What’s with all the hypocrisy from the left? The media hammers talk radio for causing the Arizona shooter to snap, but should they also be blaming Hollywood or video games?
The topic came off as the radio guys played some audio from Al Sharpton. You can see the whole video from The Blaze here.
“We've had shootings in urban America and even in rural America in black communities and there are no gun manufacturing plants in these communities. These guns are brought in. Kids have become in my opinion seduced with this whole gangster/thug kind of culture that we've got to confront. They are no longer looking to role models as a Dr. King or a Malcolm X. But they are looking to people like Scarface. We've got to confront it, we've got to deal with it directly because it's killing people in our communities. And on Dr. King Day, there's no more important lessons who himself was killed with gunfire.”
When asked by Danny Deutsch if Arizona, which was one of the last states to recognize Martin Luther King Day, should secede from the Union, Sharpton said, “Well, I think on today ‑‑ they have seceded. I mean, this is a federal holiday, this is something that the country can celebrate the progress we've made, and I think we have. I think when you look at what Dr. King and others fought for in the Fifties and the Sixties, we made a lot of progress. But now we've got to confront the reality of today. There's still a lot of institutional inequality we've got to deal with.”
Strangely, neither Sharpton nor Danny Deutsch seemed to know that Arizona does in fact recognize “Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day”.
The radio crew examined Sharpton’s statements.
Pat said, “First of all, didn't he mention that the kids today that are using guns are looking to Scarface? Wait a minute. Doesn't that indict Hollywood? Isn't that where Scarface came from? “
The guys joked that if Sharpton is referring to the 1980s Al Pacino film, he may be a little behind on his pop culture references.
Stu pointed out he could be talking about the rapper Scarface and violence in rap music, but by that point the conversation had degenerated into a joke fest involving Sharpton, Don Imus, and Hollywood.
But then Glenn pointed out that the left should also attack video games as you could argue they desensitize kids to violence. Glenn said, “When you are shooting, when you are shooting someone and it's as real as you can and you can, you know, run over people on the sidewalk, et cetera, et cetera, I think it desensitizes you.”
Pat added, “But the great thing is, if you bring that up, the left goes apoplectic in their defense for video games: ‘How dare you, that has nothing to do with it!’” He added, “But just talking about politics in a heated way is responsible.”
Stu pointed out that even if video games desensitize people to violence, you shouldn’t blame them for people committing violence. This is the same logic that the left should apply to movies, music, and talk radio. But of course they won’t, because talk radio doesn’t fit their agenda.