Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” Slams Violent Political Rhetoric

Keith Olbermann released a “special comment” about the violence yesterday in Arizona as well as his feelings about the violent political commentary being bandied about by some of the members of the Tea Party and others.

In Business Insider.com, a report was published and a video attached about Olbermann’s strong feelings towards the “…borderline-ecstatic invocation of violence…”

His comment was, ” 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.”

Going on to mention the bulls-eye target debacle, he openly named Sarah Palin as one of the political adversaries that have supported the rhetoric. In his commentary, Olbermann also mentioned Glenn Beck and the time Bill O’Reilly repeatedly said the words “Tiller the Killer” on his show. Admitting he had been guilty of excessive emotions on his own show once, Olbermann apologized for a comment he made during Hillary Clinton’s run for President. He admitted it “sounded like a call to violence”.

Olbermann states clearly that it is his opinion that Jared Loughner is responsible for the tragedy, not the Tea Party. His comments were about excessive use of violent words in political speeches and sound bites.

The article ended with what sounds like a bit of a slam against Olbermann. The Business Insider.com article ended with “the excessively violent rhetoric of particular people…is as ill-conceived as the rhetoric Olbermann is talking about here.”

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