To Mr. Matt Bai:
"You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem."
I am notsaying that Bai's reporting is as big an incentive to violence as the words of many right wingers. I am saying that his lazy, despicable, dishonest piece for the N.Y. Times does make him a part of the problem.
In his attempt to equate the vitriol of the right with the anger of the left, he compares the thinly disguised exhortations to violence by so many "conservatives" to a posting on the Daily Kos in which the writer directed the phrase 'she is dead to me' to Congresswoman Giffords.
As Matt Bai undoubtedly knows there is no absolutely no threat implied by that phrase. None.
When Henry Blodget wrote of his disappointment in what he considered the golfer's poor sportsmanship, he said "But now Tiger Woods is dead to me." Somehow I don't think Tiger hired extra bodyguards.
When Ben Goldacre (M.D.) wanted to write on his blog about bad science he used the phrase, "If you don't link to primary sources, you are dead to me, I do not trust you."
And when Stephen Colbert wanted to clarify his dim view of the Raptor hockey team's mascot, he added the team to his list of those who are "Dead to Me." (The list also included Men with Beards and Bow Tie Pasta.) Yet, they received no extra security.
The phrase is defined as "an Old English saying that was used to announce that the person in question was disowned, or would never be 'seen or heard' again."
This is not an error on the part of Matt Bai. It is dishonesty.
Describing the violent rhetoric of today, he also wrote:
"None of this began last year, or even with Mr. Obama or with the Tea Party; there were constant intimations during George W. Bush’s presidency that he was a modern Hitler or the devious designer of an attack on the World Trade Center, a man whose very existence threatened the most cherished American ideals."
But Bai does not, because he cannot, name the prominent Democratic candidate or public servant who said these things. He notes that Sarah Palin likes to describe the Obama administration as "tyranny." Somehow he fails to find any quotes by Joe Biden comparing Bush to Hitler. There are none.
Giffords' Republican opponent in her last campaign was Jesse Kelly. Here's what he was about:
"Kelly's campaign event website has a stern-looking photo of the former Marine in military garb holding his weapon. It includes the headline: "Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.'"
Matt, show me a similar campaign website from Ms Giffords, or get out of the way. We need solutions.