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By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2011 | 4:45 PM EST

Fox News Watch panelists on Saturday named some villains concerning last week's tragedy in Tucson.

Aside from the shooter himself, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, and Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos were mentioned for their terrible coverage of this awful event (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2011 | 3:34 PM EST

Media outlet after media outlet panned Sarah Palin's video response to last Saturday's Tucson shootings with some going so far as claiming it ended any chance she might have of becoming president assuming that's even her goal.

Destroying this myth was a new poll published by Media Curves that actually found Americans seeing the former Alaska governor as more likeable, sincere, and believable after watching her speech:

By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2011 | 1:04 PM EST

During an impromptu reunion of CNN's "Crossfire" Friday, Pat Buchanan told his old sparring partner Bill Press, "You’ve got to get beyond being a fringe talk show host."

In the middle of a very heated debate on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," Buchanan strongly cautioned the host and his liberal guest, "I think this last week, there’s been a climate of hatred built up against [Sarah Palin] who did nothing and I tell you, if she does run for president of the United States, I pray to the lord she’s given secret service protection from day one" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | January 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM EST

The liberal media wasted no time in trying to exploit the shooting in Tucson, Arizona by blaming Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and conservatives in general for creating a "culture of violence" that led to the tragedy. Here is a video compilation of journalists and pundits promoting the meme in the hours and days that followed.

View video below

 

By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2011 | 11:32 AM EST

Mark Shields on Friday actually asked Charles Krauthammer if Sarah Palin unintentionally made last Saturday's shootings about herself and not the tragic event.

Krauthammer not only set the substitute host of PBS's "Inside Washington" straight, but also called for an apology from all those that shamefully tied the former Alaska governor to this awful tragedy (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2011 | 10:13 AM EST

A week after the tragedy in Tucson, the Left is beginning to realize it made a dreadful mistake immediately trying to tie the event to conservatives.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow summed it up marvelously Saturday:

By Brent Baker | January 15, 2011 | 9:12 AM EST

Two particularly peculiar bits of reasoning Friday night from Bill Maher on the season premiere of his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, starting with his bizarre explanation for why Jared Lee Loughner was able to commit mass murder. After panelist Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters, trumped how her native Canada has “universal health care,” Maher jumped in to assert:

Because we don't have government health care, that's one reason why a crazy person gets a gun because, you know what, it’s hard for a crazy person to get a job, so therefore it’s hard for them to get heath care in a country that doesn’t have government- (Audio: MP3 clip)

The conversation moved on and Maher never offered any further explanation, if there could even have been any which made any sense.

By Tim Graham | January 15, 2011 | 8:56 AM EST

Although it's been one week since the horrific Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 13 (including liberal Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) and days since the world has discovered that conservative politicians and talkers cannot be factually blamed, The Washington Post's Saturday "On Faith" page is recycling the attacks. A story by Daniel Burke of the Religion News Service doesn't let reality penetrate the brains of the religious left:

Loughner's political views were unclear. In a video posted on YouTube, the 22-year-old rails against what he sees as government conspiracies to brainwash Americans through grammar, and he rants about currency. Loughner's former philosophy professor described him to Slate magazine as "someone whose brains were scrambled." Although the suspect's intentions are unknown [?], Americans cannot ignore the country's increasing culture of violence, particularly in political discourse, said Rabbi David Saperstein, whose Reform Action Center of Reform Judaism has worked with Giffords.

By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2011 | 1:02 AM EST

More and more, the idea that Bill Maher has his own television show to advance his insane theories should be worrisome to right-thinking Americans.

Case in point: during the first installment of the new season of "Real Time" on HBO, Maher actually said with a straight face, "Because we don't have government healthcare, that's one reason why a crazy person gets a gun" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | January 14, 2011 | 10:42 PM EST

While a wave of conservatives denounced the flagrant act of  socialist Sen. Bernard Sanders sending out a fundraising letter on Tuesday, Cam Edwards at NRANews.com sends along another example. Sarah Brady also sent out a fundraising appeal for the anti-gun rights Brady Campaign on Thursday, complete with the usual photos of the Reagan assassination scene in 1981 where her husband Jim was shot:

Dear Friend,

Now is the time for tears, and to mourn the loss of life.  [And apparently to cash in. Ka-ching!] My heart goes out to Rep. Giffords's family and all the victims of Saturday's shooting.  Jim and I know all too well their pain.  As Jim said on CNN yesterday, "been there, know that." 

Now is also the time to ask "why?".  Why do these mass shootings continue to happen?

After Jim was shot I asked that question and the answer was clear — because of our weak gun laws.  And they are still too weak.

By Noel Sheppard | January 14, 2011 | 7:36 PM EST

Chris Matthews on Friday actually used material presented in a Hollywood movie to accuse former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of being convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dupe.

As DeLay presented his side of the case days after being sentenced to three years in prison for illegally influencing Texas politics, the "Hardball" host said, "You were tied up with people [like] Mike Scanlon and [Jack] Abramoff especially. I saw the movie...You looked like these guys were manipulating you as a member of Congress" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | January 14, 2011 | 6:50 PM EST

To publicize his new memoir, MSNBC hosted Rev. Albert Cutie on its Friday afternoon news programming. Fr. Cutie is a married priest in the Episcopal Church, having abruptly left the Catholic priesthood in May of 2009 after his secret love affair was made public. Cutie used the segment to criticize the Catholic Church's position on priestly celibacy and homosexuality.

"I can tell you that priests do have a sexual life, and what I talk about in the book is not really an attack toward the Church, it's the reality of what happens within the Church at every level," Cutie insisted, adding that the Church should consider liberalizing its stance on priestly celibacy.

The former priest has also appeared on ABC to tell his story and argue his case for liberalization of Church teaching. CBS was sympathetic to Cutie's plight in their coverage of his scandal. Cutie was fairly well-known as a Catholic priest – before he departed the Church, he hosted a television show for Spanish Catholics that was broadcast on the Catholic cable network EWTN. He was reportedly popular among his parishoners in the Archdiocese of Miami.
 

By NB Staff | January 14, 2011 | 5:13 PM EST

Earlier this morning, NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center (MRC) president Brent Bozell sat down with C-SPAN's Libby Casey for an interview on "Washington Journal."

Among other topics, Bozell addressed media coverage of the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) shooting.

"Where's the harm in having this discussion about civil discourse?" Casey asked Bozell.

"I think it's a very good discussion, don't get me wrong.... But don't tie it to what happened [in Arizona]," Bozell answered. "Don't say it's because Sarah Palin and the crosshairs [on her PAC's targeted midterm race map]."

For the excerpt, check out the video embedded below the page break or click here for MP3 audio.

By Lachlan Markay | January 14, 2011 | 4:56 PM EST

Ah, the perils that befall Chris Matthews when he brings a non-liberal on his show. Maybe this is why it happens so rarely.

MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan made an astute observation on Thursday's "Hardball": people who continue to blame Sarah Palin or any other conservative for Saturday's shooting in Tucson - people like Chris Matthews - are the new conspiracy theorists. They bear striking resemblance to 'Truthers' and 'Birthers' in their refusal to allow evidence to alter their views (video below the fold - h/t Jeff Poor).

By NB Staff | January 14, 2011 | 4:41 PM EST

The race is still ongoing, with four candidates remaining, but Steele made an emotional exit under an hour ago. Use this thread to share updates and for any discussion related to Steele or the RNC generally. You can watch a live stream of coverage of the race here, compliments of C-SPAN.