Almost immediately after the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and left Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded, the media establishment linked the attack with a debate about "civility," suggesting an association between Jared Loughner's rampage and the words and phrases used in national political debates.
Many of these network news stories offered ambiguous references to, as CBS's Bob Schieffer put it on the January 9 edition of "Sunday Morning," "the mean and hateful tone that now marks our modern politics." Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, in a soundbite on NBC's "Today" the next morning, pointed his finger at "the left and the right" as contributing to what he termed "the climate of violence."
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