Juan Williams: We Can't Blame AZ Shooting on "Right-Wing Rhetoric"
Juan Williams, speaking yesterday on Fox News Sunday, offers a refreshing, non-partisan perspective on the Arizona shooting (via The Daily Caller):
Reflecting on the media's narrative of the shooting, Williams said,
I think it’s important to say this, as someone left of center, that you can’t just blame this on some kind of right-wing rhetoric. I mean, clearly, I think this kid was unstable....I would hope that people aren't so base as to make this into a political debate at this moment.
I've always found Williams to be a thoughtful and reasonable pundit--he's not a hack like so many of them out there, and his words above affirm this.
Williams also added:
I do have worries about Arizona, I think the sheriff down there said it yesterday when he said that there’s too much of this kind of anti-immigrant fervor going on in Arizona. Some people call it the new Birmingham because of the intolerance that’s demonstrated in much of the state… I think the people in Arizona have to stop for a second and think about exactly why they are so angry and why this incident happened in Arizona.
This is a bit provocative: is Arizona the new Birmingham?