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Who’s Policing the Civility Police?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Liberal mouthpieces have taken to calling for greater civility in discourse — from conservatives and Republicans, that is. They had a field day after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in January, in what seemed a competition for self-righteous irrelevance. Paul Krugman, the New York Times‘ resident malcontent, wrote “it’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence.”  Krugman had even been “expecting something like this atrocity to happen,” given “the upsurge in political hatred after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 — an upsurge that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.”  George Packer of The New Yorker complained that “relentlessly hostile rhetoric has become standard issue on the right.”

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