First it was "the right" (meaning anyone who isn't a diehard Democrat), next it was the Tea Party, and Sarah Palin...the media plays the blame game with ferocity, refusing to let a tragedy go to waste, as it tries desperately to fix blame for Jared Loughner's murderous rampage on one of its enemies.
Even a (mild) rebuke from the president isn't enough to stop the careening, out-of-control media from searching for a new victim to slander with a blood libel. With the aforementioned parties having the temerity to fight back, the left has fixed its own gun sights on a new target: the entire state of Arizona.
Already demonized by liberals for daring to enforce immigration law, and treated as a pariah state by Democrats whom would lick Hezbollah's collective balls before buying an Arizona grapefruit, the media lets loose its hatred on the 6.5 million people of the Grand Canyon State:
Yet a feeling resonates among some in the days since the shooting: that Arizona has become the nation's epicenter of divisiveness, the forefront of so much that's gone wrong.
The local sheriff of 30 years, Clarence Dupnik, perhaps put it most bluntly, condemning his native state as "the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
"The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," he said. "And unfortunately Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital."
Just as the tragedy has prompted national politicians and citizens elsewhere to rethink who we are and where we're going as a country, it has left some here questioning the identity and ideals of a state that has come to exemplify a radical, antiestablishment, we'll-do-things-our-way approach to governing.
The "meth lab of democracy," comedian Jon Stewart called it last year, after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the anti-immigration law that instructs police to demand proof of a questionable person's legal status. The measure, which inspired nationwide protests, boycotts and a flurry of lawsuits, was signed within a week of another law making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
That very same week, some Republican state lawmakers were pushing a so-called "birther" bill that would have required the president to show his birth certificate to get on the state's 2012 ballot. That one never made it to the governor's desk but drove one Democratic legislator to declare: "We're becoming a national joke."
Similar grumblings appeared in the comments section after The Arizona Republic reported that a newly elected state senator brought her .38 special — stuffed into her purse — to Brewer's State of the State speech this week. "Wow," one reader wrote, "now I know the secret to getting elected in Arizona. PACK HEAT!"
Intolerant. Ignorant. Bigoted. Corrupt. Crazy. They are words that, at one time or another, have been used to describe a place that is, in truth, not so easily explained...
Read it all, to see what seething contempt the AP has for Americans who choose to live their life by a different set of values than the media elites. Note the word choices made, words that would be forbidden in a story about Muslims, or immigrants, or terrorists. And see the condensation inherit within the liberal mindset, as Barack Obama's "fear" hypothesis rears it's ugly head again.
A one-off article? Maybe. But I'll wager that the next wave of blame from the press will follow the "What's wrong with Arizona?" tone set by the AP. Wait for it....
The media's bloodlust will not be satisfied until they can use Jared Loughner's killing spree to bring down one of their enemies. And like so many filled with vengeance, they will likely destroy themselves in the process.
Good riddance, I reckon...