The magazine ("Magazine"? Oooo... Violence!) began a story on Tucson murderer Jared Loughner this way:
A 2009 study warned that the rise of right-wing extremism could spur violent attacks. But the report was attacked by Republicans, including now-Speaker John Boehner.Well, I don't know what Boehner said at the time, but I can understand why he would have attacked it: he knew it was the kind of propaganda that yellow rags like Newsweek would use to link the Loughners of the world to mainstream conservatives in an effort to silence criticism of the ominous growth of government power.
The article does not produce a shred of evidence that Loughner was influenced by anything other than his own mental illness, yet ham-fistedly sets the maniac down in the context of our old friend, the Angry Right.
The author of this editorial turd is named Aaron Mehta, who works for a non-profit organization called the Center for Public Integrity, which has been funded in the past by... need I tell you?
Update - Richard McEnroe has a pretty good idea of what happens when Barney Fife becomes sheriff.
Update II - Glenn Reynolds has some good advice for conservatives: strike back against the left by directing your energy into ousting the Democrat government in 2012.
The biggest worry after the November elections was that a lot of people on the right would declare victory and go home. The shameless attempt to politicize the Tucson shootings and scapegoat people on the right has generated a huge amount of anger. Tea Party folks being who they are, I suspect this will mostly manifest itself as grunt-level political work in preparation for 2012 — precisely the opposite of what the scapegoaters were hoping for: Don’t get mad, get even, by making 2012 an even bigger shellacking than 2010.