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January 11th, 2011

Sadly Some See Political Opportunities in Tucson Tragedy

The heinous actions of Jared Loughner last Saturday killed six, critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and injured thirteen others.  The entire nation, Republicans and Democrats alike, were horrified when the news broke.

The mere thought that a member of Congress could be gunned down at a public meeting shook me to my core.  As my family was gathering for a belated Christmas, all I could do is show my wife the email that alerted me about what happened in total disbelief.

As horrendous as Loughner’s actions were that day, many in media have found a way to make this national tragedy even worse by politicizing it.  It is disgusting to watch the talking heads on MSNBC either insinuate or blatantly state that the rhetoric used by Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann is somehow the root cause for what happened in Tucson.

If it was just MSNBC using this tragedy for political purposes, that would be one thing, but they are not alone.  All of the sudden, nobody is talking about the deranged recluse who actually perpetrated the killings.  Instead we are focused on a map, which used gun sites to show the congressional districts targeted by Sarah Palin’s PAC, that was posted to her Facebook page in March.

The liberal left is also scurrying thought the archives to find any instance when a Republican used a phrase that has anything to do with gun.  Is it really necessary to point out every time Palin said, “Don’t retreat, reload.”  Is anyone really offended by Bachmann hoping the people of her state are “armed and dangerous” on certain issues?  I doubt it.

The media has also conveniently forgotten to mention any Democrats who have said similar things.  At a fundraiser in 2008, Barak Obama said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” when talking about the Republican attacks against him.  As I listened to MSNBC on Monday night, they didn’t criticize the President like they did Palin.  Instead, Melinda Hennerberger, a blogger on Politics Daily told Chris Mathews that “this is the moment Obama was made for.”  Talk about a double standard.

After watching the continuous coverage of the tragedy, it seems as if the liberal media is more content to use what happened on Saturday to achieve their own political objectives then actually report the news.

Not all news organizations are to blame.  The Washington Post has reported that Loughner was never really political, in fact he didn’t vote in the last election.  There are plenty of things that have been discovered that prove that he was a very disturbed and bizarre young man.   His acts of violence likely didn’t have anything to do with Giffords’ politics.  She was probably his target because of her proximity to him and nothing else.

It’s a sad day in American when certain factions are willing to politicize the killing of six innocent people to advance their own liberal agendas.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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