Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ian O'Doherty: Oh dear -- here we go again

Published 13/01/2011 | 05:00

The cynicism of the American Left in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting (I was quite rightly taken to task by a reader earlier this week for referring to her in the past tense, sorry about that) continues to be truly breathtaking.

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In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the finger was immediately pointed at an unholy trinity of American talk radio, Sarah Palin and the lunatic fringe of the Tea Party as responsible for driving Loughner to do what he did.

When it quickly became clear that her assailant was simply a mentaller who was always going to do something crazy and he hadn't even voted in the last election, you might have thought that the people who were so quick to cast aspersions would have put their hands up and said sorry. And you would be wrong.

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