Irony and Hypocrisy on Full Public Display Following Massacre at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs Last Week
Colorado Springs, Colorado – As a writer having lived in Colorado Springs nearly all my adult life, I found the reaction of the president and various members of the fourth estate to the shooting not far from where I live to be especially galling, bordering on unforgiveable.
Your dictionary is helpful in refreshing understandings of “irony” and “hypocrisy.” The definition of irony is the use of words where the meaning is the opposite of their usual meaning, i.e., “Someone who talks a lot while having nothing to say,” and “A whaling ship that is used to save whales after a tsunami.”
Likewise the same source is helpful in reminding one of hypocrisy: “Saying one thing while doing another” and “writing a book about truth and honesty while telling lies.”
While expressing his grief over the families suffering from losses of loved ones following the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, President Obama’s real agenda is taking guns away from American citizens:
Enough is enough. This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.
[If Americans] truly care … then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them.
The last thing Americans should have to do … is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence … and yet, two days after Thanksgiving, that’s what we are forced to do again.
At fault was not the evil that permeated the mind of the miscreant, one Robert Lewis Dear, a 57-year-old-man from North Carolina, but the weapon that he used, according to the president: “[Dear] opened fire with an assault weapon [that] forced fear upon … more Americans and their families….”
Members of the fourth estate, especially and particularly the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, could not resist the same temptation, but with a different agenda: this was an attack by crazies still motivated by the crusty and outdated idea that abortion is murder. Wrote Times’ journos Julie Turkewitz and Jack Healy: