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Ed Morrissey – Yesterday I made my first appearance on Al-Jazeera’s English-language channel to discuss the Tucson massacre and the attempt to pin the blame on Sarah Palin and the “heated rhetoric, particularly from those on the Right and the far Right,” as the host put it. He presses repeatedly on this point, while I point out that there is absolutely no evidence that the shooter had any connection to the “Right,” or any other rational political movement. When he asks why we shouldn’t tone down our political speech on the off chance a lunatic might be listening, I explain that we can’t calibrate our political debate to the lowest common denominator of sanity — and that it isn’t the job of politicians to do that anyway. Read more
- Video: Debating “extremist rhetoric” on Al-Jazeera (hotair.com)
- Sarah Palin hits back as critics blame ‘vitriolic rhetoric’ for Arizona shooting (dailymail.co.uk)