Tucson Arizona Shooting, Michelle Malkin: Ad Hominem Triumphs
Tucson Arizona Shooting: Michelle Malkin, The Right, The Left - Ad Hominem Triumphs - Moment Of Silence Just That...
Though the moment of silence for the victims of the tragic Tucson Arizona Shooting was observed, the reality is the heated rhetoric and language from the Right and Left continues unabated - a triumph for the ad hominem argument in the United States.
What does Ad Hominem Mean?
–adjective 1. appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason. 2. attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument.
Case in point Michelle Malkin and her recent blog post reminding users that the Left is just as hateful as the Right.
Michelle Malkin extensive post is a multi-media screed that displays a variety of photos. quotes, and videos from wing nuts on the Left.
The progressive climate of hate: A comprehensive illustrated primer in 8 parts:
I. PALIN HATE
II. BUSH HATE
III. MISC. TEA PARTY/GOP/ANTI-TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE HATE
IV. ANTI-CONSERVATIVE FEMALE HATE
V. LEFT-WING MOB HATE — campus, anti-war radicals, ACORN, eco-extremists, & unions
VI. OPEN-BORDERS HATE
VII. ANTI-MILITARY HATE
VIII. HATE: CRIMES — the ever-growing Unhinged Mugshot Collection
The Blog post seems to be an apparent effort by Michelle Malkin to say there are just a many crazies on the Left who say hateful things on the radio, TV, and online so why is the mainstream media blaming right wing crazies for the Tuscon Arizona Shooting?
On the Left we have Michael Moore delivering this Tweet
Michael Moore(@MMFlint) via Twitter
@SarahPalinUSA holds responsibility. As does the violence-provoking rhetoric of the Tea Party
It seems both the Left and Right have fallen sway to the ad hominem attack - a grim irony indeed, since Jared Laughner muses about ad hominem attacks on his youtube video on December 15th 2010.
f I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
I define terrorist.
Thus a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
You call me a terrorist.
Thus the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
Of course, the ad hominem attacks metastasize online, filling the comment threads of sites like Malkin, Fox, and their corresponding sites on the Left. Having said that the level of violent vitriol on sites like Fox Nation seem to be ascendant - a reflection perhaps of a Democrat holding the White House.
Critics of Fox News point to its community website Fox Nation as an arena for comments that promotes violence
Recent examples of these assassination fantasies on Fox Nation include comments calling for President Obama to "get what Kennedy got," for the CIA to "take this pres down" and a warning to the president that the Koran "ain't thick enough to stop a .308 round."
There is some evidence that Fox's murder fantasy culture has already helped to spark violent action. Reporting for Media Matters, journalist John Hamilton tells the story of Byron Williams, a Beck devotee who engaged in a shootout that injured two California Highway Patrol officers in July. After his apprehension, Williams told police he'd intended to travel Oakland California to kill people at the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU.
No matter where you may stand on this debate one thing that can be agreed on is the moment of silence for the victims of the Tucson Arizona Shooting at the Orange Bowl on Monday.
When is the moment of silence for the victims of the Tuscon Arizona Shooting?
The game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers set to begin at 6 p.m. local time has drawn nearly 100,000 people to the Phoenix area, a two-hour drive from where a gunman killed six and injured 17 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).