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Backlash forces NY Times to issue major correction to controversial GOP baseball shooting editorial


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The New York Times issued a major correction Thursday to a controversial editorial about Wednesday’s shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice outside the nation’s capital.

The shooting left five people — including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and two Capitol Police officers — injured.

In the original Times editorial, titled “America’s Lethal Politics,” the editors wrote, “Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably.”

They then pointed to the 2011 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabby Giffords, as evidence of “political incitement” leading to actual violence:

In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.

Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals. They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.

However, there is no evidence linking Palin’s political action committee’s map to the shooting.


Who needs evidence when you've got fake news?

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