AZ shooting coverage accelerates state-run media death spiral

It is clear now that the shooting rampage in Tucson, in which 6 people were killed and 12 wounded, was the act of a deranged individual. As yet no one knows exactly why he did this and we may never know. Unfortunately the equally deranged left (media, pundits, and members of congress) have seized on this tragedy to blame just about everyone on the right, including: the TEA Party, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, talk radio, FOX News, and George Bush. As more details emerge, the atrocious coverage by the state-run media will only serve to accelerate their death spiral (story here from AmSpec).

The attempt by many left-wing pundits and bloggers to try and blame conservatives for the Tucson murder spree is nothing short of obscene. But it’s also a mistake, I think, to try and divine “meaning” out of what is essentially a senseless and meaningless act of horrific violence.

The great Robert Stacy McCain has it exactly right: “The killer, Jared Loughner, is crazy.” Period. End of story. The notion that Loughner was motivated by conservative political thought or rhetoric is ludicrous and preposterous.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, ludicrous and preposterous notions often have a widespread following, especially in the Big Media.

The good news is that the old media empire is dying and a new media is rapidly emerging.

The old media is epitomized by the New York Times and its disgraceful editorial about Tucson. The new media is epitomized by a host of innovative startup publications and outlets, including: AmSpec, The Other McCain, Fox News, FrumForum, The Daily Caller, and Pajamas Media. May this new and more promising media live long and prosper.

In the face of declining numbers, the left wing state-run media have driven their customers away by cranking up the vitriol against main stream America. As a recent poll demonstrates, it’s not working (more here). This shameless attempt to politicize a tragic event perpetrated by an apolitical nutcase only demonstrates how out of touch these leftists really are. It severely damages what little remaining credibility they had and will likely drive even more clear thinking Americans to alternate media sources. The demise of the state-run media cannot come soon enough.

In related news:

Socialist senator Bernie Sanders (VT) exploits AZ shooting in fund raising letter (story here).

Senator Bernie Sanders – the socialist Senator from Vermont who we’re supposed to pretend isn’t a socialist because the Democrats get upset about us bringing up the entire ’socialism’ thing – has decided that the best way to handle last weekend’s attempted assassination of a Congresswoman (and the murder of six people, including a nine-year-old girl) is to send out a fundraising letter blaming the whole thing on the right wing.

Given the recent tragedy in Arizona, as well as the start of the new Congress, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few words with political friends in Vermont and throughout the country. I also want to thank the very many supporters who have begun contributing online to my 2012 reelection campaign at w…

[several paragraphs’ worth of Left-pornography]

…??In light of all of this violence – both actual and threatened – is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?

Sales of Glock pistols skyrocket after AZ shooting (more here).

Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.

Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.

“We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,” Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.

A national debate over weaknesses in state and federal gun laws stirred by the shooting has stoked fears among gun buyers that stiffer restrictions may be coming from Congress, gun dealers say. The result is that a deadly demonstration of the weapon’s effectiveness has also fired up sales of handguns in Arizona and other states, according to federal law enforcement data.

“When something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff,” Wolff said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families…


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