Insinuates Rush Limbaugh to blame for shooting
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, July 23, 2012
Despite the fact that there are absolutely no indications whatsoever that the Aurora ‘Batman’ massacre was fueled by anything remotely political, NBC host David Gregory couldn’t pass up the opportunity to blame the tragedy on angry “political dialogue,” insinuating that conservative rhetoric was the culprit behind the slaughter.
Speaking with former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, Gregory noted how Chertoff had paid attention to “political dialogue, coursening of the dialogue across the media spectrum from entertainment to news and commentary.”
Gregory then mentioned the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, which again had no political motivation whatsoever and was carried out by a leftist loner who had dabbled in the occult.
“I was harkening….back to Bill Clinton in 1995 and what he said after Oklahoma City,” said Gregory before reading out the infamous Clinton quote in which the former President laid the blame for the OKC bombing at the feet of talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh.
“We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate. They leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable.”
At the time, the quote was part of a talking point put out by the White House that Timothy McVeigh’s attack was inspired by vehement criticism of the Clinton administration by conservative talk show hosts and the burgeoning patriot movement.
Despite Gregory’s admission that “we know nothing about motivation in this particular case, political or otherwise,” he still insinuated that the shooting had its origins in the fact that “public discourse can fall on more vulnerable ears.”
In other words, heated public discourse on behalf of conservatives, the very thing that is emblematic of a free society, causes massacres according to Gregory.
Within hours of last week’s shooting, establishment media outlets rushed to find a conservative link to shooter James Holmes. ABC News were forced into an embarrassing apology when they reported that Jim Holmes of the Colorado Tea Party had likely carried out the massacre. Jim Holmes turned out to be a completely different person but ABC initially attempted to deflect blame for the error on social media websites before finally accepting responsibility.
The media attempted a similar ploy last year in seizing upon the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to argue that conservatives should ‘tone down their rhetoric’ against the Obama administration, despite the fact that shooter Jared Lee Loughner was a mentally deranged psychotic with “left-wing beliefs”.
As we documented at the time, calls for toning down political rhetoric are nothing but a euphemism for stifling dissent.
The establishment is once again desperately exploiting a tragedy which had no political context whatsoever in order to push its political agenda of silencing some of the Obama administration’s most outspoken critics.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.