Olbermann’s attack on Scott Brown absurd, shameful

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never watched Keith Olbermann’s show on MSNBC. I don’t even know where MSNBC is on Comcast. But yesterday someone on the blog attributed the following statement to him:

“In short, in Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees. In any other time in our history, this man would have been laughed off the stage as an unqualified and a disaster in the making by the most conservative of conservatives. Instead, the commonwealth of Massachusetts is close to sending this bad joke to the Senate of the United States.”

At first, I thought it was so over the top, so absurd and excessive that it had to be a joke. It turns out I was wrong. I know there’s a lot of anger out there on both the right and the left, and that there’s fame and money to be had by offering yourself as the mouthpiece for that anger. But this is shameful stuff, and liberals do themselves no favors by tolerating it.

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Doggone/GA

January 20th, 2010
1:28 pm

“But this is shameful stuff, and liberals do themselves no favors by tolerating it.”

It depends. Yes, it’s over the top rhetoric, but can he back it up with quotes? THAT’s the question. If not, then yes, it should not be tolerated.

Judy Goslow

January 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

Liberals are tolerating an enormous amount of stupidity, intolerance, greed, and total lack of compassion from Republications and conservatives, we can’t get them to shut up completely so we have to tolerate. Gets worse every day. Olberman is right on and it’s pretty easy to prove, just take a good look at Brown.

David

January 20th, 2010
1:37 pm

I just don’t have any use for that kind of rhetoric on either end of the political spectrum. Liberals shouldn’t tolerate Olberman, just as conservatives shouldn’t condone Beck or Limbaugh.

Matilda

January 20th, 2010
1:40 pm

I have to agree with Doggone/Ga. Olbermann’s rant did not begin with the quote above. DID Senator elect Brown say and do those things or not? If so, why should his deeds be glossed over as leftist haterade when the good godly conservatives here cannot let go of an automobile accident that happened more than 40 years ago?

Sunshine and Thunder

January 20th, 2010
1:43 pm

Jay,

Well, the responses on this thread so far should tell you something.

s

January 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Sorry, Olbermann’s right…he’s got quotes, I’ve read several things that back this up from ethical and logical sources…unlike Beck and Limbaugh who just pull things out of their butts for sensationalism…How is caliing him a “bad joke” offensive or over the top…I guess only if you’re into denying health care coverage to millions and into preserving the big corporate status quo…Who gives a damn what you think…soon, the truth will come out and you guys and all your railing back and forth over nothing will be held to shame…you just wait..it’s coming…it made me laugh, they posted today on MSNBC Scott Brown’s bio and I laughed, having a background in psychology…uh, hello…the early onset of personality disorder anyone and that always means there’s a problem somewhere…Good luck, conserves…you’re about to get yours with a big, huge slice of embarrassment…and you’ll have to conceded Olbermann’s right…again!

Taxpayer

January 20th, 2010
1:45 pm

Olbermann, Beck, Limbaugh, etc. They’re a waste of time that could be better utilized showing infomercials. Now, the Daily Show. That’s a different story. Jon Stewart has the best news show out there. Colbert! Eat your heart out.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 20th, 2010
1:47 pm

Well, I done some thinking. And I think we should change the Death Penalty laws so murderers don’t get away with just having a needle and some poison shot in them. I bet we’d see some quivering if a judge said, “I sentence you to go on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney and John Oxendine.” It would be perfect. They’d never know when they were going to get it.

Anyhow, I don’t watch this MSNBC or Olbermann neither. I watch Fox News because I like my hate the way they do it. I mean, if you’re going to listen to somebody hate somebody, you should make sure it’s somebody you hate too. I’m just sorry the best they can do is this O’Reilly and Hannity. I sure wish they could get old Rush on Fox News at night. Now there’s a man that knows how to hate! And after he hates them, he mocks them and talks like them. It’s better than a Sunday morning sermon down at the Church of Holiness. You feel like saying Amen! when you listen to Rush.

Anyways, thanks to Bookman for giving the libruls the what-for. It’s the first time I’ve agreed with him in years.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

LA

January 20th, 2010
1:48 pm

AMEN JAY!!!!!

