The shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was addressed in a 9 minute segment of commentary by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Saturday, taking a fresh opportunity to affix a national tragedy to those who espouse beliefs not shared by Mr. Olbermann: the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party in general.
Citing a report in The Guardian
, Congresswoman Giffords remains in critical condition
following the horrific shooting outside a grocery store in Tucson Arizona.
Six other people died in the attack, including a 9-year-old girl. 18 people in total were shot - and the doctors operating on Giffords believe she is going to survive.
"I can tell you at this time I am very optimistic about her recovery," Dr. Peter Rhee said, according to The Guardian
. "We cannot tell what kind of recovery, but I'm as optimistic as it can get in this kind of situation."
But Keith Olbermann sought to tether this tragedy to a political agenda, attaching the madness of this shooting to Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, Glenn Beck, and a host of other right-leaning figures.
"If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bulls-eye targets on 20 representatives, including Gabby Giffords does not repudiate her own part - however tangential in amplifying violence and violent imagery in American politics - she must be dismissed from politics," Olbermann said. "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."
By widening the scope of those individuals in Sarah Palin's community of colleagues, Mr. Olbermann is extending blame to the entirety of the Republican Party.
"If Sharon Angle, who spoke of Second Amendment remedies does not repudiate that remark and urge her supporters to think anew and again of the terrible reality of what her words implied, she must be repudiated by her supporters in Nevada," Olbermann said.
And then Mr. Olbermann turned his attention to Fox News hosts Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly.
"If Glenn Beck who obsesses nearly as strangely as this 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; if they do not begin their next broadcasts with solemn apologies for ever turning to the death fantasies and the dreams of blood lust, for ever having provided just the oxygen for those deep in madness for whom violence is an acceptable solution then those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers and listeners, by all politicians who would appear on their programs - including President Obama and his planned interview with Fox on Superbowl Sunday, and repudiated by the sponsors and by the networks that employ them."
Olbermann went on to cast a net over commentators from all political backgrounds. "And if those of us considered to be on the Left, do not rededicate ourselves to our vigilance to eliminate all our own suggestions of violence, however inadvertent they might have been, or mild, then we too deserve the repudiation of the more sober and peaceful of our politicians, viewers and networks."