How do you get liberals to approve of violence against women? Just tell them the women are Republicans named "Palin."

Wednesday afternoon, CNN anchor Carol Costello hyped newly released audio of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol tearfully recounting her being physically assaulted during a fight the family was involved in last month by saying it was “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.” She grinned during the entire setup.

The anchor went on to say “sit back and enjoy,” before playing the audio, in which Bristol says she confronted a man who had allegedly pushed her little sister, only to have him shove her to the ground, then drag her by her feet while calling her an obscene name I cannot republish here that refers to the female anatomy.

Costello commented, still grinning, after the audio that “the long bleep” was her favorite part. She ended the segment by saying “you can thank me later.”

Costello is the same anchor who was enraged by the NFL’s apparent lack of concern for the wife of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was punched by the football player in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

Other liberals piled on, seemingly delighted that the daughter of someone they disagree with politically was physically attacked. Talking Points Memo provided a partial transcript of the audio, including it in a list of the “best (or worst) moments from the audio.”

MSNBC writer Joseph Neese described the scene in such a way that teemed with glee and downplayed the assault.

“A lady with gray hair apparently wanted to punch Willow. Bristol was in the limo. A guy dragged Bristol across the grass. They took her $300 sunglasses and shoes. And she was left there,” Neese wrote, before referring to the “expletive-laden audio.”

And he made sure to point out that Bristol was a “former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant.” The only quotes included from Bristol’s audio was her saying she would defend her little sister. While describing the video, Neese allotted just one sentence to the attack on Bristol.

What Neese found “most notable” about the video was not the fact that a young woman tearfully told police she was assaulted and dragged, but that she described this using “16 expletives in just 89 seconds.”

Radar Online, an entertainment news website, used the headline: “‘Drunk’ Bristol Palin sobs to cops […]”

E! ran with “See bloody photos from Bristol Palin’s drunken fight in Alaska.”

Hey! Come see this woman whose mom we don’t like injured after getting assaulted by a man and dragged! Hilarious.

Andrew Sullivan, whose history in writing about the Palin family is especially unhinged, used the incident to make a political point, noting that “every time you see John McCain on television, remember that this is what he intended to bring within a heart beat of the presidency.”

The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis perhaps summed the reaction up best, writing that “Anyone who is concerned about a 'war on women' – but not disturbed by this report – is clearly biased.”

UPDATE: Costello has now apologized for her remarks in a statement to Politico.

"Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize," Costello said.

This story was first published at 11:15 a.m. and has been updated.

(Video courtesy of Newsbusters.)