But alas, it did not turn into the home run they were hoping for. The perpetrator was not the veteran from Afghanistan who was a Tea Party supporter, as was reported while victims were still being transported to the hospital (even on Fox News). It was a Marxist leaning, pot smoking lefty who had been attending Rep. Giffords events since 2007. Before there was a Tea Party and before anyone outside of Alaska knew who Sarah Palin was.
Instead of keeping their powder dry, the state-run-media shot their load too soon. It almost worked. It was such a great plan! Well, the media can't wait for another tragedy to try this tactic again, so the slam the Tea Party campaign must continue!
And who better then Gen. Keith Olbermann to lead the charge!
Olbermann Cherry Picks Poll to Bash Tea Party as Violent Threat to Elected Officials
Keith Olbermann on Monday cherry-picked a new poll to bash the Tea Party as a violent threat to elected officials.In the on air broadcast Obermann goes onto say:
As he discussed new findings in a Daily Kos/Public Policy Polling survey about who thinks violence against the current American government is justified, the "Countdown" host highlighted the Tea Party's number while conveniently ignoring demographic groups that responded at an equal or higher rate
A new poll taken after the shooting showing only a handful of Americans, 5 percent or 6 percent, calling violence against the current U.S. government justified, but 13 percent of the Tea Party says it is.And then the author Noel Sheppard points out
That's true, but as Mediaite's Tommy Christopher noted, the highest positive response to this question was 17 percent from folks aged 18-29.Beautiful, just beautiful.
The real irony here is that all this rhetoric took place on Martin Luther King day. It is ironic because while it is true that Dr. King lead a non-violent effort to bring about justice and civil liberties he was being excoriated by the press for fomenting the violence being perpetrated by Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers,and other violent radicals.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?