Rules we should have learned already for breaking crime stories:
1. Don't speculate.
2. Your joke isn't funny.
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) October 03, 2013
The third rule is that both of those rules will be quickly broken, as Slate’s Dave Weigel and Matt Yglesias demonstrated within moments of reports of a shooting on Capitol Hill:
Weigel thought it was a good time for some snark:
Hilarious, except not really:
Yglesias thought the shooting was a good opportunity to discuss shutdown politics:
We’re sure that was the first thing on officers’ minds as the bullets were flying.
Not only is Yglesias’ comment not funny, but it’s also wrong:
Another futile reminder:
Too soon? Unfortunately for some, it’s never too soon. Markos Moulitsas of The Daily Kos helped Weigel and Yglesias demonstrate that:
The abhorrent douche is strong in this one.
Suspending politics for an hour or so during a story with potentially devastating consequences for people is so out of style.
This provides the best summary: