The Associated Press: Running Scared
It's been just a week, and we've gone from an outcry against the violent rhetoric of the extreme right to an equally rapid backlash, with "responsible" opinion cautioning against blaming the right-wingers for talk about crosshairs, reloading, and being armed and dangerous.
Now that backlash appears to be infecting our news coverage.
Today the Associated Press ran a story about a former Congressional candidate facing criminal charges for threats against Indiana judges.
Here's how the AP describes the defendant:
What party, you might ask, was this woman a member of? Well you might as, but in the AP coverage you will never find out, because her party affiliation appears nowhere in the story.
If you're interested, she's a Republican.
But apparently, we're not allowed to say, or even know, the party affiliation of someone who engages in violent rhetoric.
That would be irresponsible.