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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Another Tucson Shooting False Narrative Goes Bad

There have been multiple false narratives involved in the Tucson shooting.

The first false narrative was that Sarah Palin, Tea Parties and conservatives were responsible, directly or indirectly, for the shooting.  That narrative has been thoroughly debunked in the past week, although writers such as Paul Krugman and political figures such as Clarence Dupnik still cling to the fantasy.

One other person who clung to the fantasy that right-wing vitriol inspired Jared Lougner was Eric Fuller, one of the shooting victims, who immediately blamed Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle and the Tea Party movement in general for the shootings.

Fuller thus became the new left-wing narrative of the Tucson shooting, a military veteran whose view was held out as proof that -- the facts be damned -- there was a connection between right-wing political speech and the Tucson violence.

This new Fuller narrative also had a warning attached to it, that "wingnuts" would attack Fuller for expressing his views:
  • LGF:  "Now watch as Andrew Breitbart, Jim Hoft, and the rest of the right wing blogosphere go into overdrive to smear Mr. Fuller."
  • Crooks and Liars:  "Cue the right-wing waaaaaahmbulance. I wonder if Megyn Kelly or Bill O'Reilly will bring Fuller on Fox to browbeat him as they did Sheriff Dupnik for expressing the same view."
Now Fuller has self-destructed, and is under arrest for making a death threat towards a local Tea Party leader.  That Tea Party leader, Trent Humphries, has been falsely accused in the left-wing media of "blaming" Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for the shooting.  Fuller has been sent to a mental hospital by authorities.

So another Tucson shooting false narrative, the wingnut attack machine, has fallen by the wayside.

Fuller was criticized, including by me, not because he expressed his view, but because his view of right-wing culpability in the Tucson shooting was pure fantasy divorced from any factual reality.  It was this same lack of factual basis which caused the "wingnuts" to spend the past week fighting the smears spread by the left-blogosphere, mainstream media and some Democratic politicians.

Fuller's view of right-wing culpability in the Tucson shooting was crazy, and now it turns out Fuller and the narrative built around him were as well.

Update:  Media Matters, the mother ship of Democratic Party messaging, sought to use Fuller's statements to shape the news coverage, issuing a post which quoted Fuller at length, including this statement from Fuller
"I know they're just going to attack, they would probably attack me. They'll distort. Particularly Miss Blood Libel herself. The spoiled princess party. I am willing to take them on. I want to call them out and see if they have a peep to say."


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  1. The more they yell about Right Wing violence, the more I reply, "Justice for Ken Gladney!"

    It's like they're not even self-aware.

  2. "This new Fuller narrative also had a warning attached to it, that "wingnuts" would attack Fuller for expressing his views:", etc.

    Kind of puts your last post in perspective, re: "projection".

  3. The reality of the left is not understood by most of us humans.....If we could just ship their bodies and souls to the same planet their brains are on, all would be well.

  4. Yes, I know saying that the alphabet broadcast media is liberally biased is crazy ... lefties have told me that for years ... but it's still amazing to me how all their mistakes and omissions always seem to benefit the left:

    "ABC World News Reports Threat at its Tucson Town Hall, Omits it Was Made to a Tea Partier."

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/01/15/abc-world-news-reports-threat-its-tucson-town-hall-omits-it-was-made-#ixzz1BDc4HVtg


  5. One doesn't have to worship Palin to admit, she has more courage than any 10 pols in DC and I mean men and men of the GOP.

    As Peter Brimelow said the other day, Palin is making the right enemies (meaning, the MSM and the party establishments inside the Beltway).

    I admire her for this at least.

  6. All this focus on Tuscan makes me wonder what Obama, the illusionist, has been up to "behind the curtain."

  7. Iowahawk:

    “I’d like to see Eric Fuller’s phone records. It’d be instructive to see how fast his calls from MSNBC dropped off.”

  8. As a former LGF'er (quite banned for displaying the temerity of disagreeing with Johnson) I checked the link... found exactly what you mentioned, and then thought I'd go a step further. What did CJ have to say about the death threat issued by Fuller?

    Surprisingly (/sarc switch off) little. But 900 odd comments later, there's a great deal more information about Fuller... and that guy is a man with issues which, in many respects, seem to mirror Loughner's problem set.

    The discredited notion that Loughner's actions are the fault of anyone but Loughner seems to be the media Claymore mine where it's users forgot the axiom in raised letters on each mine:


    In this case, the lamestream media seem to have forgotten to read the instructions... and turned the mine around so when they popped the clicker, it went off in their faces.

  9. I just watched the CBS 60 Minutes piece focusing on the lengthy examinations and studies of those involved in targeted violence, including a few actual assassins, that have been conducted by the Intelligence Division of the Secret Service, the organization with the responsibility of protecting the President and other high profile political figures.

    Incidentally, through initial interviews with his former acquaintances, the piece first reemphasized that Jared Loughner's sole connection to Giffords occurred well over three years ago, when he asked her his nutty question at a town hall meeting. She did not answer the question (who could!) but according to those acquaintances, that lead him to have complete disdain for her. Indeed, the police found the 3 year and 4 month old form letter her office had sent him way back then thanking him for attending the event. On it he had written, "Die bitch." He kept that letter all this time!

    The CBS piece which was done by Scott Pelly and his producer Bill Owens, was very informative.

    They outlined in specific detail, several commonalities that the Secret Service had noticed in the behavior of each of these individuals, ultimately leading up to their acts of violence.

    Two of the agents interviewed had closely examined and interviewed numerous attackers (including of high profile public figures) such as Sirhan Sirhan, Mark David Chapman, Artie Bremmer, which they obviously did in order to try and develop a profile, if possible, or at least a better predictive handle on what drives these killers, as well as what common or standout characteristics they exhibit.

    The report said there really is no profile, as such, but that these individuals do exhibit several common characteristics, many of which Loughner exhibited over time.

    But one of the conclusions that came out in the course of the discussion, seems to me to be very pertinent in the context of these repeated false accusations that have been made against Sarah Palin and others on the right.

    Specifically, one of those commonalities, according to one of the Secret service agents, Robert Fine, is that the motivation for such assassinations is almost never “pure and simple” political. When he was asked if politics was ever the motivation in any of the 83 cases they closely examined, here was his precise answer:

    "I cannot think of a case," said Fine, "where politics pure and simple was the motivation. Sometimes people used a political language. But people are more complicated than attacking someone over, quote, a political motive."

    That question and answer begins at about 6:50 on the clip.

    Clearly that only further undermines the already thoroughly discredited and baseless theory being insisted upon by commentators of the left.

    Also, Pelly further stated that afterward, every single one of the assassins or attackers, according to the secret service who interviewed them all extensively, experienced no satisfaction in what they had done (i.e., it didn't "solve" their problems) and they all ended up feeling "profound regret about what they had done."

    Here is the CBS Overtime video which contains additional information.