Dumb-Down With Keith Ogremann
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.