"Wonder which Journolist/cabalist wordsmith came up with the now viral 'vitriol' to tar Sarah & the Tea Party. John Podesta, EzraKlein?" we twittered this afternoon. The local sheriff was apparently the first to use the term in this context, but its ubiquity in the left's craven attempt to shape the narrative of the Saturday Night Massacre to blame the usual suspects suggested media-control mavens were on the case. "Broken Glass," above, references etymology of vitriol.
"People like that "are especially susceptible to vitriol," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters at an Arizona Massacre news conference last night, uttering the word that would launch a thousand disingenuous news and opinion pieces. Google "vitriol giffords" and you get 14,722 related articles. Here's where it apparently all started:
Law enforcement officials continue to piece together the facts in Saturday's shooting rampage that left a federal judge dead and a congresswoman critically injured in Arizona, and some are questioning whether divisive political rhetoric may have played a role …
Dupnik … repeatedly cited what he characterized as the "vitriol" that has infected public discourse … There is reason to believe, he said, that the shooting suspect "may have a mental issue," adding that people like that "are especialy susceptible to vitriol"
Having been on twitter yesterday as the horrific news was breaking, we watched the sausage being made by those "some" who were "questioning whether divisive political rhetoric may have played a role," twitterers, bloggers, news reporters and opinionators picking up the "vitriol" narrative and running with it. Megyn Kelly took on the tendentious Sheriff Dupnik this evening. He's still sticking to the Journolist/Cabalist talking points. You know. "People like that" are "especially susceptible to vitriol." Megyn was polite, but she wasn't taking any prisoners:
There were madmen then, there are madmen now. Is it really the role of the sheriff to stir the pot? Sheriffs have a duty to speak to the facts of the case.
Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection was more direct:
Dupnik should resign - He held press conference and blamed right-wing rhetoric, not admit it's just his opinion.
I do think that, as I said last night, we have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol, without name-calling, without the assumption of the worst of other …
Sep 10, 2009 - Barack Obama
We've been onto then-candidate Obama's con game since December of 2006, when he implied we were a racist for disagreeing with his statist politics. 'Wish they taught things like history and English in the schools today. Lots of folks who weren't paying attention bought candidate Obama's purple prose back then. Will they now fall for humorless progressives' bowldlerized evisceration of the metaphorically rich language that is our birthright? The inedible Mara Laisson on Fox News Sunday is pontificating that "It's going to make people think twice before using certain metaphors in politics." Not. Mara and her fellow travelers need to read between the lines of Dana Loesch's tweet:
I also denounce all metaphors because we as humans are apparently too susceptible and unintelligent to not take them literally.
Update: Oh, ick. Woman who helped squelch killer just told Shep it's evil for Republicans to cast Obamacare as job-killing law.