BLAME PALIN

The Telegraph’s Toby Harnden has a good blogpost about the “unseemly rush to blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and Republicans for murder in Arizona”.

I noticed this eagerness to blame the Right, and Palin in particular, when reading some BBC twitterers last night.

BBC News strand editor Rachel Kennedy, whose opinionated tweets (highlighted here on Biased BBC) led Director of News Helen Boaden to issue a warning email to all BBC staff, continues to be unconcerned about impartiality. In Kennedy’s view the cross-hair imagery in a map of pro-Obamacare Democrats produced by Sarah Palin was of such significance to yesterday’s shootings that she hoped it would bring about Palin’s downfall:


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As Toby Harnden points out “martial imagery is standard political fare” and has been used by the Democrats when targeting Republicans. Such details are of no concern to a Palin-hating BBC news editor, though. Is it any wonder that BBC news output is so aggressively negative towards Palin when its editors openly express a desire to see her done for? It would be nice to think that such views would “do for” Rachel Kennedy, but as she works at the BBC she will no doubt be lauded instead.

The cross-hair map attracted BBC reporter Nicola Pearson’s attention too. She was concerned that it wasn’t receiving enough attention, and evidently was also impressed with the thoughtful balanced opinions of Kevin Maguire:


BBC US correspondent Katie Connolly was another who was keen to get in a mention of the Tea Party:


For BBC Radio Shropshire’s painfully right-on Jim Hawkins the map was the thing, as it was for BBC Twitter instructor Sue Llewellyn:


(Incidentally, “fieldproducer” is Sky News’ Neal Mann who last week was warning other journalists not to jump to conclusions about the arrest of the landlord in the Joanna Yeates murder case. No such worries about wild speculation for British broadcast journalists when there’s Palin-bashin’ to be done.)

Fiona Graham, a BBC “technology of business reporter” was very taken with the views of acute Palin Derangement Syndrome sufferer Roger Ebert:


Unfortunately for all the BBC employees desperate to pin the blame on Palin and the evil American Right, Caitie Parker, a former school friend of the shooter, had been offering some insight into his past politics and strange beliefs:


Doesn’t sound like he’d be a natural Palin-loving Tea Party supporter, does it?

It’s also worth noting that none of the BBC twitterers quoted above chose to mention that Giffords had enemies on the left, as this now-deleted blogpost at leftie website Daily Kos shows [click to enlarge]:

UPDATE 13.20. Gavin Esler has blessed us with his tuppence-worth this morning:


The BBC College of Journalism’s Marc Settle (h/t John Horne Tooke):


UPDATE 13.50. Remember how the BBC’s America editor rushed to inform us, incorrectly, that the Fort Hood shooter wasn’t motivated by religion? How very different from the BBC stampede to link yesterday’s sad events to Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

UPDATE 14.20. Which US politician said the following in 2008? “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”. See here.

UPDATE 14.45. A further thought. What does Rachel Kennedy’s Sarah Palin tweet say about Helen Boaden’s authority? The BBC’s Director of News pontificates about impartiality but her underlings continue to ignore her.

UPDATE 16.00. Another tweet from last night, this one from senior BBC journalist Toby Brown:


I think it’s safe to say that BBC hatred of Sarah Palin runs wide and deep. Murderous dictators in Africa don’t elicit this type of reaction. Truly weird.

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66 Responses to BLAME PALIN

  1. Martin says:

    Yes old crater face Silverton was going on and on about it tihs moring moaning why the papers hadn’t made more of Palin’s ‘target map’.

    Seems that Palin gets the blame for everything from the left, the BBC clearly want to hype up the anti Palin stuff even though as far as I’m aware the nutter who did this NEVER mentioned Palin on any of his web postings.

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  2. hippiepooter says:

    With BBC News in the hands of such blatant left-wing hatemongers, how can any self respecting Conservative MP – how can any self-respecting democrat – sit in the House of Commons and not protest against such obscenity and demand action to remove these patently unfit people from their positions?

