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Rather Clueless: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 12

October 29, 2009

It may have been the most unintentionally funny Meltdown yet—and that is saying something!

As Paul Cooper noted last night, both Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews mocked Rush Limbaugh for reporting a (rather lame) satire website’s posting about a supposed college thesis of Barack Obama—then reported Rush’s satirical comments about the piece as though it were straight commentary.

In fact, to say these two propagandists for the Left were clueless, humorless, or just plain stupid is actually the most generous possible interpretation of the facts.  It’s pretty hard to avoid the evidence that this was deliberate deception by Olbermann and Matthews.  It was such an out of context cut and paste job, that it was the equivalent of blaming Time Magazine for the content of a ransom note in which the words were razored from their text.

While the two propagandists and their producers only played the “But we know he thinks it…We know how he feels about distribution of wealth…so we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway” quote, it is simply NOT possible that they missed the following jab at the media—or that they could have missed its meaning.

LIMBAUGH: “So we have to hold out the possibility that this is not accurate.  However, I have had this happen to me recently.  I have had quotes attributed to me that were made up, and when it was pointed out to the media that the quotes were made up, they said, “It doesn’t matter! We know Limbaugh thinks it anyway.”  Sort of like Dan Rather said, “I don’t care if these documents are forged. I know that Bush did what he did at the National Guard.  I don’t care if the documents are forged.”  I don’t care if the Limbaugh quotes are made up.  So, I can say, “I don’t care if these quotes are made up. I know Obama thinks it.”

Any sentient human being researching this issue could not miss Rush’s direct jab at the media’s willingness to believe trumped up and obviously phony charges aimed at conservatives.

What makes this especially delicious is the reference to the Dan Rather scandal.   Ironically, Matthews featured Dan Rather on his weekend show the last 2 weeks, while not 5 minutes before Olberbmann’s Worst Person in the Worrrrrrld rant, in his almost nightly conversation with Richard Wolffe, they positively referenced Dan Rather:

OLBERMANN: The Obama administration, according to Ms. Perino, is setting a bad example for emerging democracies by being critical of Fox.

What-when the Bush administration bought positive stories from Iraqi journalists for publication in Iraqi newspapers, what was that? A how-to course in how to start up a democracy?

WOLFFE: Well, the democracy thing is something I love the best. Self-reflection, recollection has not always been the strength of the Bush administration.I just want to remind Dana Perino and all the rest of them, that there was this exchange early in the second term between Bush and this guy in Russia called Vladimir Putin. Bush was trying to teach Putin a lesson about how to deal with the press. He said, you can’t go around intimidating them-quite rightly-cannot go shutting down the free press.

Putin turned around back to Bush and said, “Well, how come you got rid of Dan Rather, then?”


And you know something? When it comes down to it, Putin, Chavez-all of those dictators or, let’s say, autocratic leaders-are more than adept at reading the news, interpreting the news and maybe seeing things that they want. And the Bush administration was just as forceful, if not more so, than anything we’re seeing out of this White House.

OLBERMANN: Amen. And Dan Rather is still on the air, and George Bush is doing $19 a ticket motivational speech ceremonies.

The fact that Richard Wolfe and Keith Olbermann would adopt a conspiratorial view of American government that matches that of a foreign dictator, while telling, is neither news, nor a topic for this discussion.  However, it is hilarious that Dan Rather, who left CBS News in disgrace, is now a martyr for Keith Olbermann.

Keith spends time in every broadcast foaming at the mouth about “Fox Noise,” and has joined the White House’s totalitarian move against Fox News in saying they are not a news organization—something even the rest of the MSM has stood up to the White House on.

Keith pretends his objection to Fox News is journalistic—as though has higher standards.  This is a perfect example that anyone who believes that, is more than just rather clueless.

One quick note: Another classic propaganda technique is that MSNBC (and a lot of the rest of the MSM)  continuously uses this 100 pounds out of date picture of Limbaugh.  

It’s not as though it’s hard to find a current picture.  It takes a 5 second Google search, if they are too lazy to request a current one from Rush, himself.  As a technique, it’s cheap, crude and not effective.  Kind of like everything on the sinking ship that is MSNBC.

  1. prehistoric rocket science permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:05 am

    Of course MSNBC invoked the Dan Rather incident because he was on Matthews’ show. The point is that Limbaugh made a fool of himself, and never took back what he said. At the very least he was being disingenuous.

