Woman Who Grabbed Clip from Shooter Blames Right-Wing Rhetoric... In Fox News Interview
Patricia Maisch, 61, was the brave woman who kept alleged shooter Jared Loughner from unloading a second clip into a Tuscon crowd on Saturday. Wounded herself from a bullet, she saw him attempting to equip his gun with another magazine, grabbed him and knelt on his ankle, delaying the reload and potentially saving many more lives.
So when Fox News interviewed her on Sunday, they clearly wanted to know if her strength could translate to psychic healing. “We've all noted the calmness with which all of you, who helped save the day, conducted yourself,” said Fox anchor Shepard Smith. “I just want to know now, a day later... if there's anything you can think of... that you might be able to turn into a positive. Is there anything that you can leave us with that will make us all feel better?”
“I think Sheriff Dupnik said it best that the extreme right reporters in radio and TV have added to this problem,” she responded. “And I'm just hoping that'll change because of this.” She then specifically calls out Republicans for characterizing the health care bill as “job-killing.”
It probably wasn't the response Smith was looking for, but the irony of her comment on Fox -- which employs Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and many others accused of inflammatory rhetoric -- was not lost. Watch: