3.25.2010

Fox News' Shepard Smith Blames Political Rhetoric For Threats Of Violence

Fox "news" host Shepard Smith went off the threats of violence aimed at lawmakers over the past few days, laying blames squarely at the feet of those propagating the hateful, anti-healthcare, anti-Obama fear-mongering rhetoric. He's talking about Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the dozen of so members of congress who incite their rabid followers, rather than tamp it down. Here's the video (via TPM):


(Transcript via HuffPo):
"I wonder when it is an isolated incident becomes a string of things," he said Wednesday. "You wonder when some in there, on both sides of the aisle, are gonna look in the mirror and go, my over-inflated rhetoric is causing some people...[to] go out and react given the information that they've been given. I just wonder if anybody's gonna settle down a minute and go, Wow, we better settle down here, relax."

"What we do know is that when leaders on either side of the aisle go with this over-inflated rhetoric and they tell us it's the end of the world, it's Armageddon, the Marxists have taken over Washington, it's the end of the world as we know it, we're moving into socialism," he said, "when they say things like that, that maybe some of them don't believe, and then the fringes believe it, and then they go out and do stupid things...Well, I mean, it's all kind of tied together isn't it?"
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