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by Jordan Green

News and views from inside the media bubble 

POST-SHOOTING CHATTER

Living in the aftermath of the bloody Jan. 8 rampage in Tuscon that left six dead and US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded, it’s hard to think of a story more saturated with commentary. On Monday night, host Jason Lewis was discoursing on the left’s hypocrisy in drawing a line between hyperbolic rhetoric and violent acts on Rush Radio 94.5. Tuesday morning Brad Krantz and Britt Whitmire were taking the opposite stance on FM Talk 101.1 WZTK. My personal e-mail inbox revealed messages from ReaderSupportedNews and truthout with the respective subject headings “Stop!” and “The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Right” whose topics were obvious. Meanwhile, the comment thread for a Jan. 8 post on Ed Cone’s blog was still going strong on Tuesday at noon at No. 144, the most striking being Jeffrey Sykes’ contribution: “You guys can deny the atmosphere all you want. I’ve been to the meetings. I’ve listened to the bottom feeders. I’ve heard them talk about wishing Democrats were dead. I’ve heard the jokes about shooting people who disagree with them.” On Facebook, Greensboro Mayor Pro Tem Nancy issued a challenge on Monday: “I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of ‘finger pointing’ trying to determine which political party or entity is worse than the other when it comes to inflamed rhetoric. Can’t we agree that words do matter and that our country deserves better than we’ve seen lately? Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘You must be the change you want the world to see.’ I will. Anyone else.” 18 people like.

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