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Fox News Brushes Off Accused Colorado Killer’s ‘Rantings’ About Abortion, Politics

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Fox News Brushes Off Accused Colorado Killer’s ‘Rantings’ About Abortion, Politics

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This segment Monday from Fox News is perhaps the single most succinct example of media obfuscation over the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect accused of killing three people, including one police officer, and wounding nine others, was reported to have said “no more baby parts,” upon being arrested. Planned Parenthood drew a connection between Dear’s actions and the violent rhetoric used by Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail.

“Politicizing a tragedy,” said Fox News host Heather Childers. “Planned Parenthood blaming GOP rhetoric for the deadly shooting — and now Republican presidential candidates are firing back.”

“Firing back” — an unfortunate turn of phrase.

At the end of the segment, Fox News reporter James Rosen noted: “Published reports say that Robert Lewis Dear’s comment about ‘baby parts’ occurred amid a longer set of remarks about President Obama and politics in general — that police reportedly described as ‘rantings.'”

The Fox segment also showed clips of GOP presidential candidates including Carly Fiorina, who said: “What I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts, is this is typical left-wing tactics.

And from Mike Huckabee: “To blame people who have a strong philosophical disagreement with the dismembering of human babies, and with the selling of body parts — to say that we would like to retaliate by sending some madman into a clinic to kill people — God knows that’s not what anybody would want.”

We are not saying that all people who oppose abortion are directly responsible for the shootings at abortion clinics. But when an accused killer has reportedly declared to police that he did it in order to ensure “no more baby parts,” and also made comments opposed to President Obama — a report that so far has not been disputed — how exactly can anyone in the media even try to cloud the discussion over that individual’s own motives?

Screengrab via Fox News

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    1. imavettoo December 1, 2015

      Please go away Helena.

      Reply
  2. Dominick Vila December 1, 2015

    Instead of engaging in arguments with those who believe that comments such as “firing back” or Palin’s famous “reload” comments were just innocent metaphors articulated to illustrate subliminal ideas, or that using tissue for medical research purposes is the same as dismembering fetuses, we should take steps to ensure sanity prevails, and the best way to accomplish that is to vote.

    Reply
    1. A_Real_Einstein December 1, 2015

      It is time to eradicate these cockroaches at the polls. All Republicans are slime and need to be treated as such. Now they are killing people. Enough is enough.

      Reply
    2. TZToronto December 1, 2015

      I keep thinking that in this case a good guy with a gun, trained to use it effectively, was unable to stop a bad guy with a gun.

      Reply
      1. Chuck Edelstein December 1, 2015

        exactly – cool judgement under fire can be a combination of really good training and the right personality – even then, as you pointed out this kind of guy paid the ultimate price

        Reply
        1. TZToronto December 1, 2015

          The NRA and the gun violence apologists think everyone should be packing heat to keep the bad guys from killing people. As you point out, though, it’s not that easy to shoot the bad guy. I think for most people who are not trained to shoot at people, the first thought when seeing someone walking around with an AK-47 is, “What the . . .?” By the time you reach for your concealed weapon and decide to use it, you could be dead. And if you’re not already dead and someone else (another good guy) has pulled out his weapon, who are you gonna shoot? There are two people with weapons–not to mention yourself. This can turn out very badly.

          Reply
      2. Dominick Vila December 1, 2015

        Sad, but true.

        Reply
    3. @HawaiianTater December 1, 2015

      We live in a society where the lunatic fringe are not in the fringe where they belong. They are mainstream lunatics. If they ever gained complete control of the government, I have no doubt they would literally destroy the USA. We wouldn’t even have a country anymore. And that, my friend, is why it is so very important to vote.

      Reply
  3. robertblair3174 December 1, 2015

    The party of “Personal Responsibility” (once again) trying to avoid any responsibility

    Reply
    1. Dominick Vila December 1, 2015

      Who can forget Lt. Col. Oliver North, or W’s efforts to blame anybody but himself for inserting lies about Iraq’s nuclear weapons in a SOTU address, until his handlers convinced him to accept responsibility because, after all, that was “his” speech…

      Reply
  4. latebloomingrandma December 1, 2015

    If Republicans want to deny that their rhetoric has no effect on people’s actions, then might as well admit that all news reporting or political ads also are not persuadable

    Reply
    1. Eleanore Whitaker December 1, 2015

      The Republicans are public figures. As such, they are MORE, not less, responsible for their actions and their words. Their oath of office states that.

