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Keith Olbermann Connects Giffords Shooting To Sarah Palin & Glenn Beck

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Last night Keith Olbermann gave a ‘special comment‘ on yesterday’s shooting in Arizona, connecting the violence in Arizona to the “ever-escalating, borderline-ecstatic invocation of violence in fact or in fantasy in our political discourse.”

“It is essential tonight not to demand revenge, but to demand justice; to insist not upon payback against those politicians and commentators who have so irresponsibly brought us to this time of domestic terrorism, but to work to change the minds of them and their supporters,” he said, before linking the shootings to Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party movement, among others.

If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bullseye targets on 20 Representatives including Gabby Giffords, does not repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics, she must be dismissed from politics – she must be repudiated by the members of her own party, and if they fail to do so, each one of them must be judged to have silently defended this tactic that today proved so awfully foretelling, and they must in turn be dismissed by the responsible members of their own party…

If the Tea Party leaders who took out of context a Jefferson quote about blood and tyranny and the tree of liberty do not understand – do not understand tonight, now what that really means, and these leaders do not tell their followers to abhor violence and all threat of violence, then those Tea Party leaders must be repudiated by the Republican Party…

If Glenn Beck, who obsesses nearly as strangely as Mr. Loughner did about gold and debt and who wistfully joked about killing Michael Moore, and Bill O’Reilly, who blithely repeated “Tiller the Killer” until the phrase was burned into the minds of his viewers, do not begin their next broadcasts with solemn apologies for ever turning to the death-fantasies and the dreams of bloodlust, for ever having provided just the oxygen to those deep in madness to whom violence is an acceptable solution, then those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers, and by all politicians, and by sponsors, and by the networks that employ them.

So yes, I think a fairly expected reaction from Olbermann who has perfected the art of outrage. To his credit he also noted his own role: “Here, once, in a clumsy metaphor, I made such an unintended statement about the candidacy of then-Senator Clinton. It sounded as if it was a call to physical violence. It was wrong, then. It is even more wrong tonight. I apologize for it again.”

This is the beginning of what viewers can expect to be a week of ‘introspection’ as anchors and talking heads alike ‘discuss’ whether there was a connection between Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the frequently ratings-hungry, violent rhetoric you hear spouted on cable.   And whose fault is it it has gotten so bad.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

While all signs point to yesterday’s shooting as being the lone act of a deranged gunman, it’s not secret that public discourse in this country in the past year has been, as Olbermann says, amplified by violent imagery.  In the past month or so alone an alarming number of cable and political personalities have been casually calling for various people‘s assassination.  To question why that is acceptable is a welcome, necessary discussion and should not have had to be brought about by yesterday’s tragedy.

However, to draw a direct line between excessively violent rhetoric of particular people — many of whom simply and irresponsibly have one eye on their ratings and/or struggling political campaigns and one eye on Google trends — and yesterday’s tragedy, especially based on the facts we have on hand, is I think almost as ill-conceived as the rhetoric Olbermann is talking about here.


13 Responses to “Keith Olbermann Connects Giffords Shooting To Sarah Palin & Glenn Beck”

  1. joe Says:

    Well Said!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    real talk my dude

  3. MARZ Says:

    things happens 4 a reason if its good bad fantasy made up…with thats said let me set sum scenarios titles FCC, NEW LAW, FREEDOM OF SPEECH GONE gone,MOVIE SCENE….its sad people was hurt an killed behind this sick man made plot. its been alot of events of late. man found shot dead in head, congress w. get shot,birds falling, fish dead on shore ,wikileaks, ufo’s, weird spirals all seems like a movie plot 4 sumthing BIG?……………

  4. Dave Says:

    Keith is playing to the less intelligent of the US with his assumptions. what ever happened to individual accountability? something happened and you dont like the result so lets blame the people we dont like. Typical of someone without the intelligence to research and find actual FACTS. I am actually dumber now just for having read and responded to such an post. way to go Olberman, keep feeding the mindless morons.

    Dave

  5. Anonymous Says:

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  6. Anonymous Says:

    PRT1.white or should i say caucasian american terrorist: look at the past 5months all kind of terrorist acts who suffers we do.

  7. seven Says:

    P6.7. caucasian american kids dont have a chance until the 1’s who still teach these old ways an or dont sit down an talk about truth an races. 4 the caucasian american families who dont follow these old ways keep it up like i said not all caucasian are like that but as we all know racist an bs sells good 4 media seeing every race an or 2 races getting along is boring media. until this race stops all the bs we will never be 1 nation 1 world with out war check ur families old way behavior every other race is ready except ur’s caucasian control way more media than anyother race

  8. seven Says:

    PRT5. caucasian american kids are not the future of america but will be america’s demise it needs to stop. caucasian america media caucasian old ways are still being taught in there homes. they dont have a chance to really know whats truth because of them 2 things i said. from the ages of 1 to u should know better they are being mislead,lied 2, story telled lied etc by media an caucasian oldways likes its 1950

  9. seven Says:

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  10. seven Says:

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  11. seven Says:

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  12. seven Says:

    PRT2.there will be new laws that will be passed do too “THE EVIL THAT CAUCASIAN WILL DO” as other’s entertain stupidity an to others who act out”TETCWD” to make laws an or to make a law legit. rant’n of racism,hatred,selfless acts,cowardly actions etc etc. i feel caucasian’s not all but alot of them are terrorist of america 1st race to start all kinds of racist remarks on every othere race,starts an or ignite hate an war on a massive level..hold them responsible 4 how an what america is 2day

  13. seven Says:

    PRT1.white or should i say caucasian american terrorist: look at the past 5months all kind of terrorist acts who suffers we do.

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