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Upon learning of the apparent demise of Olbermann Watch, the OlbyLoons wasted no time flooding our mailbox with condolence emails. Enjoy this random sample...
From: "Gilliam" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 5, 2007 10:56:34 AM EST
Subject: See YA!!!!!!!!!!!1
From: jim mitchell email@example.com
Date: March 4, 2007 11:05:41 PM EST
sure glad you lost your fight. Maybe the increase in ratings is occurring because the US population is starting to understand what FOX really is all about and how bad their news is.
To bad you could not be like FOX and post bitter comments. I like a good laugh.
Oh well. Back to my fav. show.
Date: March 4, 2007 10:58:00 PM EST
The best humanitarian won. Watch the show you might learn something. I feel sorry for anyone who does not succeed or fulfill their goals. In your case I feel sorry for not reaching your goals (not about Olbermann but in general ... if you can understand that) but more for your orientation or lack of it toward humanity. I never heard of your .com until now. It was Olbermann who brought me to his show every night. His presentation of issues as they truly occur, his humanity, his caring, his intellect, his humor, and his ability to laugh off those who do not in anyway want to grow in intelligence or awareness. May you be granted the ability to see the light and move toward it. I guess people who care can win even in this pathetic, unfeeling, unintelligent, right leaning political climate. Good luck to all; and, try to see the truth, lose the hate, and learn that hating only begets hating! Perhaps you should consider a new website dedicated to soldiers in the field having proper armor, leadership, and important survival necessities. Remember the returning vets too as to their proper medical and emotional treatment. Perhaps visit a vet and say THANK YOU!
From: Curt LD firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 4, 2007 9:00:08 PM EST
Subject: Was this site for real??
I just linked to your rip statement via Wonkette
You maintained a website to trash this man's show??
Do people really make a living doing this kind of stuff? (or at least try??)
Is there any way to access the past blog content??
So you know... I'm a huge fan of Countdown...
I hate Fox News...
I guess the best way to vote is (simply) with the remote???
Date: March 4, 2007 6:21:41 PM EST
Subject: GOOD RIDDANCE to you sir! Keith Olbermann is A NUMBER 1 ha ha ha neocon
Date: March 4, 2007 5:54:37 PM EST
Subject: (no subject)
see ya wouldn't wanna be ya
From: Stuart Poss email@example.com
Date: March 4, 2007 4:51:42 PM EST
Subject: Thank you for Your Support of Keith Olberman
Thank you for your support of Keith Olberman.
Both my wife and I have become a great fans of the his program countdown as it exposes the hypocrisy and special interest so common in today's media with a nice humerous touch.
With best wishes,
Date: March 4, 2007 4:39:19 PM EST
Subject: Your site
From: "R Wait" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 4, 2007 4:13:27 PM EST
Subject: oh, waaaaahhhhhhhh
From: DaNur email@example.com
Date: March 4, 2007 12:40:45 PM EST
Subject: HA HA
From: Leonard Auslender firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 4, 2007 9:03:12 AM EST
I read with beusement that you've pulled your site. One thing you don't seem willing to state: Olbermann is telling the truth you hate to hear.
From: Kevin Dailey email@example.com
Date: March 4, 2007 1:47:57 AM EST
Glad to see you go. Ratings are going up.
You had nothing to do with this.
From: Sine.Qua.Non firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 4, 2007 12:20:30 AM EST
Could it be that what Olbermann had to say held integrity and truth at a time when none was to be had?
I personally find him to be informative, accurate and his commentaries are everything I would want to say to our current President and Cabinet.
It's probably just as well you guys shut down.
From: James Weidman JWeidma1@twcny.rr.com
Date: March 3, 2007 9:07:01 PM EST
Subject: the journalistic standards you "hold dear?"
What a pathetic absurdity. But it's really not funny. Go watch Sean Hannity (the ex-seminary student, according to him). Go watch the beautiful Ann Coulter. There you'll find the "journalistic standards" you "hold dear." You could even try Michael Savage on the radio---I presume he is suitable to the standards that you "hold dear?" How ugly. How pathetic.
From: "Vince Lombardi" email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 8:46:39 PM EST
Subject: So sad--- boo, hoo
Reply-To: "Vince Lombardi" firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Dave Cowan email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 5:47:21 PM EST
Subject: See ya loosers.
From: root firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 5:19:38 PM EST
Subject: thank you
If it weren't for you guys, I would have never have found
out about KO. He is so refreshing compared to those drones
over at Fox.
Date: March 3, 2007 4:02:11 PM EST
To: "email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: No! Don't Go!
Just kidding. I didn't even know you existed. But don't worry, you had absolutely nothing to do with Olbermann's new contract or high ratings. Blame Bush and O'Reilly for that.
But can you leave your archives up somewhere? I'd love to have a good laugh at it sometime.
From: "Margaret Burton" email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 3:33:31 PM EST
Subject: Hilarious obituary
LIBERAL - favoring proposals for reform,
open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant
of ideas and behaviors of others; broad minded.
From: "mckenna" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 3:11:20 PM EST
Subject: that's all there is
So long, farewell.
