“It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a video accusing some pundits and journalists of “blood libel” for linking the shootings in Arizona to political rhetoric and imagery used by her and others. Palin is correct about not rushing to apportion blame. But shouldn’t she also be accountable for her actions? Regardless of whether the Arizona shooter was motivated by Palin — and there is no evidence yet that he was — has Palin been responsible in the language and imagery she has used? Her claim about “death panels” was judged as the 2009 “Lie of the Year” by PolitiFact.com. Even her use of the term “blood libel” — which refers to the false claim that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood in religious rituals — shows poor judgment.
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