NewsBuster Ken Shepherd observes that Paul Bond at The Hollwood Reporter characterizes MSNBC's obsession with Gov. Palin as a "sickness":
"MSNBC’S dependence on Palin was best displayed with the recent shootings in Tucson that left six people dead and Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. MSNBC was crucial in driving the narrative that the killer was egged on by violent political rhetoric, particularly from Palin. Even after it was learned that the shooter was an atheist, flag-burning, Bush-hating, 9/11 Truther who enjoyed joking about abortion (not exactly the portrait of a Palin supporter), MSNBC still did not let up on that story line," Bond noted.Sheppard doubts that an Olby-free MSNBC's symptoms of Palin Derangement syndrome will be eased, but the leftist network may engage in some substitution therapy by directing more of its vitriolic attacks at Rep. Michelle Bachmann instead of Sarah Palin.
All told in the year 2010 alone, Sarah Palin was the subject of 611 segments on the programs hosted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, and Rachel Maddow. Bond didn't take into account non-primetime MSNBC hosts like Joe Scarborough, Chris Jansing, or Tamron Hall. Adding in those numbers could easily push the total to near or above 1,000.
"Now that Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC, perhaps cable news can begin weaning itself from its addiction to Sarah Palin," Bond quipped at the open of his article