Thank you for calling him out.

I am tired of being the only one who thinks he’s a jerk.

Citizen of the World

January 20th, 2010
1:50 pm

As a liberal, I don’t tolerate it. While I appreciate Olberman’s general POV and fluid eloquence, I don’t watch him anymore than I would watch Beck or Hannity. Hyperbolic characterization and sensationalistic name-calling just don’t serve the political discourse and ultimately do a disservice to our country. I guess liberal commentators are just trying to compete for those viewers who like their news and opinion all salted up and spoonfed, a la Fox News, but I just don’t have any taste for it.

Doggone/GA

January 20th, 2010
1:53 pm

“I don’t watch him anymore than I would watch Beck or Hannity”

And I don’t watch ANY of them.

Normal

January 20th, 2010
1:53 pm

Europeans used to call our form of government, “The American Experiment”. Is the expirement failing? Have we become so partisan that we forgot how to comprismise? Is our country going to have to go through radical policy shifts every time the other party comes into power?

Are our leaders only interested in their party’s vision and not the “American Dream”?

What has happened and what is happening to our country?

I sure would like to see all of us rally at Washington D. C., stand at the White House gate and Congress ask ask WTF?

As long as emotions run this high, any hope of bipartisan work is a pipe dream.

I, for one, am disgusted with it all…just sayin’

Del

January 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

Judy Goslow,

I refer you to the following from another blogger, who I thought said it well.

“It depends. Yes, it’s over the top rhetoric, but can he back it up with quotes? THAT’s the question. If not, then yes, it should not be tolerated.”

pathetic you all are

January 20th, 2010
1:56 pm

Reading all of your posts make me laugh. What a bunch of limp wristed whiners. Keith Obermann is a shmuck and his pathetic ratings show it. Enjoy the sour grapes…..Nice try, Red-neck….your about as authentic as Obermann.

Outhouse GoKart

January 20th, 2010
1:56 pm

“I don’t even know where MSNBC is on Comcast”

LMAO!!! Same here…just kindve run across it every now and then.

That statement is the most humorous of the entire article.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
1:56 pm

1st Amendment???

He’s got as much of a right to say what he wants as anyone on the opposite side of the political spectrum. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. If it’s libel, lawyers will handle it. If it’s the truth, why not put it out in the open.

Doggone/GA

January 20th, 2010
1:58 pm

“If it’s the truth, why not put it out in the open.”

That’s it exactly. If he can support what he says, then why should he not say it?

@@

January 20th, 2010
2:02 pm

Now here’s a moment in time when I wish I had saved some of your leftist commentator’s praises for Olbermann. He was, and probably will remain their hero. So much more intellectual is he.

The only thing missing from that video is the foam that shows up on rabid dogs. From slobbering bloodhound to yipping chihuahua…compliments of THE PEOPLE.

Citizen of the World

January 20th, 2010
2:02 pm

pathetic you all are @ 1:56, you are a case-in-point for hyperbolic characterization and sensationalistic name-calling. If you were of a liberal mindset, Olberman would be precisely your cup of tea.

josef nix

January 20th, 2010
2:03 pm

I’ll probably live to regret coming on today, or at least I hope I do. I’ve been in bed all day with this blasted cold that’s making the rounds and I’m sure I’ll be groggier than I normally am.

But…

I echo what COW said at 1:53. This by Olbermann is a textbook example in what Jay and I have chided each other on in the past–hyberbole run mad.

There was a time when I tuned into Olbermann with zeal. He was fresh, articulate, educated and very witty. Then, during the election campaign, he became a partisan hack, spent his time trading cheap shots with FOX and slavishly and frothingly parroting the MSNBC party.

Stroking the hand that feeds you is one thing, stooping this low is another entirely.

And thanks, Jay, for bringing him to task.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:03 pm

By the way, this example of Olberman’s idiotic mentality, is in a LONG line of other liberal BS.

Ed Shultz stepped in it the other day when he said that Democrats should cheat.

