Debbie Wasserman Schultz Accused of Blaming Tucson Shooting on Tea Party (She Didn't)

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If Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said something profoundly stupid, we'd be all over it.

Unfortunately, this is a case of a Fox News writer saying something profoundly stupid.

When the headline "DNC Chair Blames Tea Party for Tucson Shooting" comes with a chopped-up video clip and an ellipsis right in the middle of the quote, that's a bit suspect.
 
Despite the headline, the actual text of the post doesn't say she "blamed" the Tea Party for Gabrielle Giffords being shot in the head a year ago, she merely "insinuated" it, or at least meant it "indirectly."

Here's the Fox News transcription/rendition/interpretation of what she said:

"We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords -- who is doing really well, by the way, -- [was shot]," Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair said during a "Politics and Eggs" forum this morning. "The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular . . . has really changed, I'll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement."

The actual C-SPAN clip is of Wasserman Schultz answering a question from a crowd in New Hampshire, but not surprisingly, the question is left out of the Fox News edition.

"The American people are losing faith in Congress, I think it's because of the lack of civility," the man in the back says. "What do you think can be done to bring that faith back and [inaudible] instead of just fightin' with each other?"

Here's what was actually said on the C-SPAN video, which can be found here (emphasis is ours):

"Well, as someone who's spent 19 years as a member of a legislative body, I really agree with you, that we need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords -- who is doing really well, by the way, and I know everybody," Wasserman Schultz said, before getting cut off by applause. "The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular, to answer your question very specifically, has really changed. And I'll tell you, I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and a lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement."

You may notice C-SPAN went for a bit more tame headline choice: "DNC Chair Assesses NH Primary, Looks Forward."

"DNC Chair Blames Tea Party for Tucson Shooting" -- that's a little ridiculous.


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Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

The problem isn't the incendiary rhetoric; the problem is the NRA and crazy people's access to cheap handguns. Charlie Whitman didn't barricade himself at the top of the University of Texas tower because of politics; he was just an unbalanced guy with a brain tumor, but with a family history of violence and guns. The Korean kid at Virginia Tech who wasted more than 30 people wasn't in the least bit political; he was just nuts. We have to make guns harder to obtain, then get the excess ones off the street. Just ask any cop's wife. 

Majax
Majax

Certainly, anybody that rejects the Liberal mindset that demands those that have, must give to those that have not (because they are less fortunate) must be an uncaring, racist, right wing nut/teabagger.

And, to think. I thought the country was derailed because we have incurred so much debt. Debt that is needed to cover the cost of entitlement programs for the '96% Culture/Way of Life'. The country is derailing because their are more people 'receiving' entitlements than people paying into the coffer (taxes). I am all for being fair. EVERYONE should pay taxes. Why is it that 48-50% do not 'really' pay taxes.

The videos James O'Keefe recorded were all staged. Everyone knows that ...... ;)

You will never find a 'Teabagger' standing in front of a polling location with a night stick .....

We have Koch brothers. They have Soros, Moore, MSM, and so on.

To the dismay of Democrats and Republicans, the Tea Party is FAR from being a small band. Coming to you in 2012!!!

  

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Wow, the right wingnuts are out in force today!  Lets all slam someone from saying something THAT IS COMPLETELY ACCURATE!  Ever since the tea baggers came out of their paranoid closets to grab their corporate money, the political discourse in this country HAS become increasingly bad.  Funny that they appear with a brown man in office that they immediately insist was not even born in this country.  So FOX twists the facts yet again to fit their right wing republican view, hardly the first time since they do this ALL THE TIME!  Much like the ACORN BS..Yeah you never saw the rest of that tape did you?  Or the fact the entire time they were talking to that slimeball their coworkers were calling 911 to have him arrested.  I wont even go into that whole "Black Panther" crap they were spewing way back when..two guys standing outside one polling place is NOT the Black Panther movement or an attempt to corrupt the voting process.The fact remains that since tea baggers have started their hate filled screed, Congress does nothing but blame the other side.  The country is firmly derailed thanks to these people, many of whom actually think they are doing "what is right" when in fact all they are doing is making sure billionaires like the Koch brothers, who fund them' can keep taking more and more from the common American. Yet they continue to bash anyone who prefer to actually THINK for themselves and not buy into their particular style of paranoid hatred.  Thankfully more an more people turn away from this nasty movement.  Soon it will be back to a small band of tinfoil hat wearing crazies that only get noticed because they know how to scream loudly.

Majax
Majax

Matthew drinks the Kool-Aid!!! That is all you can derive out of this article (?)

I have seen the entire C-SPAN video. I do concur with DWS's statement once you take the 'fluff' out of it ..... The Liberal discourse in America and Congress has taken a very precipitous turn towards edginess and a lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party (towards the Tea Party).

Who was the vial, edgy and uncivilized Congresswoman from S-FL that attacked Alan West? DWS .....

Democrat and Republican alike, as long as you are not drinking the Kool-Aid and have the DWS decoder ring, you can derive the facts.

