A Sign of Civility?

Just a thought regarding civility in the media. This road sign in Tucson, Arizona was just taken down today (yes, January 13) – thank goodness, after President Obama’s speech last night. Is this a coincidence? Let us hope this could be the final example of using such provocation towards a purpose that seems counter productive – or is it? I agree, readers, this is becoming tiresome.



  1. #1 tbell1
    January 13, 2011

    if you look closely at the bullet holes, you can see that the wide and irregular pattern gives the lie to the claim that Rush is a straight shooter. Maybe they should have left that little subliminal up…

  2. #2 mxh
    January 13, 2011

    We can hope, but it ain’t gonna happen. In a few weeks the media will forget about this and the same rhetoric will be back. Fear and violence has been working for the right and they won’t let this incident stop them.

  3. #3 darwinsdog
    January 13, 2011

    Fear and violence has (sic) been working..

    It’s said that food, death & sex are the only things humans are truly interested in. After all..

    1. Eat
    2. Keep from being eaten
    3. Reproduce

    ..are what life is all about. Appealing to what humans are actually interested in works, not just for the “right” but for anyone who has a message they care about others paying attention to. Message content is incidental.

  4. #4 Rokkaku
    January 13, 2011

    Jeff, I’m a little confused. You say it came down today in the wake of Obama’s civility speech. Yet the page you link to says that it went down on Monday the 10th:

    “UPDATE: A spokesperson for Premier Networks, the company that syndicates Limbaugh’s show, told Politico that the billboard was taken down on Monday, two days after the shooting.”

    Are Premier Networks telling lies?

  5. #5 feralboy12
    January 13, 2011

    I would say the grouping of his shots leaves the straight shooter claim in some doubt. Of course, if you draw a circle around the three closest shots and pretend that was the target…

  6. #6 Jeff
    January 13, 2011

    Good point. According to Ed Schultz’s show this evening, it was taken down today. Not sure which one is accurate. Regardless of when it was taken down, in my opinion, it should not have been approved to be displayed in the first place. It is clearly provocative and could invoke thoughts that are, well, uncivil and counter productive towards constructive discussions.

  7. #7 Rokkaku
    January 13, 2011

    You keep on with this “civility” schtick despite the fact that you haven’t addressed the points arising in the previous post, both mine and those of other people. But to add a new one to the mix: Rush Limbaugh’s show isn’t designed to be “productive towards constructive discussions.” It is a mixture of propaganda and entertainment. The advertisement, then, is just a symptom of a much larger problem, and unless you’re going to call for his radio show to be non-“approved” then you’re indulging basically in an exercise to make yourself feel good while accomplishing nothing at all.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    January 14, 2011

    Yeah, I totally do not believe that he could hit a barn from the inside, but of course, that is not the point.

    In the end, the backpedaling will be as telling, if not more, than the bluster. Nicely documented.

  9. #9 star towers
    January 14, 2011

    if you look closely at the bullet holes, you can see that the wide and irregular pattern gives the lie to the claim that Rush is a straight shooter. Maybe they should have left that little subliminal up

  10. #10 Traduceri Legalizate
    January 16, 2011

    As one link in a chain of sad events, this billboard was there the day of the shooting. That was a Saturday. The ad was removed Monday. That was fast considerin­g it was a weekend and neither the advertisin­g company, the radio station, and certainly Limbaugh’s staff, realized it was there. The term “straight shooter” has been used for so long that, when heard, no one takes it seriously much less literally. It is extremely sad there were people who, within hours, were taking advantage of it for their own political stance. The politician­s and others involved should consider the victims rather than careers first. or at least tone it down for awhile. “Straight shooter” is a term often used when giving accolades to a politician­. We Americans have our own version of this. Without saying, not one person associated with that advertisem­ent, from the radio station to Rush’s staff, meant to hurt. or offend anyone linked to the victims, or the victims themselves­. Can we leave just one thing untouched when trying for political gain?

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