Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, blamed the Fox News Channel for today’s shooting spree that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded and four others slain.
He told a local New Jersey paper shortly after the incident, “There’s an aura of hate and elected politicians feed it, certain people on Fox News feed it.”
He continued: “I’m sitting here talking to you and my Blackberry’s sending alerts that say ‘take caution.’ Take caution? I’m in the United States of America!”
Pascrell represents the city of Paterson.
Meanwhile, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman blamed conservative media titans Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck for the shooting, which took place outside of a Safeway grocery store in Tuscon, Arizona.
In a blog post earlier, Krugman wrote:
“You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”