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Palin: Journalists incite hatred after AZ shooting

Sarah Palin delivers her take on the charge that brash political rhetoric is blame for the recent shooting in Tucson. (screenshot)

Sarah Palin delivers her take on the charge that brash political rhetoric is blame for the recent shooting in Tucson. (screenshot)

Sarah Palin posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page early Wednesday, accusing journalists and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly Arizona shooting that gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Last spring, Palin targeted Giffords’ district as one of 20 that should be taken back. Palin has been criticized for marking each district with the cross hairs of a gun sight.

In the video, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said vigorous debates are a cherished tradition. But she said after the election, both sides find common ground, even though they disagree.

“But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible,” she said.

The term “blood libel” is the false allegation that Jews kill non-Jews, especially Christian children, to acquire blood for the Passover or other Jewish rituals, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. It has been used in other contexts, and Palin’s meaning was not clear. Her aides did not immediately respond to an e-mail early Wednesday.

Jared Loughner, 22, is accused of trying to assassinate Giffords, wounding 12 others and killing six people.

“There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal,” Palin said. “And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those ‘calm days’ when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?”

Watch the video:

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  1. If Mooselini doesn’t think hate-filled rhetoric affects mentally disturbed people she must be unbalanced herself. Get the hook, it’s time to end her 15 minutes of ignorant infamy. Her “big lie”defense of her “crosshairs” maps as surveyors images was as despicable as it was unbelievable.

  2. Have you not seen the nearly identical targeted maps that dems used in previous election cycles?

    For as long as I can remember, words like “target”, “war chest”, “war room” and “battleground” have been used by everyone in elections – not just one side or another.

    This guy was a loon. The question as to why he targeted Gabrielle Giffords is one only he can answer. Unfortunately, that answer is probably as incoherent as the muck on his YouTube.

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