“But She was not alone.”

So Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, observes after calling for shame for Sarah Palin.  Her shocking map has disappeared from her web site, and her team is busy denying that it had anything to do with guns.  But she clearly targeted Giffords.

Rothschild reminds us:

Shame on other rightwing politicians and pundits who have bandied about incendiary rhetoric over the past two years.

Shame on Sharron Angle for speculating on the need for “Second Amendment remedies.”

Shame on Sean Hannity for cheering on “Tim McVeigh wannabes.”

Shame on Glenn Beck for all his violence-ridden rampages, including the time he went on Fox and Friends with a baseball bat and said, “You have to ask yourself, as Sean Connery did, what are you prepared to do. If you’re going to get into a fight with these guys, you better be able to battle all the way to the end.”

Today, Representative Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition, six people are dead, and eleven others are wounded.

When are we going to learn that violent rhetoric can have fatal consequences?

Il Corpo delle Donne

Lorella Zanardo got really fed up with how women’s bodies are distorted on Italian television and she made a documentary of it. There is an English subtitled version here.

From the blurb:

“This project took off as a matter of urgency. It all started with the observation that women–real women–are an endangered species on television, one that is being replaced by a grotesque, vulgar and humiliating representation.
We sensed the enormity of this loss: the erasure of women’s identity is happening right before our eyes, but without a proper reaction, not even from women themselves.
This led us to select television images that share a common manipulative exploitation of the woman’s body, to let people know what is happening–not only people who never watch television, but especially those who watch it but “don’t see.”
Our aim is to ask ourselves questions, and to pose questions about the reason behind this erasure, a real “pogrom” of which all of us are silent spectators.Our project grants special attention to the erasure of adult faces on television, to the use of plastic surgery to erase any sign of the passage of time, and to the social consequences of this erasure.”

More on the Giffords shooting

From the Sheriff:

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

From Giffords, before the shooting:

“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

For more, go here.