Jenifer

January 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

“Now, the Daily Show. That’s a different story.”

Yep, nothing like fake news.

josef nix

January 20th, 2010
2:10 pm

Real quick on the Mass. election–saw that Cosmo centerfold. Betcha 10-1 Ole Barney’s got a copy somewhere… :-)

Outhouse GoKart

January 20th, 2010
2:11 pm

Daily show….*barf*

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:11 pm

Well, even the kids are leaving Obama…….even though they can’t vote…..

Time Magazine: Is there anything worse?

The State of U.S. Kids

http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/teachers/wr/article/0,27972,1954215,00.html

Bruno

January 20th, 2010
2:12 pm

“I’ll probably live to regret coming on today, or at least I hope I do.”

LOL. Welcome, Ringo.

“There was a time when I tuned into Olbermann with zeal. He was fresh, articulate, educated and very witty.”

I might have said the same thing about him during his early days at ESPN. In no time flat, he became such a prick that he was fired.

http://wikiality.wikia.com/Keith_Olbermann

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:13 pm

Redneck Convert –

” I watch Fox News because I like my hate the way they do it. ”

No you like your hate the way Olbermann does. Like him, you are utterly intolerant and unable to make meaningful points. Instead, like him, you rely on ignorant stereotypes to espouse your ignorant views on the world.

Normal

January 20th, 2010
2:13 pm

A friend just sent this…I’m sharing…

Federal Judge David Carter has set a date of January 26, 2010 for a lawsuit questioning Barack Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of President of the United States based on his “natural born” status.

http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/10/01/trial-date-set-for-obama-natural-born-lawsuit/

josef nix

January 20th, 2010
2:16 pm

mike–
Don’t take Redneck at face value. He’s a satirist. Not always very good with the language/dialect, but then I understand that he’s really a carpetbagger… :-)

John Jacobs

January 20th, 2010
2:17 pm

Keith Olbermann’s comments are simply unacceptable.

These comments have no place in broadcasting whether you’re a republican rejoicing or a Democrats reeling in the wake of Scott Brown’s triumph in a special Massachusetts Senate election.

Olbermann’s commentary & complete non-apology is a television version of shock radio – appealing only to the extreme of the party and is shameless for the rest of us in the Democratic party. Come on team, let’s get it together. We’re driving people to CNN, and even FOX news for coverage!

Would recommend MSNBC and Olbermann do some soul-searching as we attempt to stem the tide before the November’s midterm elections.

You’ve lost me but maybe you can save others.

Mick

January 20th, 2010
2:17 pm

Jay – I was watching olbermann last nite and he did say that and challenged anyone to dispute those words which he stated were “fact”. He also cutoff Brown’s victory speech which annoyed me because I was trying to get the measure of this guy and I thought he came off as likeable with a great sense of humor. I really wanted to hear the whole speech, couldn’t change cause I TIVO’d it.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:18 pm

A member of John F. Kerry’s staff has just written a story on FOX.

America Betrayed President Bush

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

President Bush deserves our respect not our scorn.

January 19, 2010

It’s almost hard to believe but Wednesday, January 20 marks exactly one year since President Bush left the White House.

During his last public ceremony as commander in chief, he was booed by thousands of Americans who simutaneously cheered for Barack Obama as he was sworn into office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Except for a June 17 speech in Erie, Pennsylvania in which Bush defended his policies and criticized Obama’s, the former president has been remarkably silent about his successor. He has not fired back at Obama despite the new administration inappropriately blaming Bush for all of their failures.

One year after taking office however, Obama has done a total reversal on his isolationist, non-interventionist foreign policy, and is now pushing President Bush’s neo-conservative philosophy as a justification for starting a new war in Afghanistan. What the Democratic Party once criticized as an over-simplified good vs. evil argument has become the cornerstone of Obama’s reasoning.
“Evil does exist in the world,” Obama recently admitted. “A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of man.”

