description of being econmically marginalized.

    I also believe that the citizenry is not served well by our mass news establishments, in addition to the other forms you mentioned.

    There is way too much emphasis on the entertainment news that any critical analysis of world, nation, and local events is only mentioned in a minimal superficial way.

    Thanks for your comment and don't be a stranger.

  3. Hi Steve.
    This "whack job" is mentally unstable, somewhat illiterate and anti-government. He also lives in the unstable state of Arizona. There's a possibility he might be a racist.
    The political news media is just a reflection of what's going on in Congress. Turn on Cspan and you'll hear the same ad homenem attacks.
    I do believe there are certain "whack" jobs in government who might set off a "whack" job by their actions and rhetoric. America is a democracy not a political warfare state. If our politicians can't respect each other and make necessary changes for the better of the country, then of course the citizens are going to act crazy. One not wired right might be set off to commit a violent act.
    A terrible tragedy. I remember when Dallas Green was the Mets manager. Did you know his grand daughter was born Sept 11th 2001?

    Thanks, Patti

  4. Steve,
    My first line should read somewhat illiterate intolerant. I should have read my post before I hit the 'post comment' button. Thanks, Patti