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  3. Charlie says:

    Who did they blame when Stephen Timms was stabbed by a Muslim women. I forget.

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  4. George R says:

    Meanwhile, a political shoe-in:

    “David Miliband in approach to BBC”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hv71eWF8a1ZxV1U_zgGdYZ-Q5NdA?docId=N0050031294529581009A

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  5. John Horne Tooke says:

    Is this what the BBC sees as incitement to commit murder? Unbeliveable.

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  6. Craig says:

    They’re all at it. Paddy O’Connell (‘Broadcasting House’) was just as keen to insinuate the link between this so-far unexplained attack and Sarah Palin: 

    “Her office is in Tucson, where she was born 40 years ago, and it had been last year. She supported the health care bill which polarised the country and led to sharp political debate on the airwaves and in the heartlands. The Republican vice-presidential candidate in the last general election Sarah Palin had featured consituencies supporting the bill on her facebook page as seats seen as targets with cross-hairs.”

    Talking to the mayor of Tucson, he asked:

    “..I believe her district has been targeted on a webpage with cross-hairs on it as part of a campaign against the health reform act?”

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  7. Craig says:

    The use of images of cross-hairs, as Toby Harnden points out, is hardly unusual in politics. Quite the reverse. The Right uses them, the Left uses them, the media uses them, Guido uses them. We use them in Britain. It’s standard political imagery. They’ve never been cited as incitements to murder before.

    The attempt to link Sarah Palin’s use of them to this murder spree is surely silly, opportunistic and shameless. Even if the man had a right-wing political motive (for which there is even less evidence than that he had a left-wing motive), the BBC is wrong to keep pushing this – without giving someone the chance to counter it. They are giving one side’s view, which – as DB has shown – coincides with their own view. Where’s the genetic impartiality here?  Left-wing American bloggers may do it if they like, but the BBC should try being impartial and stop insinuating a link.

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  8. John Horne Tooke says:

    Wow. Sarah Palin put a bullseye on the Arizona congresswoman who’s been shot in the head”
    http://twitter.com/marcsettle

    And this idiot works in the BBC college of journalism.

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    • John Horne Tooke says:

      Notice how he does not check out his sources first. If he did he would see how “Sarah Palin put a bullseye on the Arizona congresswoman” is nowhere near the truth. Is this what passes as honest journalism these days?

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  9. Demon1001 says:

    I had hoped that for once the left would not sink to this level.  My hope was not strong, as I hold a very low opinion of their integrity and honesty, but still had a tiny hope they would not be so sick as to turn this tragedy into a dirty, disgusting, stomach churning, vomit-inducing piece of petty point-scoring. 

    However, I was neither shocked nor surprised to see them decend this low.  It’s just par for the course and is probably even worse than that disgusting “Good day to bury bad news” memo on 9/11.

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  10. tendryakov says:

    If you listen to Any Questions, at around 45 minutes, you will hear Ken Livingstone call for the present government of the UK to be incinerated:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x45c7

    We know who to blame if anything happens, don’t we?

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  11. Martin says:

    One thing that has shocked me is how little coverage has been given to the murder of the young child yesterday. Politicians and judges must accept a degree of risk in their job, yet this little girl has had almost no mention at all from the media or the politicians faunicating all over the airways.

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    • Umbongo says:

      Give’m time Martin.  The little girl tragically murdered by a pathetically deranged lunatic will, whatever the truth of the matter, become a secular saint in the war against the Tea Party.  In the same way Stephen Lawrence, who died at the hands of white criminals, has become a secular saint to race hustlers everywhere and a convenient poster boy in the successful effort to emasculate the upholding of race-blind law by the police.

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    • hippiepooter says:

      Well you just aint right wing then, izyuh?  I dont know of one conservative who would not happily blow away a child if they thought they might vote Democrat.  Any fool wots knowz that.  Dontcha watch the BBC mate?

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    • Geyza says:

      Well that may be because the little girl’s father still supports the freedom to bear arms and has stated very calmly that occasional tragedies like this is the price we pay for a free society, and he would hate the alternative.

