Short version: Twitchy caught the typically unhinged Online Leftist reaction to the Onion’s… smear? No, they’ll claim that it’s a parody. Parody smear, I guess… article where they (falsely) had Michele Bachmann say that she was thankful that no “Americans” were killed in Sunday’s Oak Creek shooting. Now, I know, I know: comedy is edgy, it’s not the Onion’s fault that the Left side of its readership consists of room-temperature IQ mouth-breathers, it’s all somehow Bachmann’s fault that the aforementioned room-temperature IQ mouth-breathers got duped, yadda yadda. I get it, truly: there’s a dark side to the First Amendment sometimes, and the Onion is currently right in the middle of it.
But here’s the thing… the six people murdered Sunday were, in fact, Americans. I mention this because perhaps the Onion does not really in fact understand this; they have instead seemed to have taken the position that there are useful ways to mine the attack in a fashion that just happens to be in line with a favorite Democratic party narrative. In other words: while I recognize that the attack is being politicized in precisely the fashion being described here…
“The calls not to politicize the tragedy should be starting in an hour, but by 1:30 p.m. tomorrow the issue will have been politicized. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter’s high school classmate is interviewed within 45 minutes.”
“It’s like clockwork,” said Gerson, who sighed, shook his head, and walked away.
…I at least hope that the Onion is no longer feeling quite so smug about calling people out on their reaction on the Aurora attacks. Seeing as the Onion is apparently at least just as bad as everybody else when the victims are apparently not as, ah, stereotypically American as some – and there’s a conservative female/minority conveniently at hand to blame.
Shorter Moe Lane: the Onion made the world just a little uglier yesterday. Good job, guys.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Pray for the victims’ families and loved ones.