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"Our Tone Should Be Crazed"

Ah, the beauty, the genius that is Keith Olbermann:

I think Olbermann is headed for big things. Sure, his regular audience consists of 12 or so ritalin-addicted Kos diarists, but he also has a growing audience of wiseguy rightwing bloggers who recognize comedy gold when they see it. Here, Keith delivers a 'special comment'. Kinda like a very special 'Family Ties' episode, in which the seriousness of the tone gives it the very comedy the regular episodes never have.

Keith would of course scoff at the idea that he is a crypto-comedian, but when desperate for ratings, he reaches deep down and pulls out gems like this, regarding Chris Wallace: "Had I in one moment surrendered all my credibility as a journalist and be irredeemably humiliated as a journalist as was he, I would have gone home and started a new career selling . . . seeds . . . by mail." Keith, by your own admission you have missed your calling. You have to watch his delivery in that video to understand how Olbermann has absolutely mastered the difficult art of the unironic deadpan. No lie, I had tears in my eyes and was slamming my fist down I was laughing so hard.

The question must be asked: is this guy so good/bad that he is actually a Rovian creature?

Yet another example of McCracken's Rule: if something is featured prominently on the rightwing blogosphere, it probably isn't helping your cause, Democrats.

Update: I got yer seeds RIGHT HERE, PAL.


Posted by Ken McCracken · 26 September 2006 12:00 AM


What a doofus. Who LIED continually about anything and Everything everytime he opened his mouth? MAYBE that is why the Impeached President Clinton is having problems with his tongue and speech? Wow! He let out alot of hot air...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 26, 2006 10:15 AM

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

So let's get this straight, it's NOT OK for a Fox reporter to question the actions of the Clinton Administration, who just happens to be directly in front of him with the ability defend himself and answer the question... But it IS OK for a news anchor (if you can call him that) Olbermann to lambaste and assess full blame to the Bush Administration without anyone there to offer a rebuttal, right?

What a tool, no wonder he has to drum up artificial conflicts with guys like O'reilly in an attempt to boost ratings.

Posted by: snowballs at September 26, 2006 11:30 AM

It wasn't bad for a liberal. as far as the substance, this is exactly what the republicans did during the clinton years. so it's a proven formula. of course, rush and co woulnd't have the guts to do something like this now thought they must know on some level he's right

Posted by: lester at September 26, 2006 01:28 PM

Lester, it was laughably bad.

Conservatives sure as hell criticized Clinton when he was president, but they did it with intentional humor (which Clinton just made so easy for them) and Clinton actually was guilty of perjury, for one thing.

Olbermann, on the other hand, is nothing more than a pompous haircut.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at September 26, 2006 02:47 PM

President Bush and his decision to fight in Iraq and Bill Clinton and his inability to carry out his orders are two entirely different issues. To call the President unamerican is nothing more than a partisanship attack to vent his hatred for President Bush. Unamerican is dishonoring the Oval Office and the lies under oath Bill Clinton continued doing.

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 26, 2006 04:11 PM

perjury. his perjury was honorable. asking him about his penis was the crime.

olberman is right. bin laden was not the biggest issue in 1993 or even 1996. in 2001 there was no question. and bush was fiddling around with cold war missile defense stuff. he wasn't up on what was going on and didn't care to be. I gave him a pass after 9/11, but you look at iraq and katrina, they are part of the same piece. the guy is a walking disaster. who knows what he's got in store for these last two years. being an american under bush is like being in a professional dodge ball league.

Posted by: lester at September 26, 2006 04:13 PM

"Had I in one moment surrendered all my credibility as a journalist"

As opposed to surrendering it every moment he's on TV

Posted by: ken at September 26, 2006 04:45 PM

"They had eight months to try"

That line gets me every time.

Posted by: Ken S at September 26, 2006 08:02 PM

It's utterly amazing that anyone watches MSNBC. I know we joke about CNN, but MSNBC is just laughable. At least FOX tries to provide a balanced view.

Posted by: JohnJ at September 26, 2006 09:28 PM

As pompous as Bill O'Reilly, as smug as Jon Stewart, as self-righteous as Al Franken, and as bugshit crazy as Howard Dean. You have to admit, that's damned ambitious of him.

