snarky about Meghan McCain and shortly followed with a call for sensitivity training, or his job depending on your point of view, concerning an ESPN reporter. It wasn't the stories so much as the ensuing comments that caught my attention.
Within the commenter's dialogue an obvious trend was emerging. There appeared a clear call for social civility. Commenting authors, describing themselves all across the personality, political and social spectrum were holding forth on the need, everywhere, to tone down the vitriol.
The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords appears to be the turning point for a call to the talking heads and politicos to cease and desist spouting vindictive, hateful, and distasteful discourse.
From the comments on these two articles the public may be ready not to be entertained by demeaning remarks. We have been publicly entertained by bad words and behavior with examples stretching back to The Seven Dirty Words through the wardrobe malfunction to the current lack of social civility.