    • In the know permalink
      October 29, 2009 12:03 pm

      Did you read this article before you commented? Are you drunk on Kool-aide? Did you hear the show? Are you aware the “tongue in cheek” disclaimer was done during the same broadcast? If you were, would you come to the same conclusion? It doesn’t take “rocket science” to figure it out. MSNBC’s dynamic duo of dumb and dumbist thought they had an “gotcha” moment. Why would they have to deliberatley ignore part of a transcript to make their point? The disclaimer is overtly obvious in its intent. That makes them liars and you a fool.

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:46 am

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out, sorry to confuse you with the facts. But there is an obvious problem with your trying to pull this in a format where people have to at least have the intelligence to be able to READ…

    I’d say nice try, but that would be over rating it.

  3. Mark J. Koenig permalink
    October 29, 2009 12:37 pm

    It’s a source of never-ending amusement to me that Limbaugh’s harshest critics never seem to have actually LISTENED to him or for that matter, even read the freely-available transcript of his show which is posted every day, the same day it airs. These people are either idiots, bald-faced liars, or both. I unfortunately encounter them on a frequent basis, both in person and on the Internet.

  4. Phillip McCraken permalink
    October 29, 2009 6:33 pm

    OMG. This isn’t satire, this is someone being an childish idiot rather than admit he’s wrong. It’s the “I know you are but what am I?” equivalent.

    I am consistently amazed at the stupidity of people who listen to what this racist moron spews from his mouth. I guess it’s monkey see monkey do…

    • David Forsmark permalink
      October 29, 2009 7:17 pm

      You’re right, it’s too obvious to be satire, it’s just a direct jab. If it were satire, there would be some excuse for you not getting it. Thanks for proving Mark’s main point above.

      • In the know permalink
        October 30, 2009 9:05 am

        It has now become obvious to me why this world is in trouble. Our educational system has produced minions of “graduates” who were advanced through the system whether they had a command of pertinent knowledge or not. Along the way being told “you’re all winners” and “there is no wrong answer as long as you try”. Now we have commentators like these that no longer possess the critical thinking and comprehension skills to recognize satire and syntax. Attention fools with barely functioning cerebral cortexes. Rush made the announcement that this commentary was tongue in cheek during the same broadcast in which it was made. Your argument that this was in response to your neo communist talking heads batman and robin is illogical. It is syntaxually flawed. They deliberately ignored this fact (as have you) to manufacture a valid argument. Their (and your) argument is based upon a false assertion therefore making it (and you) incorrect

  5. Mark Holland permalink
    October 29, 2009 7:57 pm

    When I went to school, I learned reading and comprehension. Today, many read but few comprehend. I suppose that idiotic screen name equals idiot.

  6. Paddy Donovan permalink
    October 30, 2009 10:43 am

    Every time I hear Olbermann speak, I realize that the spook of him that Affleck did on SNL was actually not a spoof at all. Olberman is really that far-reaching, idiotic, and hysterical.

  7. FelixPrismus permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:58 pm

    Well this is embarrassing.

    If the leftists attack Rush on the (false) premise that he childishly lied, they’re wrong and stupid looking. If the leftists laugh, they’ll be stabbed in the neck by the Party Line.

    Way to go Rush!

  8. Montana permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm

    So Rusky does not fact check (not the first time)? Wow, what a surprised.

    Oh, and when contronted that he was punked, he defended himself by saying “we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway”

    After so many years of mis-labeling and mis-characterizing others he gets smacked down by the NFL “Not For Limbaugh”. Way to go NFL, Great job!

    • In the Know permalink
      November 2, 2009 2:57 pm


      A repost which was punksmacked for its absurdity. Did you think posting it on a different article would make it any less assinine? Enjoy your ignorant, misguided, yet blissful life.

  9. rauljg permalink
    November 3, 2009 9:32 am

    Let me get this straight. This article is upset that Olbermann and Matthews did not fact check and play the whole comment from Rush about standing by the fabricated quote and place it in its proper context? You all think that’s the bigger issue? The fact that Rush went on a whole diatribe about Obama due to a fictitious thesis doesn’t bother you? Rush and his staff did not fact check the thesis in the first place and then goes off on Obama but that’s ok. Olberman mentions one quote without giving context and that’s waaayyyy out of line. What a bizarro world the right lives in.

  10. Truthteller permalink
    November 16, 2009 3:54 pm

    Rush was punked. He took the thesis seriously, and then discovered his error and (sorta) backtracked, but not really. As far as Rush complaining about media treatment of his putative beliefs, does he provide explicit examples, or just generalities? And finally, if the media treats Rush ‘unfairly’, does that make it just to perpetuate similar smear tactics to one’s opponents? I guess two wrongs DO make a right.

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