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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    July 3, 2009
    Weekend Open Thread!
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    Shuster and his ghastly rictus, along with the rest of the MSM are having a field day doing the post-mortem on Palins political career.
    The one option the are all failing to mention is that it just may be a brilliant move.

    Yeah, they're simply gloating their butt off right now. I think KO is making an appearance tonight on Countdown, cause he found out that Palin is stepping down as Alaska Gov.

    You knew he'd come running in just to seize the opportunity to bash her good tonight.

    I think she did the right thing, considering the past few months and the fact that all the other potential GOP candidates have fallen flat on their face, might as well get out there now and develop a base and also to mold her image into society so that America will finally wake up and realize the mistake that was made last November.

    Picture of "Ghastly Rictus" ( just like David Shuster's):

    I think Shitster hates Palin because all the hot girls in high school and college turned him down. He really is a totaly embarrasment, so unprofessional.

    Enough Is Enough??

    "To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as 'fact' that Governor Palin resigned because she is 'under federal investigation' for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation," Van Flein said in a statement. "This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law."

    It's hard to win a defamation case when you're a public figure but I believe there's a big difference between calling a public figure a "slutty flight attendant" and accusing said figure of criminal activity. We'll see where it goes.

    Anyway, now that she actually is "going away" I bet the lefty's still won't stop talking trash about her.

    By cjflan32 on July 5, 2009 1:12 PM

    It will be the liberal version of 'Wack-A-Mole', who ends up with the back fire remains to be seen.

    Shuster is gving Palin hell right now via twitter.

    I was thinking the same thing as that last tweet, the one about calling Palin's attorney a "lawyer". Because this site is way too generous in calling David Shuster a "reporter".

    No wonder this guy got fired from Fox News.

    There's a chance that Keith will go after Rep. Peter King (R-NY) for his anti-Michael Jackson YouTube video.

    Certain to make it to WPINW, Olby can't resist these items:

    typo alert: **WPITW**(not wpinw)

    Perhaps Garofalo (don't care how you spell it) will make a return engagement for this "straight up racism".

    Soo it's okay to make posters and such showing Bush as Hitler BUT!

    But it's racism all the way if you run up with posters with 'The One' as Hitler.

    Oh yeah, on Olby Planet & thinkprogress you forget those Bush/Hitler posters.

    Both Puck and cjflan were right. KO pulled out both the Jacksonville tea party event and the garafalo card for worsts persons. You can just tell he's devastated that Palin isn't Gov anymore...he's nearly creaming in his pants. Or if he's still able to, maybe Katy drains him dry at night or attempts to and puffs of white smoke appear.

    Its attack Palin day on Meltdown. Palin was tired of having the Alaska state treasury defend against the left wing hate machine but Olbermann takes it as a sign to attack her family.

    Olberdouchebag is on the attack
    He's with the main stream media pack
    Keith's a recurring gaffe
    Palin has the last laugh
    She's successful while Keith is a hack

    Fear and Loathing on the Olbermann Show

    Posted by Lew Rockwell on July 7, 2009 08:04 AM

    Last night I caught an interesting moment on the Keith Olbermann show: they were alarmed at the continuing destruction of the Republican party. Don’t cheer it, they warned. This is a moment that could bring forth a new independent party that could wreak havoc (i.e., hurt Obama) in the 2012 elections. Palin? asked Keith in a shaky voice. No, something far worse, someone from outside the political system, a “demagogue” combining Ross Perot’s attacks on federal spending and deficits and “Pat Buchanan’s nativism,” who would rally angry people against the regime.

    We report, You decide.

    Then I look to my left and see it in the flood.

    I said Keith would go after Rep. Peter King, the only Peter King he doesn't like (see Sports Illustrated football columnist/NBC Sports NFL insider), and I was right. He did so in BPitW. Via the transcript:
    "And, dateline: Long Island. Number one: Best stepping off an unnecessary cliff—rabid [Ding!] right-wing [Ding!] Congressman Peter King of New York. He complained about the excessive and excessively positive media coverage of the late Michael Jackson. And for once, there was nothing really wrong about one of his complaints. Then he went on to call Jackson a, quote [Ding!], pedophile and a, quote [Ding!], low-life pervert who, quote [Ding!], did some dancing. Problem is, Jackson was never convicted of any of that, except the dancing part. And Jackson's fans don't care.
    They care about Congressman King now. One has already set up a fundraising site asking fans of Michael Jackson to contribute to the campaign for somebody, anybody who will run for Congress against King next year in some sort of let Michael Jackson rest in peace platform."

