The article is titled, “This Time, for Gabrielle Giffords’s Sake, Let’s Not Get Ahead of Ourselves.” Nice sentiment. Perhaps they should be directing that at the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and the myriad of other left-leaning blogs and publications that damned near outran their own shoes getting ahead of themselves to lay blame incorrectly. Of course, it would also be nice for NY Mag themselves to be honest in their reporting and in an assessment of their own bias. First paragraph:
In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in Tucson, the media zeroed in on an irresistible narrative: Overheated political rhetoric had sparked a tragedy. Pundits rushed to judgment, conservatives went on the counterattack, and Sarah Palin assumed her usual role at the center of the maelstrom.
It was an irresistible narrative only to people more concerned about advancing their own agenda than in reporting the facts, you mean. Note, too, that they’re quick to identify the politics of those “counterattacking” but use the neutral “pundits” when describing the folks to started the whole argument to begin with. Lastly, I’d like to point out that Sarah Palin “assumed” nothing. She didn’t engage on the matter, aside from expressing her sympathies to the fallen and their families, until enduring days of slander and libelous accusation and even then just to point out that the things these “pundits” assumed in their hysterical bleating were 100% dead wrong. She didn’t “assume” a place in anything. She was pushed, and wrongfully so, something that she’s owed an apology for from these “pundits” but will never receive prior to hell freezing solid. By framing the opening of this article in this light, NY Magazine merely adds to and extends the mistake they tut-tut about for the rest of the article.
You want people to heed your advice, NY Mag? Then lead by example and quit getting ahead of yourself.