Blames Tea Party candidate. Mass media blanketing America with dangerous hate speech making innocent people accomplice to murder. They don't oppose inflammatory rhetoric after all.
- Congressman says Sharron Angle may have influenced Arizona shooter. Doesn't note shooter singled out and spoke to Gabrielle Giffords at least 3 years ago.
"U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in Congress, said Sunday the deadly shooting in Arizona should get the country thinking about what's acceptable to say publicly and when people
- should keep their mouths shut.
Clyburn said he thinks vitriol in public discourse led to a 22-year-old suspect opening fire Saturday at an event Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords held for her constituents in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and 14 others were injured, including Giffords.
The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech, Clyburn said from his office, just blocks from the South Carolina Statehouse. He wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine,
- in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use 'better judgment.'
'Free speech is as free speech does,' he said. 'You cannot yell ‘fire' in a crowded theater and call it free speech and some of what I hear, and is being called free speech, is worse than that.'
Clyburn used as an example a comment made by Sharron Angle, an unsuccessful U.S. senatorial candidate in Nevada, who said the frustrated public may consider turning to 'Second Amendment remedies' for political disputes unless Congress changed course.
- Clyburn said the man accused of shooting Giffords did just that.
'He saw a Second Amendment remedy and that's what occurred here and there is no way not to make that connection,' Clyburn said.
- Despite Clyburn's position, law enforcement has not yet revealed any motives in the shooting.
Clyburn has been the most outspoken of the state's congressional delegation on the shooting.
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, the 1st District Republican, said the Fairness Doctrine would stifle free speech and be harmful to the public, but he would say little on the matter beyond that.
- Engaging in a partisan conversation is not appropriate now, Scott said, because the focus of Saturday's shooting should remain on prayer for the victims.
'A 9-year-old little girl is gone and the Fairness Doctrine is not going to bring her back,' Scott said.
The Fairness Doctrine has been a controversial subject during the Obama administration. The Federal Communications Commission in 1987 stopped enforcing the policy that required the media to present both sides of an issue. Now, with the popularity of partisan cable news, some want the FCC to use the policy to inject balance into heated media discussions.
- she opposed such a policy in 'any way shape or form.'
Scott published an opinion piece in a October 2009 edition of The Post and Courier, writing that he, too, opposed the Fairness Doctrine, calling it is a 'clever way to regulate speech.'...
- 1/10/11, Partial list of hate and violence the left is apparently free to spew, via Michelle Malkin, "Progressive Climate of Hate"
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