    Uh-huh, and how is that fundraising going? Not only have you attacked Pete King, Keithy, but you went after the venue and location from which he was speaking: outside the Wantagh American Legion hall on Park Avenue in Wantagh, adjacent to a Wantagh Fire Department fire house. You went after a Congressman, the hamlet of Wantagh, the town of Hempstead, our Armed Forces, and firefighters at the same time. Way to flaming fraud.
    Here is King's YouTube video in its entirety. In the video, he opines (as Keith distortedly characterized) that the media has spent too much time covering Michael Jackson and made him out to be a hero, which, outside of music, he wasn't. He further stated that we should take this time to remember and honor our Armed Forces, Police, and Firefighters. Who could argue with that?

    The website Swing State Project claims that the site raised "several thousand dollars." That could be $2,000 or so. Let me know when you hit $1 million.

    P.S. The website is a far-left blog, which I'm sure loves their Olby.

    Olbermann defending a fellow human being from accusations based on a court of law ruling of, "not guilty." How nice.

    Too bad he is not consistant. From on high the COUNTDOWN desk these past several years, Mr. Olbermann has played judge and jury on many a political and nonpolitical figure (enemy) based on nothing more the the word from one unnamed source and other "credible" accusers. Now, with such influential Michael Jackson supporters telling us what the truth is, and the "in crowd," has deemed the smoke, which is usually enough for demogogues like Olbermann to use as the foundation for a twenty-minute sermon from the church of SNOBamessiah podium, as not important or credible without seeing the fire....oh the inconsistency!

    "Benefit of the doubt," seems to be a very fluid commodity in our society, and especially pliable for Olbermann....Standards for its application seem to not exist.

    I just saw online, from the memorial service, the good democrat representative from Texas rule any concern over possible wrongdoing by Mr. Jackson as unacceptable as she waves a Democrat Party controlled US House of Representatives' resolution (framed, of reminds me of Olbermann's Cornell diploma defending embarrassment) idolizing the man....What theatre! And we can now predict the angle from which the "objective journalist" Keith Olbermann will approach the story....his orders have been given!

    I am glad the left sees such business as important. I can now sleep well tonight knowing the important business of the Congressional recording of Michael Jackson's accomplishments has been accomplished!

    My oh my, the left has gone over the edge....We are now subject to ridicule if we are not engaged in the love-fest that our celebrity obsessed culture wallows in. The parallels that can be drawn between the cultures' response to Jackson's death to it's behavior over the celebrity of our chief executive is not a stretch, nor is the reaction of the same elite class to such people like Sarah Palin an isolated event....or the vidictive against "tea baggers," or the ridicule directed towards people of all has a common thread....

    The thread is not a positive development in any society, and is usually a component during true declines, as a repetative lesson of history.

    God help our democracy.


    Until the orgy of a memorial service today, I had thought that Rep. King had been wrong in his timing in criticizing Jackson.

    Now I'd like to award Mr. King for his courage.

    Whether or not Jackson truly is a pedophile (and he had all the classical warning signs) or is not, is a matter of speculation, I suppose.

    However, we DO know for a fact that Jackson got into trouble the first time for sleeping in the same bed with a young boy, spent millions getting that boy not to testify, and years after that effort, showed an incredible lack of insight by admitting to interviewer Martin Bashir, that he continued to sleep with young children.

    THAT fact alone ought to make Keith Olbermann hesitate in condemning Rep. King, even if he is a Republican.

    What thoughtful pronouncement is next for Edward R. Moron (who spent years ridiculing MJ via "Puppet Theater")? Denouncing any Republican who happens to disagree with the O.J. verdict?

    To bring context to what King said, I'm going to transcribe the video. Here goes:
    "Hi, this is Congressman Pete King. And yesterday, I marched in two Fourth of July parades in Wantagh and Massapequa Park. Today, I was taking a walk through Wantagh, here at the American Legion Hall, a firehouse down the street, a fire memorial a few blocks from here. And it really reminded me of the great men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country: people fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan today, cops, firefighters, teachers, none of whom really get much credit.
    And yet, for the last--I don't know how long now--this lowlife, Michael Jackson, his name, his face, his picture, is all over the newspapers, television, radio. It's all we hear about is Michael Jackson. And let's knock out the psychobabble. This guy was a pervert, he was a child molester, he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him day in and day out, what does it say about us as our country? I just think it's know, we're too politically correct. No one wants to stand up and say: 'We don't need Michael Jackson.' You know, he died, he had some talent. Fine. There's people dying every day. There's men and women dying today in Afghanistan. Let's give them the credit they deserve.
    So, I really think the media has disgraced itself. I think that too many people in public life that have made fools of themselves by talking about Michael Jackson as if he's some kind of hero. There's nothing good about this guy. He may have been a good singer, he did some dancing, but the bottom line is would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room with Michael Jackson? What are we glorifying him for?
    So, anyway, let's take some time out to really look to the people that do make us a great country: the men and women in the Armed Forces, police, firefighters, teachers who work in really rough neighborhoods, people who volunteer with dying cancer patients, people who work in AIDS clinics. *They're* the ones we should be glorifying, not some pervert like Michael Jackson."

