Sarah Palin today sharply denounced media commentary that her brand of fiery political rhetoric had any link to the Arizona shooting on Saturday where Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was greavely wounded and six others were killed six including a federal judge, a Giffords aide and a nine-year old girl. "Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn," said Palin.
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That speculation in the media focused on the graphic that appeared on Palin's Facebook page in March when she called for the defeat of 20 Democratic Members of Congress who voted for healthcare reform by placing their districts in what appeared to be the cross-hairs of a rifle scope.
National Journal's Political Insiders Poll asked its participants this week to weigh in on whether the Palin graphic, along with eight other examples from politicians ranging from Barack Obama to Sharron Angle, was "inappropriate political speech." Overall, 44 percent of the 124 Political Insiders who participated in the poll--62 from each party--said that the Palin graphic was inappropriate. However, the Insiders were sharply divided along party lines: 68 percent of the Democratic Insiders said that Palin's graphic had crossed the line, but only 19 percent of the GOP Insiders thought it did.