Crooks and Liars capture a weird moment I noticed in Saturday's coverage of a Tucson vigil for the victims of the shooting spree.
The video was bumping up against a commercial, but what an edit! The network kept irresponsible insinuations about Palin off the air. But those insinuations were being made by a resident of Tucson reacting to the shooting. They could have just as easily showed up in a reaction piece, about the "atmosphere" surrounding the violence -- certainly, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's comments on the case have defined the way the rest of the media covers the "political extremism" angle, along with the comment from Giffords's father that "the whole Tea Party" was against his daughter. The irony is that Loughner may have been one of those people whose anger was unrelated to the "atmosphere," and related entirely to his paranoia and delusions about government generally.