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    Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    Jared Loughner was a pothead loner whose reading list included the communist manifesto and mein kampf. While critically injuring the Democrat congresswoman, he also killed a Republican appointed judge. Predictably, the media immediately associated him with the TEA party, asked if Palin was responsible for his violence, and ignored years of Democrat political statements that were just as violent if not more than anything any TEA party person has ever said. Remember Obama saying "if they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun"? Remember Obama's pastor?

    How about this, remember Obama saying we needed to not jump to conclusions when a muslim shot several people at Ft Hood?

    Yet the media jumped on the story and had made all the assumptions before the blood on the ground dried. They lumped Loughner in with me and every other constitutionalist TEA Party member.

    So the question stands, does the mainstream media owe the TEA Party a national and public apology?
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    No. If you expect the majority of the media to act responsibly, and care about facts more than ratings, then you are fooling yourself. Just stop caring what the media talking heads say, and try to find real news. Not what Fox, and MSNBC put out on the air.
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No. If you expect the majority of the media to act responsibly, and care about facts more than ratings, then you are fooling yourself. Just stop caring what the media talking heads say, and try to find real news. Not what Fox, and MSNBC put out on the air.
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

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    Not by a country mile. They are reaping what they have sown. Their chickens have come home to roost. They are getting what they deserve.
    If you believe that the shooter was inspired by the Tea Party, Palin etc, then you are no better than Glenn Beck. He wasn't, he was just a crazy guy who wanted to kill a member of congress. It's really that simple.
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    Look - IF he was an active supporter or a member in some way - they'd have a slight bit of relevance to some of their accusations.
    But as far as we know - absolutely nothing ties him to Republican/Conservative/Tea Part/Whatever.

    He really just was a nut ready to crack.

    I think what's becoming more commonplace is the very thought that PEOPLE can function in the craziest damned ways WITHOUT it being heavily political.
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    No one owes anyone an appology.
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    Yes they should apologize to the tea party and to Sarah Palin.
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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by friday View Post
    Jared Loughner was a pothead loner whose reading list included the communist manifesto and mein kampf. While critically injuring the Democrat congresswoman, he also killed a Republican appointed judge. Predictably, the media immediately associated him with the TEA party, asked if Palin was responsible for his violence, and ignored years of Democrat political statements that were just as violent if not more than anything any TEA party person has ever said. Remember Obama saying "if they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun"? Remember Obama's pastor?

    How about this, remember Obama saying we needed to not jump to conclusions when a muslim shot several people at Ft Hood?

    Yet the media jumped on the story and had made all the assumptions before the blood on the ground dried. They lumped Loughner in with me and every other constitutionalist TEA Party member.

    So the question stands, does the mainstream media owe the TEA Party a national and public apology?
    My reading list includes The Communist Manifesto. Haven't gotten around to Mein Kumpf yet, but I will eventually. Even if you disagree with the Communist Manifesto, you can't deny its political/historical significance. It was one of the most important works of the 19th century. Does this make me an evil terrorist Nazi?

    I never jumped to any conclusions about the Tea Party or Sarah Palin. I might be personally opposed to rhetoric on both sides, but that doesn't influence my judgement in this case. She had nothing to do with it.

    Should the "mainstream media" (I've always loved that phrase ) be forced to apologize? Nope. They're allowed to say whatever they want, within reason. It's a free country. While I'm opposed to some in the media and elsewhere jumping the conclusions, I don't really... care. Idiots exist. Deal with it.

    I am very angry at you now for putting down pot , go and think about what you've done.

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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    Quote Originally Posted by friday View Post
    Jared Loughner was a pothead loner whose reading list included the communist manifesto and mein kampf. While critically injuring the Democrat congresswoman, he also killed a Republican appointed judge. Predictably, the media immediately associated him with the TEA party, asked if Palin was responsible for his violence, and ignored years of Democrat political statements that were just as violent if not more than anything any TEA party person has ever said. Remember Obama saying "if they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun"? Remember Obama's pastor?

    How about this, remember Obama saying we needed to not jump to conclusions when a muslim shot several people at Ft Hood?

    Yet the media jumped on the story and had made all the assumptions before the blood on the ground dried. They lumped Loughner in with me and every other constitutionalist TEA Party member.

    So the question stands, does the mainstream media owe the TEA Party a national and public apology?
    Absolutely not! Does the Tea Party owe the POTUS an appology for the Nazi, Hitler signs they displayed?


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    Re: Does the media owe the TEA party an apology?

    The media owes the American people an apology for trying to use this tragedy and other similar tragedies to try to infringe of 1st and 2nd amendment rights.
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