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Watch: The Ladies of 'The View' Discuss Political Vitriol, Crosshairs, and the Giffords Shooting


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  1. Is Whoopie wearing a snuggie?

    Posted by: clifford | Jan 10, 2011 2:04:17 PM

  2. The blood is on the hands of the right-wing media hate machine, radical Christian wackos and muti-national corporations funding the whole to enrich themselves. Thank you GOP and thank you all you folks who support and defend your vote for the GOP. Policies have consequences as do words.

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 10, 2011 2:22:37 PM

  3. Would someone on cable news please make this about gun control? Why does a 22 year old have access to a weapon that is not meant for hunting nor meant for defense against a single enemy, but is rather meant for killing, for firing off up to 30 rounds without reloading??? This is not the sort of weapon our founding fathers imagined. If this guy had a pistol or a rifle, yes, he probably would have shot one or two people. Because he had a semiautomatic, that many more people were killed and injured. Semiautomatic weapons should only be in the hands of people who have gone through background checks, psychological evaluations and certifications for positions that require such weapons. This kid should NEVER have had that gun. If anyone has blood on their hands, it is those who are afraid to stand up to the NRA. Right wing rhetoric now sounds tasteless given these events, but what precipitated them was a system that failed to defend citizens, ironically the opposite of why we fight for our freedom to bear arms.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 10, 2011 2:50:12 PM

  4. Sorry, but this clip just made me feel vitriolic toward Barbara Walters. A young Congresswoman shot and six people dead, including a 9 y.o. girl, and Walters has to first say she feels sorry for Sarah Palin? Walters has no perspective beyond protecting her interviewer status with those she finds "fascinating".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 10, 2011 2:54:52 PM

  5. Jared Loughner is a paranoid schizophrenic; his politics are, if any, meaningless. That said, friends describe him as:

    A pot-head, with far-left views

    He listed Mein Kampf [and the communist manifesto] as favorite books...and his mother is Jewish.

    He's an atheist who set up a shrine in his back yard with a fake human skull [presumably] and candles, etc.,

    He railed against authority

    Friends [google the Mother Jones article on him] say he was very arrogant, looked down on people, and believed most people were too stupid to understand his writings.

    Palin [I'm not a Sarah Palin fan in the least] and 'Right-Wing' media, etc., had NOTHING to do with guy doing what he did. And I'm not a neo-con or whatever the leftwing name du jour is for right wingers.

    The leftwingers who are screaming about limiting speech and censorship right now are on thin ice. Never mind the fact some leftwingers have themselves outrageously incited political violence both in the past and still today.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2011 3:06:45 PM

  6. Maybe it's not the fault of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle, etc. that this tragedy occurred. But it sure is their own fault that the questions are being asked. If they hadn't promoted an atmosphere of violence and hate towards their political adversaries, no one would be pointing fingers at them right now.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jan 10, 2011 3:14:30 PM

  7. leave baba wawa alone she has long since stopped being newsperson of any import just old lady out for ratings. whoopi was more restrained than i thought she would be . palin can not be defended for her comments or her face book posting. she what she was doing or else she wouldn't have taken it off. the tea party is well named and should be lead by the mad hatter. long at the list of the tea party candidates palin bachmann odonnel miller and buck all of them prove you don't need brains to run for office.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 10, 2011 3:19:18 PM

  8. He can't be an atheist if he's setting up a shrine...

    Posted by: Syrax | Jan 10, 2011 3:21:17 PM

  9. This attempt by some tools to manipulate this sad incident for political gain is going to BADLY backfire in the coming days and weeks, especially as it becomes clear who Jared Loughner really is, and what his background is. It's already happening.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2011 3:34:11 PM

  10. Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman's Grudge Against Giffords

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2011 3:36:17 PM

  11. Jared and his mom attended the same Jewish temple as Gifford.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2011 3:37:55 PM

  12. If Sarah Palin runs for President, lets see her put sniper scope graphics on all the heads or locations of her Republican primary opponents. I can't wait to see their reactions to that!

    Don't Retreat, just Reload!

