Has Political Rhetoric Become Dangerously Extreme?

Critics warn about dangerous discourse, while others say the fears are misplaced.

SHARE

The shooting in Arizona has spurred a furious round of debate over whether incendiary political statements by conservative politicians and commentators played any role in driving the gunman. Critics warn about dangerous discourse, while others say the fears are misplaced.
Edited by Robert Schlesinger

http://www.usnews.com/dbimages/master/20179/FE_DA_14TwoTakes_Main.jpg

Yes

http://www.usnews.com/dbimages/master/20182/FS_DA_14TwoTakes_Brock.jpg

David Brock
CEO of Media Matters, which tracks and corrects conservative misinformation in the media

As we learn more about Jared Loughner, the young man allegedly responsible for the tragedy in Tucson last weekend, it seems clear that he is a mentally unstable individual whose motivations for committing such a horrific crime remain unknown. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a conversation...

READ MORE...

No

http://www.usnews.com/dbimages/master/20181/FS_DA_14TwoTakes_Istook.jpg
Ernest Istook
GOP representative from Oklahoma for 14 years, now a fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

“He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.” That’s how Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner’s best friend described him on ABC’s Good Morning America. But such facts rarely get in the way when pundits and politicians...

READ MORE...

What do you think?

down arrow

This poll is now closed, but the debate continues in the comments section.