Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for liberals to tie the shooting in Virginia on Wednesday targeting GOP members of Congress to the times they claimed conservatives “incited” an attack on Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011.
The New York Times’ editorial board wrote an opinion about the shooting Wednesday that claimed the “incitement” of the attack on Giffords, who was shot in the head but survived, was “direct” and linked the shooting to Sarah Palin’s political action committee. SarahPac released an ad about targeting voters in congressional districts that included Giffords’ district, and liberals have long used factual inaccuracies to blame her for supposedly causing the attack on Giffords six years ago.
“Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right,” the editorial said.
There is no evidence that shooter Jared Lee Loughner was inspired by the Palin PAC. He had been obsessed with Giffords since at least 2007, a year before Sarah Palin became Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential nominee.
Ironically enough, James Hodgkinson, the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting, was a progressive activist who marched for climate change and left a record of incendiary social media posts slamming Republicans.
On Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn Beck talked about the New York Times editorial and clarified what really happened in 2011: a deranged shooter attacked Giffords. Both attacks were the personal responsibility of the shooter, but the New York Times doesn’t seem to understand that.
“This is a writing and rewriting of American history,” Glenn said.
Note: the New York Times has since issued a correction.
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