    Context is everything.

    Listen, I may have been the only one on OW to praise MJ for his musical genius and unworldly talent, and to how much I'll miss seeing him perform. I was with him from the very beginning with the Jackson Five, and even got my overly conservative basketball coach to let us use "The Love You Save" to be our warmup song. I saw him in concert at the Westbury Music Fair, and actually got to dance with him on stage (side by side) to "Dancin' Machine." He then invited me and my date (he was about 16 at the time) backstage after the show to hang with him and the group for a bit.

    He was the man (boy) of the next 3 decades for me, and it would be impossible to put in print how much of a musical and personal influence he was to me. Needless to say, I never met anybody (black or white) who cared more for him than I did, and YET, when the rumours started to fly about possible inappropriate actions with young boys my heart sank. I was devasted, and the more I read into it, the more I was convinced that these rumours were true.

    Technically, as the ape ruler would like the general public to hear, he was never *convicted* of any crime, but to anybody with an IQ a little above a...yes...a gorilla, he paid for the silence of the boy(s) to keep quiet. Guilty as sin, that is, except to the ape ruler and his followers.

    This hurt me more than I can say, and when he died it hurt almost as much, for to me, his legacy will never be as the greatest human being that ever performed, but as one of the greatest entertainers that ever performed. Great human? More like sick human who was exceptionally talented.

    That's about it for me, and it brings me to what Peter King said which just happens to be correct. He also happens to be a man who I have had frequent contact with at my job, as he visits there from time to time for dinners. King is one of the most upfront and honest men I have ever met. Nothing is hidden, and everything he says is right from the heart. He cares. I have met many politicians (both Democrat and Republican) and nobody is as forthcoming or as easy to get along with as he is, and if there is one politician who could care less about any upcoming elections where it pertains to himself, it is him.

    To me it ALL is just a sad sad story, from one who had such grand possibilities to do good, but who ultimately ended up doing bad. Unfortunately, that is where Jackson's legacy will lie, and for anybody to not see that they are only lying to themselves. John Gotti was another one who comes to mind where the accolades just kept on coming from the general public, but who was nothing more than a power hungry murderer.

    As King said..."what does that say about us as a country?"

    The Factor just missed a million in the demo Monday night.

    so much for that old excuse only old farts watch FNC.

    The Factor just missed a million in the demo Monday night.

    so much for that old excuse only old farts watch FNC.

    You're not the only one, Wolverine. My stance has been he was a great *musician*, but that's as far as I'll go. I loved his *music*. I played covers of his *music* a few times during my time in radio.
    I think J$ should make a Great Moments in Olbypocrisy video based on Keith's defense of MJ in death while mocking him in life.

    "Until the orgy of a memorial service, I had thought that Rep. King had been wrong in his timing in criticizing Jackson."

    "Now I'd like to award Mr. King for his courage."

    Great thought Cecelia!

    By your logic, MJ now deserves to be called a "pervert" and a "lowlife" in the wake of his death because the media is hungry for ratings?

    No matter what you or I may think of Michael Jackson personally, Peter King has shown himself to be no better!

    The Republican meltdown continues!

    Advice from President Lincoln would be good at this juncture, for a certain dullard....

    "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    The silence of the last several months was actually rehabilitating MikeH's image. Alas, with only two silly and illogical posts, his drive to appear as one conducting thoughtful reflection, good judgement and keen insight is once again dashed.....

    "By your logic, MJ now deserves to be called a 'pervert' and a 'lowlife' in the wake of his death because the media is hungry for ratings?"

    MikeH once again confirms my conclusion he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    No, by Cecelia's logic it is clear that EXPRESSING the opinion counter to the media hypocritically stoked image, (Michael Jackson was of pure moral character, great contributor to our world and deserving of worship), takes courage....It did and those trying to make either political or "race baiting" hay from the congressman's statement because the "emotion" such devotion inspires is what I referred to in my comment about a common thread....(The cult of personality, and the opposing behavior of the hatred of others based on image, is so accepted now in our culture as acceptable behavior).

    Keith Olbermann was one of the first in line to do it. Now MikeH can be the first to do it on this site with, "The Republican meltdown continues!"

