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That Witty Keith Olbermann Outdoes Himself

Michelle Malkin has a post about Keith Olbermann joking about cutting Bill O'Reilly's hamstrings. In the same post she points to a segment done by Olbermann about how she (Michelle) and Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham are "introducing a kind of thuggish, sort of intimidating tone into the political debate." Here is the question that came to mind when I read Michelle's post -- would Olbermann's comments best be described as irony or hypocrisy? Or should I just call it liberal looniness and be done with it?


Comments (36)

I can't quite figure Olberm... (Below threshold)

I can't quite figure Olbermann out. Clearly he has a high opinion of himself, but where did it come from? He doesn't appear to have any accomplishments of note. His writing is mediocre. His live statements are merely snarky. But he feels free to denigrate or defame others of considerably more erudition and eloquence, simply because he disagrees with their views.

Hey, has anyone ever seen Keith Olbermann and James Wolcott in the same place at the same time? Think!

Everything Francis said app... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Everything Francis said applies to Rush Limbaugh as well.

I think it IS a thuggish, i... (Below threshold)
John:

I think it IS a thuggish, intimidating tone.

From Michelle's book "Unhinged";

"Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops."

You've got to be kidding me... Unhinged liberals running around with chainsaws and bayonets... Please.

And Ann Coulter;

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."

Ann's never been to war, but that doesn't keep her from having her opinion.

Then Laura who's new book is titled "Shut up and sing". The same lady that urged her radio listeners to jam phone lines that were intended to help prevent voter fraud. Well, just shut up if you don't like it, and we'll cheat to win and any cost.

So, yeah, I do think the three ladies mentioned behave in a way that could be considered "thuggish and intimidating".

But that sort of behavior brings in the money.

Shame to sell out your democracy for a couple of bucks.

John

That's pretty funny stuff.<... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

That's pretty funny stuff.

While I agree with Michelle and think she's got a powerful point, she really doesn't need to bother to respond to Olberman. No one takes that guy seriously. He's a parody of himself. He's so incredibly over the top and unserious that his show is unwatchable.

No need to respond to someone who's going to be off the air soon anyway.

Excuse me? You're comparing... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

Excuse me? You're comparing accomplishments of a blithering idiot to accomplishments of the guy who singlehandedly saved talk radio and brought an entire political movement out of the dark? Obviously Brian is mentally in liberal la-la land. You dont have to even like Rush to recognize his incredible accomplishments against all odds - give me a break!

GC

All of the above, Lori.... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

All of the above, Lori.

Beside the dictionary entry for "jerk," there should be a picture of old Obly. A despicable creature.

And, c'mon, Brian, Coulter'... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

And, c'mon, Brian, Coulter's sarcasm is not offensive as Olbermann's delusions of grandeur.

Rush is quite insightful and shrewd in his perspectives. Olby has virtually no insight and has a tin ear.

Brian, you're really showing what little awareness you have in this world. Grow up, dude.

Interesting: Rush reaches ... (Below threshold)
Sue:

Interesting: Rush reaches 20 million people, together the three Ladies in question speak truth to power and the people and Rush is compared to Olby and the gals to thugs.

Olberman, if he is for real, is just simply a paranoid slimball. Nothing is too outrageous to come out his mouth, a total moonbat of the first water. But, he does have his 300,000+/- people that watch him every day. What does that say about them?

Not a fan of Rush. The echo... (Below threshold)
Chris_G:

Not a fan of Rush. The echo chamber that is his radio studio has distorted his perspective somewhat. His comments about Michael J. Fox, McNabb have hurt conservatives more than helped them. With that being said, I can say Rush does bring some intellect to the argument.

Olbermann on the other hand has made a niche by being a complete asshole. I don't agree with his politics, but I also do not agree with Letterman, Barbara Walters, or Colmes' politics.

What gets me is the lying by ommission and the endless assembly lines of noted leftists, political operatives, and discredited journalists being used to provide "insight". Dana Wilbanks, Howard Fineman, Jonathan Alter? Why not call them Democrats who jsut happen to be journalist.

The funny thing is Olbermann presents himself as a speaker of truth, exposer of liars, and politcally neutral. But then, he is at Al Gore's book signing, criticizes Democrats only to the extent they do not stand up to Republicans, and is basically a coward because he will signal Michelle Malkin as the worst person of the day (as opposed to Zarqarwi, Hezbollah, or suicide bombers executing civilians

Rush doesn't have delusions... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Rush doesn't have delusions of grandeur. He is tongue in cheek and the intelligent people know it. (libs never get his sarcasm)...

Francis, I disagree. Keith Olbermann has all the classic symptoms of someone who KNOWS he is a nobody and full of crap. Hence, the behavior.

