8:00am

Sat January 15, 2011
Media

'Vitriol' Debate Timely, Even Without A Shooting

Last weekend's shootings in Arizona were followed by much debate and accusation. Many cited a tone of vitriol over the nation's airwaves and websites for helping to inflame the shooter to violence. This week may be a good opportunity to reflect on the quality of discussion and debate in this country today. Host Scott Simon talks with Eric Deggans, television and media critic for the St. Petersburg Times, about how partisan bickering and finger-pointing has played out in the media following last weekend's shooting in Arizona.