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Geraldo: ‘People Are In Denial’ To Suggest Irrelevance Of Political Climate In Arizona

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has quickly become an important character in the developing narrative surrounding the tragic shooting in a Tuscon area Safeway that killed 6 individuals and put Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. His comments made shortly after the tragedy were seen by some as unnecessarily political. Last night he appeared with Geraldo Rivera to further explore the role of the media in this story, and found some measure of support from the Fox News host.

Almost immediately after news broke, the reasons behind the tragedy became some sort of political football: those on the left were first to point to a controversial image put forth by Sarah Palin‘s PAC that appeared to include a sniper’s cross-hairs on Rep. Gifford’s congressional district.

It’s within this context that Sheriff Dupnik’s original comments about “vitriolic rhetoric” are most powerful, if not inappropriate. Though he offered no specific evidence of such rhetoric, he claimed there is “no doubt in my mind that when a number of people night and day try to inflame the public, that there’s going to be some consequences from doing that and I think it’s irresponsible to do that.”

Yesterday afternoon Fox News’ Megyn Kelly respectfully questioned the appropriateness of Dupnik’s commentary. But on the same channel later in the very same day, Dupnik reappeared with Geraldo for the following interview, courtesy of Fox News:

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