Jo, I think you hit it on t... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Jo, I think you hit it on the head when you refer to KO's "symptoms."

I believe he has one or more diagnosable mental disorders, to be quite frank. What does it say of his "fans," then?

Chris_G: Sorry but Rush's c... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Chris_G: Sorry but Rush's comments on M.J. Fox and McNabb both proved true. M.J. admittied he didn't know what he was talking about and had not read the bill allowing the murder of babies to harvest cells that the rich hope to use to live longer. The McNabb quip was a joke and as usual the liberal's went crazy in making it something out of the world.

Compare the book sales, listeners and viewers of the Conservative Ladies, Rush and O'Reilly to the self imposed idiot Obl. That tells the story.

Find they're charitable contributions, match them up and get back to us. Obl's is probably in line with someone that makes 10K or less per per year. O'Reilly's alone will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Didn't you read the latest study, Conservatives give and help their fellow man. Liberals stick it in their pocket.

Such genius in satire obvio... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Such genius in satire obviously goes right over your heads.

Why does that not surprise me?

Just as good as Jon Stewart only with such advanced syntax of course Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Rush Limpballs would be jealous. They are lucky any one of them can find a noun and a verb to put together.

Didn't you guys ever take Advanced English courses?

Coulter's sarcasm is not... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Coulter's sarcasm is not offensive as Olbermann's delusions of grandeur.

You're delusional if you think that's sarcasm. Coulter has stated time and again, she means it.

Rush is quite insightful and shrewd in his perspectives. Olby has virtually no insight and has a tin ear.

Oh, well thank you for providing that objective analysis.

Brian, you're really showing what little awareness you have in this world. Grow up, dude.

OK. From now on I'll follow your lead of stating my opinion as fact. That'll make me a growed up Republican!

Chris_G: Sorry but Rush'... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Chris_G: Sorry but Rush's comments on M.J. Fox and McNabb both proved true. M.J. admittied he didn't know what he was talking about and had not read the bill

Scrappy, you're so full of sh*t. Fox's ads weren't for any particular bills. His ads supported candidates. Rush, and you, don't have a clue.

You dont have to even li... (Below threshold)
Brian:

You dont have to even like Rush to recognize his incredible accomplishments against all odds - give me a break!

Yes. It is quite a feat for a drug-abusing, lying, thieving criminal to hold a place of honor among Republicans. (Outside of Congress, that is.)

Brian said:<blockquot... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Brian said:

You've got to be kidding me... Unhinged liberals running around with chainsaws and bayonets... Please.

Sorry Junior, but welcome to reality:
Chainsaws:
http://www.vaildaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040929/NEWS/109290014/0/FRONTPAGE&rs=2
Bayonett:
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=573&show=archivedetails&ArchiveID=1060118&om=1


Can't help but notice that you didn't even try to refute the defacing of war memorials, swipping of ribbons, assualt with car or supporting of fragging.
Not that saying "Please" in a shocked tone is much of a refutation. Unless you meant to say it sardonicly... as in Please, that is the least of leftist asshattery. Call me when you want to discuss the latest and 'greatest'

Heck, check out the collect... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Heck, check out the collection:
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/003801.htm

Girly-man Olberman is a fai... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Girly-man Olberman is a failure on many levels. What is it with the snarky liberal men? Do you think he has ever shot/cleaned a deer? What would that do to his pedicure? He is an embarrasment to this country.

I'm not going to defend ver... (Below threshold)

I'm not going to defend verbal thuggery by anyone and there's enough hypocrisy and irony to go around, but John, perhaps this will help you in your disbelief about the chainsaw incident: From Vail Naews Daily. And in Maryland there was indeed a police report that charged a man with using a bayonet to deface Republican campaign signs.

Ack! SCSIwuzzy beat me to ... (Below threshold)

Ack! SCSIwuzzy beat me to it.

"Fox's ads weren't for any particular bills. His ads supported candidates." His ads supported candidates based on their support of the bill. If you're trying to keep people honest, you need to be honest yourself.

OK. From now on I'... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:
OK. From now on I'll follow your lead of stating my opinion as fact. That'll make me a growed up Republican!
-Brian

Brian, you did that in your first post in this thread, passing off your opinion that lefties wouldn't ran about vandalizing with chainsaws, as fact.

As the Bunny said, What a Maroon.

SCSI, on another thread, ol... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

SCSI, on another thread, old Brian doesn't even know what an "ad hominem" attack is.

I'd say he should get back to us when he passes 9th grade.

This sort of immaturity on the Left could one day put us at great risk in light of the challenges we face in the world. It's easier for them to be unserious, and avoid hard realities, than to confront them.

Didn't you guys ever tak... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Didn't you guys ever take Advanced English courses?

