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Is one of Keith Olbermann's most embarrassing moments about to be re-ignited? New readers may not be aware of Olby's unpleasant spat with one of MSNBC's own miiltary analysts, so here is a quick recap of the dust-up between Krazy Keith and Colonel Ken Allard.
It all began with another MSNBC analyst: William Arkin. He wrote an op-ed piece claiming that US troops are being given "obscene amenities". They should be "grateful" that they get any respect at all despite "every rape and murder" they commit. Soldiers hold the American people "in contempt" because our troops are "badly schooled". They should count themselves lucky: after all, they are not being spat upon.
Colonel Allard was astounded that such a diatribe would be penned by an analyst for NBC, and on Feb 7 2007 wrote a blistering column in response. Based on that column, he was invited to appear on The O'Reilly Factor, and did so on Feb 8. That was too much for Oralmann, who blasted both of them the next day, claiming that Arkin's bizarre tirade was legitimate, "valid criticism" of US troops, and dismissing Allard as little more than a ventriloquist's dummy!
This was the final straw for the decorated war hero. On February 15th Allard formally severed all ties with (MS)NBC, and cited Olbermann's attacks as a precipitating cause:
Not only were no apologies given and no pink slips issued for Arkin's outburst, but on his MSNBC show last week, Keith Olberman went out of his way to defend this "valid criticism" of our military.
What brings all this back to the front burner now? After over two years, Col Allard is returning to the airwaves. He will appear on this weekend's edition of the FNC program Huckabee, airing Saturday/Sunday evening at 8:00 pm Eastern. And the topic: according to the promos, he will discuss how he has been viciously smeared by the media. A New York Times article was specifically mentioned, but can a discussion of attacks directed against the Colonel possibly be complete without bringing up the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann? We will see tonight.