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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    October 5, 2005
    Patterns

    When Keith gets fixated on some talking point, he's like a dog that won't let go of a bone. Tonight's Hour of Spin was another example of Olby's pattern of outreach to conservative voices: Trent Lott, Sam Brownback, and George Will were all cited and quoted by KO. Of course, they are all critical of the President's appointment of Harriet Miers. That's why Olby, who ordinarily doesn't give their views one minute of attention, featured them tonight.

    He did show one clip from a Miers supporter: Justice Nathan Hecht. Why did Keith use this comment? To serve as a straight line for an OlbySpin wisecrack, of course. Hecht, speaking of Miers's religious background, said:

    She has been a committed member of a mainstream conservative evangelical church for a long time...

    Mr Nonpartisan then cracked:

    As we try to digest that use of the phrase "mainstream conservative evangelical"...

    Right, because on OlbyPlanet conservative is not mainstream, and evangelical is a pejorative. One of KO's Rogue's Gallery, Dana Milbank, couldn't resist chuckling at Olby's oh-so-hip "witticism". Keith also read a long quote from Maureen Dowd's latest column (also anti-Bush; Olby isn't ever going to break this pattern) to introduce an entire taped report predicated on Dowd's vicious slime.

    Speaking of patterns, Olby named Progress for America (conservatives) as the worst persons in the world. Runner up was Sen Stevens of Alaska. Did we mention that he is a Republican? It's amazing that liberals and Democrats never seem to do anything worthy of "worst person" status from KO, but Geraldo Rivera can make the list just for asking that a newspaper correct a false story.

    Hey Olby, here are some suggestions for you. How about Charlie Rangel, for equating George Bush with Bull Connor? Actually Charlie said Bill Connor, then Bill Connors, then Bull O'Connors, and a few other variations--just the sort of verbal gaffes that you love to ridicule when someone like Michael Chertoff makes them. Or how about Rangel calling the Vice-President "sick"? If you're looking for outrageous statements made on talk radio, why haven't you mentioned Randi Rhodes of Air America, who likened the treatment of Katrina refugees to the freaking Holocaust?!?

    What, you didn't see any of these on those George Soros websites you frequent? Oh, that explains it.


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    A grain of sand lodged in my mouth regarding Olby, and now I believe I have a lopsided worthless pearl to spit out.

    It is tempting to say that Olby is "stuck on stupid." Rather, he seems "stuck in Sophomore year of College" to me. Remember College, where being a liberal was second nature, where practicality was abandoned, where sports ruled the campus and protests were cool?

    This guy suffers from arrested development. If you gave a bunch of dopey college kids shows, I bet you'd see various incarnations of "Countdown" flash across the screen.

    Now that I understand Olby, there is still MSLSD to figure out! What Sophomoric jackass hires Olby and keeps him around in spite of dreadful ratings? Is Al Gore head of programming? Where is Al's cable station anyway? I haven't heard about it lately!

    Johnny,

    I think you could call Keith's implication that evangelical conservatives are NOT mainstream emblematic of the type of isolation media types have from the rest America.

    Journalist Bernard Goldberg talks about his all the time. One of the examples he uses is of the late Pauline Kael writing that she knew no one who voted for Richard Nixon. Nixon won by a landslide. I'm sure Pauline Kael "knew" people who voted for Nixon. But they were merely the people who swept the floor where she worked or fixed the copy machine.

    Conservative evangelicals are more mainstream that Kael and likely Olbermann are. They believe in God and that one can have intimate relationship with God, as does the majority in this country.... They don't want gay marriage legalized, as does the majority in the country... They want prayer in schoos, as does the majority in the country.... They are farther out in that they want abortion law repealed, but the majority of the country, when polled would like some sort of limits set on abortion rights as pertaining to trimester.

    Whether any of us agree with all their views, conservative evangelicals hink like the rest of the country. But they're still revolutionary extremists to media sorts like Keith.

    It's very likely Olbermann doesn't know anyone who holds those views. Which is a particularly interesting possibility that may shred much light into Olbermann's personal case of isolation and elitism. Here's a guy who worked in the sports broadcasting, an arena where it's highly likely one would cross paths with everyday joes.

    I'd bet a dollar to a doughnut there are very few of these co-workers, team honchos, that are real friends of Olbermann rather than mere cordial acquaintances.

    We are talking about a guy who cringes at having to present an opposing view. The most he's going to tolerate in his personal life, is the more classical liberialism of a Chris Matthews. Anyone right of that is only going to be a Worst Person In The World candidate.

    With Olbermann I think you have Pauline Kael if Kael also had a personality disorder.

    Krazy,

    I don't know if "arrested development" is the right term. Consider the Olberman is a guy who has work a variety of places and left a lot of bad feeling behind him when he made tracks. MSNBC may be the exception, Olbermann's control issues did overwhelm him during his first tenure there, but it's interesting that Olbermann's boss there now, Rick Kaplan publicly dressed him down and told him that he couldn't be trusted.

    Well, duh. Keith's egocentrism is not about to let him easily do anything that puts him a world where there are thing he doesn't agree with or things he doesn't care about, etc, even if his tastes differ from that of viewers.

    When I look at Keith, I see the lame College hanger-on who followed around the athletes and hero worshipped, and who needed to fit in. Everything this guy does panders to his little group of fanatics.


    Saw 2 minutes of Olby last night -- he had the pathetic and loose minded Buchannan on. That guy was always a dope and now he's completely wasted. Olby made Buchannan look like a genius. Olby actually asked Buchannan if his crazy lefty blog pals are right to say the Miers nomination and the associated conservative anger at the nomination are all a coordinated vast right wing conspiracy and trick! Even Buchannan laughed at Olby, saying (paraphrased) "you mean I am part of this conspiracy?" Olby is a complete buffoon!