★ Fake Meme Retconned Into Reality

From Monday's post:

I expect that over the next two or three days, we’ll see yet another pivot along the lines of [...] “Conservative commentators need to be banned from the airwaves so that their vile proclamations can’t poison the minds of sane, forward-thinking people."

I knew I could count on you, James Clyburn:

The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech, Clyburn said from his office, just blocks from the South Carolina Statehouse. He wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use 'better judgment.'

Looking at the publication date on that post (January 10th), it seems that this pivot was ahead of schedule. Sigh...

Credit where credit's due, though: the President implicitly called out members of his own party last night by rejecting the correlation between political rhetoric and the actions of a madman:

And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy – it did not – but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.

Well said.