Palin: Journalists incite hatred after AZ shooting

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — 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?"

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Please read the link

This was the point I was trying to make but he said it better.

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Like I've said before, get to

Like I've said before, get to know the real Sarah. Ask people who know her...who knew her before her VP run. I know Sarah, her dad, mom, sister....I've was in Wasilla when she was mayor and worked as a city employee. A lot of us up here have a very different few of her than most. Alaska Dispatch, Mud Flats, Shannyn Moore......all good people to follow if you want to know more.

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Both of you are kind of over

Both of you are kind of over exaggerating the map. I really doubt if the map had much to do with the killer in Arizona. I do however believe it is helping to fuel others, including militia groups. You can doubt me but do some research on these groups and see who they want as their queen...its Sarah. Do a little more research and see the properganda they are pushing...civil war. Where law enforcement and their families are considered collateral damage in a fight to win the country back. These groups exist and in larger numbers than you would like to think. Matt your right Sarah didn't put a target over Giffords face....she put a target over the district and included Giffords and hit list of other policiticans underneath the map. Some details on both sides are being left out and it ticks me off to no end. It like persons who take clips from bible verses to prove their point but totally miss the message of the passage they took it from. Heres a better thought, there is a group of us up here who have discussed making T-shirts with "Sarah Who?" on them. Lets make her a mute point and move on to more legitimate politicans on both sides of the fence.

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Tron, Boehner made his appropriate remarks earlier today. I consider myself a liberal. I believe the time has come for us to treat each other with respect. The time has come for us to act as one nation. Use this opportunity to act responsibly and with civility.

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Rumfordude please get

Rumfordude please get verified. Immediately

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He would never, it goes

He would never, it goes against his core beliefs

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Oh don't knock down the

Oh don't knock down the defense they are making by brining out facts and details Pericles. Sarah said it best during her campaign run for governor during a debate with Andrew Halcro "
"Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers and yet when asked questions you spout off facts, figures and policies and I'm amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, 'Does any of this really matter?" She said herself facts, figures and policies don't matter.

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I agree with almost

I agree with almost everything you said except "the percent that take it literally are minute". KKK is not a minute group, milita members are growing in numbers in every state, we are having more and more persons in America thinking that the way to take back America is by starting a civil war. Sarah has repeatedly cashed in on this demographic. They do take what many of their precieved kings and queens say literal. Before you jump to stand up for her consider this. Sarah has over and over again talked about how she trusts, listens, and learns from her husband. She trusts so much in his council that during her time as Governor he often sat in on meeting and was able to voice his opinion freely with state heads. Todd was a part of a group of Alaskans that were pushing for the state to succeed from the United States. Both of them attended meetings of the Alaska Independence Party. A group that was mainly made up of militia members. If you read into any of their properganda you can see an a close resemblence to groups who have bred violence in other states. Learn more about her and her past rather than just going off her sound bites and Facebook page.

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Typical democRATS...take a

Typical democRATS...take a memorial and turn it into a political pep rally.....classless buffoons.

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I thought name calling wasn't allowed

Seems it depends on who is being called a twit.
I'm not at all surprised at the responses.
Funny, the perp is about as left wing as they get, but, of course that is irrelevant, because it doesn't fit the template of the lefties..

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You'll find, burnell that

You'll find, burnell that name calling abounds. Avoid it unless done to you first and then retaliate. But, in fairness, there are but a few who engage in the practice on a regular basis. You'll learn who they are soon enough. Welcome aboard, Matey... AARRGHH!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Ahh, we can all sleep well

Ahh, we can all sleep well tonight. We've finally been given the true facts about what REALLY happened. The parrot jumps with joy.

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"In the video, the 2008 GOP

"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."

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah....shall we pull out the old political history of Wasilla and your Alaska governership to show how little common ground you tried to obtain? I know most of my friends on the East Coast don't know where to look or are even aware of your ways. However, some of us living here in Alaska have yet to forget. I don't believe all sides in the debate about the shooting or tying it to you alone, but I still don't agree with the crap you spew either. Choose your words carefully Sarah, they can come back to bite you in the butt.

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Ummmm I was talking about

Ummmm I was talking about Sarah trying to pretend like she stands on the high ground after an election. Not about the blame placed on her about the shooting. Although I find it funny she talks of how great American history is about vigirious debates and pistol duels. If you want to parade behind her maybe you should do some research on her past political ventures in Alaska. The twit couldn't lead a pack of sheep if she tried.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What's the matter, Erin?

What's the matter, Erin? Sarah not returning your phone calls?

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Agreed on that taxpayer. My

Agreed on that taxpayer. My opposition is with the fact that she will now use this to gain more sympathy and followers. Sarah likes to play the vicitim and always had. Its a huge ball of crap that was started by people opposing her and will end in her using it to benefit her and her alone.

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I agreed with you on this one, Erin, but in all honesty I don't know if she could lead a "pack of sheep". HOWEVER, I MOST DEFINITELY don't believe that she has what it takes to lead a nation!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Actually, he was telling a

Actually, he was telling a group of hispanics that they should punish THEIR enemies. The sound byte's out there.


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