Earlier today there was another horrific shooting which is being referred to as “The Empire State Building Shooting“.
Hours after the shooting, Rush Limbaugh made some controversial statements. I don’t listen to Limbaugh (or anyone on the radio, really… I just don’t have the time), but in this instance I did not like what he had to say:
LIMBAUGH: The New York Daily News and a lot of the New York media and some of the television networks — New York Daily News reporting that the Empire State Building shooter — you heard about this? OK. New York Daily News reporting the Empire State Building shooter did indeed kill his boss. Well, he was fired yesterday. He went out there and he killed his boss. I wonder if Obama’s constant warfare on bosses and so forth might have led this guy to pull the trigger.
LIMBAUGH: Oh, you ought to see the faces of the people on the other side of the glass. “Oh, no. Rush, you didn’t really said that — say that. We got time on the delay to — no, Rush. Oh, you didn’t really say” — yes, I said it. And we’re not going to bleep it out.
I’ll guarantee you, the last time there was a shooting in New York, who’d the mayor blame it on? Tea Party people that didn’t like health care, right? Gabby Giffords, you name it. The shooting out in Colorado. Brian Ross, Tea Party did it.
Well, here you got a guy shooting his boss for being fired. Who’s out there ripping bosses to shreds every day? Who’s out there ripping businesses to shreds every day? And who’s out there killing jobs every day?
So, yes. We’re trying to illustrate absurdity by being absurd. The absurd way the news media, the rest of the left, try to capitalize and politicize any terrible crime that they think they can associate with Republicans or conservatives. We’ve seen it time and time again.
So, why not give them a dose of their own medicine here? You think Obama, you think the Democrats have any blood on their hands with this shooting today?
Don’t be frightened in there on the other side of the glass. It isn’t any big deal.
I understand Rush’s statement “We’re trying to illustrate absurdity by being absurd,” but what I can’t stand is how counterproductive and polarizing this statement is. His implication goes far beyond Brian Ross’ inaccuracy when reporting the Colorado shooter’s political affiliation. Ross’ inaccuracy was brought upon by a lack of follow through with his fact checking. It was an incredibly stupid mistake… But a mistake, nonetheless. This is not the same situation. Limbaugh is actually encouraging the implication that the President himself is at fault for the shooter’s decision to kill his boss and then attempt to kill the police officers who tried to arrest him. The thought process is as ridiculous as Romney being blamed for the death of Joe Soptic’s wife!
It isn’t factual!
The only impact Rush’s statements are going to result in is the development of an increasingly more polarized political atmosphere. More finger-pointing/use of the “But he did it, too!” argument as some sort of justification for the inability to take the high road. And how is that going to help this nation? Especially in its most politically divisive time? How will Rush’s statements aid the development of compromise among the voters and their elected officials? We’re already in enough gridlock today as it is! If Rush wanted to help our political climate then you would think he would take the high road and say the exact opposite… You know, something like:
“Even if I had the political affiliation of the shooter and it turned out to be OWS, I wouldn’t use it to politicize a tragic shooting. The only purpose that kind of information serves is to divide and destroy the cohesiveness of a democracy.”
That is what I want to see! That is what America needs to see. And it’s about time somebody says it.