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A new year means a time to look back and honor those who have achieved greatness in the year preceding. For that reason, we take this opportunity to reveal the winners of the 2008 Olby Awards, as determined by the Olbermann Watch Awards and Recognition Committee. With no further ado, the 2008 Olbies...
The Edward R Murrow Courage Under Fire Award
Presented for conspicuous reportorial bravery under hazardous circumstances. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! For his remarkable valour standing up to the corporate suits at MSNBC and refusing to go to Minnesota for the GOP convention, where his life would be endangered by terroristic assaults and assassination attempts.
Olbermann - upset to be anchoring at the Democratic National Convention from an outdoor set near Denver's train station - "announced that his bosses [had] better find a more secure location for him to broadcast from at the Republican National Convention [in St. Paul, Minn.] or he's not going," one insider said. "He thinks someone will assassinate him." MSNBC had no comment. Even before he left New York, the biggest mouth at MSNBC was worried about his safety. When a car was late to take him to the airport, Olbermann threatened via e-mail to stay home, another insider told Page Six. The blowhard whined to producers, "I could have been attacked on the street."
The Golden Shovel Award
Presented in honor of those who just can't keep their mouths shut. And the Olby goes to...
The Ted Baxter Rip 'n' Read Award
Presented for the most memorably embarrassing bit of nonsense lifted from blue blogs and reported as fact. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! When it comes to Olby's nemesis, Bill O'Reilly, Krazy Keith just kan't help himself.
Why does Olbermann do this? Because he lifts his "stories" from far-left blue blogs that lie about O'Reilly, and either doesn't check or doesn't care if what they say is true or not. In this case, as the video shows, it was an obvious lie, but Keith doesn't care.
Biggest Flat-Out Lie About a Competing Channel
Presented to honor those for whom telling the truth is secondary to a good smear. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! The video says it all:
The Karma Bites Award
Presented to remind the mighty that what goes around, comes around. And the Olby goes to...
Keith "Czechoslovakia" Olbermann!
Only on OlbyPlanet would self-delusion this egregious go unchecked.
The Hal Turner Minority Outreach Lifetime Achievement Award
Honoring the broadcaster who has done the most to perpetuate racial stereotypes. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! His infatuation with Nazi analogies and salutes earned him the scorn of the ADL, then he reveled in demeaning black cuisine. Keith reached another zenith in 2008, this time turning his attention to Hispanics. It wasn't enough that he contemptuously dismissed the Attorney General as a "houseboy". Oralmann had to add insult to injury with Gov Bill Richardson, cooking up a smarmy reference to guacamole that enraged Latino groups:
certainly an unfortunate use of words, and offensive to Hispanics
The Sleazy Partisan Hack Smear Job of the Year
In honor of the most corrupt, dishonest, sustained, irresponsible attack of the year. And the Olby goes to...
It's never too early for Another Olbermann Lie, and the opening spiel is a traditional spot for the first one of the night. In fact, as you will see, we get three OlbyLies in just three minutes.
The He-Man Wimmen Haters Award
Presented for the outstanding example of fantasy violence against a woman. And the Olby goes to...
What Keith Olbermann wants done to another human being is evil. It belongs with torture, lynching, and systemic rape. He is saying we should use physical violence against a political enemy to secure the outcome we want. He is saying murder is an acceptable act when done against a reviled outsider by those on the inside who know what is good for the nation.
The Foolish Consistency Award
Presented for the quickest self-contradictory blunder of 2008. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! It's bad enough when you can't keep your stories straight from one day to the next. It's even worse when you can't do it from one hour to the next!
The Gepetto Award
Honoring the most blatant servility to and parroting of talking points fed from blue blogs. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! First Keithy let the posters at his blog, Daily Kos, write his interview questions for him. Then Edward R Olbermann went the extra step, erupting in the middle of convention coverage with a screed against a real journalist, a screed that just happened to be fed to him by Kos Kaptain Markos.
There can be little doubt that when the Great Kos himself slammed Mr Babington's article, Bathtub Boy would be ready and willing to take the Kos talking points and spew them on Peacock air. Which he did just minutes after Markos published the attack.
The Do As I Say Not As I Do Award
Recognizing the most egregious media hypocrisy of the year. And the Olby goes to...
Keith Olbermann! Not for his sneering reportage on Joe the Plumbers one tax lein, while concealing his own five (count 'em) instances of tax deadbeatery. Or Monkeymann's sanctimonious scolding about the use of Nazi analogies, as he merrily piles another one on top of his heaping mound. No, the ultimate in 2008 Olbypocrisy has to be when Keith Olbermann, with his own words, effectively made himself worst person in the world:
The Best Smackdowns of the Infamous, Deplorable One
And the Olbies go to:
Mark Levin, John Gibson, Lionel, Howard Wolfson, the Red Eye gang, Old Grumpy Guy:
Best Parody of a Deranged Sports Guy Playing a Newsman on TV Award
And the Olby goes to:
Who else? Ben Affleck!
Happy New Year from the gang at Olbermann Watch!