In the wake of this stunning adoption of the Bush foreign policy doctrine, there is little, if any dissent. The same people who crucified Bush for liberating Iraq are hardly criticizing Obama for using force to promote democracy in Afghanistan.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/01/19/jeffrey-scott-shapiro-bush-obama-president-betrayed/

Jay

January 20th, 2010
2:18 pm

Nobody questions whether he has the legal right to say such things, SoCo. That’s not at issue.

I don’t know what evidence Olbermann offers for the charge that Brown is a racist, but if it was significant I think I would have heard it by now. Racist is a harsh charge.

I do know his alleged evidence for the claim that Brown — a married father of two daughters — is a “supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees.” Someone in a campaign crowd made a crude remark about Martha Coakley and Brown didn’t respond to it. Brown says he didn’t hear it, and when you’re concentrating on your own remarks that’s very likely.

That doesn’t come close to justifying the incendiary charge that Brown supports violence against women and against other politicians. And the “ex-nude model” charge from Brown’s youth exemplifies the personal-attack nature of this rant; it’s like calling Obama a cocaine-sniffing pot smoker because back in his youth he made those mistakes.

Do some on the right still make that kind of charge against Obama? Sure. They’re fools, just as Olbermann was. My impression is that Olbermann’s show was built around a sense of outrage against Bush and now that Bush is gone, that outrage is always in search of new targets, even if they’re much less deserving.

Bruno

January 20th, 2010
2:19 pm

Here’s for the band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4njPe2_rho

Hope you feel better soon, Ringo.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:21 pm

Mick, it’s not the first time Olberman has thrown a temper tantrum.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
2:21 pm

Normal

Great…. That’s all we need is another rehashing over the BC.

Doggone/GA

January 20th, 2010
2:21 pm

“Don’t take Redneck at face value. He’s a satirist”

Save your breath, Josef. He knows that. And he’s already been told dozens of times.

Outhouse GoKart

January 20th, 2010
2:21 pm

Normal…I thought that was a dead issue.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:22 pm

“Would recommend MSNBC and Olbermann do some soul-searching as we attempt to stem the tide before the November’s midterm elections.”

Not gonna happen.

GE owns NBC which…………..supports Obama.

Bruno

January 20th, 2010
2:24 pm

And one more from Sugarloaf for Matilda:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc1PHk9FhIk&feature=related

Have a great day, all.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:25 pm

“I don’t know what evidence Olbermann offers for the charge that Brown is a racist, but if it was significant I think I would have heard it by now. Racist is a harsh charge.”

Easy. Liberals ALWAYS pull the race card. Look at Cynthia Tuckers rants. 99% of her columns somehow involve race.

I got called a racist the other day for pointing out what I saw at Lenox Mall on MLK day.

No one wants to talk about race because people get labeled a racist if they disagree with affirmative action etc…..

Bottom line: Democrats own the race card.

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:25 pm

“Don’t take Redneck at face value. He’s a satirist”

So were all of the folks who performed in minstrel shows.

Josef – I find it hard to believe that you would be so forgiving if there was a bigot who came here doing an utterly offensive portrayal of an ugly gay stereotype.

It’s not satire. It is hateful bigotry. RC is a very intolerant person and also a person who is incapable of having a factual debate. Like most bigots, his only goal is to offend people other than him. Of course, you have to feel bad for him, as I can’t imagine a person so persistently intolerant has a very happy life or self-respect.

K_Chub

January 20th, 2010
2:27 pm

Really Jay – who cares what Olberman says? The right wingers (Limbaugh, Hannity, etc..) have been saying this kind of stuff and worse about Liberals for two decades now and it hasn’t hurt them. Nobody holds those guys accountable for their actions so why should liberals pretned to be above all that? Conservatives are always trying to bring everyone into the gutter with them – well maybe we liberals ought to start playing the same game. The average American is obviously too stupid or numb to really care about the truth so take a page out of the Conservative playbook and lie, lie and then lie some more – if we win elections and get what we want done who cares.

Mick

January 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

LA

Rarely ever watch KO prefer ed schultz and forget tweety bird chris matthews. Actually, all the talking heads are starting to lose me. I prefer a good column with some perspective like Jay’s or Krugman.