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  12. Charlie says:

    “The readiness of the left to establish a direct causal relationship between this isolated act of violence, apparently by a madman, and Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Fox News, or conservative talk radio contrasts starkly with their point-blank refusal to associate acts of violence by Muslims – which the perpetrators almost always justify by reference to Islamic scriptures and teachings – with Islam.”

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  13. John Horne Tooke says:

    There is another page that is still up at Daily Kos
    Gabrialle Gifford is highlighted as a “Blue Dog” and the punchline is:
    “Not all of these people will get or even deserve primaries, but this vote certainly puts a bulls eye on their district.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/25/1204/74882/511/541568

    So they must be “responsible” for the killings. QED

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    • hippiepooter says:

      What I think is really telling is there is not one conservative pundit out there pathetic enough to suggest from this information that the murderer is a left-wing Democrat who killed M/s Giffords for being a moderate.  On the Left, no end of the pathetic scumbugs doing the opposite.  If the Left faced a moral audit it would make our financial crisis look like a boom.

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  14. John Horne Tooke says:

    Has anyone been shot in any of these states recently? If so the democrats are responsible.

    Democrats should craft a heartland strategy that targets winnable states in the South, the lower Midwest, and the Rocky Mountain West. At the very least, a heartland strategy would wreak havoc behind enemy lines.”
    http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=253055&kaid=127&subid=171

    Isn’t this a joke. I know there is no intention to incite political assasinations by writing such a piece and so do most reasonable people. But the media including the BBC, The Mail and the Mirror really push the idiotic notions that mass murder was a result of some political map. The BBC are not a first class news organisation but a corporation staffed with left wing idiots who should be dismissed from their posts for suggesting such a conspiracy.

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Sorry, JHT, I didn’t see this before posting a link to that map on the thread below.  I wonder if this shouldn’t be given a post of its own, highlighting BBC hypocrisy.

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      • D B says:

        I did actually link to that map in my blogpost above – see “used by the Democrats”. It’s that dilemma about what one links to (risking that it gets ignored) and what one reproduces in the blog. Guess I should’ve posted the map.

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  15. hippiepooter says:

    >>UPDATE 14.45. A further thought. What does Rachel Kennedy’s Sarah Palin tweet say about Helen Boaden’s authority? The BBC’s Director of News pontificates about impartiality but her underlings continue to ignore her.<<  
     
    It says they all know that they have free rein to be biased and M/s Boaden’s comments were just for public consumption.  Just like the way Chris Summers and his boss flagrantly ignored David Jordan’s ‘strictures’ on impartiality by having a Labour Council candidate dealing with election complaints.  When Jordan and his colleagues put together these documents on ‘impartiality’ and their staff read them, they must all have a really good laugh.  One imagines that when they get issued a memo goes out asking staff to take extra care not to spill coffee on their computers.

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    • D B says:

      When the BBC’s latest editorial guidelines came out last year I suggested that they must be printed on toilet paper.

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  16. hippiepooter says:

    I have to say, that until this moment I thought Congresswoman Giffords was dead.  I’ve just read in the Telegraph it was a false report.  I’m sure like any democrat, we all feel a tremendous amount of relief and joy at that, while not forgetting those who were killed in the senseless attack.  I cannot help but wonder though, I think it has to be said, if the moral monstrosities pedalling the obscene slander that Sara Palin is to blame do not at least feel a tinge of disappointment that Congresswoman Gifford has survived?

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  17. George R says:

    BBC-Democrats seem less concerned with the murder of Arizona Judge John Roll, who was appointed by Republican President George Bush, Sr.

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  18. David Preiser (USA) says:

    BBC News Channel just had Rajesh Mirchandani’s report from Arizona.  The BBC is now admitting that the murderer was mentally unstable, and that he had made some anti-government comments, but have censored certain information from their reporting.

    Mirchandani (or a producer with a camera while he was doing something else) got comments from two of the murderer’s high school classmates.  Both of them said that he was a loner and always weird, and just got weirder after high school.

