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Nothing Wrong With Politicizing Tragedy': Time Magazine Defends Aurora Shooting Speculation

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"It’s telling that the people who get paid to analyze politics recoil at the notion that its practitioners should connect it to real-life pain."

Following ABC's attempt to tie Aurora shooter James Holmes to the Tea Party, it is not clear that class is in short supply in the media.

And apparently Michael Grunwald of Time Magazine wants there to be less. He's penned an op ed entitled "Sometimes There's Nothing Wrong With Politicizing a Tragedy," in which he defends the idea that politicians ought to use this particular tragedy for their own political gain. Read some highlights below:

I feel terrible about what happened in that movie theater, and I’m agnostic about gun control, but there is nothing wrong with politicizing tragedy.

The talking heads don’t like it, because they think of politics as a silly game about who sang out of tune and whose words can be used against them and whose surrogate undercut whose message, but politics is about life and death and human suffering. At least that’s what it should be about.

If advocates or experts or even politicians think their policy ideas can prevent the next Aurora—by preventing potential killers from obtaining guns, by making sure potential victims can carry guns, or by some other method—then by all means, now is the time to spread the word.[...]

It’s telling that the people who get paid to analyze politics recoil at the notion that its practitioners should connect it to real-life pain. They think they’re covering a sport, an entertainment.

Is this fair, or is Grunwald reaching to try to justify conjecture? Weigh in below.

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