Byron York contrasts the media reaction to the Fort Hood shooting in 2009 and the Arizona shooting in 2011. In the recent shootings,
. . . media outlets were also filled with speculation about the attack and pronouncements on the state of American political rhetoric. What a markedly different situation from 15 months earlier when, in the face of actual evidence that Maj. Hasan was inspired by Islamist convictions, many media commentators sought to be voices of caution. Where was that caution after the shootings in Arizona?
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: As expected, the Jewish Athena gets it:
The horrific shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the death of six (including a 9 year old and a federal judge) and the injuring of a total of 18 revealed the best and the worst in American politics.
First, let’s look at the best. President Obama issued an eloquent statement as did Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. . . .
Then there are those who conducted themselves with far less dignity, namely partisan leftists and a segment of the blogosphere. The shooter seems to have no agenda, unless you conclude that a mix of conspiratorial rantings about currency and a fondness for the writings of both Hitler and Karl Marx represent some coherent ideology.
Just read the whole thing. (H/t: Instapundit.)