Posted by: Brian B at September 26, 2006 10:02 PM

Somebody needs to kick Olberman's ass. Yeah he has the right to spew his venom, but damn it, someone needs to make him pay for it.

Posted by: gahrie at September 27, 2006 12:27 AM

Brian B is right! That is Ambitious of him. With all the pompous, smug, self righteous, crazy and I might add white trash Dems out there, that is BOLD! ...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 27, 2006 06:11 AM

Yeah, Brian hit on the comment of the week.

Posted by: Ken S at September 27, 2006 07:41 AM

This is totally unhinged. While I appreciate BrianB's comment, I don't think Howard Dean ever remotely approached anything this completely "bugshit crazy." It is sobering to realize that this deranged rant represents the thinking(I use that term loosely)of a large segment of our country. If this pipsqueak is eager to bare his ass in this way on national television, try to imagine the depths these sort descend to in the privacy of their own thoughts. The pure willful ignorance of this train of thought is staggering, and not a little depressing. The total lack of irony in his venom-spitting nonsense while condemning someone like Chris Wallace, who asked a relatively simple question, and allowed President Clinton all the time he wanted to respond. Olbermann is obviously an educated person, which makes this all the more befuddling. As I said, the comfort level and confidence he displays while uttering this nonsense says volumes about the cocoon/environment surrounding Olbermann. His lunacy is but the tip of an enormous iceberg.

Posted by: DBrooks at September 27, 2006 09:27 AM

Have to disagree a bit, DBrooks. Dean has approached it.

Posted by: Ken S at September 27, 2006 10:21 AM

Haven't we left out a few others who should be considered in those catagories? Katie couric if unleashed looks to me as if she is about to burst at times. Nancy Pelosis favorite subject is Bush Bashing...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 27, 2006 10:57 AM

Lester - actually, Rush has a rule: if you disagree with him your call goes to the top of the queue, no waiting. If people rarely challenge him, it's not because he screens them out, but because they come off badly in the exchange. And, if you think Rush is an idiot, then you have to ask yourself - what kind of people are calling that can't even outduel Rush?

As for Iraq and Katrina being of a piece, I think you're falling for that whole "weather machine" gag. Contrary to Konspiratist.Kom, the US doesn't have a starship available to beam down medical personnel and emergency supplies. If there's no physical access to the place, it will be slow going to get relief there. And if the city is below sea level and hit by a storm stronger than any other since its founding, it will flood. There's only so much that levees and FEMA and anyone else can do.

You may as well blame the GOP for warts on toads.

PS - when the investigation concerns sexual harrassment, then the man's penis is a relevant topic. Using sex against a subordinate to further one's ambitions is the crime.

Posted by: Nightfly at September 27, 2006 11:49 AM

"perjury. his perjury was honorable."

I'm sure you got a A+ in situational ethics, lester.

Posted by: Rob B. at September 27, 2006 12:26 PM

Ha! oooooooooooooooooooooooooh! Roooooooooooooooob!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 27, 2006 12:40 PM

nightfly- obviously I meant the response to katrina.

nighfly- how did clinton use sex against a subordinate to further his ambitions?

and what about clarence thomas. you righties gave him a LIFE TIME appointment. long dong silver. and the woman who called him out didn't ask for money and didn't eventually appear in Penthouse.

Posted by: lester at September 27, 2006 02:54 PM

You know, the more I think about it. Howard Dean really hasn't approached the level that Olberman did. He is more on the Cindy Sheehan level! Yikes!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 27, 2006 08:22 PM

someone needs to make him pay for it.

As opposed to "get paid for it" I suppose?

Posted by: tree hugging sister at September 27, 2006 10:16 PM

I admit olbermann is a geek. certainly no disputing that. but he did handle the faux anthrax thing with aplomb. and what kind of a mental patient would mail something like that into MSNBC? that's like mugging a poet

Posted by: lester at September 28, 2006 02:02 PM

Yeah, mailing him a white powder was a really sick joke.

Way over the line.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at September 28, 2006 02:41 PM


^another white powder attack. same faux-terrorist?

Posted by: lester at September 28, 2006 04:49 PM

What a seedy guy. He is such a geek creep!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 30, 2006 09:44 AM