    Or will Sarah simply call them "surveyor's symbols" like her staffers are trying to?

    Posted by: secure214 | Jan 10, 2011 3:42:41 PM

  13. I find Barbara's comments stupid. She is making excuses for poor Sarah Palin. I don't feel sorry for Palin at all. The website Palin put up was irresponsible. Whoopie makes an excellent point. You can disagree without becoming dangerous and threatening.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 10, 2011 3:50:39 PM

  14. There was one acquaintance -NO real friends that described him as "liberal"-
    why is it that NO one save the bbc is reportingn that he read Ayn Rand's works as well- not exactly lefty politics.
    Balance people-

    Posted by: nick | Jan 10, 2011 3:56:15 PM

  15. Everything Sarah Palin says is inflammatory and destructive to our society. When did we stop valuing intelligence and start celebrating idiots?

    Posted by: Brent Z | Jan 10, 2011 3:57:40 PM

  16. Funny huh....the so called "white righteous people of America" are the main who are going to ruin it by violence and fear and hatred! The same way they created it off the backs of slaves and free labor!

    Posted by: shannon | Jan 10, 2011 4:02:41 PM

  17. Elizabeth is so quick to defend Sarah Palin. It's time for them to circle their wagons.

    Posted by: Edd | Jan 10, 2011 4:05:23 PM

  18. The problem is that the left went too far afield with comments about all violent rhetoric.

    I agree with them, but this is SPECIFICALLY about Sarah Palin, somebody who goes farther than all others in her dramatic gun-slinging, violent analogies -- in Tweets, in speechs, in campaign literature.

    A piece of that literature targeted Giffords specifically, in crosshairs. Not a general state, with a generic target. Her name was literally on the list.

    While this did not influence Loughner, its coincidental correlation underscores the batshit craziness of Palin's toxic words in the first place, words that should have been more thoughtfully chosen in the first place.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 10, 2011 4:19:00 PM

  19. With the absurd gun laws in the US, this type of event is inevitable.

    If it was a LOT more difficult to buy guns then this and many other tragedies may have been avoided.

    The constitutional right to bear arms may have once made sense.

    Now it simply irrelevant any facilitates tragedies like this one and Columbine.

    Posted by: SteveC | Jan 10, 2011 4:19:19 PM

  20. This OBSESSION some people have with Palin is disturbing. Any sane person can see it's creepy. And, it makes the people who engage in it [minus the trolls] look like loons. Get new material,people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2011 4:37:03 PM

  21. Ugh I do not like Whoopi. I worked with her a few years ago and if you want to hear vitriol, go work with her. She's a Cun...

    Posted by: Name: | Jan 10, 2011 4:44:16 PM

  22. Right, Ratbastard, because criticizing the MOST PROMINENT Republican by name is just plain creepy.

    Meanwhile, your obsession with Obama is just, as Heidi Klum would say, BIZAAHHH.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 10, 2011 4:49:19 PM

  23. As long as we have these idiot gun laws which allow ANY NUT to walk off the street and buy a weapon this sad act will happen again-and before we start blaming Palin and the right wing nuts for this- how about this young man's parents- he is 22, living at home, I mean are his parents and family blind- this person was obviously disturbed?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 10, 2011 6:15:25 PM

  24. Barbara Walters needs to get her head out of her ass. It is political vitriol on both sides of the political spectrum lead to consequences like what happened in Tuscon this last Saturday. Sarah Palin, O'Reilly, Hannity, Olberman, and Maddow all need to tone it down.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 10, 2011 7:43:11 PM

  25. @GREGOIRE,

    My obsession with Obama? WTF are you referring to, boss? I don't see the world through the eyes of a professional political operative or tool, like you.


    Palin IS NOT the most prominent Republican. She is used by those on especially the far-left as a prop for their hate, like Goldstein in 1984.

    Speaking of mean spiritedness and hateful political discourse:

    Anger over Halloween display of Palin with noose

    Bernhard defends Palin 'gang rape' joke

    David Letterman's Sarah Palin's Daughter Jokes issues

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2011 7:47:03 PM

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