January 12, 2011

RESPONDING TO DANA MILBANK: Prof. W. Joseph Campbell writes:

Milbank began his column by declaring:

“If any good can come of the horror in Tucson, it will be that this becomes a McKinley moment for Sarah Palin and her chief spokesman, Glenn Beck.”

A “McKinley moment”? Meaning what? An occasion for self-censorship because of the insinuations and false allegations raised against them in the aftermath of the shootings in Tucson–much as false allegations were raised against Hearst following McKinley’s slaying?

Not only is “McKinley moment” an imprecise construct: It suggests that using smears to batter foes into silence is somehow worthy or admirable.

Well, that does seem to reflect Milbank’s sentiments.

UPDATE: Dana Milbank’s classy response to a previous shooting.

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