From: farrell ackerman email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 2:26:05 PM EST
Subject: appreciate your concern
well, you can always start a hannitywatch, limbaughwatch, coulterwatch, bozellwatch, malkinwatch, gibsonwatch, robertsonwatch, and on and on and on,
if you're really concerned with journalistic standards. the simplest thing to do, of course, would be to consolidate and just have a
foxwatch and a cbnwatch. cleansing the airwaves of biased bile is a noble goal and they'll all keep you very busy! keep up the good work!
From: "Scott Chasteen" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 2:14:46 PM EST
Subject: Canceling Olbermann Watch
From: Sarah taopted email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 2:03:10 PM EST
Subject: Many thanks....
You c-nts lose!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Now you can go back to molesting your nephews. SCUMBAGS!
From: Ron Marks firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 1:51:08 PM EST
Subject: say what you will...
but it's clear that Olbermann KO'd you.
From: "Leo McKinney" email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 1:06:15 PM EST
Way to go loser!
Don't flatter yourself, you didn't have anything to do with Keith's ratings roll. The real culprit is a little thing called the truth . The truth has a way of burning those who try to cover it up. Keith just has the balls to report what others in the MSM don't.
Now, go clean your room before your mother gets home.
From: "Andrew Toth" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 11:54:10 AM EST
HA HA HA
Date: March 3, 2007 11:10:22 AM EST
See ya later assholes and good riddence
From: Lori email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 9:24:19 AM EST
Subject: Wingnut Deathwatch
Rightwing "journalistic standards"?!!!! Seriously, even nuts like you have to know on some level what a pathetic joke that is.
All I can say is thank God our country is finally turning away from fascist wingnut hatemongering, warmongering criminals and cretins who have been running our country into the ground for the last seven fucking years. You are just one more cockroach temporarily elevated under a false premise, scuttling back into the woodwork from whence you came.
Good night and good luck! Ha hahhha haa!!!!!!
From: "Nathan&Terry Holman" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 6:40:56 AM EST
Cc: "Nathan&Terry Holman" email@example.com
Subject: lost the war?
Robert, You're a cut and runner. Join the Marines and go fight Georgie's war. NH
From: frank guglielmino firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 5:21:10 AM EST
Subject: BOO HOO
This is so sad.. You tried to slander someone and he got BETTER ratings? Because of YOU.. YOU are irrelevant. Dear sir, or whatever type of alien you may be... Ollbermans ratings are great because he was the ONLY person in the corporate owned media monopoly to have the balls to speak the TRUTH.. yes the TRUTH.. it was no you or your minions who created or spawned Olbs further success.. it was the TRUTH.. the TRUTH ALWAYS FLOATS.. and you?? You are gone because you LIE... pissoff DICK FACE.. I hope all you conservative hacks one day get puclicly EXECUTED.. sincerely
From: "Gerry Trier" email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 10:06:31 AM EST
Subject: Your Blog
I didn't even know about you until I read it on O'Reilly Sucks. I love Countdown. Olberman is right on the mark and also funny, Why would you try to defeat Olberman. What was the point.
From: Molly Bloom firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 4:26:16 AM EST
I love Keith Olbermann....
Date: March 3, 2007 2:31:35 AM EST
[Insert cut-and-run joke here.] No really, this whole episode had to be staged by MSNBC. Real life is simply not this good. Are you there Keith? Hello? Keith? Good show, lad.
From: "VSOP" email@example.com
Date: March 3, 2007 1:34:36 AM EST
"Journalistic standards we hold dear"
Such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh........you people are pathetic!!
From: "Shawn Duncan" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 3, 2007 1:28:18 AM EST
Subject: Thank You
Thank you for raising Olbermann ratings. I have never heard of you. But if you had anything to do with raising the publics awareness of him I must thank you.
From: Tim Hanson email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 11:53:51 PM EST
Subject: outta here
"We wish all of you the best over the next four, painful years."
Don't let the door...
From: "Sam T" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 11:53:44 PM EST
Yeah, it is sometimes painful to hear the truth spoken on television. Just watch your Fox News and youâ€™ll never have to worry about that pesky reality.
From: "Ray" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 11:31:59 PM EST
GOODBYE MR COX, YOU WILL NOT BE
MISSED AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING OBERMAN MORE POPULAR THAN EVER.
From: "Timothy Gegenheimer" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 11:30:32 PM EST
Maybe you could start watching Fox Noise
From: Michael Laviolette email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 11:23:38 PM EST
Subject: Let me get this straight ...
... you think YOU are the reason that KO's ratings are
increasing and that YOU could have created a backlash
that would have gotten him cancelled? I'm having a
hard time deciding which is bigger: your egotism or
I'm a firm believer in vigorous debate and the clash
of ideas. I've occasionally read your reviews looking
for reasoned arguments that KO's stories were not
newsworthy or his facts were wrong. All I saw were
name-calling and snide remarks. To fight ideas, you
need ideas of your own. Case in point: the most recent
Special Comment (oh, and I can spell, too, by the
way). Your review consisted of sarcastic listing of
KO's camera shots and not one word rebutting the
substance of KO's remarks.
I could go on, but I've wasted enough time on you
already. KO has not only outlasted you, he'll outlast
this disastrous Bush administration, hopefully along
with the rest of the country.
Rest assured your pathetic site will not be missed.
And just in case you didn't notice, you shut down on
the 1,419th day since Bush declared "Mission
Accomplished" in Iraq.