    The Beeboids are speculating right now what might have driven the nutter to commit murder.

    Censored by the BBC:

    “As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy,” the former classmate, Caitie Parker, wrote in a series of Twitter feeds Saturday. “I haven’t seen him since ’07 though. He became very reclusive.”

    “He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in ’07, asked her a question & he told me she was ‘stupid & unintelligent,’ ” she wrote.

    So he was LEFT WING, and was angry at Gifford before anyone ever heard of Sarah Palin.  Nothing to do with Fox News or political talk shows.

    BBC = Scum.

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    • D B says:

      All those Caitie Parker tweets were in my original blogpost above. And not via a link – actual see it for yourself stuff.

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      • D B says:

        Are my bloposts so boring that everyone gives up after the “Read More” bit?

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        • Millie Tant says:

          Possibly, but I don’t think so.  I for one didn’t see the “Read More”. Even if someone tells me to read more and I see that instruction, there is quite a strong chance I won’t do so. 

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        • hippiepooter says:

          Dont be so glum!  It was a first class piece, but I’m sure not everyone referred to each link you posted!

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      • David Preiser (USA) says:

        Apologies, DB, I was trying to show that the BBC was quoting the same people but censoring news that was printed in the NY Times.  I was upset and forgot to credit your post.

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  19. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Female Beeboid on the News Channel just now asking an Arizona reporter if the Democrats are going to do anything about “lax” gun laws.

    Now the AZ a-hole is blaming Palin’s target map and a local TV ad with a target on Giffords.  No mention whatsoever of the murderer’s statement that he didn’t like Giffords in 2007, and that he was already unhinged.

    BBC laps it up, and continues to push the Narrative that only Republicans use the target meme, continues to blame Sarah Palin, and continues to censor the news that the murderer is a Leftoid who likes the same political manifestos they do.

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  20. George R says:

    “The Arizona shootings were like Kwanzaa come early for America’s liberal fascists”

    by James Delingpole 

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100071019/the-arizona-shootings-were-like-kwanzaa-come-early-for-americas-liberal-fascists/

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  21. D B says:

    Typically good observations on this subject from Autonomous Mind.

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  22. Craig says:

    I try not to stray from the subject of BBC bias but if you want to read an article that shows how low British left-wing journalists can sink, read this from the Guardian‘s Ed Pilkington – a masterclass in bullshitting, newly-written yet based on no new information.  
     
    He misses out all those inconvenient scraps of information we’ve had all day about the possible left-wing aspects to the killer’s beliefs and uses only those that can be construed as right-wing ones to build an attack on the Tea Party, Fox News and Glenn Beck. Pilkington twists the incoherent ravings of a killer into a coherent right-wing ideology, by interpreting like crazy. It’s easy, if you’ve got no shame, to be that sort of journalist. And, if you’re a Guardian writer, your readers will lap it up.  
     
    What’s puzzled me throughout the day is, with all the feverish speculation about this creature’s ideology, no-one seems to have pointed out another possibility. Someone who includes Mein Kampf among his list of favourite books and then tries to murder a Jewish congresswoman could just be an anti-semite. Why is no-one speculating about that?

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    • Demon1001 says:

      I would like to say that this level of intellectual dishonesty shocks me, but unfortunately my opinion of the Left-Wing nutjobs like Guardian writers and readers is so low that this doesn’t even mildly surprise me that come out with this evil rubbish.

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    • NotaSheep says:

      Because Jews are fair game now that israel is the evil state.

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  23. Martin says:

    Did I hear right that this nut job tried to see the Congresswoman back in 2007?

    I just wonder what ‘rabble rousing’ Sarah Palin and the Tea Party were doing back then…….

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  24. Johnny Norfolk says:

    Mark Mardell started the blame Palin game on last night nights BBC news. Its just so the left wing way of doing things.

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  25. Martin says:

    So we know this guy had a letter from the Congresswoman from 2007, so did he have a fixation with her even before that?

    Don’t expect the BBC to report this though, it seems Fox is the only network doing this so far, the BBC will simply continue to spin the lies that it’s all the fault of Palin and Glenn Beck, the BBC are taking their reporting as usual from the leftie hate sites.