Normal

January 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

SoCo, OGK,

I agree with both of y’all…I figure this Judge is just going to make sure it’s put to rest permently by declaring it legal…but I always figured it would come to a court case. I wonder if McCain had been elected would the Dems have gone after his Panmanian BC?

As an aside, my sister was born in Germany, when our Dad was stationed there, and I always used to kid her about never being able to be President…

Del

January 20th, 2010
2:29 pm

There are media personalities as everyone knows on both sides of the political spectrum who make a lot of money simply trashing those who have the opposite political persuasion. Doesn’t really take much talent but they just throw out the red meat for their followers to chew on. I could be wrong but I think there’s a changing mood where Americans have reached the end of tolerance for this babble and may be ready to demand results rather than bull sxxt from career politicians and cheap shot media types. Jay…this is by no means a reference to you because you run a fair and professional blog for all participants and though you’re liberal you have defended the views of others when you felt it to be deserved.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

Jay

I understand that. My thing is, if you don’t like it, then don’t listen. People say or write bs all the time. It’s done to boost ratings which in turn raises advertising revenue. If what he said is wrong, I’m sure Brown has a legal team that will handle that. Anytime you make accusations like that in public, you’d better be able to back it up or pay the price. However, if what he said can be backed up, it would be a disservice not to bring that to light.

It’s no difference if the mouthpiece is a liberal or conservative host. If they bring the truth to light, I applaud the effort. If they’re spewing lies, then let the courts give them a financial incentive to straighten up and fly right. I don’t particularly care to listen to any of them unless I want something to laugh about.

josef nix

January 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

Bruno

Thanks…waiting to feel better, but in the meantime thanks to the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkJNyQfAprY&feature=related

Mick

January 20th, 2010
2:31 pm

Enter your comments here

@@

January 20th, 2010
2:31 pm

One of my favorite parts in Brown’s acceptance speech was where he shared his conversation with President Obama….offered a two against two basketball game. He acknowledged Obama’s graciousness, then went on to say he’d drive his pick-up truck to Washington so Obama could have a closer look.

This guy is good. Let’s the personal attacks roll off, then uses them to appeal to the people’s better judgment.

He enjoys it! Here’s hoping he’ll continue to enjoy his swim in the shark infested waters. Poke ‘em in the eye….they’ll swim away.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

January 20th, 2010
2:32 pm

You may want to go back and check some of your Palinophobia columns, Bookman, just sayin…..

Normal

January 20th, 2010
2:33 pm

Josef…Chicken soup with a few drops of habinaro pepper sauce…yummy and sinus’ cleared!

DDB

January 20th, 2010
2:33 pm

You know what is really funny about this, this guy is a mouth piece for liberals much like they claim that Limbaugh and Hannity are. Yet when Obermann starts his attack it’s on every American who disagrees with Obama’s spending habits and yet these guys think they’re only bashing Republicans. Guys like Obermann are actually fueling the fire of discontent and when Congress people repeat it that just causes more anger. Brown was elected by Democrat, Republican, Tea Party you name it he got their vote.

So I say the Democrats continue to denigrate the citizenry by calling them tea baggers and the like, it will only come back to bite them come next fall.

Jay

January 20th, 2010
2:33 pm

SoCo, under U.S. law politicians would have absolutely no legal recourse in a case like this. None. Thus, the standards have to be set in the court of public opinion, not in a courtroom. And that’s what we’re attempting to do here.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
2:34 pm

Normal

I hope that’s what will happen. You can never tell with these “activist” judges. lol

Anybody with knowledge of Immigration Law training could have and would have answered that long ago. It doesn’t matter where he was born. Just as long as his mother was a USC at the time, which she was, everything else is moot.

Hard Right Hook

January 20th, 2010
2:35 pm

Olbermann said something outrageous? Who’d have known, other than his 27 nightly viewers.

Jay

January 20th, 2010
2:35 pm

Go ahead, Reporter. You go right ahead and do so, and bring back what you find. Run along now….