Good night and good luck,
From: "J Hog" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 11:14:26 PM EST
Subject: Good riddance
Dear Mr. Cockx,
So, who do you support? George Bush? Dick Cheney? Alberto Gonzalez? Dick Rumsfeld? This is the most heinous, deadly, wimpiest regimes that has ever governed in any Country in the History of the World. That is no exaggeration, and is painful for me to admit, or accept. I am a proud American, but am ashamed, and frightened to death by what George "The Murderer" Bush & Co. has done to this once proud nation. Bush and Cheney need to be impeached immediately to avoid the complete and utter destruction of the world as we know it.
Are you so freakin blind you do not see what is going on in this world? Are you happy your rights are being stripped to the bone by Torture Boy Gonzalez? We, the ever powerful, almighty United States have killed over 600,000 Iraqi civilians which you never hear about on mainstream media, do you?. What can you possibly not see? I had never heard of you until a real website, Raw Story caught my eye. Anyone that would start a website against a proud American such as Mr. Olbermann, and the vast majority of the American population that feel the same way he does, has some serious issues. Me being a proud American that just begs for the truth, I want to say from the bottom of my heart, Go fuck yourself, Bob "suck my" Cox
From: Jesse Coffman Jr email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 10:54:57 PM EST
Subject: Great Job
Thank you for the hard work you did to keep the greatest person on the air. Fuck Fox Noise c-nts(FNC).
From: "Bob Partin" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 10:51:14 PM EST
Now you can focus your attention on the Faux noise channel.
Olbermann is a modern day Edward R. Murrow!
Thanks for the ratings boost
Date: March 2, 2007 10:49:50 PM EST
Subject: thank you
"we have come to the conclusion that we have done more harm than good"
Yep! Thanks for doing such a great job! ("Olbermann's ratings have increased")
SO LONG LOSERS!
HA HA HA
Date: March 2, 2007 10:36:49 PM EST
Subject: right wing nut job
sucks to be you.....
From: "Timothy Regan" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 10:23:26 PM EST
Subject: fantasy boy
'It's been a great run'. What is your delusional problem. You had one objective in maintaining your hate-filled website and you failed miserably- you are a loser. How is that 'a great run? Or do you see it as a sign of progress that Olbermann got a new contract when your goal was to evacuate him from television Mr. Cheney?
You psychos are all the same.
From: "Gary" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 9:53:13 PM EST
Reply-To: "Gary" email@example.com
Just shows your true colors.
From: E R Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 9:50:39 PM EST
Subject: Thank You...
Date: March 2, 2007 9:45:42 PM EST
"The journalistic standards we hold dear" - oh, you mean sucking George Bush's cock in public,eh?
Go back to doing whatever it is you do down in mommie's basement, you fucking loser.
From: "Robert Rutschow II" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 9:37:28 PM EST
Subject: Four More years
Yes, Four more years of countdown!
Finally Some real journalism!
I'll watch keith any day.
On that note, let's keep on playing oddball!!!
Olbermannwatch.......today's Wost Person's in the World!!!!
From: "Cynthia Paster" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 9:02:56 PM EST
Subject: giving up
Dear Olberman Watchers.
That is the funniest thing I've ever read. And good luck to you, too.
Date: March 2, 2007 8:54:03 PM EST
to bad, your caterwauling was amusing at times. see ya
From: John Peltier email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 8:41:09 PM EST
Congratulations, glad to see you pull your waste of ether down.
"We live in a liberal democracy.... this country was founded on the principles of the enlightenment. It was the idea that people could talk, have reasonable dialogue and discuss the issues. It wasn't founded on the idea that someone would get struck by a divine inspiration and know everything, right from wrong. People who founded this country had religion, they had strong beliefs, but they believed in reason, and dialogue, and civil discourse. We can't lose that in this country. We've got to get it back." - General Wesley Clark
Date: March 2, 2007 8:16:17 PM EST
I guess it's like evolution ... you know, survival of the fittest. Olbermann tells the truth, so he'll live another day. You and your pathetic sycophants lie like rugs, and the public "naturally selected" Olbermann instead. O'Reilly may still lead in the ratings, but not for long... the momentum's with the guy with the FACTS. O'Reilly wouldn't know a fact if he found one in his falafel.
R.I.P. The world is a better place without you.
From: "Lawrence G. Mora" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 7:44:56 PM EST
Subject: Too bad...
From: "Barry M. Williams" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 7:42:30 PM EST
Subject: Your "Sign Off" on the Web
To Cox and whoever:
You note below on the web is such horseshit. You had NO effect AT ALL on Olbermannâ€™s renewal and did no damage to your cause by keeping Olbermann â€œin the public eye.â€ The simple truth is that Olbermann is great, and you guys are a bunch of dumbasses. Itâ€™s good that youâ€™re goneâ€¦see if you can get some of your fellow traveler right wing idiots to leave the web with you. Good riddance.
Barry M. Williams
From: "MaryVogt" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 7:27:25 PM EST
Subject: How sad!
Reply-To: "MaryVogt" email@example.com
Dear Mr. Cox,
I find it very sad that you are shutting down your site, due to the fact it gave Keith Olbermann, probably the best newsman of our time, more viewers. Thanks for that. The reason you failed is because the truth will out. Olbermann tells it like it is, I suppose you'd rather ingest the propaganda and lies that FauxNews dishes out. Whatever. Your enterprise had to fail because you had nothing on Olbermann - the guy is intelligent, well-informed, well-read, well-spoken and brave as all get-out.
