Paul Joseph Watson
January 12, 2011
The establishment media campaign to crassly exploit the tragic Arizona shootings as a way to bludgeon the First Amendment and silence critics of the Obama administration has failed spectacularly, with even a majority of Democrats telling a CBS poll that “violent political rhetoric” was not to blame for the actions of a mentally disturbed madman.
Within minutes of Saturday’s shootings and before the identity of the gunman was even known, establishment mouthpieces like the New York Times and MSNBC, backed up by statist blogs like Huffington Post and the Daily Kos, instantly seized upon the bloodshed to blame the events on tea partiers and what they termed “violent right-wing rhetoric.”
This prompted leftist talking heads, enthusiastically backed by the Associated Press, to contrive a phony national debate about “toning down the rhetoric,” which as we explained, was a mere ploy to politicize the shootings to eviscerate free speech and dissent against big government.
This agenda was made brazenly transparent by the actions of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who has been heavily criticized for giving a speech shortly after the shootings in which he accused “irresponsible political rhetoric of conservatives,” in particular radio and TV talk show hosts, for the murders of six people.
Even after it emergedthat shooter Jared Lee Loughner was a drug-using, Communist Manifesto-reading occultist whom his classmates had described as being left-wing, the effort to link the events with political opponents of big government continued unabated.
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Unfortunately for the architects of this national hoax, a clear majority of the American people just aren’t buying it.
A CBS News nationwide telephone poll found that, “57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did.”
Even a majority of Democrats say that political rhetoric had nothing to do with the shooting.
“Among Democrats 49 percent placed no blame on the heated political tone against 42 percent who did. Among independents the split was 56 percent to 33 percent, CBS said.”
Amongst Republican voters, just 19 per cent blamed political rhetoric for the massacre, versus 69 per cent who rejected such a link.
The fact that Americans are not buying the “tone down the rhetoric” ploy means that Target, Cupid, Fruit Punch, and other examples of violent hate speech will probably survive, at least until they are blamed for the actions of another mentally ill psychotic, clearly motivated by nothing other than his own inner demons.
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 fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.