      Reply
  5. Eleanore Whitaker December 1, 2015

    Fact, millions of Americans saw and heard what the GOP investigation committee headed by one Rep. Chaffetz said and did. They deliberately and with malfeasance of forethought used a film showing that Planned Parenthood was using baby body parts. The very thing this murderer now claims was the reason he murdered innocent people. Now, the GOP wants to erase it from memory?

    At what point do we start to clamp down on sewer journalists who bastardize their 1st Amendment rights? What next? Allow them to yell, “Fire!” in a movie theater? Allow them to walk the streets pretending their are oh so powerful so long as an AK-47 is strapped to their bodies?

    If there is any more reason to hold the Republicans, Chaffetz and Fiorina responsible for their childish, vengeful, irresponsible, reckless behavior, I can’t imagine what more is needed.

    The 1st Amendment was NEVER intended to allow any man, woman or child to knowingly present to the public as a public figure that which they know is a lie, distortion of truth or in any way incites crime, mass hysteria or fear…all of which Fox is and has been most guilty of.

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    1. 1standlastword December 1, 2015

      As long as other people suffer the consequences of their irresponsible and malicious actions they won’t stop…not until evil comes to visit their homes. That is what it’s going to take!

      Reply
      1. Eleanore Whitaker December 2, 2015

        I never suffer the consequences of anyone else’s actions. I don’t walk around scared silly of the hysteria mongers who are control freaks in sheep’s clothing.

        There may be Americans out there who sit back silently and take whatever others dish out. I always, always, give as good as I got. Sometimes, I even give better than I got. That way they know not to try and pull BS with someone they can’t ever control.

        Reply
    2. David December 2, 2015

      Eleanore!!! Don’t forget Hildebeast’s lies also!

      Reply
      1. Eleanore Whitaker December 2, 2015

        Don’t forget that swaggering drawling asshat from your state who got elected twice after being a sotted drunk who got arrested right here in Princeton NJ with his drunken college buddies. Don’t forget that Bush never was president…he allowed Cheney to run the show like all of you moron Texans.

        Reply
  6. FT66 December 1, 2015

    Is there anyone who expects they have to admit their mistakes which led to people losing lives? Nevertheless, this is not over yet. So long the killer has been indicted, we are going to hear a lot, especially motives which made him decide to act as he did.

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  7. chino49p December 1, 2015

    cruz, fiorina, huck, faux news, limpballs, repugs and etc. are all perverts. Anytime a cop is killed they start blaming it on the pres., mayor De Blasio, civil rights activists and anybody who speaks out against BAD cops. They are quick to say that other peoples words encite violence, while the vitriol dripping from thiers doesn’t. They have the word hypocrite smeared all over themselves.

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    1. David December 2, 2015

      Yet you now want to blame the Republicans.

      Reply
  8. Paul December 1, 2015

    “What I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts, is this is typical left-wing tactics.”

    But Carly, that describes the gunman perfectly.

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    1. 1standlastword December 1, 2015

      Paul what this comment illustrates is the confused speech of a congenital liar!

      This is what shapes our attitudes and perceptions of politicians today.

      Since the flood of cash is without limit in our democracy we are seeing the most ambitious socio-pathic character entering into public service under the guise of moral public servant. As this character type gains the trust of Americans our world falls to deeper moral decay

      To me, as a group, they are like a Philistines hoard raping the minds of the feeble and pillaging the funds of America’s honest hardworking citizen voters

      Reply
  9. Wedge Shot December 1, 2015

    These three killing are on Fiorina’s soul.
    I hope you go to confession and tell the priest that you were responsible for three deaths.

    Reply
  10. 1standlastword December 1, 2015

    Here are the GOP candidates trying to mask culpability which only goes to support our perceptions of their congenital propensity to compulsively prevaricate!!

    I truly wish there were not effect of what politicians say in the media. If that were the case we wouldn’t need debates and they would need to sway a voting public.

    The proponents of pernicious republicanism need to accept the influence of their toxic activist rhetoric and act with a sense of adult responsibility and moral sensitivity

    Reply
  11. Insinnergy December 1, 2015

    SO they relentlessly push the line that abortion is evil, backed by Fiorina’s rantings, Chavez sensing a quick ratings boost, and doctored tapes from an extremist group who believes that abortion doctors should die….

    And somehow this isn’t anyone’s fault?

    Cowards.
    Liars.
    Shills.
    Political prostitutes.

    It’s all yours.
    Own it.

    Reply
  12. Eden Keel December 1, 2015

    according to republicans idiots its always someone else’s fault so lets just blame the demo stupid is as stupid does is the true republican mantra idiots themselves

    Reply

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