The editorial titled "America's Lethal Politics," was posted on Wednesday and social media went bonkers.
The editorial read, in part:
"Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map targeting electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs."The Times ran the editorial after Wednesday's shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice, leaving 4 wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Matt Mika.
The rag posted a correction at the foot of the editorial online, rather than prominently posting it at the top:
Correction: June 15, 2017
An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established.Loughner's home was searched by authorities after the shooting and documents were found showing he had planned the shooting in advance.
"I planned ahead," a signed note left in a safe by Loughner read. "My assassination."
A letter was also found in the safe that Giffords wrote to Loughner on August 30, 2007, thanking him for attending a "Congress on Your Corner" event, according to an FBI affidavit.
The FBI said at the time of the shooting that Loughner had targeted Giffords, while The Times keeps targeting the truth. Now both sides are calling them out for being Fake News.
A tweet by New York Post editor John Podhoretz said, "The NYT editorial falsely claims Loughner shot Giffords dueto a target on a photo. It's not yet 11. They can change it. Let's see."
Even far left-wing Mother Jones senior editor Ben Dreyfull tweeted, "This NYT editorial is, in fact, stupid. Palin didn't make that loon shoot Gabby Giffords. "Rhetoric" didn't make today's whacko shoot either."
So maybe the left is slowly coming around and seeing that the real blame for these horrific acts need to be placed squarely on those who actually perpetrate them.
But I doubt it. Give it a few weeks and we'll see.