This excellent op-ed a friend pointed me too makes some excellent points about the media and the health care debate, calling for the mainstream media to call out those spouting racist rhetoric, and to call a lie a lie, and not look the other way when lies are told. Bravo to Nicholas F. Benton!
The same friend also pointed to this piece that calls on us to recognize that inflammatory words spoken by public figures can and do lead to violence. Here's a quote:
"I am a staunch First Amendment advocate. But let's not pretend such irresponsible words and behavior does not have casualties and consequences. We can best celebrate free speech and assembly by freely choosing not to incite or assemble irate mobs that lack control or any normal sense of inhibition."