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NEW YORK—According to media analysts, the nation's TV commentators and political pundits have proved uncannily accurate when describing the deeply disturbed inner thoughts of accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner. "It's strange, but when it comes to getting inside the mind of this human being who seems to possess no empathy, sense of morality, or hold on reality, and who is motivated only by personal animus and self-glorification, the nation's major political pundits have been amazingly adept," said Horizon Media analyst Bob Cullen, who has studied extensive tape of commentators on all major TV news programs and found their remarks on "what the killer is thinking" to be consistently thorough and detailed across the board. "It's almost as though they have some way of knowing, firsthand, exactly what this demented and highly dangerous individual with the eyes of millions upon him is going through." Researchers at Horizon Media also reported that a number of prominent TV pundits appeared to be mimicking the exact same chilling gleam in Loughner's eye for what they could only speculate was "dramatic effect."
But satire fails a nation that routinely lies to itself. Cue America's meaty mc of the maudlin, Al Sharpton, yes, that Al Sharpton, invoking MLK in the Washington Post on, yes, civil discourse.
I'll let you decide if Arizona "changed everything." One thing is certain, demagogues of all stripes are still in business, and they aren't selling "civility" any more than they're practicing humility. You didn't really think it would be otherwise, did you?