You on the other hand.... just yick.
Mary R. Vogt
From: "Liam Jerusalem" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 7:25:46 PM EST
Subject: Closing site
Just wanted to let you know how disappointed I am. I loved to watch you no talent ass monkeys make idiots of yourselves. Oh well, on to your next moronic conspiracy. So long jerkwads!!!
Date: March 2, 2007 7:26:02 PM EST
Give up, loser.
From: "Morgan, David" David.Morgan@hellerehrman.com
Date: March 2, 2007 7:11:04 PM EST
Now go out and get a 'real' job.
This email is sent by a law firm and contains information that may
be privileged and confidential. If you are not the intended recipient,
please delete the email and notify us immediately.
Date: March 2, 2007 6:46:32 PM EST
You harmless though pathetic idiot.
jackson hole, wyoming
From: Alex & Helene email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 6:40:22 PM EST
You have a problem with journalistic standards? Why don't you set up a website on the Fox Noise channel.
Glad you've shut down your website.
Date: March 2, 2007 6:36:33 PM EST
Your journalistic sensibilities could be put to far better use than an Olbermann watch.
Without Olbermann stepping up to the plate, the very â€œstones would cry outâ€.
Date: March 2, 2007 6:18:30 PM EST
you loose jerk
From: "Mike Zawikowski" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 5:44:54 PM EST
Subject: Too Bad
Thank you for helping Keith move up the ladder at MSNBC. If it were not for misinformed malcontents as your self . We would all be stuck with O'Lielly and Hannity
From: info email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 5:44:46 PM EST
I am very elated to see your site is shut down. Maybe now you can focus on America's true enemy's...sex crazed pill popping fake journalists like O'Reilly and Limbaugh.
From: "Scott Landau" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 5:25:53 PM EST
Date: March 2, 2007 5:23:43 PM EST
Your pain is my victory. I really beleive that you know your attacks were false and pitiful.
From: "Jeff Casillas" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 5:06:30 PM EST
Subject: poor wittow baby
now you can do something useful with your life.
but I doubt it.
From: "Terry Reid" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 4:56:31 PM EST
Subject: Buh Bye
Don't let the screen door hitcha
From: Rowdy email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 4:18:38 PM EST
Subject: 4 more years!
We are all looking forward to four more years of real
journalism from Keith. Ha!
From: Paul Andersen firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 4:15:24 PM EST
Good riddance, joker.
From: "Michael Gerber" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 3:54:33 PM EST
Subject: Tee Hee
From: COLORADO BOB firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 3:41:59 PM EST
Not all was a waste .... You made the Conservative Floating Fat Head File :
From: Christy Moses email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 3:24:51 PM EST
Subject: So long, stink town !!
Rats off to ya.
Long may Olby reign.
Cheers from the Left.
From: Darlene Zelechowski firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 3:12:14 PM EST
When few were watching his show ???? Is that a joke ? Fewer must have been watching yours ! LOL
From: "Bob Wood" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 3:11:07 PM EST
Subject: Too bad!
Olbermann rocks, and you're done. Nice way to end my week, Douchebag. Thanks!
Date: March 2, 2007 2:54:20 PM EST
Hasta La vista!!!!!!
From: "Rick Singerman" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 2:53:46 PM EST
Subject: Your announcement
Reply-To: "Rick Singerman" email@example.com
"Good night and good luck.
From: Mark Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 2:38:08 PM EST
I wanted to let you know that the RIP page is the finest thing you've ever published! Good decision!
Your vitriol, directed against the one journalist who has the balls to stand up to the fascists who are taking over our country, was entirely misguided. I applaud the end of this hate-filled ignorance!
From: Tim McMahon email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 2:25:18 PM EST
Subject: ha ha
From: Cathy Brabant firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 2:21:32 PM EST
Subject: Re Olbermann
I am so glad you have come to your senses. Olberman speaks the truth and any left over kool aid drinkers would do best to watch him daily. Elections have consequences. It is obvious that you did not understand the 2006 Election results. Your time is over. Thank God. Come on over to our side. We love everyone including former kool aid drinkers.
Why don't you watch Bush and Cheney? They are the criminals.
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Date: March 2, 2007 1:59:30 PM EST
Subject: Good Riddance
So glad to see you fuckers exit the scene--long live Keith and the Truth!
Dr. Joel W. Arnold
From: Pam Campbell email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 1:56:47 PM EST
Subject: Keith Olbermann
There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone speaking truth to the power of the
liars that are in the white house now. I applaud Keith O and faithfully watch him every
single night, and get to do so for another FOUR years!!
Even you must admit that if people are subjected to FOX, there should be an anti-dote, which
From: "John Parsons" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 1:56:09 PM EST
the truth hurts, doesn't it?
however, on the positive side for you, this probably means that you'll have more time to watch truth-challenged smear merchants like sean hannity and glenn beck.
and remember: if at any time you want to join the reality-based community, we'd be overjoyed to welcome you. our ranks are growing each and every day (witness keith's ratings).
john b. parsons
544 pacific avenue, 3rd floor
san francisco, ca 94133
From: Gary Salem email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 1:12:48 PM EST
Subject: Thank you!