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  26. John Horne Tooke says:

    Apparently some obnoxious messages are being deleted from Sarah Palins facbook.

    Here is the BBC College of Journalism represetative again.

    “Read this: moderation of Palin’s FB page. Amazing story, well told ->> http://bit.ly/fmHxfa via @docrichard @karinjr @malcolmcoles”
    http://twitter.com/marcsettle

    This is what he links to

    “Obama London”

    “Barack Obama supporters in the UK.”
    http://obamalondon.blogspot.com/2011/01/inexplicable-edits-on-sarah-palins.html

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  27. John Horne Tooke says:

    “Bloody hell, that’s shocking RT @jimallthetime: @suellewellyn Seen this? She was on this map *shakes head* http://huff.to/h1yJE2
    http://twitter.com/suellewellyn

    Sue Llewellyn
    Journalist. Broadcaster. Communicator. Ex TV newshound. BBC Social Media trainer.

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  28. John Horne Tooke says:

    republicans and the tea party need to immediately stop inciting their members to violence. it’s disgusting and undemocratic and horrifying.”

    http://twitter.com/wendybaileypr

    Wendy Bailey
    Communications consultant + radio presenter/producer *BBC Essex

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  29. John Horne Tooke says:

    My goodness the list just goes on and on. This one is telling

    ” alexwilcock  Seems @sarahpalinusa’s taken down her terrorist incitement page, but tweeted about gold prices. Priorities: making cash & covering her arse.”

    http://twitter.com/CliveLewis01

    Clive Lewis, Norwich
    BBC reporter

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    • Demon1001 says:

      ” sarah palin tweeted: ‘Don’t Retreat, RELOAD’. today a house democrat, a judge, and 9 year old girl were shot by tea party members in arizona”  
       
      This complete fabrication came from that Wendy Bailey.  That one should be investigated by the police.

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  30. Roger Shrubber says:

    Oh purlease! Sara Palin’s bunch put a map up suggesting there were 20 folks to target in attempts to out Democrats who voted for Healthcare reform. With crosshairs. Posts a note about not retreating, but reloading. Then after the shooting, suddenly deletes said map, and any quote/reference that could be seen as incitement to violence, whilst EVENTUALLY posts note passing on condolences, mixed with ‘not me, gov’ sentiment.

    It’s reported by most media operations in the US, bar ‘Fair and Balanced Fox News’, but because the BBC report it, it’s biased? Jesus you lot are desperate.

    Oh and not forgetting the notes on Facebook where one guy suggests that getting Giffords was a start because she’s Jewish, pro-health care, anti NRA, and pro gay. 1 down, 16 to go.. it says. plus another suggesting that shooting the 9yr old was a good idea because for all we knew, she would possibly grow up a bleeding heart liberal.

    Not forgetting how quickly Palinites have cleansed Palins Facebook Wall of any criticism, even faster than usual, but left the note about it being a good idea to kill a 9yr old for a fair bit..

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  31. Roger Shrubber says:

    I know this is a BBC bashing site. Can we please refer to references on non-BBC sites that say the same thing as the BBC? 

    Mark Mardell was NOT the first person in the UK to highlight the Palin Map. For such a load of alleged hi-brow twitter followers, a simple search on the subject on Saturday night, had the Palin links WAAAAYY before Mardell mentioned it. Ok he was the first on BBC, as no one had mentioned it on News24, a point many non-BBC twitterers found annoying in its absence.

    Ok so the guy wasn’t Tea Party-esque in the conventional form. He was anti-US Government, anti-healthcare reform, bit extreme. Bit odd. How many Tea Partyers do you see/hear on any media that would pass as normal, cogent, sensible not-gullible human beings? Obama being muslim because of a non-Caucasian middle name? Does that make Chris Martin’s kid a fruit? They can only produce a copy of his Hawaiian birth certificate, so he’s actually born in Kenya?
    Seems normal, don’t you think?

