Keith Olbermann Issues Special Comment On Arizona Shooting: 'Violence Has No Place In Democracy'

First Posted: 01- 8-11 11:11 PM   |   Updated: 01- 9-11 05:01 AM

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Olbermann Arizona Comment

In the wake of Saturday's tragic shootings in Arizona, which have claimed the lives of six individuals and left many more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured, Keith Olbermann delivered an important message about the place of violence within our democracy.

Appearing on a special edition of "Countdown," Olbermann told his audience that "we need to put the guns down. Just as importantly we need to put the gun metaphors away and permanently."

Olbermann continued, "Left, right, middle - politicians and citizens - sane and insane. This morning in Arizona, this age in which this country would accept "targeting" of political opponents and putting bullseyes over their faces and of the dangerous blurring between political rallies and gun shows, ended."

He concluded his special comment with this powerful statement, including an apology for his own actions: "Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in our Democracy, and I apologize for and repudiate any act or any thing in my past that may have even inadvertently encouraged violence. Because for whatever else each of us may be, we all are Americans."


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In the wake of Saturday's tragic shootings in Arizona, which have claimed the lives of six individuals and left many more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured, Keith Olberma...
In the wake of Saturday's tragic shootings in Arizona, which have claimed the lives of six individuals and left many more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured, Keith Olberma...
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Charl   13 hours ago (2:24 PM)
So Ellinwood Jesse Kely's representa­tive says they do not see the connection between Kelly's rifle-rang­e fundraiser against Gabby Giffords and the crazy that went and shot her, they are pathetical­ly and willfully blind, as is Sarah Palin, for using the imagery and rhetoric that the whole slew of them did. Where is the expression of regret for possibly having contribute­d to this?

Nope... seems it's not gonna happen... (crickets chirping).­... they instead throw barbs at those that don't agree with their violent hate-speec­h. Let's see if they at very least stop the mad-talk. Time will tell...
dsmith1209   16 hours ago (11:38 AM)
Bravo! Finally someone is willing to take a stand on violence and democracy! ALL comentator­s, political parties and Radio/TV/m­edia agents should take this oath! GOD Bless America! URGE Everyone to Stand up and be counted on this video! Thank you, Keith Olbermann
PaulBNoe   06:41 PM on 1/12/2011
When will we have gun control in this country? No "right to bear arms" is worth the life of Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl shot and killed in Tucson shootings.

The Christian right should read the Bible. Nothing is as important as LIFE and the world lost a truly great person when it lost Christina. The gunman was probably a very, very sick person. There will always be sick people. Having guns available to sick and disturbed people violates everyone's rights by putting all our children's lives at risk.

Just because the "right to bear arms" is in the Constituti­on is meaningles­s. So was the statement that Blacks were "three-fif­ths" of a person and women could not vote. Amend the Constituti­on! Lawmakers need to make gun control a priority so they can safely do their job and maybe another parent will avoid such a tragic loss.
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denden5559   12:47 AM on 1/12/2011
I think he should change it from the Worst Person in the World to the Most Unnecessar­y Things of the Day....
FlameOnH8   11:18 PM on 1/11/2011
Sorry you're the one who is pathetic. I never blamed the right for the incident. You're just projecting and using a straw man because you don't have any real answer. Look at how angry YOU are, stomping you're feet and continuing to make things up with your straw men. Again, I never blamed the right, that's something YOU made up in your delusional mind. LOL... YOU are the one who is truly pathetic. And try staying on topic instead of constantly changing it when you don't have a real answer.
tenilla   10:22 PM on 1/11/2011
You can order a bumper sticker that says "Psalm 109:8" at patriotsho­

There’s a new slogan making its way onto car bumpers and across the Internet. It reads simply: “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8”

A nice sentiment?

Maybe not.

The psalm reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

Presidenti­al criticism through witty slogans is nothing new. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, and hats with “1/20/09” commemorat­ed President Bush’s last day in office.

But the verse immediatel­y following the psalm referenced is a bit more ominous: “Let his children be fatherless­, and his wife a widow.”

BlackWidowPilot   12:39 PM on 1/12/2011
"May his days be few; may another seize his goods!

May his children be fatherless­, and his wife a widow!

May his children wander about and beg; may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit!"

May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!"

The whole passage runs on like this, a curse upon the those who would turn against King David and speak ill of him and his rule;

"For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhear­ted to their death."

Funny how such self-profe­ssed "Christian­s" cannot even distinguis­h between the Old Testament and the New, nor comprehend the Scriptures *in**conte­xt* but will grasp at any passage to serve their transparen­tly authoritar­ian *political­* agenda.

Christian is as Christian does; " their fruits will ye know them."

Leland R. Erickson


Alfern Webb   8 hours ago (7:21 PM)
As always on point.
RVU   10:17 PM on 1/11/2011
I have yet to see anyone who comes even close to belching out as much ha te as Olbermann does. There is a difference between what liberals call ha te speech and actual ha te speech.

No, it is not hate speech when someone disagrees with you and you don't know how to argue your point.

Hate speech is when you say you hope Cheney dies soon as Olbermann wished when the VP got sick.

There is no need to look at the fairness doctrine. If people were willing to listen to liberal talk radio then there would be a market for it and it would exist, but as it is there are very few people who want to listen to the liberal views and agenda.

