The StarAdvertiser Puts Hawaii in the Crosshairs

After all the uproar about Sarah Palin using “crosshairs” on her website, which many in the media (including the StarAdvertiser) claim helped push the mentally unstable attacker in Arizona over the edge, you’d think the paper would know better. Especially since the StarAdvertiser repeated the “crosshairs leads to lunatic attacks” theory over and over again:

“Sarah Palin’s targeted list.. has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action…” StarAdvertiser 1/8

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond…Palin’s decision to list Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” StarAdvertiser 1/9

“Palin has been criticized by some for using crosshairs…” StarAdvertiser 1/11

“Palin has been criticized for marking each district with the cross hairs of a gun sight.” StarAdvertiser 1/12

So, why print a giant gunsite (about one foot across) aimed at Hawaii,  on the front of your newspaper were certain Pacific regional, nuclear armed lunatics might get ideas?

The StarAdvertiser's provocative use of crosshairs could incite unstable nuclear-tipped-ballistic-missile-packing loonies. (StarAdv. 1/22/11)

Not only is it gigantic, but it really does look like a sighting device for some military weapon. Yours appears to be the real thing, not the rinky dink little register marks that Palin used that you keep hysterically calling “crosshairs.”

And, it’s not as though one Kim Jong-il hasn’t already practiced lobbing a few missiles in our direction. Even more alarmingly, The StarAdvertiser recently covered the statements made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates regarding the very real threat of Hawaii being targeted by a nuclear missile from North Korea.

We can only hope that the StarAdvertiser’s cavalier use of “crosshairs” does not have the same disastrous effect that they seem to imply it did in Arizona.


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