OlbermannWatch.com "My Faves" Set
OlbermannWatch.com Favorited Photos from other Flickr Users
Got OlbyPhotos? See some on Flickr? DO NOT email us. Send us a FlickrMail instead. Include a link to the photo. If we like the photo you will see it displayed in the Olby Flickr Flood above.
New to Flickr? Sign up for a FREE Flickr account!
New to YouTube? Sign up for a FREE YouTube account!
|Subscribe to Olbermann Watch Mailing List|
|Visit this group|
On CNN Headline News, Glenn Beck excoriated Keith Olbermann for his cavalier dismissal of the arrest of the Fort Dix Six. As you listen you might hear echoes of the commentary that accompanied our original video post. You will also notice that Beck uses our video clip, posted on May 9th which got huge exposure thanks to our friends at HotAir.com
[note to Glenn's producers, contact me next time and I will be happy to provide a high-res version of the clip]
BECK: But first, the "Real Story." If you didn't know any better, you might be like me. I mean, I could be naive enough to believe that terrorism would be a bipartisan issue, right? Terrorists attack us? That's bad. We stop a terrorist attack? That's good. That's not politics. That's common sense. No.
And then you remember, "Oh, wait I'm in America in 2007," not in this country anymore, not with this media anymore. The real story is that you can now find somebody who is willing to go on television and disparage anything or anybody. You show me the story; I'll show you the critic.
On Tuesday, the day the FBI busted up a terror group in New Jersey that was in final preparations for a deadly attack on our soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, MSNBC journalist Keith Olbermann went on air with this, and I want you to pay very close attention to his choice of words.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
KEITH OLBERMANN, MSNBC ANCHOR: The ultimate premise of the war in Iraq and the ultimate premise, certainly, of the Republican campaign ahead, counterterrorism. The FBI claims it has broken up a plot to attack Fort Dix, in New Jersey.
The flaw, though, in the breathless reporting of the purported terror cell, the bureau infiltrated the six-person group after its members took video of themselves practicing with assault weapons, brought the tape to a photo store, and had it transferred to a DVD. The details of the supposed plot don't seem to hold together that well, either, though that did not stop extensive and entirely credulous coverage on TV, the Internet and print today.
The men supposedly had plans to gain access to the base disguised at pizza delivery guys, then cut the power somewhat, then, quote, "hit four, five, or six Humvees and light the whole place and retreat without any losses." And take the tape of yourselves practicing and have it copied at Photo Mat. In other words, the FBI has arrested six morons.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BECK: Wow, first it's all about the presidential campaign, and then it's six morons, huh, Keith? Is that really what we've come to? We can't even take one night to applaud law enforcement or the FBI for protecting us and our soldiers that are here and they're saving lives without launching into insults and politics?
You know, Keith, I've got an idea. How about I keep this video clip on file until the next time that we're attacked? And then you'll start blasting people for not being able to prevent the attack. And then I'll just play the clip and show what a hypocrite you really are.
Let's assume that you're right and these guys were idiots. I'll give you, they weren't too bright. Are you saying that only brilliant people can cause death and destruction? Wow. I'll bet the people in Oklahoma City or Littleton, Colorado, hey, how about Blacksburg, Virginia? I bet they'd have something to say about that, huh, Keith?
I have to tell you, I know Keith Olbermann likes to say, "Oh, I'm not a liberal or a Democrat." Sure. You know, I know his audience undoubtedly is, so let me ask them directly. Is this really who you are? Is this honestly what your great party, a party that once stood for hard work and values and compassion, has become? The party of my grandparents, this is it?
Keith, you know what? Maybe you're right. Maybe you're really not a Democrat, because I don't believe it. I don't believe that represents anything that like what Democrats really are. And, in fact, I know for a fact this isn't what any American, no matter what their politics, stands for.
This story is not about politics. It's about how powerful the public is when it comes to protecting this country. There are millions more of us than there are of all the FBI, CIA, DHS and ATF agents combined. We, we the people, are the best and sometimes only defense against terrorism. Remember, if it wasn't for one alert Circuit City employee, we might be talking about a completely different situation right now.
But the "Real Story" is, is that there are people and groups within this country working hard day and night to make sure that that public keeps their mouths shut all the time. Although their arguments are usually disguised under a very thin veil of racism and civil rights, the reality is that groups use these tactics to put us all on the defensive. Nobody wants to be called a racist or accused of discrimination, so we're scared into silence.
Now, before the e-mails start rolling in and I'm taken out of context, I'm not talking about real racism and real discrimination. Those absolutely do exist, and we already have laws in place to deal with those dirt bag offenders. What I'm talking about are the situations like the imams on the plane, who started acting suspiciously, like the 9/11 hijackers, situations where reasonable people make reasonable judgments based on what they're seeing.
