"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," said the sheriff. "And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."Later this weekend, he was on Fox News, and of course, the shit hit the fan, because, see, Fox News is the channel that people who secretly laugh and are giddy about what happened watch. Don't want to alienate those who just weeks and months earlier you told repeatedly to "reload", right? And so it was the Sheriff's misfortune that he was a member of the Democratic party, for here is what the intellectual void named Megyn Kelly ("It's Megan with a y!") did to him.
When asked by a reporter if Giffords being shot could have been motivated by "prejudice and bigotry," Dupnik responded, "All I can tell you is that there's reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue. And I think that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol."
While speaking, the sheriff said that himself it included, "it's not unusual for all public officials to get threats." However, he said the sentiment doesn't come without consequences.
"And that's the sad thing of what's going on in America," he explained. "Pretty soon, we're not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serve in public office."
Kelly said she was wondering if it was the right time for Dupnik to be, in her words, "injecting speculative opinion" about the case. He replied that he thought that the issue had to be raised. "Free speech is free speech but it's not without consequences," he said. But Kelly pressed him further. "With respect, sheriff, I know that you're a Democrat and you ran for office as a Democrat, and I just want to press you on that a little. I'm sure some of our viewers are asking themselves why you are putting a political spin on this when they may be asking why you the sheriff aren't just focused on the facts, on uncovering the facts," she said.This, boys and girls, is the very first thing that Fox News did. Nobody else even gave a flying, a walking, not even a crawling fuck as to what party affiliation the Sheriff had. Why? Because in the context of the shootings, it has no journalistic relevance. Nor did Sheriff Dupnik name the Republican Party, the Tea Party or indeed Fox News by name.
Wonder why they are so frightened about it?
Because they know it is them. And just like Sarah Palin, they would never admit anything, they are the Godfathers of modern American media hatred, so of course they immediately recognized what a danger a man like Sheriff Dupnik is to them, for simply speaking out, just once, just naming the cancer that is growing inside the American social body.
Just compare the Megyn Kelly reaction (I apologise for not being able to bring you an embedded link, but the corporate whores make it impossible for anybody outside the US to do so) to what Keith Olbermann had to say. Compare it. Yes, Olbermann is huffing and puffing, yes, Olbermann uses long words and even longer sentences, and you may find his style to be insufferable.
But he did one thing.
He apologised. For whenever he may have, even inadvertendly so, used language that might get a crackpot out there to go "hey, let's kill a few people". He apologised.
I am waiting for Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Megyn Kelly, Tucker Carlson (remember? Michael Vick needs to be executed), Neil Cavuto and Bill O'Reilly (remember? Julian Assange should be assassinated) to do the same.
I will be waiting here for a long time.
So forgive me if I am not holding my breath.