From the 1-11-11 edition of the Morning Jolt:
Where’s Sheriff Andy Griffith When We Need Him?
Say this for Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. He may have dropped the ball on numerous red flags and other signs of a potential threat from the Tucson gunman, and he certainly didn’t bother to assign any deputies or other police personnel to the Congress on Your Corner event that turned into a massacre, despite his apparent belief that his state and the community he serves “have become the Mecca of prejudice and bigotry.”
But when it comes to policing our airwaves, he’s on the case!
ABC News: “The Arizona sheriff investigating the Tucson shooting that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded had harsh words today for those engaging in political rhetoric, calling conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh ‘irresponsible’ for continuing the vitriol. ‘The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,’ Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. ‘[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences.’ Limbaugh today railed against the media and Dupnik for trying to draw a link between the heated political climate and the shooting rampage, calling the sheriff a ‘fool.’ But Dupnik stood by his assertions. ‘The vitriol affects the [unstable] personality that we are talking about,” he said. ‘You can say, ‘Oh no, it doesn’t,’ but my opinion is that it does.’”
Hey, thanks for your opinion, Clouseau. Dare you interrupt your rewriting of the Constitution and self-appointed duties of National Political Discourse Referee for a little bit of actual police work?
I’m envious of the acidic take from the JammieWearingFool: “I’ve got a new name for Dupnik. Sheriff Nifong. Just a sneaking suspicion, but I think when the fallout clears, Rush Limbaugh will still be broadcasting while this jerk is ushered into retirement, if not the penitentiary (ship him over to Sheriff Joe Arpaio). Until then I hope Rush beefs up security. I wouldn’t want Sheriff Nifong’s incendiary rhetoric to pose any threat to him. I mean, you know how unhinged those lefties can be.”
Pat Dollard thinks this is step one: “This is going to be the Left’s tactic to enforce a clampdown on the Right’s speech: they will push for censorship legislation (aka hate speech legislation) based not on Jared Loughner being a Conservative, because he wasn’t and they can’t, but based on ‘tone’. You will see Leftist propagandists doing ‘mea culpas’, pretending to take blame for being part of the ‘tone problem’ in order to snooker the people into supporting censorship legislation designed to censor the Conservative voice in America.”
But at Hot Air, Allahpundit thinks he’s doing enormous damage to his own argument: “As annoyed as you are at this tool for being a ludicrous political hack and a disgrace to his office, please do understand that he’s inadvertently a huge asset to conservatives. Just watch him answer Diane Sawyer’s question about whether it’s appropriate for an investigator to tie his pet theories about talk radio to this case without any evidence. Answer: ‘Well, that’s my opinion. People can have their own opinions.’ We’re talking about a horrific murder spree here, an international news event, with political tensions between left and right terribly inflamed because of it, and the lead fact-finder on the case is yakking to broadcast news about Rush Limbaugh because ‘that’s my opinion.’ Naturally that’ll make him an instant hero to the left, but I can’t believe there’s a cop anywhere who won’t watch this and cringe all the way through. I’m also trying to imagine the reaction in the county D.A.’s office as this imbecile does his level best to prejudice the trial they’re eventually going to have to conduct. But then, what does a conviction of a mass murderer matter when Diane Sawyer’s sticking a mic in your face?”
I’m sure everyone in Tucson feels safer, knowing he can squeeze in a little police work in between television appearances . . .