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Dumb-Down With Keith Ogremann

September 8, 2009

Now the big bad MSNBC ogre, Keith Olbermann, is going after Glenn Beck and Fox News for daring to expose the 9/11 conspiracy nut Van Jones.   This Obama administration czar resigned his post this past weekend, in large part because of Beck’s courageous reporting.

Instead of celebrating the work of a fellow journalist, the ogre wants to get him kicked off the air.  Here is Olbermann’s latest rant:

Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes. . . . Tuesday we will expand this to the television audience and have a dedicated email address to accept leads, tips, contacts, on Beck, his radio producer Burguiere, and the chief of his tv enablers, Ailes . . .

Olbermann, who could not cut it as a sportscaster on Fox, launched his MSNBC weeknight show Countdown With Keith Olbermann in 2003.  Dumbdown would be a more apt title for his show as Olbermann makes up for his lack of intellect and dearth of knowledge about anything of political substance with childish personal attacks on whomever he happens to disagree with.

Olbermann’s targets are not just the likes of Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly.  He has gone after the majority of Americans who oppose Obama’s health care and wealth redistribution policies

And like the schoolyard bully who takes out his own inferiority complex on others with whom he cannot compete on the merits, Olbermann invites guests on his show who are similarly challenged.  Take this rambling exchange with the not-so-funny ‘comediene’  and failed political commentator Janeane Garofalo, who claimed that Americans attending the tea parties to protest Obama’s high-tax, run-away spending policies are racists:

JANEANE GAROFALO: It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. And there is no way around that.

OLBERMANN: But if you spear your television network or your political party towards a bunch of guys looking who are just looking for a reason to yell at the black president, eventually you will marginalize yourself out of business, won’t you?

GAROFALO: Here’s what the right-wing has in, there’s no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes. Fox News will have some viewers. But what else have they got? If they didn’t do that, who is going to watch — you know what I mean? They have tackled that elusive clam — you know, the clam, the 18 to 35 clam — klan. Klan. With a k demo. But, you know, who else is Fox talking to? I mean, what is it urban older white guys? And the girlfriend, and, you know, the women who suffer from Stockholm syndrome gain. There’s a lot of Stockholm syndrome, is what I’m saying ultimately. What else do you want to know? (Emphasis added)

The only syndrome I see is two sophomoric drones so in love with the sound of their own supercilious voices that they cannot hear what the rest of us hear: how foolish they sound.

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  1. John Davidson permalink
    September 8, 2009 5:56 am

    Leave Keith alone, his demise is imminent.

    Show some respect for the departed.

  2. pbrauer permalink
    September 8, 2009 7:55 am

    Did I read that correctly, you are calling Glenn Beck a journalist? I never heard anyone who should be wearing a tinfoil hat being called a journalist before.

  3. pbrauer permalink
    September 8, 2009 8:29 am

    Two people can play the same game…

    From Glenn Beck’s twitter feed:

    Watch Dogs: FIND EVERYTHING YOU CAN ON CASS SUNSTEIN, MARK LLOYD AND CAROL BROWNER. Do not link before burning to disc.
    8:18 PM Sep 3rd from web

  4. davidforsmark permalink
    September 8, 2009 8:33 am

    pbrayer, While I agree that Glenn Beck is not a journalist, you obviously haven’t seen, or have forgotten about Dan Rather.

    • davidforsmark permalink
      September 8, 2009 8:34 am

      Though, by saying “fellow” journalist, he was giving Olbermann too much credit, too!

      • pbrauer permalink
        September 8, 2009 1:15 pm

        Both Beck and Olbermann are not Journalists, they are commentators. Countdown never affiliates itself with NBC News. It’s opinion, just as Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity are.

        Dan Rather got snookered on those documents, but what is lost on the right wing was that the information Rather provided was correct – the secretary who typed the memos verifed the content in them.

  5. Janet permalink
    September 8, 2009 10:49 am

    Journalist or not, has anyone checked Glenn’s ratings lately?

    • John Davidson permalink
      September 8, 2009 1:03 pm

      I would describe Glenn as a modern day Ralph Waldo Emerson who lectured against big government 200 years ago. He is doing real well because he is explaining problems within our government that make sense. Whether or not you like the way he does it, has no bearing upon the truth of his presentations.

      A journalist is someone who reports events that occur, factually in writing, without bias: A lost art in our society, now days.

      This is not journalism, but my opinion.

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 8, 2009 1:10 pm

      Come on now, some of your trashiest shows on TV have the highest ratings. It doesn’t make the information they provide real. I must admit that even I am guilty of watching parts of his show to see what compiracy he comes up with.

      • In the know permalink
        September 8, 2009 1:43 pm

        Your implication is that Mr. Becks information is fabricated? On what information do you base this claim?

        • pbrauer permalink
          September 8, 2009 10:27 pm

          Beck is a charlatan and all around con man. I noticed today how he all appeals to you inner self by saying that you are intelligent. While not always, this is characteristic is good indication that somebody is conning you. After all what would you say your dumb?

          His CZAR speak is a good example of how he is conning you. There are not now nor have there ever been a CZAR in our government. The word word czar is used mainly press as a shorthand for their official title.

          Rachael Maddow explains…

          • In the know permalink
            September 9, 2009 9:34 am

            I asked for information. A link to MSNBC is not valid. I asked for facts, not biased fabrications. As for your semantics blather. Yes the offical title of czar does not exist. So therefore they must not exist?

  6. September 8, 2009 12:20 pm

    Olbermann is blinded by the tea bags covering his eyes.The ones Obama put there.He should have stayed with sports, but he sucked at that too.

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 8, 2009 1:18 pm

      Everyone has one – an opinion. );

      • John Davidson permalink
        September 8, 2009 1:35 pm

        Some accurate; some not, and those that aren’t lose credibility and ratings, I would think.

  7. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:48 pm

    Keith Olbermann – the tick on a stick – has died. He is brain dead – I will try to respect the dead more – sorry.

    • John Davidson permalink
      September 8, 2009 1:05 pm

      Appology accept on his behalf since he is comatose.

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 8, 2009 1:20 pm

      Feel better?

  8. LanceThruster permalink
    September 8, 2009 2:48 pm

    Sweet Zombie Jesus! This is as hysterical as when Shawn Hannity decried the lack of civility on the left as exemplified by their name-calling and personal attacks. The right can always be counted on to accuse others of the things they are doing.

    Straight outta Mein Kampft-ton!


    • John Davidson permalink
      September 8, 2009 3:00 pm

      Anyone using the race card to make a point deserves no respect and I do not care which side of the fence he quivers on!

      • pbrauer permalink
        September 8, 2009 10:29 pm

        Well that’s EXACTLY what Glenn Beck did when said President Obama didn’t like white people.

  9. David Forsmark permalink
    September 9, 2009 12:06 am

    Just recently the producer of Dan Rather’s segment admitted that they left out that at one point W volunteered to go to Vietnam. Gotta love anyone who believes this story, but Beck is a con man. Don’t believe your lyin’ eyes!

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