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Sure, people with mental illness can do horrific things with little rational provocation. Their worlds are lopsided, fragile and unpredictable. However, I think this 24/7 media slugfest of constant distortion, lies and hyperbole cannot be seen as innocent bystanders in a tragedy like the Peterson killings. How many senior citizens have quietly had fatal heart attacks sitting in front of a TV blaring Fox News’ insanely slanted coverage? How many angry lefties have had an aneurysm listening to Rachel Maddow twist current events to some form of mild hysteria? Cable news and the blogosphere has been poisoning balanced news coverage to the point that people live in an echo chamber of the propaganda that best aligns with their causes, their fears and their hopes. I long for the days when right vs. left was a nuanced argument over the role of government, the best economic policy and how to protect our borders. Not which candidate is a secret Muslim socialist and which candidate straps his pooch to the sun roof of his Caddy.

Albert Peterson shot dead his wife and two sons hours after going to church because he dreaded the thought of Obama winning the election, a family friend has revealed.

A confidante of the family for the past 25 years has spoken to MailOnline about the strength and grace of the Peterson family, as well as the torment that plagued Albert which drove him to shoot dead his wife Kathleen and his two sons Christopher and Mathew at their suburban home in DC on Sunday.

A history of mental illness, the loss of a dear uncle, and a growing fear of Obama winning a second term in the White House took its toll on the mind of Mr Peterson, a wealthy defense contractor, the friend said.

‘He just did not want his kids inheriting this mess,’ Maggie L, who did not wish to reveal her last name, told MailOnline. ‘Sometimes we thought he might take his own life when he was so depressed. We never thought he would take Kathie’s.’

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