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Journalists Who Warned Against “Jumping to Conclusions” After Ft. Hood Now Jumping to Conclusions On Arizona Shooting

Posted in crime, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, January 9, 2011, 10: 00 AM

All of journalism warned against “jumping to conclusions” after Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people at Ft.Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009.  The conclusion we were warned against was that the Ft. Hood shooting had anything at all to do with Islamic terrorism, in spite of a mountain of evidence showing that it is exactly what it was.

That evidence included the following:  Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” as he began his spree, his computer showed that he had visited numerous websites devoted to Islamic violence, he had left postings on those and other websites that he viewed the U.S. Military as his enemy, he advocated Muslim suicide bombings,  he told  people that he was going “to do good work for God, “ and railed against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, calling those involvements “wars on Islam.”   There was no need to “jump” to the conclusion that Ft. Hood attack was an act of Islamist violence; that was the obvious conclusion.

Nevertheless, one heard all over the media warning against jumping to any such conclusion. Army spokesmen General George Casey said “We can’t jump to conclusions,” and retired General Wesley Clark said “The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions” that this had anything to do with Islam.  Obama said, “I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.”  Quickly the conventional wisdom all over the news media was that it would be wrong to “jump to conclusions.”

Jared Loughner shot and gravely wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabriella Gifford at a safeway store yesterday.  He also shot several other people including a Federal Judge who died.  In all five people are dead by Loughner’s gun and eighteen are wounded. A 9-year old girl born on 9/11 is among the dead.

Democrat politicians and the news media did not hesitate one second in jumping to the conclusion that Loughner was put up to it by the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.    Even Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has jumped to his own conclusion blaming “the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government.”  The sheriff gave no explanation, of course.

There is now ample evidence that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are about the last thing on earth that can be associated with the likes of Jared Lee Loughner.  It is clear that in the immediate aftermath of the shooting there could not have been a scintilla of  evidence connecting Loughner to anything or anybody connected to the Tea Party, Sarah Palin or any conservative idea or cause.  Loughner has not claimed any connection to any group, not given any motive and is apparently not talking.

So with no evidence, Palin was blamed for using gun and shooting metaphors in speeches , on her Facebook pages, and in her tweets on Twitters.  That is about as thin as it gets since nearly everyone uses such metaphors as “targeting”, “putting in the cross hairs”, “hitting the bullseye”, “reloading”, “ammunition”, etc.  These are always understood by the context in which they appear and no one believes they are an incitement to violence.  Blaming Palin for Loughner’s criminal acts based on her use of these metaphors is ridiculous beyond belief.  It is grasping at straws by people desperate to find something, anything, to blame on Palin and the Tea Party movement.

With the passage of mere hours of the event we know that Loughner was a pothead, he liked looking at videos of American flags burning, his favorites books included the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.  Most of his internet postings appear to be incoherent rants.  He might be mentally ill.  He is certainly no Tea Partier, nor Sarah Palin fan.

That doesn’t stop the left from using this horrific shooting to cram their political agenda down our throats.  These people have no shame.

Jennifer Rubin gave my favorite quote about Jared Loughner:  “You can almost hear the disappointment from the left that he was a pothead rather than a Tea Partyer.”

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