Thank you for proving that Keith Olbermann is an
outstanding journalist and that unethical, petty blowhards
like you have no chance against the truth.
From: Kim Dalros firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 1:07:16 PM EST
From: "hwgarrison" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 1:02:03 PM EST
Subject: Keith Olbermann
Thank you for helping to keep Mr. Olbermann's show in the public eye over the past couple of years. It's a good thing his program is continuing and a sign that the American public is coming to its senses about right-wing extremists. Thank you for your part, but don't blame yourself too much. The American people like Mr. Olbermann's message which is why his show is very popular and his contract was extended. I doubt that your impact was significant.
From: "dick" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 12:53:55 PM EST
you won't be missed.
From: Ace Duncan email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 11:29:48 AM EST
Subject: Good bye
If you believe you contributed to Olbermann's staying in the public eye, then your arrogance is remarkable. Have you done more harm than good? Probably not. Truth be told, your existence created barely a ripple. Olbermann is gaining popularity because of his passionate yet reasonable opposing viewpoints to the neo-blasters at Fox News. People are starting to listen, and realize that the Sean Hannitys and Bill O'Reillys of the world are the ones who are out of touch.
From: "Chris Reed" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 11:25:08 AM EST
Subject: White flag
I applaud you for having the courage to (kind of) admit you were wrong.
From: "Michael Howell" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 11:14:27 AM EST
Subject: The Case For Impeachment
The people of this great nation deserve a government that promotes our interests and is accountable to our laws. Yet Congress and the Bush administration have consistently evinced a deliberate, flagrant, arrogant disrespect for the law and the common good. Rather than pursuing policies that benefit the American people and further the cause of justice and peace, many of our nation's political leaders have betrayed a breathtaking dedication to a culture of corruption that encourages blatant dishonesty and willful disregard of US and international law. We are here today to raise our voices out of deep concern for our nation â€" and for our world.
That's what true patriots do. Patriots speak up when their nation is suffering tragically from corrupt, incompetent, destructive leadership. Patriots demand that their leaders be held accountable to the law and to the electorate. Patriots call on their elected representatives to impeach their president if he abrogates his responsibilities, violates the law, or evinces a cruel disregard for basic principles of human dignity, in violation of international treaty obligations.
Impeachment of the President of the United States is not to be undertaken, as in the case of Andrew Johnson, simply because of partisan disagreements regarding policies or presidential appointments, or, as in the case of Bill Clinton, because of a partisan desire to exploit a personal violation of the law not involving grave breaches of official responsibilities or serious abuses of power. However, impeachment and removal from office, a vital protection against evisceration of the balance of power among the three branches of government and against betrayals of trust and abuses of power injurious to our nation, should be pursued when, as in the case of George W. Bush, a president misleads Congress and the American people in taking our nation to war; authorizes and supports the kidnapping, incarceration without charge, and torture of human beings; demonstrates utter contempt for the rule of law; and blatantly violates fundamental constitutional protections intended to safeguard individuals against governmental abuse.
Many nations throughout history have been ruled by corrupt, despotic, dishonest leaders. To some, this is simply the way of a world in which, as expressed by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides, "the strong do what they will, and the weak do what they must."
Our nation, however, has prided itself since its founding in fighting against, and distinguishing ourselves from, the sort of tyranny, cruel immorality, and disdain for the rule of law exemplified by George W. Bush. Our nation's moral standing in the world, our nation's principled commitment to basic freedoms and individual rights, our nation's essential democracy â€" all now depend upon a conscientious, non-partisan determination that our representatives in Congress will, with integrity and without partisan bias, make it clear that a president will not be permitted to hold the office he has abused by egregiously violating the trust, the laws, and the essential principles upon which our country was founded and our Constitution was based.
Anything less than full accountability through the impeachment process betrays our history, our principles, and our notion of what it means to be an American. Anything less betrays the sacrifices so many brave men and women have made to secure freedom and the rule of law in our nation and around the world. If Congress continues its pattern of timid inaction and fails to impeach the president, future generations of Americans will have cause to fear the rise of another corrupt president who will find encouragement from President Bush's legacy of lawless, authoritarian governance and flagrant fraudâ€"and who, as in the case of President Bush, at least so far, will not be held to account.
Consider the corruption and dishonesty that have led our nation into an unnecessary war, based upon false justifications. Consider the lies that have led to the deaths of over 650,000 people, with many more having been seriously maimed, brain damaged, or rendered mentally ill. As a result of this war, our nation's reputation throughout much of the world has been destroyed. We have many more enemies bent on our destruction than before our invasion of Iraq. And the hatred toward us has grown to the point that it will take many years, perhaps generations, to overcome the loathing created by our invasion and occupation of a Muslim country.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq has been tragic at every level. More than three thousand American lives have been taken; tens of thousands of US servicemen and servicewomen have suffered serious injuries; hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed and maimed; many billions of dollars have been wasted; our country is viewed throughout much of the world as a rogue nation that ignores with impunity international law and basic principles of decency; and the future safety and security of our children and grandchildren have been placed at great risk because of the increasing hatred and resentment toward our country in much of the Muslim world arising from what is reasonably perceived as an occupation of a Muslim nation.
