Just after that delusional dual act of self-congratulation, Muir reported the opposite. In "another note tonight," he reported, "James Fuller, who was shot twice last week, took offense at what another audience member was saying, and mumbled what seemed to be a threat."
What? Fuller threatening "You're dead" is on tape -- their tape. So why is he "mumbling" what "seemed to be a threat"? Why couldn't they specify that he had made a direct, unequivocal death threat against tea party activist Trent Humphries?
And as for taking offense, they were there. They heard what Humphries was saying. At that very moment, he pleaded for civility, urging the audience not to enter into debates about gun legislation or other remedies, not when the funerals for the victims hadn't been concluded. No sane person could take offense to those words.
At least CBS let Humphries explain it the next night: "He booed me while I was talking, you know, very loudly. He turned around, and then he took a picture of me and said that 'You're dead.'"
ABC mentioned Fuller's outburst on Sunday's "Good Morning America" and "World News," but only in passing. CBS aired just a snippet on Sunday night. NBC hasn't mentioned it -- although they reported on Jan. 13 that Fuller went to Jared Loughner's parents to try and forgive them. Fuller was quoted: "Well, I thought I'd come over here and try to forgive them. I know that sounds crazy." The newspapers also mentioned it in passing on inside pages.
Since these outlets are barely touching this story, no one is replaying Keith Olbermann's tweet after Fuller's loony Pacifica interview that "I think he of all of us has the right to say this," the "Tucson survivor who names names." After the death threat, Olbermann lamented Fuller's threat on Monday night, but blasted ABC's invitation to Fuller as "a decision smacking of the tawdriness of the Maury Povich Show."
The entire wave of political coverage after the Tucson shooting has been a tsunami of mud and garbage. If our political system needs to regain some dignity and professionalism, let it begin with Christiane Amanpour and her news colleagues.
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