I’m not sure why this torqued me off so much, From Josh Marshall:
Man walks into Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building, announces “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel,” then opens fire.
1 dead. At least 5 wounded.
Late Update: The emails we get. This one from GS: “Yes Josh. And in 1994 Barush Goldstein assassinated 27 innocent people while they were praying. Were you making a point or helping to keep score? You disappoint me.”
Later Update: The AP is now reportedly disputing the quote. I’ll update when I hear more.
Even Later Update: AP now saying the quote is verified.
Late, Late Update: Police news conference to be streamed here at 11 PM Eastern.
Actually, I am sure why I’m so torqued. There’s no piece of news that can’t be matched, tit-for-tat by the moral equivalence brigade out there. It pisses me off to see a leading commentator elect to highlight claims to moral equivalence. It pisses me off even more because Marshall is a leading moderate Dem, and what’s going to happen if the moderate Democratic party gets tarred with his inability to flatly say “this is a bad thing in and of itself” isn’t going to be pretty.
All that’s missing is Marshall walking up and down the street in front of the television cameras chanting “Attica! Attica!”
[Update: Numerous commenters suggest that Josh was being dismissive of the comment, Josh stops by, agrees and suggests I’m stoned and that he meant to say “the emailer was an idiot”.
Since I read him every day (see my RSS feed list here), I’ll go with commenter frontinus who says:
I can see how a reasonable person could misread your update. You might want to ignore whatever AL is smoking and focus more on your writing skills. Or at the very least clarify your aside unless you prefer possible ambiguity.