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:35 pm

“Rarely ever watch KO prefer ed schultz and forget tweety bird chris matthews”

Well, Shultz is an idiot as well. He got in a lot of trouble on Monday for saying that Mass democrats should cheat to win. He then had to make an apology.

I too prefer reading but I don’t like the NY Times as much anymore. Especially since they gave Moveon a discount for their treasonous ad about General Petreus.

I read Krauthhammer, Robinson(although he is an Obama apologist), Victor Davis Hanson, Peggy Noonan and Christopher Hitchens.

josef nix

January 20th, 2010
2:36 pm

mike–

I think if you reread my post, you’ll find I am not “forgiving.” Redneck takes plenty of swipes, and rather vulgar ones at that, toward gay people. Long before I get offended there, though, I am offended by his bad use of what he thinks a redneck dialect is. It shows just how little the commedian knows the cultural milieu and its weltanschauung…as my New Year’s resolution said, “be calm in the face of all common disgraces and know what they’re doing it for…”

Outhouse GoKart

January 20th, 2010
2:36 pm

Mr Super-Ego, Boner, too perform.
Were they to leave out Stinksteen they would definitely be able to raise more money.

Music World Unites for ‘Hope for Haiti’ Telethon
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/01/20/music-world-unites-hope-haiti-telethon/

Outhouse GoKart

January 20th, 2010
2:37 pm

Boner will arrive by plane while his ego will arrive days later via a Saudi Supertanker.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:37 pm

“I understand that. My thing is, if you don’t like it, then don’t listen.”

I say the same thing when liberals attack Limbaugh and Fox News.

If you hate them, don’t watch or listen to them.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
2:37 pm

Jay

Ok. What he said is no different than what I’ve heard from pundits all around. I applaud your effort on calling him on the carpet as you have done before with conservative pundits. We’ll just put Olbermann up on the same shelf as O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and others who have made inflammatory statements.

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

Southern Comfort –

That’s great and all, but the truth is that hate-mongers like Olbermann and Limbaugh are doing serious damage to this country. Having a liberal like Jay stand up and declare that such speech is disgusting is important. Criticism from the right will have no impact on Olbermann. Likewise, conservatives need to stand up and state the obvious fact the Limbaugh’s recent comments on Haiti are also disgusting.

The middle needs to tell the fringe to shut up and recognize that they are that: the fringe.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

“You may want to go back and check some of your Palinophobia columns, Bookman, just sayin…..”

Jay, he has a point. Although I’ve never read where you’ve called her stupid or a racist, you do seem to NOT like her one bit.

Jimmy Carter

January 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

Yes, Olbermann’s attack on Scott Brown was absurd and shameful. But did you expect anything other than that from Olbermann?

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:39 pm

LA –

“Jay, he has a point. Although I’ve never read where you’ve called her stupid or a racist, you do seem to NOT like her one bit.”

I am a frequent critic of Jay’s, but he has never said anything remotely like this.

Jay

January 20th, 2010
2:39 pm

I think she’d make a terrible president or vice president, LA. But despite a fair amount of ammunition, I’ve never attacked her in personal terms. If you can document otherwise, go right ahead and call me out.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:40 pm

“I am a frequent critic of Jay’s, but he has never said anything remotely like this.”

I know, that’s why I wrote that I’ve never read any name calling from him.

Normal

January 20th, 2010
2:41 pm

The reason Jay seems to dislike Sarah is that Jay has room for only one woman in his life…and she wears orange shorts!

Shawny

January 20th, 2010
2:41 pm

Olbermann is an a-hole. Pure and simple.
Everything GOP is evil to him.

K_Chub

January 20th, 2010
2:41 pm

Del – I really don’t think there is anything to your claim that Americans are no longer tolerating the type of attacks you see coming from people like Olberman or Hannity or Limbaugh. Their ratings are as high as they have ever been – and last I checked Imus is back on the radio and is doing just fine. I’m not saying it’s right, but I’m sick and tired of the right wingers constantly bashing liberals on the radio, tv and online. All liberals are left to do is whine about such attacks which makes liberals seem either A) like cry-babies B) like pansies for not fighting back or C) like elitists for not responding. Well I’m sick of it so if Conservatives want to sling mud then let’s sling it right back.

