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Those of us who watch you regularly were hardly surprised when you leapt at the opportunity last night to once again feature Keith Olbermann as the story this week when the fake anthrax mailer from California was arrested over the weekend. From your making charitable donations on-air, to you "feud" with Bill O'Reilly, to your Nazi Salute stunt at the TCA last summer and resulting condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League, you plainly revel in this decidedly unMurrow-like trait of being the news rather than reporting it.
While we are generally amused by your megalomania, you have lurched into dangerous territory in your attempt to link Castagana to "right-wing blogs" thus tarring all bloggers that do not agree with your world view as advocating, condoning or turning a blind-eye to terroristic "pranks" like those alleged of Castagana.
There is no small irony in watching you, someone who has been making a name for himself with"special comments" decrying broad brush condemnations of liberals coming from right, now demagoging the sick actions of a warped individual in order to cast aspersions on bloggers who have a right-of-center political view.
Let me be clear, Olbermann Watch has condemned the acts now attributed to Castagana from the start and, if guilty, we have absolutely no sympathy for him - lock him up and throw away the key for all we care. What he did was not humorous, not a prank but a terrorist act. I hope we can at least agree that if we are serious about the dangers of living in a post-9/11 world then we ought to deal harshly with anyone who would seek to exploit our legitimate fears with actions like those alleged of this ass.
That said, it is pathetic to see how you and your pals on the left are now mimicking Castagana in your own attempt to suppress the speech of your political opponents.
The blue blogs have attempted to paint their counterparts on the right with the same type of broad brush used by Bill Clinton to blame Rush Limbaugh for the Oklahoma City bombing. The HuffPo is pointing the finger at Bill O'Reilly. Most are blaming Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham because they were lauded in a pseudonymous profile (above) of Castagana under the name "Marc Costanzo".
And, of course, they have you leading the charge in an effort to tie Castagana to right-wing blogs.
We take issue with that here at Olbermann Watch for a fairly obvious reason. Castagana sent one of his letters to you. You have repeatedly sought to connect Castagana to your critics on right-wing blogs. We are your most high-profile critics in the blogosphere.
Does it seem much of a stretch of conclude that you are attempting to suppress you own legitimate critics like those on this site based on the deranged actions of one man who professes to "worship" Michelle Malkin?
How different is this from "blaming" Jodi Foster for John Hinckley's attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan? After all, didn't Foster agree to play "Iris" in the film Taxi Driver, a film which depicted a disturbed man's plot to assassinate a presidential candidate in order to impress Iris (Foster)? Didn't she benefit from this role as her career was transformed from being a "kid star" to "serious, Academy Award winning actress"? Wasn't Hinckley taking on the Travis Bickel (Robert DeNiro) role in trying to impress Foster by shooting Reagan?
Gabriel Range wrote, directed and produced the film "Death of a President". Will he be held responsible for an assassination attempt on George W. Bush? David Berkowitz claims he was order to kill by his neighbors Labrador Retriever. Does that mean that we ought to blame pets for the "Son of Sam" murders?
You have been highly critical of Rush Limabugh and President Bush. About the same time Castagana was sending his letter to you, Michael Lee Braun sent a fake anthrax letter to conservative talk show host Tom Sullivan, a regular guest host on the Rush Limbaugh show. Braun was arrested by the same Joint Terrorism Task Force who caught Castagana and has now been indicted for making threats against President Bush and mailing letters containing an unknown, white powder. By the logic which you now use to accuse Malkin and other right-wing bloggers, aren't you directly responsible for Braun's actions?
Beyond the many flaws in your OlbyLogic, there are a few other problems with your accusations:
First, Castagana was not a blogger.
Second, of the three women listed in the "Marc Costanzo" profile on FreeRepublic, only one of them, Michelle Malkin, is a blogger. As you know full well, Ann Coulter is an author and television personality. Laura Ingraham is an author and radio show host. I am sure you know that because although Malkin and Ingraham were mentioned in the same sentence you focused your attacks on Malkin and gave Laura, your ex-girlfriend, a pass. All of which suggests that one way Malkin can avoid incurring your wrath in the future is by jumping in the sack with you.
Third, the one site that has been mentioned, FreeRepublic.com, is not a blog. It is an internet forum. The two are very different, primarily because there is no author or editor of a forum. There is a site administrator who may enforce certain policies but does not actually produce the content for the site (a blog like this one which has both blog posts and an open comment section is a hybrid).
There are serious issues involved here. It is sad to see you attempt to exploit them to silence legitimate criticism and suppress free speech. This operators of this site, for one, will not be intimidated.
We're sorry some nut job sent you a threatening letter but that has nothing to do with us and we fully intend to keep on documenting your fact-challenged reporting and hypocritical claims of being non-partisan as you shill for the far-left wing of the Democratic party.
The Filipina Firecracker is not going to be intimidated either. Michelle Malkin is returning Keith's "fire" on HotAir.com. Happily, Michelle linked to this piece (and our ESPN clip providing yet another instance of classic Olbypocrisy). She picked up on both our Jodie Foster meme and the Michael Lee Braun case.
Thanks for the link Michelle!