We are in a state of very low discourse. And while we can roll our eyes at the various rantings and ravings published on progressive blogs, the truth is, they are playing a serious role in whipping up the angry mobs.
Case in point, via the Washington Examiner:
The millennial-focused news website Fusion published a column by one of its writers who called Republican Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, who is in critical condition after being shot this week, a "bigoted homophobe."
The story, by writer Anne Branigin, said it's "a point of especially delicious irony that Scalise, who survived the attack (and is reportedly in critical condition), may owe his life to a queer black woman."
The queer black woman is Crystal Griner, one of the Capitol Hill police officers who was present at the shooting Wednesday at a recreational congressional Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.
Branigin's column suggested Scalise, the House GOP whip and a more conservative Republican, is anti-gay and that he harbors racial prejudice, based on his voting record and comments he has made in the past. (He once reportedly referred to himself as "David Duke without the baggage.")
The Examiner reminds us that Fusion is the same blog that published a column Tuesday declaring that Vice President Mike Pence "would have hated the Orlando victims in life."
Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when Comedy Central satires are considered viable news programs while sites like Fusion, BuzzFeed, and a host of others do naught to elevate our national discourse. Rather, they only perpetuate the vicious divide that leads others to think it is actually their moral imperative to gun down a Republican Congressman in cold blood.
We have lost our way.