Our nation was led into this tragedy through dishonesty â€" either explicit lies or by means of withholding vital information â€" by President Bush and members of his administration. A few examples make clear the astounding violations of trust and abuses of power by President Bush, each of them meriting impeachment and removal from office.
On September 7, 2002, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush met with members of the press at Camp David. President Bush referred to a "new" report from the International Atomic Energy Agencyâ€"the IAEAâ€"allegedly stating, according to President Bush, that Iraq was "six months away" from building a nuclear weapon. "I don't know what more evidence we need," stated the President.
He was lying. There was no such report. In fact, numerous IAEA reports consistently denied any indication that Iraq had any nuclear capability, and the IAEA's chief spokesperson stated that no such report had been issued by the IAEA.
President Bush further betrayed the tremendous trust bestowed upon him after the events of September 11, 2001 by instilling in many of us the fear that Saddam Hussein was seeking to purchase nuclear materials from an African nation. In fact, much of the US intelligence community disagreed. Just as an issuer of stock defrauds investors by withholding material information about a corporation, so too did President Bush defraud our Congress, our country, and much of the international community by failing to disclose information that was provided to him and which was directly contrary to his representations about Hussein's supposed efforts to build nuclear weapons.
In his January 28, 2003, State of the Union message, President Bush stated: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." He obviously limited his statement to what "the British government" supposedly had learned because he knew, but did not disclose, that our own intelligence services disagreed with the statement.
In an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), presented at a White House background briefing on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, "Key Judgments" included an assessment "that Saddam does not yet have nuclear weapons or sufficient material to make any." President Bush failed to disclose that assessment to Congress and the American people. To make matters worse, he did not disclose the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Researchâ€"known as INRâ€"conclusion in the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, that "the claims of Iraqi pursuit of natural uranium in Africa are, in INR's assessment, highly dubious."
The failure by President Bush to disclose that conclusion to Congress and to the American people rendered his statement about Hussein seeking to purchase uranium from an African country fraudulently misleading. That is clearly an impeachable offense.
The fraud about Hussein building up a nuclear capability did not stop with the phony Niger story. During September 2002, Condoleezza Rice and President Bush represented to the public that Hussein was purchasing aluminum tubes to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. The next month, a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was delivered to the President. That document virtually screams out the view of various intelligence agencies that the tubes were of no use in a nuclear program. That did not stop President Bush, however, from stating in a major speech the next month that "Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons."
In a January 9, 2003 report to the UN Security Council, the IAEA reported that the aluminum tubes were not directly suitable for the manufacture of centrifuges. Again, not allowing the findings of the IAEA or of various US intelligence agencies to get in the way of his fraud upon Congress and the American people, President Bush outrageously represented in his State of the Union Message on January 28, 2003 that "Our intelligence sources tell us that [Hussein] has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production." No greater cause for impeachment can be imagined than misleading our Congress and misleading the American people about whether we are facing a nuclear threat while leading our nation to a tragic, illegal war of aggression.
The fraud was dramatically compounded when a so-called summary of the NIE was distributed to Congress, stating, falsely, that: "All intelligence experts agree that Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons and that these tubes could be used in a centrifuge enrichment program." The DOE and INR dissents, which expressed the accurate situation, were omitted. That omission rendered the representation to Congress, and to the public, false and misleading â€" a fraud clearly meriting impeachment and removal from office.
The tragic, bloody invasion and occupation of Iraq, by order of President Bush, is a clearly impeachable offense, violating the UN Charter, the Kellogg- Briand Pact, and the Nuremberg Tribunal Pact. All of these agreements are international treaties that the US has signed. Under Article VI of the Constitution, international treaties are, along with the Constitution, the "supreme law of the land." In carrying out the invasion and occupation of Iraq, President Bush violated not only numerous international conventions, but also US domestic law.
If there is any hope for the United Nations and international law to further the cause of peace, the provisions of the UN Charter prohibiting wars of aggression must be honored. To permit President Bush to be unaccountable for his contemptuous disregard of the UN Charter would not only undermine the rule of law, but would set a disastrous precedent destroying the very essence of the UN Charter â€" to provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes between nations.
In addition to the treaty obligations of the US under the UN Charter, the Nuremberg Tribunal Charter, to which the US committed itself, provides that the "planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties" is a crime against peace punishable under international law. In short, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, a war against a nation posing no imminent threat to the United States, was and continues to be a crime under the Nuremberg Charter.
To describe President Bush as a war criminal is not hyperbolic. He has blatantly violated every relevant treaty and constitutional provision in leading the US to a so-called "pre-emptive" war against Iraq, without any justification in law or in fact. He must be held accountable, through impeachment and removal from office, or the many violated treaties and constitutional provisions are nothing more than paper and pretense.
Following September 11, 2001, President Bush illegally authorized the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, in clear violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution and in direct violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. After engaging in the practice for more than two years, President Bush misled the public by stating that "any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires â€" a wiretap requires a court order." It was not until a New York Times reporter broke the story in December 2005, that Bush admitted he had authorized warrantless wiretapping through the National Security Agency. He also claimed, in complete disregard of the US Constitution and relevant domestic law, that what he was doing was legal. Last August, a U.S. District Court judge declared that Bush has violated the First Amendment, noting, "It was never the intent of the framers to give the president such unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights." A judge on the FISA panel even quit in protest of the Bush administration's outrageous violations of the law.
