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The Media and the Death of Tucson Victim Dorwan Stoddard – Love Lost in Hate?

Posted on January 19 2011 6:20 pm
Sonny Palermo has scribbled columns for Winners Edge, Ring Sports and other magazines, and websites such as The Daily Caller, American Thinker,BlogsLucianneLoves and He has done regular guest appearances on FOX Sports radio in Vegas and nationally on SIRIUS.
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Mavanel and Dorwan Stoddard

What we cannot speak of we must pass over in silence.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is evident from the leftist media’s knee-jerk reactions to the Tucson shootings that they hold no truck with Wittgenstein. Void of fact, consumed by ideology, one-by-one the children of an addle brain fell lock-step into the meme, spurred by the ramming-speed rhythm provided by Paul Krugman beating on his New York Times tom-toms:

“Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from?  Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right.”

Nine days removed from the murders Nancy Pelosi dismissively referred to as an accident, the monotonous media mantra marches on unabated: blame the Right then damn the Right, with singular purpose – to eradicate the Right.

Where is the Pied Piper when needed, to lead the rats to sea, to first wallow then drown in their own deceitful contrivance?

Lost in media obfuscation, Tucson victim Dorwan Stoddard has for the most part been relegated to “other victims include” closing paragraphs in new stories detailing the events in Tucson. He wasn’t a congressperson. He wasn’t a federal judge. He wasn’t a child whose heartbreaking life story was savagely declined the opportunity of advancing more than a few beats past its’ full of hope “Once Upon a Time” opening stanza.

In the blame game and finger pointing that the media passes off as objective reporting, the nondescript Mr. Stoddard offers no ideological bridge to divisiveness for them to build upon, so they ignore his life’s path and its courageous end. The story they would like to sell obliterates the story they should tell.  And the tragic beauty of a man’s altruistic death is displaced in translation.

Dorwan Stoddard is the embodiment of Viktor Frankl’s keen observation that “Love is the highest goal to which man can aspire.” He died shielding Mavanel, the woman he loved.

Tragic enough that Stoddard’s love was lost in a senseless killing by a madman, but twice the shame that it was also lost on the hateful media, so possessed in their proselytizing, so focused on distorting rather than reporting.

They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. Considering that almost half of the country paid no federal taxes in 2010, we can reduce that number to one sure thing.  In the end, we all depart. One can only hope that death comes nobly, as it did for Dorwan Stoddard. And that the immoral media treats us with deserved dignity, rather than crass apathy.

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