Monday, January 10, 2011

Palin's Facebook page allowed celebration of nine-year old's death

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This is a remarkable story that really allows us to peer into the outlook that prevails in large parts of this nation's political right wing. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a prodigious user of the website Facebook. You can see her Facebook page here. Like many public figures, Sarah Palin gets a lot of unwanted spam on her Facebook page. She also gets many, many comments that are critical of her and her policy positions. Palin employs one or more staffers or volunteers who monitor her page constantly and remove any comment posted there critical of Palin within minutes.

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona--the victims of which included a Democratic Congresswoman, a federal judge, and a nine-year old girl--there were even more negative comments about Palin than usual and the moderator of her page was acting quickly to remove these critical comments. But what was really telling was what the moderator chose not to delete. At some point Saturday night a Palin supporter posted the following comment:
"It's ok. Christina Taylor Green was probably going to end up a left wing bleeding heart liberal anyway. Hey, as 'they' say, what would you do if you had the chance to kill Hitler as a kid? Exactly."
That's right, a Palin supporter went to Palin's site and posted a comment celebrating the murder of a nine-year old girl because there was a possibility that little girl might grow up to be a Democrat. What is even more shocking is that Palin's moderator left the comment in place even as they deleted comments critical of Palin posted before and after the comment celebrating Christina Taylor Greene's murder.

That outlook is by no means one shared by all Republicans, or even by a majority of Republicans, but it has become a common outlook on the right side of the political spectrum and it is one that is tolerated and even encouraged by the leadership of the Republican Party.

You can read the details of this amazing story here and here.

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