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Media outrage is often misplaced

With complete predictability, the media jumps all over the tragic shooting of an American congresswoman, providing political overtones where none in fact exist. Thus, Nicholas Leonard (Irish Independent, January 10) could state that a "Democratic congresswoman was shot for being too liberal on healthcare," though there isn't a shred of evidence to connect the two events.

The 'toxic' nature of political discourse is decried by the very media which contributes mightily to that toxicity by falsely associating a senseless act of violence by a mad man to Sarah Palin and the 'right wing'.

Where was the media outrage when Sarah Palin was hung in effigy during the 2008 presidential campaign, a picture of which was printed in our leading national newspaper? That was pretty toxic.

Where was the media outrage when George Bush was constantly vilified as a Hitler? That was pretty toxic. Who said, during the 2008 presidential campaign, that "If they bring a knife to the fight we bring a gun"? Surely, by the media's own standards, this is an incitement to violence.

But it couldn't be, because this statement was made by none other than Barack Obama.

James McGrath

Hollyford, Co Tipperary