Americans don’t care about the truth – they just don’t care. They say they care, but they really don’t.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:42 pm

“I think she’d make a terrible president or vice president, LA. If you can document otherwise, go right ahead and call me out.”

1: Obama is a terrible president. Palin would get government out of the way.

2: I never said you called her any names.

Bottom line: America hates liberalism.

josef nix

January 20th, 2010
2:42 pm

Normal–
Thanks, Mamale, but one more bowl of that and I’m going to convert! Unmentionable is cooking me a big pot of Southern style home-made vegetable soup and a big pone of cornbread…

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:42 pm

LA –

“If you hate them, don’t watch or listen to them.”

In general, I agree. However the hate monger pundits are actually causing damage, even if you don’t watch them. For some reason, over the past several years, we have let the most extreme voices set the debate. Both fringes have been discredited and we need to put the nails in that coffin.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
2:43 pm

mike

If no one was buying the messages they were selling, they would be off the air a long time ago. As long as those on the fringes get their airplay, there will be someone there to listen to it. They only do harm to us if we let them. I’m at that point in my life, where words have no power over me. I’m past playing the victim. If it’s something I don’t like, I avoid it. If I like it, then I listen and enjoy.

I think by constantly responding to what they say, we give them more encouragement to keep doing what they’re doing. If the middle would just take care of business and quit worrying about the fringes, I think they would get the hint.

Jimmy Carter

January 20th, 2010
2:43 pm

Jay,

You and I are miles apart from a political perspective, but as a capitalist I have to give you your due – you earn your keep. In the first hour after posting this report there were 41 posts from a variety of readers.

Cynthia McKinney, on the other hand, had exactly 9 posts in the first hour for her latest post, and one of the was “Enter your comments here”.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Mick

January 20th, 2010
2:43 pm

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**One of my favorite parts in Brown’s acceptance speech was where he shared his conversation with President Obama….offered a two against two basketball game.**

That’s exactly where KO cutoff the victory speech thanks for filling me in.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

“However the hate monger pundits are actually causing damage, even if you don’t watch them.”

Like who?

MSNBC ratings are terrible as well as CNN.

Bosch

January 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

Normal! Did you just write “orange shorts?”

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

K_Chub –

Liberal partisans and conservative partisans are the same. They have the same mentality and they use the same tactics. If you really think that it is only conservatives doing the “bashing”, you apparently missed the original point of the discussion.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

And…..another nail in the democrat party coffin.

Reid promises to press ahead on health care

WASHINGTON – Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats will press ahead with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul despite the loss of a Massachusetts Senate seat to a Republican.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Reid offered a list of Senate accomplishments last year, from the Cash for Clunkers program to expanding national service programs. He said in the coming year, the Senate would ensure all Americans affordable health care.

Reid acknowledged Tuesday’s election loss, but urged Republicans and Democrats to work together as partners, not partisans. He said he has reached out to newly elected Republican Scott Brown.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said voters in Massachusetts made it clear that the American people don’t want the government taking over their health care.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:45 pm

“Liberal partisans and conservative partisans are the same.”

No, not really.

Normal

January 20th, 2010
2:46 pm

OK, Josef, veggie soup and habinaro sauce…No virus can beat “The Sauce”….

Kamchak

January 20th, 2010
2:46 pm

I say the same thing when liberals attack Limbaugh and Fox News.

Then why bother commenting on KO at all? With comments like:
I am tired of being the only one who thinks he’s a jerk.
and
Mick, it’s not the first time Olberman has thrown a temper tantrum.
and
Well, Shultz is an idiot as well.
it seem to me that you should take your own advice.

Normal

January 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

Bosch…who me?

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

“Well I’m sick of it so if Conservatives want to sling mud then let’s sling it right back.”

Were you asleep the last 8 years?

CNN, MSNBC, NY TIMES, ABC, CBS, CNN and others ALL bashed Bush and conservatives.

