From Andrew Sullivan, a selection of reactions to Sarah Palin's video.
How about this for logic:
1. "Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them."
2. "Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn."
In the first statement, she is saying that you can't incite people to violence, they stand on their own. The second statement, however, makes the opposite claim (that you can incite people to violence).
If crimes "begin and end with the criminals who commit them," I think Sarah Palin just endorsed a mosque near Ground Zero.
In addition to the inconsistency of Palin's blood libel accusation, there is this to be considered. If associating her violent political rhetoric tangentially with the Arizona shooting is a "blood libel" (accusing her of something heinous to incite violence against her), then why is her unfounded accusation of "death panels" against liberals not one as well? I think she has finally stepped into the quicksand and doesn't have the self-restraint to avoid flailing.
"Today has been set aside to honor the victims of the Tucson massacre. And Sarah Palin has apparently decided she's one of them," - Josh Marshall.
Palin simply can't help it. You know that friend of yours for whom everything is always about them? Your dad is in the hospital and your cat just died and you lost your job, and yet she blows up at you because you forgot her birthday? Palin is that friend.
Not entirely unrelated: in regards to Roger Ailes' (head of Fox "news") statement that he "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," it's been pointed out that
"...there is so much going on in that single comment that undermines a lot of what he's intending to accomplish. The most notable is that by stating "the other side" he's explicitly admitting that his entire network is on the side of Palin/GOP and the right in general. Further: "Democrat Party"?? Forgive me if I find Ailes' call for sanity to be a little weak and disingenuous."
"Other side"? It’s telling that even the CEO doesn’t try to maintain the pretense of fairness and balance, his channel’s trademark.
Sigh. Sarah Palin and Fox "news." Idiocy with a megaphone.