    Sure. If such demogoguery feeds your limbic system, please go to the Democrat Party site set-up to raise money off of Representative King's comments...

    They only have $3200 raised so far....they could use a lot more!


    Well Gosh Cee.....If I've shown myself to not be "the sharpest knife in the drawer", you've once again shown yourself to be little more than a spoon sitting in that same knife drawer.

    As much as I have tried to avoid the media frenzy over MJ, I have heard enough to know that he has NOT actually been portrayed by the media to have been "of pure moral character", as you just suggested.....By his friends, yes......but by the media, no!

    You have to be really tone deaf to believe otherwise.

    Wow, tone deaf?

    I saw a Democrat, Congresswoman Jackson Lee, wave a framed US House of Representatives resolution as evidence of a great American deserving of reverence.

    I heard Reverand Sharpton basically say there was nothing abnormal about Jackson and that he was responsible for the great advances in race relations these past 40 years.

    This during an uninterrupted feed of the funeral service on almost every media outlet.

    Yes, the media chose to cover this service and rebroadcast it again and infomercial on the greatness of Michael Jackson.

    All the while some (Olbermann) attacks Republican Peter King for expressing an opinion based on facts he knows and observations that upset him as a patriotic American.

    Sure, the media has not been fawning over Jackson these past 7 days, sure.....

    Who's really tone death.

    "Who'e really tone death"

    YOU are, as your most recent post above proved once again!

    Your own cited examples were of non-media people. Your problem was that the media covered them.

    You and I probably actually do have a rare agreement in the belief that the coverage is excessive, but you and I are irrelevant because ratings clearly show that THIS is exactly what the majority of the general public wants to see right now.

    In other words, this is just business!....But you, of all people, should understand that, because aren't YOU one of those people who actually believes that raw unregulated capitalism has the answer for everything?

    But back to the original discussion: The fact that the media chooses to cover what the public wants to see does NOT justify a public officiial calling an icon who just died and was never convicted of anything a "pervert",

    "Jackson-Lee laundry-listed every charitable act and donation by Jackson in the House resolution – and would have included all the times he said 'Thank you' and 'God bless you' if there had been more room. Is it too much to ask our lawmakers to restrain themselves from acting like Entertainment Tonight spokesmodels and Tiger Beat correspondents?

    "I stand with GOP Rep. Peter King of New York, who rightly skewered these celebrity-worshiping warped priorities as 'an orgy of glorification.' Michael Jackson could sing and dance. But he was no American 'hero.' In a YouTube video over the weekend, Rep. King lambasted the media circus:

    "'All we hear about is Michael Jackson. Let’s knock out the psychobabble. He was a pervert…and to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country…I just think we’re too politically correct. No one wants to stand up and say, 'We don’t need Michael Jackson!' He died, he had some talent, but fine, there are people dying every day. There are men and women dying everyday in Afghanistan, let’s give them the credit they deserve.'

    "Yes, let’s do that. Another soldier died with Pfc. Casillas on Independence Day at Combat Outpost Zerok in Afghanistan’s Paktika province. He was 20-year-old Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn. Fairbairn’s stepfather, David Masters, took to social networking service Twitter to spread the word and keep Fairbairn’s legacy alive. 'On Independence Day, a few hours ago, they killed my son Aaron in Afghanistan,' Masters wrote. According to the Department of Defense, both Fairbairn and Casillas died from 'wounds suffered when insurgents attacked the outpost using small arms and indirect fires.' The Taliban claimed credit for the complex rocket and mortar attack involving a reported 8,000 kg of explosives.

    "Tens of thousands of our men and women are in Iraq and Afghanistan to combat the jihadi threat. Army 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw gave his life on June 25, the same day Jackson died. Bradshaw’s aunt, Martha Gillis, blasted the silence over her nephew’s sacrifice in a letter to her local paper, the Washington Post:

    "'My nephew, Brian Bradshaw, was killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan on June 25, the same day that Michael Jackson died….Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?' Gillis wrote that Lt. Bradshaw 'had old-fashioned values and believed that military service was patriotic and that actions counted more than talk…He was a search-and-rescue volunteer, an altar boy, a camp counselor. He carried the hopes and dreams of his parents willingly on his shoulders. What more than that did Michael Jackson do or represent that earned him memorial ’shrines,’ while this soldier’s death goes unheralded? It makes me want to scream.'

    "Please do not despair, Mrs. Gillis. While the Rev. Al Sharpton screamed 'Thank you, Michael! Thank you, Michael!' at the grotesque Staples Center memorial on Tuesday, many of us whispered in prayer: Thank you, Justin. Thank you, Aaron. Thank you, Brian. The real American heroes won’t be forgotten.

