Within minutes of the first reports Saturday that Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and a score of people with her had been shot in Tucson, pages began disappearing from the Web. One was Sarah Palin’s infamous “cross hairs” map from last year, which showed a series of contested Congressional districts, including Ms. Giffords’s, with gun targets trained on them. Another was from Daily Kos, the liberal blog, where one of the congresswoman’s apparently liberal constituents declared her “dead to me” after Ms. Giffords voted against Nancy Pelosi in House leadership elections last week.
This lede sums up the absurdity of he-said/she-said journalism and stupidly cynical “everybody does it” analysis in a few short words.
If we have to talk about Sarah Palin, let’s at least have some honest analysis. Sarah Palin’s career, which was already sputtering, just took a major nose-dive, because she’s inextricably tied to that map. There was never any justification for that disgusting piece of imagery, and there’s no easy way for her to explain it away.