Probably not the line Fox News wanted to hear

PROBABLY NOT THE LINE FOX NEWS WANTED TO HEAR…. There were some displays of courage and heroism in the midst of the massacre in Tucson on Saturday, including the actions of a woman named Patricia Maisch, who snatched Jared Lee Loughner’s ammunition when he sought to reload.

Maisch, not surprisingly, is now the focus of a fair amount of media attention, though she waves off any talk about her being a “hero.” Last night, she spoke to Fox News via telephone.

Shep Smith, one of the network’s few responsible on-air figures, asked her if “there’s anything you can think of, over the last day and a half, that you might be able to turn into a positive.” He added, “Is there anything you can leave us with that will make us all feel better.”

Maisch replied, “I don’t think so…. The extreme right, reporters and radio and TV, have added to this problem, and I’m just hoping that that will change. That’s my hope, is that the Republicans will stop naming bills in very hateful ways, like the ‘job killing’ whatever the rest of that bill is, I think they’ve gone over the top. I think that the extreme right has gone too far.”

I don’t imagine this is what Fox News expected to air last night. Call it a hunch.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.