    I seem to remember leftist pundits like Olbermann mourning the dead on the battlefield when it was politically beneficial in attacking the sitting President because of policy differences...Now, I am not sure Olbermann even knows there are men and women still dying in the cause of liberty in Iraq and Afghanistan.....Obama as chief executive makes such notations problematic.


    '"Now I'd like to award Mr. King for his courage."

    Great thought Cecelia!

    By your logic, MJ now deserves to be called a "pervert" and a "lowlife" in the wake of his death because the media is hungry for ratings?

    No matter what you or I may think of Michael Jackson personally, Peter King has shown himself to be no better!

    The Republican meltdown continues!'


    Thank you, Peter King, for so eloquently expressing "the rest of the story".

    You've especially done us a service by cutting through the media's over-blown mawkish send-up of a man they had termed "Wacko Jacko" for the last decade future, in order to set off a frenzy of idol worship for their own profits and ratings.

    Thank you, Rep. King, for reminding us about the REAL heros of this country and for chiding a popular culture that seems to aver that extraordinary natural talent would be in ANY instance (life, death, or natural disaster...) more important than the actions of these heros or even more important than keeping in mind the selfish and potentially devastating lack of boundaries such idolatry generated in one man.

    Thank you for doing it knowing that you'd be the target of opportunistic pandering fleabags like Keith Olbermann, who has mentally tried and convicted others on much less evidence than was brought against Michael Jackson.

    We wish you the best, Rep. King, and we hope that Mr. Olbermann will now do the right thing and take up the innocent O.J.'s old quest to find the "real killer" of Nicole Brown Simpson.

    "Thanks you for doing it knowing that you'd be the target of opportunistic pandering fleabags like Keith Olbermann, who has mentally tried and convicted others on much less evidence than was brought against Michael Jackson."

    Pretty much the same as you do with almost every post you make on this blog.

    Meanwhile, I think it was indeed possible for Peter King to praise the true heros of America without denigrating a fallen cultural icon in the process.

    So yes, thank you Rep. King, for reminding us once again that demogogury is indeed very much alive and well among public officials in America!

    You should probably stick with your first impressions Cecelia. They seem to serve you better than your second.

    Had the coverage of Michael Jackson's death not escalated into bizarre and opportunistic and self-serving idiocy, I would have been glad to. Mike.

    However, much like your comparing King's remarks to the debauchery of child molestation, like yours', the media path was inevitably towards the bizarre, opportunistic, and idiotic.

    Oh, how well we remember the days when any conservative outrage on ANY subject was a distraction from the immoral death-dealing war of the Bush Administration. Now poor Rep. King can't chide the media over mercenary clown car coverage of the death of a pop star, while ignoring the deaths of military members in the month of Independence Day, without his words being likened to child abuse.

    The problem here is the way King chose to denigrate the SUBJECT of the media frenzy, rather than to simply attack the media for excessive coverage. That may have been his intention, but the put-down was aimed directly at Jackson personally. I don't think anyone would be targeted him if he had simply criticized all the coverage of MJ on Independence day while refraining from calling the man a pervert".

    After all, Republicans should have plenty of practice complaining about the alleged "bias" of the media. They've been doing it ad nauseum for my entire adult lifetime.

    The problem here is the way King chose to denigrate the SUBJECT of the media frenzy, rather than to simply attack the media for excessive coverage. That may have been his intention, but the put-down was aimed directly at Jackson personally. I don't think anyone would be targeted him if he had simply criticized all the coverage of MJ on Independence day while refraining from calling the man a pervert".

    After all, Republicans should have plenty of practice complaining about the alleged "bias" of the media. They've been doing it ad nauseum for my entire adult lifetime.

    Well, the "bias" you're alluding to in the media's case here would be the bias TOWARDS the almighty dollar.

    I think liberals have had one or two things to say about that before...

    Of course King struck out personally against Jackson. His entire point was that the media is helping to deify a man who at best... at the age of forty-something invited young boys over for slumber parties in his bed. AT worst-- ALLEGEDLY-- something else...

    He contrasted that sort of deification (and the idol worship of Jackson is likely what emboldened him to publicly admit to continuing to sharing his bed with young kids, even after he had previously been in trouble over it) to the ignoring who should have been the true heros of the hour.

    A contrast between Jackson and THEM was very much his point.

    By MikeH on July 8, 2009 1:31 PM

    "After all, Republicans should have plenty of practice complaining about the alleged "bias" of the media. They've been doing it ad nauseum for my entire adult lifetime."

    Judging from your posts, I'd say that "entire adult lifetime" equates to maybe a year or two.

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