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Tag: hate speech

Jan.
13th

America must chill the rhetoric of political rage

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

For vociferous conservatives who think that the calls for more civility since the Tucson shootings are all about shutting them up, here are a few examples of what’s going around on the Web lately:

“Sarah Palin is the single most dangerous threat to the future of the human race. Thick venomous cretin she is. Someone bloody shoot her.”

“My hate for Sarah Palin continues to grow. I think this woman should be assassinated.”

“Sarah Palin should be shot for her encouragement of fanaticism against Democrats.”

“Ugh! All the wrong people get shot. Why doesn’t this kind of thing happen at a Sarah Palin event?”

Those lovely tweets were captured in a YouTube post this week that has since been shut down. Their tone echoes the worst rantings of the angry right, including recent threats of violence against Washington’s U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
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