[DWS Decoder Ring: Take the reciprocal of whatever is coming out of her mouth]

glass slipper
glass slipper

This Fugly Skank Wasserman is no better then the Idiot West and fortunetly shows the rest of the country just what kind of morons are elected for leadership in Broward County so that anybody looking to start or move a business down here would be wise to avoid this snakepit of clusterfucks.

Stayin' Arrive
Stayin' Arrive

H'mm...if you're asked a question about civility in politics and your first reaction is to bring in a mass slaying and in the same answer follow with the Tea Party movement, your thought processes become rather obvious. Seems as if Florida has another Alan Grayson on it's hands...could it be excessive mosquito spraying? 

Flacco Seagulls
Flacco Seagulls

Matthew: As if anyone of merit cares what Debbie Schultz says. You're concocting a story here and that is transparently clear. The only thing more pathetic than your clear attempt at building a resume for a job in Washington is the idea that people would actually read this as serious.

You give Broward country a bad name to those like me who don't live there. I am sure the citizenry is about this... and you.

Joelbarros
Joelbarros

Another genius !!! Make guns harder to get for law abiding individuals because the crazy nuts who are doing all the killing and robbing are willing to kill a person but they won't dare get a gun without a permit from the state. That makes a lot of sence !!!

AlinskyObomb
AlinskyObomb

Bravo.

And I tell you this, if there were an Tea Party members in front of a polling station using words converse to "Cracker" as they used, the would be in Cuba now.

Joelbarros
Joelbarros

Wow !!! Tea baggers ? The only one doing the tea bagging is DWS who's willing to say anything to stay in power in the Democratic Party. Pete if you would take your head out of your ass every once in a while, you would start thinking for yourself instead of repeating all the stupid shit these left wing idiots say on tv. The only thing the tea party is after is small government and less regulation just like our founders wanted it. Which is the reason you're free and are able to speak your mind no matter how stupid and ignorant you sound, but I know is not your fault. The great Department of Education headed by left-wing socialist are doing a great job at brain washing small minded individuals like yourself.

AlinskyObomb
AlinskyObomb

Think for ourselves? Everything you just said came from either Media Matters, funded by millionaires and billionaiers, or the DNC website.Are you really so stupid that you believe that only those on the right push policies for the "rich"? Obama spends all of his time at billionaire fundraisers. Most of his staff are very rich and most of them came from Wall Street. His new advisor is a former exec from Citi Bank you fool.I could go on and on with you as your long ignorant rant can easily be bronken apart, but the fact of the matter is that you did not mention the Occupy movement which is where the worst of society has gone. Rapes, drugs, assaults, urination and defication on police cars, drug overdoses, shootings, closing down small businesses, protesting without permits, etc etc etc. I would like to know what the TEA Party did that is worse than these acts.

Flacco Seagulls
Flacco Seagulls

Stuff it Pete. Pejoratives might make you feel smarter, but it's meaningless. Wasserman Schutz has tons of audio that proves she's not a reliable thinker. If you think being able to discern spin from truth from complete diatribe makes someone a "nut-job" then I'm a nut job and you are a... what?

While we're at it.... what exactly do "tea baggers" stand for? Less government and ... what? Can you point out to me clear statements from "tea baggers" where they're talking about something other than that?

That of course is a rhetorical question. I know this because I've been playing attention and I don't need to memorize talking points from guys like Hendley (who is jsut regurgitating talking points himself) in order to think.

Sorry this bothers you - sorry it makes all your BS nothing but a sham... truth hurts.  

glass slipper
glass slipper

Blow it out your smelly ass.

 ALL OF THEM SUCK BALLS, WASSERMAN, WEST, LEITHEN,GARCIA,RUBIO,SCOTT et.al. DO NOTHING FOR THE WORKING CLASS TAXPAYERS AND JUST ARE CONCERNED FOR THE SPECIAL INTEREST BULLSHIT!!!!

 You people are so fucking stupid it isn't even funny anymore. 

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

That's not what I said, cretin. Law-abiding citizens can go crazy, too. Guns should be as hard to get and keep as hand grenades.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Actually that is NOT what the founders wanted.  See, originally this Republic was actually based on the "ideas" of the tea baggers.  It failed miserably, which led to the Constitution and the government we have now.  Less regulation..think about that.  You want corporations, and yes I know thats where tea baggers get their funding, to have free reign to do whatever they want.  Think about this for a minute.  I know it hurts the tea bag mind, but this is a good thing.  To deregulate them would allow them to dump waste where ever they want.  Your backyard even.  Not to mention without regulation you can kiss clean air, water, and food goodbye.Never mind the fact that these regulations that we have do not hamper them to make money in the slightest, they rake in cash hand over foot.  Damn I really wish you home schooled fools would GET an education, just to see how truly moronic you sound to the rest of the sane world.

AlinskyObomb
AlinskyObomb

Do not apologize as that is all we have been doing and that is why we got Obama. Their continued belief that we are racist because we despise a president who wants to fundamentally transform this nation which in itself is out of the bounds of the Constitution, and that we are ignorant, even though they are the ones who just repeat crap they hear.

Look, they brought us Obama and thus should apologize to us and our children. They may not believe in the 2nd amendment but we do. See you in November you fools.

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