After the tragedy that struck our nation, leaving six dead and 14 other victims injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Judge Roll and a nine year old girl, politicians from both sides of the aisle were in mourning, some calling for civil discourse.
President of Fox News, Roger Ailes said, his network and others in politics need to “tone it down.“
I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don’t have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that. Listen, I have a picture of Sarah Palin hanging from the end of a rope. They made a doll up like her and hung her.
Ailes must be referring to someone hung in effigy as a sign of protest. While Roger Ailes, the President spoke exclusively with Russel Simmons regarding the prevalent tension rising in the media, he defended the besieged Sarah Palin, saying a crosshairs target list is not unique to the former Governor of Alaska — the left does it too.
“But Ailes called the use of such imagery “bulls**t” and said “both sides are wrong, but they both do it.”
On “toning it down”, Ailes said:
“I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually,” the Fox News president said. “You don’t have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that.”
But Michelle Malkin wasn’t listening. This was on her website:
Confront them. Don’t be cowed into silence.
And don’t let the media whitewash the sins of the hypocritical Left in their naked attempt to suppress the law-abiding, constitutionally-protected, peaceful, vigorous political speech of the Right.
They want to play tu quo que in the middle of a national tragedy? They asked for it. They got it.
To present such detestable nonsense of “they do it too,” after a Democrat Congresswoman — an elected official — was shot at point blank range in the head, Malkin still can’t find it in herself to shut up and feign sympathy for the loss of lives.
Previously to the shooting, Giffords’s district office was vandalized resulting in a window being shot out. Staffers were reportedly”kind of shaken up” after receiving numerous threats including “nasty language, foul language.”
In August of 2009 — a handgun was dropped off at a Giffords town hall meeting, prompting calls to police. A spokesman said, “We have never felt the need before to notify law enforcement when we hold these events.”
Asked by the New York Post in the wake of the shooting if Giffords had any enemies, her father responded, “Yeah. The whole Tea Party.”
Being Congresswoman Gifford’s father he’s seen the violent actions and rhetoric taking place while his daughter was besieged with threats. That said, can American politics and their media supporters tone it down?