An opinion editorial by the New York Times on the shooting in Virginia Wednesday at a GOP congressional baseball practice is being loudly condemned – even by many on the Democratic side.
The article, titled, “America’s Lethal Polictics,” had many readers seeing red, as it compared the motive of shooter James Hodgkinson with that of Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter responsible for opening fire in 2011 at a political event, killing six people and shooting Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head.
In the NY Times article, Hodgkinson was described as “deranged,” and admittedly an anti-Trump, Bernie Sanders supporter, but Sarah Palin’s political action committee was blamed as being responsible for inciting Loughner.
The article also tried to blame the attack on “how readily available guns and ammunition are in the United States.”
“Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals,” it continued. “They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”
Condemnation over the Times article started pouring in on Twitter, as many pointed out that there was very little evidence that Loughner was politically motivated, but there is every evidence that Hodgkinson was entirely politically motivated in what he did.
And even those who don’t agree with Sarah Palin were quick to condemn the article, noting that her political action committee was in no way responsible for the Giffords shooting.
It was also noted Wednesday that Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, a New York Times contributor who had claimed that Rep. Gabby Giffords’ shooting in 2011 was politically motivated, was strangely silent Wednesday after the shooting of GOP members at the baseball practice.
Opinion: America’s lethal politics https://t.co/Fa6RKq1ZaM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 15, 2017
The article was even too much for MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who responded to Nation Review columnist David French, agreeing, “yeah, that’s nuts.”
Let me chime here to say: yeah, that’s nuts.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 15, 2017
Below is just a small sampling of responses to NY Times, all shredding their story:
You guys should be embarrassed by this, still pushing the lie about Loughner being inspired by Palin. That is utter nonsense.
— John L. Schoenecker (@SchoenTax) June 15, 2017
Your fake news feeds the beast. Unify the country and make it great again
— Jeff Flory (@jrflory123) June 15, 2017
Rep. Scalise was shot by a Democrat-Socialist Bernie campaign volunteer. Gifford was shot by a mentally unstable, apolitcal lunatic. RETRACT
— ReasonableDoubt (@Reasons4Thought) June 15, 2017
MSM Responsible hands down! MSM is purposely trying to get Ignorant Minds to Believe the Hate Rhetoric now People are Dying
— Lo (@pajamamama1) June 15, 2017
Your part of the problem
— Dan (@Dan707070) June 15, 2017
And, once again the @nytimes is part of the problem.
— Stacy Schirmer (@Stacyschirmer) June 15, 2017
Let me fix your headline for you:
Opinion: “New York Times is an American Domestic terrorist organization”
There that’s better. 😌
— Pepita Covfefe (@WokeMamacita) June 15, 2017
Loughner was too obsessed about the mind controlling properties of language to worry much about politics, but you already know that
— Stldave (@StldaveS) June 15, 2017
This is indefensibly absurd Gifford attack incited by Palin but no incitement for this attack? Caesar play? Griffin w/ Trumps head?
— Mistborn (@Mistborn) June 15, 2017
The NYT and liberal media created the image that Palin’s ad was to blame. Shooters background never confirmed it. #FakeNews
— Michael Ball (@michaeltball) June 15, 2017
Outright despicable falsehood. Your “mission” is vile and shameful.
— Rob Pedroso (@rpedroso) June 15, 2017
Most responsible journalists are stating how ludicrous this editorial is. You might want to revise.
— YOUNG MT (@MXTracy66) June 15, 2017
grossly irresponsible. Gifford was shot by a mentally unstable, apolitcal lunatic. Rep. Scalise was shot by a Leftist. Please report facts.
— Britt Thedinger (@BThedinger77) June 15, 2017
Repeating the Palin/Loughner lie is contemptible. And I write this as someone who can’t stand Palin politically.
— KevinMc From TX (@KevinMcFromTX) June 15, 2017
When will you be posting the correction on this?
— Luxury Yacht Owner (@CounterMoonbat) June 15, 2017
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