Man Claims Watching 'Recycled News Shows on MSNBC' Caused Him to Threaten Congresswoman

Can watching too much MSNBC affect a person to the extent that he acts in a completely irrational manner? According to a Tampa Tribune story, a Florida man convicted of threatening death upon a congresswoman for her opposition to ObamaCare believes the answer would be yes:

TAMPA - A Spring Hill man who threatened U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite during the health care debate will spend more than two years in federal prison.

Eric Lawrence Pidrman, 66, claims he was in an alcoholic blackout when he telephoned Brown-Waite's office about 6:30 a.m. on March 25 and left a message saying he had 27 people who would make sure she "doesn't live to see her next term."

"I'm terribly sorry that it ever happened," Pidrman said this morning before he was sentenced. At the time of the morning he made the call, he said, "I very often watch the recycled news shows on MSNBC."

When agents questioned Pidrman in April, he said he was upset about threats reportedly made against Democrats during the health care debate. He said he probably thought, "Let me scare one of those righties."

"Righties." And who frequently uses that term? I'll give you a hint. It was the MSNBC host who recently made this "scorching" threat:

"I'm going to torch this f***ing place!" he screamed during a meeting in the MSNBC newsroom according to the New York Post. "F***ers!" he added for good measure.

Compare that irrational MSNBC host threat to the irrational threat left by Pidrman on the answering machine of the congresswoman:

"Just wanna let you know I have 27 people that are going to make sure that this ***** does not live to see her next term."

Readers of this story have noted that there are not all that many degrees of separation between Erik Lawrence Pidrman and Keith Olbermann or...Ed Schultz:

He's right if i watched all the recycled news on MSNBC i might go nuts too.

A looney leftnut was inspired by MSNBC to threaten conservatives for voicing their opinion. And this is news???

Here is just another example of where the threats and violence comes from. Not the teaparty folk etc. The union supported leftists have always been the violent ones. This guy is just typical of them. MSNBC is all I needed as they are all leftists.

The big question now is if trial lawyers will begin using the "MSNBC defense" as an excuse for their clients' threats against conservatives. 

P.J. Gladnick
P.J. Gladnick
P.J. Gladnick is a freelance writer and creator of the DUmmie FUnnies blog.