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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I can change it and zero out the results. Tell me how you want it worded.
    I would rather it say "If a political pundit speaks aggressively (but never mentions physical violence) against a person they disagree with and someone who listens to the pundit hurts that person, is that pundit just as guilty as the one who got physical?"

    Does that make sense?


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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Actually I mean "cause", meaning it's the pundits fault when someone acts out violently.
    No. Why would it ever be the pundit's fault because someone has poor judgement and/or lack of control??
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I would rather it say "If a political pundit speaks aggressively (but never mentions physical violence) against a person they disagree with and someone who listens to the pundit hurts that person, is that pundit just as guilty as the one who got physical?"

    Does that make sense?
    At this point, you might want to just start a new poll thread or you will likely get minimal at best response.

    How is this for wording "Are angry, aggressive political pundits responsible for politically motivated violence or threats, even if they do not advocate such acts?"
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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?
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    At this point, you might want to just start a new poll thread or you will likely get minimal at best response.

    How is this for wording "Are angry, aggressive political pundits responsible for politically motivated violence or threats, even if they do not advocate such acts?"
    That's perfect! Maybe I should do that.


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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Agreed.

    Who is persuading, encouraging, instigating, pressuring, or threatening so as to cause another to commit a crime?


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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Agreed.

    Who is persuading, encouraging, instigating, pressuring, or threatening so as to cause another to commit a crime?
    There were certainly questions about Bill O'Reilly and the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

    Excerpted from “O'Reilly's campaign against murdered doctor; The Fox News star had compared Tiller to a Nazi, called him a "baby killer," and warned of "Judgment Day"” BY GABRIEL WINANT, Salon, SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009 16:32 EDT
    When his show airs tomorrow, Bill O'Reilly will most certainly decry the death of Kansas doctor George Tiller, who was killed Sunday while attending church services with his wife. Tiller, O'Reilly will say, was a man who was guilty of barbaric acts, but a civilized society does not resort to lawless murder, even against its worst members. And O'Reilly, we can assume, will genuinely mean this.

    But there's no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller's name first appeared on "The Factor" on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O'Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as "Tiller the Baby Killer." …
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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    There were certainly questions about Bill O'Reilly and the murder of Dr. George Tiller.
    Saying that someone is a bad person is not the same thing as saying that someone should kill that person; not even close.

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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    "Do political pundits cause violence?" Of course they do. And I believe some intend to for the political gain. I believe someone like Bill O'railly should be held responsible when he continusely calls a doctor a murderer and "baby killer" for months and finally some idiot shoots him, or when Rush Limbaugh calls democrats "bastards that must be defeated at all cost", and people start spitting on and threating them. Or when Glenn Beck suddenly decides the IRS that hasn't changed a bit suddenly becomes evil because we have a democrat president and is now stealing your money, and some fool flies a plane into a building because of it trying to kill IRS employees. This is wrong, It's evil, and I don't understand why decent "moral" Christian republicans don't speak out against it. It leads me to think there are no moral Christian republicans. They just say they are.

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    Re: Do political pundits cause violence?

    I have never heard Bill O'Reilly, Rush or Glenn Beck encourage their listeners to murder someone. Speaking out against a doctor that kills babies isn't equivalent to causing a man to murder him. When Rush says that the Democrats must be defeated, where do you hear that he wants someone to assault them? When Glenn Beck speaks out against the IRS, please show me where he said to harm people?


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