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    • Demon1001 says:

      Are you drunk?

      Try reading the whole thread and see the proof which shows the shooter as much more in line as one of your fellow lefties. This is a site holding the BBC to account, so where the BBC is yet again lying, and exploiting this tragedy to push its own sick agenda you actually find yourself in support of its actions.  You must be equally sick in the head.

      Apparently some Palin references were removed, so were some Democrat pieces, including some even more damning than anything Palin’s people had come up with.  Try opening your eyes and your mind, otherwise you will remain in your pit of self-delusion, bile and hate.

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    • John Horne Tooke says:

      “..anti-healthcare reform,” prove it.

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    • Millie Tant says:

      Are you American?

      You’ve got yourself into a fair old state there but you haven’t addressed most of the points that have been made on this site about Beeboid Bias and double standards in regard to Sarah Palin. Have you read the rest of the threads that highlight the difference between Beeboid favourable treatment of an Islamic murderer at Fort Hood and grossly hostile and vivious treatment of Sarah Palin who hasn’t killed anyone, doesn’t want to kill anyone and is no danger whatsoever to anyone? Same with the disparity in treatment of Obama the Worshipped, the Democratic Party, Rev Wright and the treatment of Sarah Palin.

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    • John Horne Tooke says:

      If any children get blown up for not towing the AGW line, then people like Richard Curtis will be responsible. The incitement here is clear unlike the tenuous links you have made to some woman in Alaska and the horrific killings of innocent people by a mental case. Would you agree?


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    • John Horne Tooke says:

      Maybe Roger should read this ans see how stupid it all is.

      http://order-order.com/2011/01/10/the-guardians-violent-rhetoric/

      He won’t of course because reasoned argument is anathema to peoplelike him

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  32. David Price says:

    If Sarah Palin’s crosshairs are to blame for this nutjob killing, then it logically follows the NUS is directly liable for all violence done to people and property at their first riot – I mean ‘demo’. Remember ‘Demo-lition’ on the NUS flyers? Send the bill to the NUS, then.

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  33. sconzey says:

    I think it’s safe to say that BBC hatred of Sarah Palin runs wide and deep. Murderous dictators in Africa don’t elicit this type of reaction. Truly weird.

    Pas d’ennemis à Gauche, Pas d’amis à Droite

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  34. Roger Shrubber says:

    Hmm, that Grauniad piece would be the piece opposite the link on Guido’s site that highlighted this learned piece. The piece that, along with a piece on the frontpage of the Indie, was IIRC trashed in both BBC and Sky paper reviews. 

    Sorry, but it’s pretty desperate to suggest the views of some BBC Essex bod would sway one’s views? 

    Sorry, but if every other (non Fox News) news outlet in the States was making the link between Palinites, maps, crosshairs etc. and the shooting, and twitter feeds were full of pleas that no UK media were making the link (until Mardell), how can the BBC be said to be leading the anti-Palin bias? Not even the saintly (I guess) Sky News mentioned until well into the cycle any Palin refs. By this time the seemingly guilt-free Palinites had started their cleanup campaign, and then, a long time after that got under way, issued a statement. 

    I’m not sure what certain digs were meant to imply. That I’m pro-BBC, therefore a Grauniad reader, but would miss their front page splash. That I’m a left wing Tory voter, because I don’t see bias in everything the BBC says/does. No doubt some on here would, it seems see left-wing bias if Glenn Beck came out and said he was against such assassinations. He did come out against violence (but replaced his image on his website in a Daniel Craig/Bond style pic with a nice handgun).

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    • John Horne Tooke says:

      Are you on some medication? Try putting  full stops in your sentances. Then you may make   sense.

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  35. Roger Shrubber says:

    Btw, seems a BBC reporter might have tweeted a few pro-Crawley Town tweets last night. Not seen lengthy blogpost quoting the Sage of R5, Richard Bacon, the doyen of free thinkers (in his dreams!) or the agenda setting views of Bod from BBC Radio Essex on the topic..

    Can’t have opinions on the BBC, now, can we..

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