Everyone remembers the hand wringing in the media about the loss of civility in our society in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords assassination attempt.
Rush Limbaugh reacted to the instantly infamous mugshot of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspected gunman in the Arizona shooting, by saying that Loughner is smiling in the picture because he knows he is backed by the Democratic Party.
"What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country.
He's sitting there in jail. He knows what's going on, he knows that...the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame.
He knows if he plays his cards right, he's just a victim. He's the latest in a never-ending parade of victims brought about by the unfairness of America...this guy clearly understands he's getting all the attention and he understands he's got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he's not convicted of murder - but something lesser."
Hearing Rush's uncivil lies is nauseating but the problem lies much deeper. It resides in Roger Ailes management of Fox News.
From a recent article about Fox and Ailes:
"The result of this concerted campaign of disinformation is a viewership that knows almost nothing about what’s going on in the world.
According to recent polls, Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of all news consumers. They are 12 percentage points more likely to believe the stimulus package caused job losses, 17 points more likely to believe Muslims want to establish Shariah law in America, 30 points more likely to say that scientists dispute global warming, and 31 points more likely to doubt President Obama’s citizenship.
In fact, a study by the University of Maryland reveals, ignorance of Fox viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network. That’s because Ailes isn’t interested in providing people with information, or even a balanced range of perspectives. Like his political mentor, Richard Nixon, Ailes traffics in the emotions of victimization."
Uncivil behaviour isn't limited to words like slut, it also encompasses overt lies that pit those in our society against each other.
Renaldo. Do you really believe the new civility is just a liberal problem?
Doesn't it make more sense that it is a problem across the political spectrum?