Maybe the acrimony across the political divide has always been intense. It is simply that with the proliferation of cameras and cell phones, the tension is more visible today. The other possibility is that the conflicts are heightening and that fact is reflecting itself in a much higher level of hostility.
But enough of this bootless speculation. Everyone knows the real reason that Rupert Murdoch was attacked was because he was a racist, and his network was getting too many viewers despite the fact that nobody watches it because it is so marginal. But really, certain people can be justifiably attacked because they stir up violence; violence simply to head off the cerebral electorate as interpreted by Keith Olbermann and Janeane Garofalo which would otherwise be marching with one mind toward progress. So the end justifies the means and when you’re talking about bringing good into the world, you’ve got to break some eggs to make an omelet. Peace out man.