Wednesday Sarah Palin raised the incivility a notch in a slickly produced video message primarily concerned not with the victims of the Tucson shooting but with the person who is in her eyes the constant victim: herself. After the requisite expression of mourning and sorrow, Palin took after "journalists and pundits" who "should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn." No viewer could have failed to understand who had been supposedly libeled. Ponder the narcissism required for Palin to place herself at the center of the narrative, and with such incendiary language. "Blood libel" refers to a centuries-old calumny used to justify the savage persecution of Jews on the fictitious grounds that they murdered Christian children to use their blood in rituals. Employing "blood libel" when so much real blood has been spilled, Palin did the one thing she knows how to do: pick a fight.
Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg News
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