Was the question rhetorical?

January 11, 2011

Just after the carnage in Tucson the airwaves, especially cable and talk radio, seemed filled with hand-wringing and calls for toning down the vitriol in political debate.

There appeared to be a chorus proclaiming a need to return to civility.

In the last 24 hours there has been a turn about – with one network in particular proclaiming that since there is no evidence that harsh words, intemperate thought and anger were at cause for the shootings, then they should not be held responsible nor subject to criticism.

I wonder – if things are so good across this country’s political spectrum, is there is no longer a need for civility?
How did things change so quickly? Did we forget already that regardless of the craziness of the shooter in Tucson, perhaps we all might do better with moderation in thought, anger and speech?

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One Response to “Was the question rhetorical?”


  1. Here’s the good news I suppose. At least the news outlets, particularly one, admit they (and Americans in general) are uncivilized in their discourse. You can’t fix a problem until you admit there is one. Now all that has to happen is for the news outlets to recognize being uncivil as a problem. It took the news outlets quite a while to cover the fact there was and is an obesity problem in America. Seems the same is true about the problem of lack of civility. But hey, this recognition could spawn a whole new category of reality programming.


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