CBS News’ Scott Pelley: Scalise shooting ‘to some degree, self-inflicted’ — Video

Some of the reaction to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., by a Bernie Sanders supporter from the so-called “mainstream media” has been appalling, to say the least.  On Monday, Townhall reported that CBS News propagandist Scott Pelley had the nerve to suggest in no uncertain terms that Scalise’s shooting was “to some degree, self-inflicted.”

That’s right, he actually said it.  Apparently, CBS thinks that Scalise had it coming.

Here’s the video, courtesy of Newsbusters, and you’ll notice he starts off with the absurd and highly offensive notion:

Here’s a transcript of Pelley’s comments:

It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.

Too many leaders, and political commentators, who set an example for us to follow, have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence.

Yesterday [June 14] was not the first time.

In December last year, a man with an assault rifle stormed into a Washington-area pizzeria to free child sex slaves whom Hillary Clinton was holding there — or at least that’s what political blog sites had said. He fired into a locked door to discover no children in chains.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has called the president the “most dangerous in history.” The shooter yesterday was a Sanders volunteer.

You might think that no sane person would act on political hate speech, and you’d be right. Trouble is, there are a lot of Americans who struggle with mental illness.

In February, the president tweeted that the news media were the “enemy of the American people”:

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017

Later, at a lunch for reporters, President Trump was asked whether he worried that language would incite violence. His pause indicated it had never crossed his mind. Then he said, “No, that doesn’t worry me.”

As children we’re taught, “Words will never hurt me.” But when you think about it, violence almost always begins with words. In “Twitter world,” we’ve come to believe that our first thought is our best thought.

It’s past time for all of us — presidents, politicians, reporters, citizens, all of us — to pause to think again.

Townhall responded:

Oh, and in case you didn’t know, the Media Research Center pegged Pelley as the most anti-Trump anchor on the Big Three—CBS, NBC, and ABC. Rep. Scalise has been in critical condition for days, undergone three surgeries, and was on the verge of death when he arrived at the hospital following the attack. Yet, liberal America says we’re going to slam him because he has a voting record we find to be problematic. Even when someone’s life is in the balance, the Left just can’t help it. This attack was self-inflicted? How much cocaine do you have to snort to believe that crap? Lower taxes, smaller government, and traditional marriage advocacy are not extreme views; roughly half the country holds them.

Pelley is right about one thing, however.  Violence does nearly always begin with words.  As we’ve reported time and time again, liberals routinely advocate killing Republicans and have called for Trump’s murder many times both before and after his election.  Sadly, the Democrat-media complex ignores those calls to violence and acts shocked when someone acts on those words.


One person correctly noted:

And don’t forget, Trump isn’t the first Republican targeted with liberal violence.  Former President George W. Bush was the focus of liberal death fantasies and numerous unhinged liberals called for the murder of Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.

It’s gotten to the point that one can’t help but wonder if liberals really do want a second, bloody civil war over Donald Trump.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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