Wednesday, August 3, 2011

So 'Terrorists' Is Ok But 'Crosshairs' Isn't?

Sharon Grigsby

Here's an early look at the editorial idea I'll propose at this afternoon's staff meeting:
I agree with Kathleen Parker's assessment that the tea party movement has bigger fish to fry than worrying about it being characterized this week -- apparently by the vice president among others -- as "acting like terrorists." But I think it's worth this newspaper, which has focused so much attention on the importance of civility in the public square, noting that the Democrats can't have it both ways. The left was quick to cry foul over language being used by some Republicans -- such as "in the crosshairs" or other military/weaponry imagery -- in the days after the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting. But there's been no less use of the same kind of imagery of late, including the alleged terrorism remark, coming from liberals. In regard to civility and the general "aren't these people stupid?" attitude taken toward tea party adherents, I'll toss in this week's Piers Morgan interview with Rep. Connie Mack . Morgan clearly thinks provocative, audience-nabbing work needs to be over-the-top insulting.

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