Watching The Today Show this morning, I saw very, very little talk about “vitriolic conservatives” in the coverage of the Giffords shooting.
And now, even the Arizona Republic is putting its foot down on Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a Democrat who blamed conservative rhetoric for the shooting before the blood had even dried at the Safeway.
Fair enough – he was emotional. But then he repeated the charge yesterday. And even the Republic is saying enough is enough:
And, in response, we have to say at last . . . enough. Enough attacks, sheriff. Enough vitriol. It is well past time for the sheriff of Pima County to get a grip on his emotions and remember his duty.
With each passing hour, we learn more about the 22-year-old suspect. And everything we learn adds to the profile of a deeply troubled young man detached from reality. There is nothing to date that suggests any partisan motivation for his crimes, whether right-wing or left.
Dupnik needs to recall that he is elected to be a lawman. With each additional comment, the Democratic sheriff of Pima County is revealing his agenda as partisan, and, as such, every bit as recklessly antagonistic as the talk-show hosts and politicians he chooses to decry.
When even some parts of the mainstream media (we know, the NYTimes is beyond hope) get it, maybe there’s some hope.