Sarah Palin released a video today in response to criticism that her rhetoric might have had some role in Saturday's Tucson shooting. It's the first time that she's spoken out publicly since the tragedy and her choice of words is causing controversy: She accused pundits and journalists of "blood libel" in what she described as their rush to blame political rhetoric for the attack.
Does Sarah Palin have a point about the connection between rhetoric and an attack like this? How much do you think rhetoric is to blame?
Here's what Palin said:
“Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own ... Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”