Well, it didn’t take long for the cable news station that asks its viewers to LEAN FORWARD (into the idiot box) got caught outright fabricating news in its sensationalist graphics to try to make themselves oh so cutting edge in the Tucson affair:
Here’s a graphic MSNBC was using yesterday in its coverage of the Tucson shootings:
It’s a powerful image. I saw it at the gym on a number of muted televisions, and it stuck with me.
It’s also complete bullshit. There is zero evidence that political rhetoric had any influence on Jared Loughner. In fact, there’s increasing evidence that he had no interest in politics at all. So does the truth simply not matter at MSNBC
Of course, Loughner’s circle of acquaintances have stated it loudly and often that he didn’t watch television or care for politics at all (it’s hardly something that’s easy to escape, even on the internet). So I’m anxiously awaiting to see how the executives at NBC will end up trying to paint people who don’t watch TV or root for a team in politics with that freshly dipped brush of “crazy” they’re holding.