What? Okay, Olberman can string a noun and a verb together, and he probably did take an advanced English course. But, what are you going to do with that if you're still an idiot? If you listened to what he says and writes and apply a little logic, you'd understand that English is not what he requires. Maybe what he needs is a good dose of Thucydides.

And what's with mocking people's names (as in 'Limpballs')? Are you in high school?

Girly-man Olberman... (Below threshold)
Girly-man Olberman is a failure on many levels. What is it with the snarky liberal men?

Penis envy. Olby's ratings are so dismal that he's lucky he can get maybe a dozen viewers on Wet T-Shirt Night. So he feels the need to take shots at O'Reilly and the other big dogs who regularly bring in the audience Keef can only dream of.

Olby is the twerpy little guy in high school that the big jocks all snapped their towels at in the shower after gym class.

Al Franken (who?) is the same. That is, another loser that no one listens to who attempts to get the attention he craves by making goo-goo eyes at the successful talk-show hosts. The complexities of his love-hate relationship with Rush Limbaugh would keep a therapist busy for years.

Oregon Muse, I agree. Winn... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Oregon Muse, I agree. Winners don't stay up nights obsessing on every trivial thing that has happened to them, and nursing grievances.

Losers do that, though. I don't know any successful people who do.

John writes:"And Ann... (Below threshold)
Marc:

John writes:
"And Ann Coulter;

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."

Ann's never been to war, but that doesn't keep her from having her opinion."

So having her opinion, whether or not shes been to war, is thuggish?

"Then Laura who's new book is titled "Shut up and sing". The same lady that urged her radio listeners to jam phone lines that were intended to help prevent voter fraud."

No. Thisd is what she said:

"INGRAHAM: Wait a second! So -- (Laughter) you call 1 888 DEM VOTE -- otherwise 'Dim Bulb Vote' or 'Dumb Vote' -- and all you do is get tranferred to muzak, then they cut you off. This is what I'm thinking. Tell me if you think I'm crazy. This is what I'm thinking. I think we all need to call 1 888 DEM VOTE all at the same time. And, by the way, when you call, when you call the number -- and remember, it's 'Dem Vote' not 'Dumb Vote' -- when you call the number, as we did, and we got transferred, transferred, then we just got hung up upon. You know, we're supposed to have these election teams within a matter of minutes, they're supposed to be coming to the polls. Can you imagine what those people look like? Halloween all over again. So if you have trouble with the poll, you're supposed to call, via 1 888 'Dumb Vote,' and this is what you get."


Brian said:... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian said:

Uh, no I didn't.

So having her opin... (Below threshold)
jpe:
So having her opinion, whether or not shes been to war, is thuggish?

No; it's having a thuggish opinion that makes her thuggish. See how that works?

SCSI, on another thread,... (Below threshold)
Brian:

SCSI, on another thread, old Brian doesn't even know what an "ad hominem" attack is.

LOL! Hey Mitchell, apparently you don't even know what "reading" is. Why don't you go back to that thread and see how I shot down that ignorant accusation.

And what's with mocking ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And what's with mocking people's names (as in 'Limpballs')? Are you in high school?

Clay, better get used to that around here. It's what passes for reasoned rebuttal in these pages. There's even someone who posts absolutely nothing other than making fun of peoples' names!

Libs don't get rush.<... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Libs don't get rush.

They think he's just a loud-mouthed drug addict.

They don't realize he's paid big money to confuse the rubes. He's like a radio version of 3 card monty.
who's taking your hard-earned money America?
Keep your eye on the illegal immigrants and the poor.
That way you'll miss out that the biggest thieves wear suits, rule america's boardrooms, and write the laws.

Boy, Robert and Brian are d... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Boy, Robert and Brian are downright creepy, the strong opinions, and lack of perspective, insight, argument.

You both sound like whiners and losers. Maybe you both are.

mitchell,Are you c... (Below threshold)
Robert:

mitchell,

Are you calling me a loser because I'm American, and the Americans are the big losers in the war in Iraq?

I agree that it is embarassing to have my military (the strongest in the history of mankind) getting their lunch fed to them by a small group of unorganized insurgents who number in the hundreds.

I don't think i've been this proud to be an American since just last week, when we had a guy who thinks the country would be better off if a segregationist won the presidency named as his party's leader in the Senate.

Robert, no, it doesn't matt... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Robert, no, it doesn't matter what you're called.

You're still a loser.

Great, Robert. You're a pro... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Great, Robert. You're a proud American again. Nice to have you back. However, my pride in my country doesn't ebb and flow like the tide. It's the greatest nation on earth no matter who controls the White House or Congress. And we have the best military men and women in the world because, not in spite, of it.




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