With such a remarkable description of the Alexandria shooting incident, it was obvious The New York Times would come under fire, but while progressives are quick to come to the defense of left-wing news outlets, this time even they admitted their own editorial board had crossed the line.
The piece that immediately became the center of controversy for The New York Times, “America’s lethal politics,” was published on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, the article called for increased gun control. However, it was the description of the motivation behind the attacks that actually caused the backlash against the left-wing news outlet.
“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become?” the article asked. “Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs.
“Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals,” it continued. “They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should, of course, hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”
However, by every possible standard, there’s a lot more evidence that James Hodgkinson, the seemingly left-wing attacker, was more motivated by politics than the mentally deranged Jared Loughner from the Gifford attack in 2011.
In what appears to be a revisionist history, conservatives were quick to downplay the role of progressive politics in the horrific attack on Republican congressmen.
While the suspect, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot and killed at the scene of the shooting by Capitol Police officers, a deeper look into social media activity shows a long trend of hatred towards Trump and Republicans. He attacked Congress members practicing for a charity baseball match scheduled for Thursday.
Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in his hip and sustained severe injuries. He is now in critical condition. Four others, including two Capitol Police officers were injured in the attack.