Impeachment and removal from office is the only appropriate remedy for a President who asserts such abusive, authoritarian power, in contravention of fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the US Constitution. It is the only means by which we can make it clear in the future that no President can so casually override our precious freedoms.
President Bush has also tremendously undermined the moral standing of the United States by allowing the CIA to kidnap people in other countries, incarcerate them without charges, and torture them. His shameful dereliction of duty in this regard is a blight on our nation's honor that can be remedied only by impeachment.
Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, was deported to Syria from JFK Airport. Once in Syria, he was beaten with electrical cables for two weeks, then imprisoned in an underground cell for the better part of a year.
Muslim cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was kidnapped in Milan, Italy, by US and Italian intelligence agents and sent to Egypt, where he was tortured during his four-year detention.
Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen, was kidnapped by CIA agents and flown to a secret prison in Afghanistan, where he was tortured during his five months in prison there. Apparently after it was discovered he was not who his captors thought he was, he was taken to Albania and left in a forest. To this day, he has no idea why he was kidnapped, imprisoned, and tortured.
Those are among approximately 150 foreign nationals who have been victims of "extraordinary rendition." Under this CIA program, intelligence agents kidnap people and send them to secret sites abroad for interrogation. Numerous people detained under this program have experienced severe physical and psychological torture, and inhumane and humiliating treatment. We are left to ask: What has our great nation become when our president orders and condones such atrocities?
The practice of sending a person to a country where there are substantial grounds for believing he or she will be tortured is clearly prohibited by the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment, which, as an international treaty to which the US is a party, is the "supreme law of the land." A separate federal statute also prohibits the practice. The CIA's role in kidnapping and imprisoning people without charges in countries infamous for torturing detainees, such as Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, and Uzbekistan, constitutes a clear violation of US and international law.
Bush administration policies and statements stripping detainees of basic protections under international law have led to the torture and murder of prisoners, many of whom have never been charged with any crime. Consider the case of Abed Hamed Mowhoush.
Mowhoush turned himself over to US forces in Iraq in November 2003. Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer, who did not receive anything other than "sparse" guidelines about how to conduct prisoner interrogations, received a captain's memo saying there were no specific rules of engagement for interrogations in Iraq. Captured detainees were considered "unprivileged combatants," a status the Bush Administration had suggested meant detainees were not to be afforded the protections of the Geneva Conventions. With little guidance and the sense that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to Mowhoush, Welshofer called in a team that beat Mowhoush with sledgehammer handles. Later, Mowhoush's hands were bound, he was struck repeatedly in the painful spot near the humerus, and was doused with water. Finally, Welshofer shoved Mowhoush, who was wrapped with electrical cord, head-first into a sleeping bag. Welshofer sat on Mowhoush's chest and blocked his nose and mouth. Mowhoush, whose autopsy revealed "massive" bruising and five broken ribs, died of asphyxia due to smothering and chest compression.
The torture and killing of Mowhoush is only one of dozens of cases of murder â€" and hundreds of cases of cruel torture â€" at the hands of US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo. Given the scale and moral depravity of these circumstances, Congress must investigate the extent to which President Bush has been directly involved in orchestrating the unconscionable treatment of foreign nationals detained by US personnel as part of the "war on terror" or the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
While we urgently need to know the precise extent to which President Bush directed US military personnel to torture detainees and prisoners of war, we already know the President has utterly abrogated his duty to ensure the laws of the United States are carried out. Under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, the president must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." With respect to the treaties and other laws prohibiting torture and other mistreatment of detainees, President Bush has utterly failed to meet his constitutional duty. President Bush even added a signing statement to the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 that states, contrary to the separation of powers so crucial to our constitutional system of government, that he has the sole authority to interpret and enforce the act. For his gross dereliction of duty in not ensuring the faithful execution of US law, President Bush should be impeached and removed from office.
In addition, under the Nuremberg principle of "command responsibility," President Bush's failure to stop and punish atrocities renders him culpable for them. For that, he should be held accountable through impeachment and removal from office. The Nuremberg principles are not to be applied solely to the vanquished. They are to be given effect as to all who subscribed to them, including the United States.
Sexual humiliations, incarceration for years without charges being brought, lit cigarettes put out in detainees' ears, inmates hanging by their arms, brutal beatings, attacks by unmuzzled dogs, false executions, sensory deprivations, psychological torture, waterboarding, dozens of killings, and other forms of heinous torture of human beingsâ€"if these actsâ€"consonant with Bush administration policy yet in violation of numerous treaty obligations and US domestic lawâ€"are not deserving of impeachment and removal from office, nothing ever would be.
The lies and the callous immorality of President Bush, and the outrages on human dignity he has perpetrated or countenanced, are a disgrace to our great nation. The President has weakened our country and sullied our reputation around the world. The time is long past due for the American people to stand up and speak out against this disastrous presidency and the Congress that refuses to hold it accountable. We are here today to say, "No more!"
No more Iraq war.
No more God-is-on-our-side religious nonsense to justify this immoral, illegal war.
No more torture of human beings.
No more denial of the right of habeas corpus.
No more kidnapping of people and sending them off to secret prisons in nations where they will be tortured.
