Sat., 10:10 AM 9 JAN 2011 - HOR Giffords is shot and, in his news conference, Sheriff Dupnik blamed talk radio:
Via Washington Post Online:
Posted at 9:16 AM ET, 01/ 9/2011
Sheriff Dupnik's criticism of political 'vitriol' resonates with public
By Sandhya Somashekhar
In a news conference Saturday evening, Dupnik condemned the "atmosphere of hatred and bigotry" that he said has gripped the nation and suggested that the 22-year-old suspect being held in the shooting was mentally ill and therefore more susceptible to overheated messages in the media.Rest assured, they were not talking about the likes of Olbermann and Matthews. The thing is, those two call for more violence and hate in one broadcast than all of Conservative Talk Radio ever did. The Conservatives spend a lot of time quoting Leftist hate speech. Like mentioning the Daily Kos saying that Giffords was dead to them, two days before her shooting, for voting against Pelosi for minority leader.
"There's reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue. And I think people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol," he said during his televised remarks. "People tend to pooh-pooh this business about all the vitriol we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it's not without consequences."
His remarks especially resonated with liberals, who even before the name of the suspect was released suggested that the shooter may have had been incited by the tea party. There is no indication that the suspect, Jared Lee Lougner, identified with the tea party or was politically conservative. During the campaign, liberal pundits and politicians asserted that the sometimes militant language some conservative politicians used could incite violence.
Limbaugh, Arizona sheriff feud over comments - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Limbaugh railed against Democrats who would draw a link between the shooting and political rhetoric, and the conservative talk show host said Dupnik "made a fool of himself" for making that same connection.
"Don't kid yourself," Limbaugh said. "What this is all about is shutting down any and all political opposition and eventually criminalizing it."
Not content with his prior foolishness, the sheriff had to go on ABC News that evening and spout:
Link here and video below.
"The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. "[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences."
Just what "anger" is that, sheriff? Anger at irresponsible government officials? Anger at government waste? Anger at government sticking its nose where it does not belong?
One who disagrees with the sheriff is Zach Osler, a friend of Loughner, whose comments raise further doubt about Limbaugh's guilt. "He did not watch TV," Osler said of Loughner. "He disliked the news. He didn't listen to political radio. He didn't take sides. He wasn't on the left. He wasn't on the right."
ABC news found Zach too. Why couldn't the sheriff's department and get off of their hunt for Florida media personalities in a quest to find real answers?
Was Rush wrong about the sheriff making a fool out himself? The short answer is: No.
This sheriff was already on record, as noted above, vowing not to enforce identity checks on people stopped for traffic violations, or other infractions. Now we know that Jared Lee Loughner had been reported to the sheriff's department numerous times for death threats against people in town, that the sheriff's department blew off because Loughner's mother works for the county. To top it off, if he actually was getting the mental health care that the sheriff's department was lying about to callers, he could have been denied the legal purchase of a firearm. If he had been arrested and convicted of his death threats, he would have been denied the sale of a firearm.
Campus police at the local community college he attended had numerous complaints of his disruptions on record. Their most recent release is fifty pages long. The sheriff's department resisted inquiries for release of their records related to Loughner, in further violation of Arizona law which seems to be the only consistent thing in their office procedure. When they finally released something, it was twelve incident reports, little of it related to the behavior Loughner displayed at community college. Example from the link:
May 27, 1994: Loughner's father complained that a yellow Chevrolet Camaro was speeding near his house.So, sheriff, you say Rush Limbaugh caused all your problems with this case? When Loughner is freed because of your personal bungling, will you blame Rush for that too?
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