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It was a tough week to be an Olbyloon. First there were allegations that their Lord & Idol, Keith Olbermann, was trying to score with porn star Mary Carey. Then came an allegation at Jossip that Keith might have a bit of a stalker problem. Although this was hardly news to Clear Thinkers here at Olbermannwatch as we recalled a teacher-stalking incident where Keith hired a private detective to track down an old teacher which led Dan Patrick to call Olbermann a stalker.
You just knew the Olbyapologists would come out in force to support their Hero. But even we weren't quite prepared for the reaction these news items generated in Loonland.
After we documented the reaction to the Mary Carey story by one rather obsessed Olbermann fan, the loons deleted the entire thread and the moderators issued an edict:
The thread is gone. it is the consensus of the Mods and Admins that it was in the best interests of the board. just let it go. please. i should have locked it last night, but what's done is done and it's not coming back. we'd really prefer that the entire subject be left alone."
But part of being an Olbyapologist means defending him whenever and wherever. And so, we present for your reading enjoyment, the meanderings of a certain "Dorrie" who sprang to Olbemann's defense at Jossip and who up being compared to a diaper-wearng astronaut in the process. First she tried to chide Jossip for running a gossip item on a gossip site.
You're in a rotten business, Jossip. Repent and save your souls before it's too late.
When someone pointed out to her that Olbermann deals in gossip every single day on his show, Dorrie responded with this rather puzzling post.
Television personalities aren't anonymous when they discuss gossip, which has the effect of limiting what they can say. Also consider that Olbermann corrects the record and apologizes when he gets something wrong -- unlike SOME commentators we know
Raise your hands if you can remember the last time Olbermann apologized for getting a fact wrong about the Bush administration? After being confronted with evidence that Olbermann had once hired a PI to track down an ex-crush, Dorrie had an explanation at the ready: Ann Landers made him do it!
Ann Landers wrote a column before she died advising people that if they remembered a teacher who had influenced them or taught them things that they found valuable later in life, it would be a very good thing for them to look those teachers up and tell their former instructors what their work had meant to them. Was Ann Landers encouraging stalking?
When that rather far-fetched theory failed to take hold, she of course, had another at the ready. She wasn't really an Olbermann fan, she is just a concerned citizen who is worried about the effects of "gossip" on our society!
1) The proliferation of rumor and gossip is destroying our society, culture and politics, and the only way I can think of to stop it is for people to learn how to tell the difference between a verifiable FACT and an unproven allegation; and, 2) I don't like it when people who try to lead decent lives are set upon by anonymous harpies carrying tales. ~ People with truths to tell come out from the shadows and tell them; people who assail others from hidden locations are called snipers.
Now, Dorrie apparently did not read Olbermannwatch on Friday night where Johnny Dollar detailed how an item lifted from a discredited blue blog went to one run by part-time press agent for Olbermann, Mr. TVNewser to Countdown.Then she decides to spin why hiring a PI to track down a former crush is a good move:
Very prudent of Mr. O to consult a professional before setting out to find his former instructor, no?-- because if the P.I. thought the enterprise had even the appearance or suggestion of illegality about it, the mission would have been aborted right then and there. Here's the webpage presenting the NY Dept. of State's licencing requirements for a P.I. -- http://www.dos.state.ny.us/lcns/pifaq.html ~ The P.I. whom Olbermann consulted must have judged his prospective client to be in sufficient possession of his faculties and the request to be sufficiently within the P.I.'s legal purview to consent to go ahead with it.
By this time, as you might imagine, the other posters at Jossip, including yours truly, were begging this woman to get some mental help. But did that slow her down? Of course not. She had come up with a new theory! Olbermann is an enemy of the state and this was all a orchestrated plot between the right-wing media and the Bush administration to frame him!
The motive in making up stuff like this to attack Olbermann IS political, that is what I'm saying. These folks never paid any attention to him prior to November 2004; but the harpies, furies and planters of blind items were deployed after Olbermann involved himself in the election controversy, and their mischief has paralleled Olbermann's denunciation of the Bush administration's failures. Anyone who was watching the show before the last presidential election can remember when these items started popping up, and why. Since that day it's been a textbook case of attack the messenger.
But wait, there is still more! Right about the same time "Dorrie" was spewing forth at Jossip, a poster calling herself "Orinenglish" pops up at Either Relevant or True who proclaims they even know who Dorrie is. I just bet she does. Let's see, it's all part of a politically motivated smear campaign excuse is there:
You can tell just how desperate the Bush administration is by how many old-enough-to-shave Keith rumors the goissip columns have to dredge up, re-animate, and re-plant to attempt to counter the onslaught of rumors emanating from the White House these days.
But wait, the Bush administration has help in the form of Olbermannwatch and a group of former Olbermann fans!
And the trolls are, of course, posting away on it too. Not only the Olbermann Watch gang, but a certain group of gossipy females who went all Heaven's Gate last summer, if you remember.
It's all a part of a sinster plot she claims!
The goal is to bring Keith's career AND his relationship down in a mighty one-two punch. The more personal they are, and the more they involve his so-called relationships with women, the more you can see this. They figure Keith's biggest fan base is women; they figure he appears deliriously happy with his relationship; so there's only one thing to do: convince his female fans, and his girlfriend at the same time, that HE'S THE MOST AWFUL MAN WHO EVER WALKED THE PLANET!
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then huh? You know, I almost feel sorry for Olbermann with fans like these because this one is helpful enough to provide us with a tidbit we had somehow managed to overlook here at Olbermannwatch:
The young man who got his car antenna bent by a young and angry Keith who (was dating a woman) Olbermann wanted â€¦for himself? Come on, Keith mentioned that one on the radio weeks ago. You'd think that by now, OlbermannWatch would have dug up the man in question and done an exclusive interview with him about this incident.
Thanks for the heads-up Dorrie/Orinenglish! With fans like you, these posts just write themselves!