GOP senator urges media not to talk about Palin’s violent rhetoric
By David Edwards
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) urged CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday not to mention Fox News’ Sarah Palin in connection with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
In a Sunday interview, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) noted that public figures have used violent rhetoric against Giffords, something Palin has done.
Crowley turned to Alexander for his view.
“Is it over the line politically these days, given the kind of climate we’re in, to be talking about or graphically showing a politician in the crosshairs or talking about taking them out? Was it over the line, sort of specifically, since it’s now being talked about everywhere, Sarah Palin’s web ads for people she would like to see targeted for political defeat?” she asked.
“Well, Candy, I think you’re responsible, by bringing this up, of doing the very thing you’re trying to condemn,” Alexander shot back. “You’re making and implying a direct connection between Sarah Palin and what happened.”
“I think the way to get away from it is for you not to be talking about it,” he added.
Apparently Fox News agrees with the senator from Tennessee because when Palin’s name was mentioned at a vigil for Giffords, they cut the video feed.
Palin offered her “sincere condolences” on her Facebook page Saturday.
“We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,” Palin aide Rebecca Mansour told conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce.
Mansour agreed with Bruce’s suggestion that the crosshairs were simply representing.
Complete article at Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/gop-senator-urges-media-talk-palins-violent-rhetoric/