Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Responsibility for stretching credibility

Sarah Palin is correct whenhe says news reports and analysis after the Arizona shootings encourage violence, even as those reports condemned it.

I followed the coverage over the weekend and I was struck by how quickly, and without any substance, reports linked what Palin said during the campaign to the shooting.

However, her choice of the term "blood libel" to characterize this reporting is at best ignorant and equally inaccurate.

According to Wikipedia:Blood libel (also blood accusation refers to a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, in European contexts almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays. Historically, these claims have – alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration – been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.


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