CBS’s Dan Rather got fired for airing fake National Guard stories.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:48 pm

“Well, Shultz is an idiot as well.”

I said Shultz is an idiot. He is an idiot.

Southern Comfort

January 20th, 2010
2:49 pm

josef

Care to pass some of that veggie soup this way? Sinuses are whipping my arse today.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:49 pm

How many movies were made about Clinton or Obama getting shot?

Zero

How many movies were made about Bush getting shot?

One

washedup

January 20th, 2010
2:50 pm

Jay, your comments from 2:19 are right on target, and well spoken. A red fool is as much a fool as a blue fool.

mike

January 20th, 2010
2:52 pm

LA –

“MSNBC ratings are terrible as well as CNN.”

Yes, but those 1,000,000 folks who watch Olbermann have an outsized voice. They vote in primaries, they demonstrate, they write blogs.

This is my point. The fringes has played far too dominant a role over the past several years and hateful pundits like Olbermann and Limbaugh have led the charge. They, and the fringes they represent, need to be called out as the destructive force they are.

As the 2008 and 2009 elections show, most people are not mindless partisans. They are want to vote for the best candidate, and the Olermann’s and Limbaugh’s of the world want to decide for us.

Mick

January 20th, 2010
2:52 pm

LA

**fake National Guard stories.**

Sorry, but they have been proven to be factually correct.

Ed schultz has great passion and defends the working man – good for him!

stands for decibels

January 20th, 2010
2:52 pm

Nobody holds those guys accountable for their actions so why should liberals pretned to be above all that?

I don’t think Jay is pretending, but I kinda wish he were.

For the record, KO’s not been my cuppa tea for awhile, although it has more to do with just being a little tired of the franchise and its by-the-numbers lineup of regular guests and bits than any specific issue with how he conducts himself.

And yeah, I’m also no longer anywhere near as receptive to similarly hyperbolic audio-only rantings from the likes of Randi Rhodes or Mike Malloy, although they’re still sometimes clever/compelling in small doses.

But… “shameful?” No. I am not ashamed that there are people willing to play rough with righties. (having said that, I’m with Jay in not being sure where the “racist” tag is supposed to have come from, so I’ll reserve judgement on that.)

Also:

I wish I had saved some of your leftist commentator’s praises for Olbermann.

the Google’s broken, is it?

and:

Who’d have known, other than his 27 nightly viewers.

For the record, KO’s in the middle of a 4 year / 35 million dollar contract. I kinda think those “27 viewers” are enough to keep plenty of advertisers plenty happy, and provide GE with a nice profit center.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:52 pm

“Yes, but those 1,000,000 folks who watch Olbermann have an outsized voice. They vote in primaries, they demonstrate, they write blogs.”

They all live in NYC.

K_Chub

January 20th, 2010
2:53 pm

Mike – my point is that right wingers have Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Imus, Boortz, Coulter, Beck and Savage (I’m sure I missed some) bashing liberals every single day and the left wingers have who exactly? Only recently has the left had a partisan voice (Olberman) like the right so if you’re trying to say it’s the same thing then you’re delusional.

All I’m trying to say is that Jay is making a big deal about what Olberman said when all those aforementioned conservative personalities say that kind of stuff and worse every single day and to a much, much greater audience.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:53 pm

“Sorry, but they have been proven to be factually correct.”

LOLOLOL

And you can PROVE THIS?

If they are “real” then why was Dan Rather fired and his lawsuit against CBS thrown out of court?

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:54 pm

“Ed schultz has great passion and defends the working man – good for him!”

He’s a cheater and an instigator of fraud.

If you like people who suggest cheating to win then I would say that you are most likely to be a Barry Bonds, Conseco and Mark Macguire fan.

LA

January 20th, 2010
2:55 pm

“my point is that right wingers have Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Imus, Boortz, Coulter, Beck and Savage (I’m sure I missed some) bashing liberals every single day and the left wingers have who exactly?”

Yep! And it’s great!

Left wingers have Ed Shultz, Olberman, Dowd, O’Donnel, Matthews, Rather.

You guys can KEEP THEM!