While the chattering class is on the subject of vitriol...
The image above, attributed to Jeff Danziger (firstname.lastname@example.org), was published by the Washington Post as part of a series of editorial cartoons featuring reactions to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The Danziger cartoon was featured without criticism or commentary, along with six other cartoons, most of which were infinitely more thoughtful, appropriate or amusing.
UPDATE: As usual, George Will provides sharp analysis.
Update II: Readers' comments...
Disturbingly inaccurate. To the point of being crass propaganda to further an agenda. The hypocrisy of those trying to paint the right as being culpable for this tragedy is astounding. In the midst of trying to point fingers, they just ratchet the hateful rhetoric up a notch or two.
So cartoonist Jeff Danziger has proof that Loughner was a member of, or was motivated by, the Tea Party? Mr. Danziger, you need to run - not walk - to the nearest FBI office. You'll be a national hero. ...oh, you don't? Then why the hateful, incendiary cartoon?
I didn't know that WaPo was into publishing libelous cartoons borne of the left's fevered imagination. It's obscene and evil to lie to score political points, especially when there's six bodies not even cold yet.
A credibility deficit:
I guarantee if you check thru the list of participants in the smear campaign you will notice a trend...JOURNO-LIST....As I recall, these hacks, many whom work for the WashPost, decided that “it does not matter if the charges were true, simply pick a conservative, any conservative and go".
[Actual quote: "Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction."]