View Poll Results: Do you think political pundits cause violence?

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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    OK. It depends. If the pundit calls for people to kill a political figure and then someone does, I believe they can be charged. Other than that, if it is just "aggressive" speech, then NO, each of us is responsible for how we interpret what is said and what we do with that information.
    I was going for just aggressive speech. Crap. I messed this poll up. Fail.


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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I was going for just aggressive speech. Crap. I messed this poll up. Fail.
    I can change it and zero out the results. Tell me how you want it worded.
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    You voted: Other

    While they are not responsible for violence, they certainly cause unnecessary anger through manipulation of the truth.
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    They can incite violence by actually telling their listeners to be violent.

    Since that never happens, pundits cause as much violence as video games, comic books, pornography, movies, and the Beatles song "Helter Skelter": none.

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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    I cannot think of a pundit that I think has "caused" violence right now. People are responsible for their own actions. In theory, sure, it could happen, but since the questions is do they, and not can they, I am going with no.
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Pundits can help create an atmosphere of hatred that increases the outbreak of violence. However, at the end they aren't truly responsible for another's actions, especially from a legal perspective. I'd consider a few violent outbreaks from borderline crazies a fair trade for free speech any day of the week.

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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Do you believe that political pundits cause violence against those they oppose?
    No. I played Grand theft Auto 3,vice city, San Andreas and GTA4. so far I have yet to steal a car,beat someone up for money,blow up something on my free time for fun, go on a mass killing spree or pick up prostitutes.
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Of course they do, else why do you have revolutions, attacks on political and governmental infrastructure. Someone has to stir up the pot with words to make people do those things.. they do not happen by themselves. It would be like saying Hitler is not at fault for Nazi Germany.
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Of course they do, else why do you have revolutions, attacks on political and governmental infrastructure. Someone has to stir up the pot with words to make people do those things.. they do not happen by themselves. It would be like saying Hitler is not at fault for Nazi Germany.
    Good point. Every one needs a scapegoat and the Jews fit that position well with the Nazis. Thus you had Kristallnacht.

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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    18 posts for this thread to go full Godwin.
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