But what message does it send when those people are sued as a result of those reasonable judgments? What if this hero from Circuit City had been wrong, these guys were turned in, and they were just messing around? Do you really think the ACLU and groups like that would not be out holding press conferences right now, claiming discrimination and threatening lawsuits, and somebody like Keith Olbermann would be on the air saying, "Look at these morons"?
Yes, you know what? If you really don't think that that would be happening, I bet Keith Olbermann would have a technical term for you, as well: moron.
We can't have it both ways. When it comes to public safety, we either put reasonable vigilance first or we want to cater to every person who plays the discrimination card to further their agenda. Considering that one of those options probably just saved an untold number of lives, I think the choice is pretty clear.
Don Clark, former FBI special agent in charge of Houston, and Congressman Peter King, he's a Republican from New York, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Don, let me just start with you. First of all, these guys, morons?
DON CLARK, FORMER HEAD OF FBI HOUSTON BUREAU: Absolutely not. Glenn, whether they were morons or not is immaterial. I mean, these people were trying to conduct a terrorist attack.
And first of all, Glenn, I've got to say, kudos to that gentleman at the Circuit City. That's what American citizens have to do to keep us from being attacked by terrorists. And, also, I personally formed that terrorist task force up in New Jersey some years ago, and I think they did a heck of a job for trying to work this out.
It's about vigilance. The two most used words today, vigilance and prevention, and we need to stick to that and do the right things, by the laws as we have them, and keep people alive in this country.
BECK: Hey, Peter, how come this story has not become -- one of these guys just converted over to Islam. Who has he been talking to? How did he become radicalized so fast? Where are the MSNBC investigative reports going out and talking to the people that, you know, helped him become a Muslim? How come we're not seeing the footage? How come the story is not about how three of them came across our southern border in the middle of the night? Why?
REP. PETER KING (R), NEW YORK: Because there's a terrible double standard. I mean, you saw it there with Keith Olbermann. There's a crowd in America which is always "blame America first."
When the FBI does something right -- and, by the way, this is a great victory for the FBI. I mean, not only do they stop the plot, but they were able to monitor it for 15 months. You know, that's not easy to do, is to stand back and resist that impulse to make the arrest. They let this play out. They did a thoroughly professional job.
The citizen from Circuit City should be given the Medal of Honor. I mean, this is what we ask all Americans to do. These people should be the heroes. These people should be being lauded and praised. Instead, there's this attempt to somehow diminish it or demean it and it's really, again, just a "blame America first" crowd, diminish what we do, praise what the enemy does, take whatever weaknesses or deficiencies we have, highlight them, focus on them. It's terrible.
BECK: Peter, do you have any doubt at all that, if this wouldn't have been that, and it came out that the ACLU or an organization like CAIR wouldn't be holding a press conference today ripping that guy at Circuit City to shreds?
KING: No, in fact, he would probably be risking a lawsuit. Or put it the other way. Let's just say these were some NRA gun owners who were plotting to attack innocent civilians and it was stopped. It would be front pages everywhere, and they'd be looking into the whole psyche of gun owners.
No, but you're right. If this had not worked out, if this information had turned out not to be totally accurate or if it turned out these guys were just playing in the woods, you would have had lawsuits. You would have had CAIR getting involved. It would have been absolutely terrible.
BECK: Don, I want to ask you what we should be looking for. I think this neighborhood in Cherry Hill was amazing. I read some place that one neighbor actually was walking down the street and saw a sedan parked down the street, where it was the FBI -- they were monitoring the House -- saw the sedan parked in front of the street, called the police, and said, "Hey, there is somebody hanging out, and they are here all the time back and forth. And something is going on in the neighborhood," and the police just said, "Zip it. Everything's OK."
I mean, this is a neighborhood that is on watch, a real neighborhood watch. What is it that we should be looking for, as regular people?
CLARK: Well, you know, Glenn, I think that neighborhood really set the example as to the things that we should be doing. And in order to tell somebody what they should be looking for, you know, the American citizens are pretty smart people. And they have a pretty good idea when something is not going right in their surroundings, in their area.
They can tell when something is added, a car is there, it shouldn't be there. They can tell when these types of things are happening. And I say don't be reserved about it. If you've got your facts, if you're looking at it intelligently, if you know that it's something different that's going on, call the authorities.
And now, with homeland security and so forth, it may be confusing a little bit, but I say call the FBI right away and give them particulars to the information, and I guarantee you that they're going to take a look at it.
BECK: Peter, I've only got about 30 seconds. Is your whistleblower legislation going to go through to protect people who are whistleblowers?
KING: Glenn, where it is, is there's a conference now between the House and Senate on the homeland security bill. The house bill has it; the Senate bill doesn't. We have to focus attention on the Senate to make sure they include it. Otherwise, citizens who come forward will be subject to lawsuits. We cannot allow that.
You can have the best FBI in the world, the best police department in the world, but they can't exist and can't function without the eyes and ears of millions of good public-spirited American.
BECK: That's the "Real Story" tonight. We'll be back in just a minute.