A few more thoughts on that Krugman brouhaha. First of all, let me apologize for my error in this post quoting Paul Krugman. I misread it and screwed up. No excuses.
But my overall point here is about the politicization of certain statements by people on the Right and how those statements are out of context, with no similar attention paid to similar statements from the Left. For example, it seemed clear that when Representative Boehner said Representative Steve Driehaus of Ohio was a “dead man,” he meant politically, yet the Left spun this as something akin to an assassination threat.
Another example is the now infamous coffin-on-Carnahan’s-lawn incident. The story has since been clarified:
Here is Howard’s original story as reported Wednesday night. Note it says the coffin was left in the front lawn on Wednesday. A second version says it was used in a protest Sunday, (but only worth taking to the press on Wednesday). A third version states Carnahan does not see the coffin as a threat, but instead asks for civil discourse.
As we now know, the coffin was a stage-prop. It was covered with an American flag, and the protest itself was covered by local television station KSDK. The coffin was not left on any lawn, but instead was used and then taken back to the garage of a St Louis Tea Party organizer.
And see the Editor’s Note on this Politico piece that acknowledges the error in reporting. What was implied as a coffin left on a congresman’s lawn as some sort of threat was, in fact, something else. I’m sure the Left will worry about the Twitter death threats against Palin because of this error in reporting with the same vigor they mention alleged Tea Party threats:
IS Sarah Palin still alive, please feel free 2 domecheck that bitch! she will look good in tha box the TP left on someones lawn
But if the new rules are that all political statement must be taken as literal declarations, what should we make of then candidate Obama’s rhetoric at a fundraiser in Philadelphia:
If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.
Imagine for a second that Sarah Palin had said this in the past few days. Would the MSM dismiss it as a jokey reference to a movie or something more sinister? We know the answer to that.
Civil discourse, as well, goes both ways. Here are some of the e-mails I’ve received from the DSCC over the past few weeks:
J.B. Poersch; 3/11/10; “Bull”
Sen. Dick Durbin; 2/24/10; “Abomination”
James Carville; 2/22/10; “Bullpuckey”
This is the civil discourse we should emulate?
Again, my apologies for my error. But the overall point stands.