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WaPo Article Condemns Silly Right-Wingers for Politicizing Tragedy, then Proceeds To Do the Same

YellowJournalismA few figures on the right politicized the terrorist attack in Paris pretty much while it was happening. I might agree with the sentiments expressed, that people are generally made safer by having a well-armed population who are well-trained (dare I say well-regulated?) in the use of those arms. But I agree that jumping right in with fodder intended for domestic political audiences is distasteful. But my question for the folks arguing this: is it wrong when Obama jumps in with political rhetoric immediately following mass shootings? Is it wrong when gun control advocates immediately start pushing their policies in the media immediately in the wake of mass shootings? If you say it’s wrong for Newt Gingrich to do it, but fine for Barack Obama, then you have a double standard, and pardon me if I don’t then start thinking your an unthinking partisan. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having the policy discussion. That will inevitably come. But I do think it’s the decent thing to do to tame the rhetoric until people have had a chance to process what happened. At least give it a few days.

And notice, in the linked article, the Washington Post laments politicizing the attacks, and then turns around and belches out several anti-gun talking points, like they couldn’t help themselves, and like that itself is not controversial or political. So who’re really the assholes here? You’d almost think for as narcissistic as some in the media are, they might look in the mirror now and then.

2 Responses to “WaPo Article Condemns Silly Right-Wingers for Politicizing Tragedy, then Proceeds To Do the Same”

  1. Patrick H says:

    Terrorism by its very nature is a political act. It’s already politicized. I agree waiting s little bit, but the discussion will come.

  2. Sigivald says:

    And notice, in the linked article, the Washington Post laments politicizing the attacks, and then turns around and belches out several anti-gun talking points, like they couldn’t help themselves, and like that itself is not controversial or political.

    Reminds me of – saw it today on Facebook – people saying “the gun nuts are using FEAR of being attacked to push their agenda!” … while, of course, using the same sort of fear (of “bad people with guns” and “guns themselves because magic totem”) themselves.

    Or, oh, “stop letting the Republicans – who will destroy America forever and ruin everthing – use fear tactics to drive votes!”

    It’s only “fear tactics” when it’s the other guy, you know.

    Our fear tactics are merely rationality.)

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