FILE - In a Nov. 30, 2010 file photo, Sarah Palin signs copies of her new book, "America By Heart," in Little Rock, Ark. Palin has posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page condemning those who blame political rhetoric for the Arizona shooting that gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. In the video posted Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2010, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said vigorous debates are a cherished tradition. But she said after the election, both sides find common ground, even though they disagree. (AP Photo/Brian Chilson, File)
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This image taken from Facebook.com on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 shows the Facebook page of Sarah Palin. A nearly eight-minute video was posted on her page early Wednesday, accusing journalists and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly Arizona shooting that gravely wounded a U.S. congresswoman. (AP Photo/Facebook.com) NO SALES
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This graphic from Sarah Palin's "Take Back The 20" Facebook page shows a U.S. map with the cross-hairs of a gun scope imposed over 20 Democrats' districts. A gunman nearly unloaded a semiautomatic weapon at a busy supermarket Saturday Jan. 8, 2011 during a public gathering for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounding the Democrat and killing Arizona's chief federal judge and five others in an attempted assassination. Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik suggested "all this vitriol" in recent political discourse might be connected to Saturday's shootings. "This may be free speech," he told reporters, "but it's not without consequences." (AP Photo)
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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:03 am
Updated: 10:13 pm, Wed Jan 12, 2011.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin posted a nearly eight-minute
video on her Facebook page early Wednesday, accusing journalists
and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly
Arizona shooting that gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle
Last spring, Palin targeted Giffords' district as one of 20 that
should be taken back. Palin has been criticized for marking each
district with the cross hairs of a gun sight.
In the video, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said
vigorous debates are a cherished tradition. But she said after the
election, both sides find common ground, even though they
"But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding,
journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that
serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to
condemn. That is reprehensible," she said.
The term "blood libel" is the false allegation that Jews kill
non-Jews, especially Christian children, to acquire blood for the
Passover or other Jewish rituals, according to the Jewish Virtual
Library. It has been used in other contexts, and Palin's meaning
was not clear. Her aides did not immediately respond to an e-mail
Jared Loughner, 22, is accused of trying to assassinate
Giffords, wounding 12 others and killing six people.
"There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for
the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical
criminal," Palin said. "And they claim political debate has somehow
gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back
in those 'calm days' when political figures literally settled their
differences with dueling pistols?"