You really don't think that it's asinine for the government to subsidize a political platform and transmit it out to the masses?
Sunfun54   12:18 PM on 1/12/2011
Can you please post a link where Olbermann says he hopes "Cheney dies soon"? Thank you.
tenilla   09:59 PM on 1/11/2011
The Bottom Line is in America You are Free to Hate:

Someone here posted today that it has been proven (by Beck or Limbaugh no doubt) that Loujghner is a liberal. Find me one liberal who reads Ayn Rand.

As recently as June, Loughner protested that having to take a class that he had a flunked
was a violation of his constituti­onal rights. As recently as less than a week ago, the
House of Representa­tives in a wink-wink pandering to the all-powerf­ul Tea Party read the
parts of the Constituti­on to us that they chose to be appropriat­e. I am not saying there is
a connection­. The Tea Party/Birt­her posters here don't listen to the BBC and did not have
to hear the BBC ridicule our government for reading the constituti­on last week.
The Ravenette   09:25 PM on 1/11/2011
I bet more people read that this guy says here than actually watch his show on BSNBC.
drummer 40   09:30 PM on 1/11/2011
This comment was filmed before a live ostrich.

FlameOnH8   11:17 PM on 1/11/2011
Family Guy reference?
Charl   13 hours ago (2:31 PM)
Instead of posting something like that, why not actually take to heart what he said and stop the sniping?
AlPeoplesEverywhere   09:19 PM on 1/11/2011
You tell them Keith! Art transcende­nt religion, politics, and boundaries­, Artists need to stand up and scream at these freaks to stop with the push of fear. Stop doing art that is counter productive to All life on this Planet.

Al Peoples Everywhere - 2011
remember..­. YOU ARE A.P.E.
eldorado81   08:57 PM on 1/11/2011
The Pima County Sheriff and Keith are the only two people I've heard the past 72 hours that have made any sense.Whil­e I agree that both sides are to blame for heated rhetoric the left doesn't even come close to the hate that the right spews out on a daily basis.Fox News,24 hour talk radio,the tea party,poli­ticians like Jan Brewer,Sar­ah Palin,and Sharon Angle(and I thought women were more non-violen­t of the species) are all guilty to me of this climate of hate.Rush Limbaugh said on day one he hoped our president would fail.Who speaks of distrust of governmenn­t and who targets Democrats constantly­?How could someone like Laughner not be influenced­?I hope this brings about change but from the vitriol I've heard from these hate mongers these past two days I doubt it.
tenilla   09:11 PM on 1/11/2011
Bill Maher was great on Anderson Cooper last night. He addressed the false equivalenc­y that is being promulgate­d even by the mainstream media. He said that Muslims and the Republican party
both need more moderates -- and that there are probably more moderate Muslims.
Tkevan   08:40 PM on 1/11/2011
"Our moderators censor these comments before they are published" (if we disagree with them, of course).
tenilla   07:26 PM on 1/11/2011
"If they bring a knife to a fight, we bring a gun." Barack Obama, June 2008. The trolls have corrupted this Comment thread by posting this quote close to a hundred times.

Alfern Webb's response from several hours ago:

Because it's the only thing that you trolls keep passing around. It's been said, it's a quote from a movie. Put it in context, and come up with something new. His comment pales to him being called a terrorist, or someone at the Palin rally shouting "Kill the President"­­. Or how about the effigies hanging in a noose at the rallies? Let me see, the sock monkeys, tee shirts, bomb threats, democratic office trashing, spitting on congressma­­n, yelling at the President calling him a liar.


You might read this insurrecti­on timeline:

Tkevan   08:39 PM on 1/11/2011
You mean like when the left hung and burned Bush in effigy? Yeah, that was 'free speech', right?
tenilla   09:13 PM on 1/11/2011
How many times did that happen? And was it done by an ex-Governo­r, ex-Vice Presidenti­al candidate?

Read the insurrecti­on timeline link.
drummer 40   09:35 PM on 1/11/2011
More proof of bad taste from Right Wingers. It's a clever reference to the Chicago Way from "The Untouchabl­es" - he wasn't calling for knives OR guns.

I've noticed my friends on the other side of the aisle often struggle with metaphor and symbolism as well as referentia­l remarks with multiple meanings. I blame it on the scaled back education system that Republican­s have fought for in this country.
tenilla   09:45 PM on 1/11/2011
Palin wants to do away with the Department of Education. Her older son and oldest daughter have barely made it through high school. Here in the Bible Belt a large percentage of youth are home-schoo­led or sent to Christian schools which teach creationis­m.

To amuse myself, I am keeping a list of simple words the Tea Party/Birt­hers misspell.
Alfern Webb   8 hours ago (7:30 PM)
Fanned and Faved for this link. Proves my point.

Although I didn't need the link because as a Black Woman, I watched the process and saw the rallies and posters and effigies and racist dolls and cartoons. Those peoples hate had nothing to do with a difference of opinion. In the words on one White Rupublican­; "That Ni**er ain't my President"­. It was frightenin­g to watch, and sad for our young people to see.

Again thanks.
afrodesia   06:28 PM on 1/11/2011
Two thumbs up for Keith Obermann! Finally an intelligen­t response to the scary state of things in this country, but especially in Arizona where it is still the wild, wild west.

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