No more glorification of torture by the entertainment industry.
No more centrally-owned, hysteria-driven, corporate news media complicit in selling the Bush administration's lies to the American people.
No more unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.
No more manipulation of national intelligence for political purposes.
No more manipulation of our news media with false propaganda.
No more authoritarian assertions of power by the president.
No more silence by the American people.
This is a new day. We can unify in our insistence upon the truth, upon peace-making, upon more humane treatment of our brothers and sisters around the world.
We will continue to call for the impeachment of President Bush, a most appropriate response to his blatant abuses of power. We will continue to resist the lies, the deception, the outrages. We will insist that peace be pursued, and that, as a nation, we help those in need. Let us join together to break the cycle of hatred, of intolerance, of violence. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
We urge Congress, be silent no more.
We urge all Americans, regardless of party, be silent no more.
Let impeachment be the first step toward national reconciliation â€" and toward penance for the outrages committed in our nation's name.
From: George firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 11:07:56 AM EST
Subject: Olbermann Rules! Goodbye, jerk!
Go back to pushing talking points for Limbaugh and O'Reilly, you hypocritical shill! Truth has finally won out over your twisted, obtuse view of reality! Olbermann spoke to power, revealed hypocrisy and took on you smear merchants head on, kicking down the rotted foundations of your unpricipled hackery!
Good riddance to you!
From: "Roggenbuck, Elizabeth" email@example.com
Date: March 2, 2007 11:05:40 AM EST
Oh, heck, Tivo him nightly and continue to have your fun. Ya might even larn a thing or twoâ€¦everyone needs a loyal opposition, if only to keep him or her honest.
From: Jacob Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 2, 2007 9:31:41 AM EST
Subject: Good riddance
Maybe you guys just couldn't tell the truth - perspective is one thing, outright lies are another.
Date: March 2, 2007 1:51:26 AM EST
Subject: You're Closing?
Good riddance, you Cheney-rimming torture-loving Bush-sucking motherfuckers!
Eat shit and die!
From: Matthew Chernov email@example.com
Date: March 1, 2007 10:09:09 PM EST
Don't feel bad about your website adding any
additional popularity or exposure to Olbermann. I've
been a fan of his since he was a sportscaster, and
I've watched his Countdown show since it began. I've
never heard of your laughable ex-website until today.
Better luck next time.
From: Douglas.S.Erhard@VALLEY.NET (Douglas S Erhard)
Date: March 1, 2007 9:49:55 PM EST
Subject: don't be sad
You still have Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, etc. Unless,
you've really quit because you're afraid that Olbermann's ratings will
eventually surpass all your favorites. Oops, that's probably it, isn't it?
Didn't mean to rub it in...................much.
From: Ron Leventhal firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 1, 2007 9:44:44 PM EST
Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Go back to watching Bill O and his lies.
From: jason tyberius email@example.com
Date: March 1, 2007 8:34:10 PM EST
Subject: Deep appreciation
Now that Olbermann watch is going down the ol' shitter. I wanted to
thank you personally for leading me, and many others to Keith
Olbermann. Your ability to single handly promote the guy (when no
one else was doing it) led us through the dark times of
conservative misinformation on Fox. I only wish you could continue
with your good work.
Olbermannwatch was a joke, we all know that, but it served the
vital purpose of raising awareness of Keith Olbermann and for that
you should be congratulated.
On behalf of the clear thinking left, I would like to thank you for
all you have done.
All the best in your future endeavors. May they end as succesfully
as olberman wat... (sorry couldn't keep a straight face there) may
they all end as succesfully as Olbermannwatch.
From: Russ Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 1, 2007 8:04:26 PM EST
Another cut and runner ?
From: "Steve Nivlac" email@example.com
Date: March 1, 2007 7:46:51 PM EST
Thanks for turning me on to Olbermann. I just ditched my Satellite service so I lost Democracy Now!, and so I get my evening news only from Olbermann now. It's the most succinct way to be informed about what is really going on.
From: "Holden McCrank" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 1, 2007 6:55:54 PM EST
Subject: Your side lost, fundie
From: Teri Gibson email@example.com
Date: March 1, 2007 6:54:10 PM EST
Subject: buh bye
Thanks for doing everything in your power to draw as much attention to Keith as you could. He thanks you, we all thank you.
Now go sulk on the sidelines like a 5 year old who went to bed with no supper.
From: David Karr firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 1, 2007 6:49:13 PM EST
and good riddance!
From: Susan Kelley email@example.com
Date: March 1, 2007 6:23:48 PM EST
I suggest you start a Cheney watch, or a Gonzalez watch or a... why I could go on with this for a very long time couldn't I? Clearly, you really don't get it do you?? Susan Kelley
From: bart bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 1, 2007 6:12:35 PM EST
Subject: Keith O ROCKS! And you of course are a nobody.
Having fun at your expense over at Dailykos.....HA!
From: "Iris Arco" email@example.com
Date: March 1, 2007 5:53:07 PM EST
Subject: You've got to be kidding?
So you're the one responsible for Keith's success? Damn fine work. Next time you fail at something, try taking ownership of the issue. It's ballsy-er than whining about how the 'media' screwed you.
From: "bob huntsman" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 1, 2007 2:09:42 PM EST
p.s. You guys suck!!!!