Once upon a time, the media were aghast at what they determined to be "violent rhetoric." In 2011, Sarah Palin used a “crosshairs” graphic for the members of Congress whom she believed needed to be voted out of office due to their support of Obamacare. Gawker was so incensed, they replicated the inflammatory graphic on their site, with arrows pointing out that Sarah Palin had listed Representative Gabrielle Giffords as a potential target for political defeat.
Wait, what? You don't feel a surge of violent rage shooting through your body because of this chart? According to Democrats, you're the exception. They actually blamed Sarah Palin's graphic for catalyzing Gifford's assassination attempt. So what did the ever-watchful media say when Elizabeth Warren actually said she wanted to "cut open" Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare?
“I hope they leave their bodies to science," she said, speaking of Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare. "I would like to cut them open." Her statement, even though it was much more violent than creating a graphic with crosshairs on it, was completely ignored by the media. Of course, they didn't have any extra time to take Warren to task, because they were too busy passing the smelling salts after Donald Trump called her "Pocahontas." (Trump was making fun of the Massachusetts Senator because for years she falsely claimed to be Native American.)
Do I seriously think that Sen. Warren really wants to to kill and cut open Republicans who have a different opinion than she does about healthcare? No. But the media's constant double standard is getting a little hard to take... especially in circumstances like this when they make their bias so unabashedly evident.
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