Yesterday I mentioned the recall effort against Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Dupnik has made a fool of himself by going on national TV and blaming "right wing vitriol" for causing the shooting. Remember, Dupnik is a law enforcement officer; he's not a media pundit. He's the one guy who is supposed to look at the shooting objectively and investigate the cause.
But Dupnik's incompetence on that day didn't start with his news diatribe. You remember how the day unfolded. The media reported that Gabby was dead. Naturally, that news devastated the nation, but it devastated no one more than Gifford's husband Mark Kelly.
For about 20 minutes, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband broke down in a plane's bathroom after believing incorrect media reports that his wife had been fatally shot at a political event outside a supermarket.
So where did the media get its information? Here's the correction issued by NPR.
NPR and other news organizations reported earlier Saturday that Giffords had died. NPR member station KJZZ in Phoenix reported the recently re-elected Democratic congresswoman and six others had been killed by the gunman, based on a source in the Pima County Sheriff's office.
The NPR article is a good source for both of Dupnik's mistakes--the article features his attack on the right, and mentions--without comment--that his office was the source of the incorrect information.
The Pima County Sheriff's office has been tested and come up wanting. It's time for Dupnik's 30 year term as sheriff to end.