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A new Countdown controversy has erupted. Everyone remembers how the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann jumped to throw Don Imus under the bus [Ding!] when his reference to "hos" created a storm of controversy. Of course, Edward R Olbermann had until then never said one word critical of Imus, but was among the first to jump on the bandwagon.
Recall the fawning, self-serving interview he did with Steve Capus? Imus's comment was a "tipping point", the show had become something he just "could not abide". And Capus fell right into line as well: "This could have been my daughter, how can I ignore that? Those are the voices that have been ringing in my ears more loudly than anything else." Naturally, Herr Olbermann immediately brought up Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz--his regular stable of fright wigs: "Where is the protest...why are there not efforts to remove them from the air for these things?"
The self-serving outrage continued for days on The Hour of Spin. For sure we would never see Countdown or its staff countenance such despicable language. That is, until last night. The news is spreading through the Olbersphere: Inside Cable News is on the story, and even the Kos Kidz are up in arms.
Alison Stewart was hosting for Keith, but Olbermann's hand-picked staff was still in charge of the show. The chosen victim? Not a basketball team this time, but the wife of a Senator who had cheated on her. No doubt The Laughing Stagehand was cackling uproariously as Stewart's guest ridiculed Wendy Vitter as "looking like a prostitute". Alison snarked about her "form fitting, skin tight dress" (which it wasn't). Yes, an entire segment about her dress!
And if that isn't enough, look what the Countdown staff, whose boss is so outraged over the jokes of Don Imus, plastered on the screen beneath the shot of Wendy Vitter:
Hey, Mr Capus, that could be your daughter. How can you ignore that? And Keith Oralmann, is this a "tipping point"? What are you doing to do about it? An interview with Steve Capus? Maybe bring Jesse Jackson on board? Will the staffers who perpretrated this outrage be named, disciplined, or fired? Or will you give them a raise?
Somehow, we see the latter as more likely.
Thanks to Ian Schwartz for the screengrab.