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Sleazebags Talk Teabags: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 16

November 18, 2009

Keith Olbermann, who imperiously announces frequently that his is the number one news show in its time slot—despite drawing about 1/7 of the audience of The O’Reilly Factor—because he claims he is the “only real news program” in the schedule, sank to a new low (or revisited an old one) with his supposed “Number 1 Story of the Day” last night.

Olbermann devoted a full segment to a giggling, sleazy riff on the term “tea bagger,” with his smarmiest near-daily guest, the never-labeled corporate lobbyist Richard Wolffe.  The excuse?  That “tea bagger” was runner up for Word of the Year in the Oxford Dictionary.  (If you don’t know the obscene definition of the word, congratulations.  The Urban Dictionary has the definition  if you think you need to know.)

I’ll save some of the scummy back and forth for the second page for those who want to “read more.”  But after some pretty bad locker-room banter, as Olbermann claimed simultaneously that the protesters coined the term for themselves and that Countdown should be given credit by Oxford University Press, Olbermann and Wolffe got “serious.”  Seriously.  I guess…

OLBERMANN:  On a more serious note, as the news of the day becomes history, what will tea baggers become most known for?  For fracturing the Republican Party or offering a welcome home to a new and ugly strain of racism?  What is this word going to mean 100 years from now?

WOLFFE:  Here is a point of similarity with Sarah Palin.  There is this uncontrollable factor, undisciplined factor about the whole movement, which I think is a kind of weapon of mass destruction about the Republican Party.

Yes, as Independents go 2 to 1 against Democrats, it’s the Republicans who have been hurt by the Tea Party movement.  Keep telling yourself that, guys, and your smirky elitism is going to do wonders for your side, too.

Olbermann “teased” the segment with a smirk and a lie:

OLBERMANN:  The Republicans have, for many months now, put on a pedestal a hard right group whose name unintentionally evokes an action that cannot be described on television.  In our number one story in the countdown, the GOP has now, with a little help from us, officially co-opted the word “tea bagger.”  It is runner of for Oxford‘s word of the year.

It was Republicans who embraced tea bag as their symbol with tax day protests of President Obama‘s agenda, and it was Republicans who cluelessly referred to tea bagging as if it had no prior meaning. It was they who openly used the phrase that begged for double entendres.

The Republican talking heads like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have pushed their own vision of tea bagging down the throats of the original tea baggers who were in fact Libertarian supporters of Ron Paul.  Cincinnati tea baggers got a Boehner endorsement from the House Minority leader.

And the nation‘s tea bagging, of course, impossible without this man, Dick Armey, at the head of it.

Actually, all self-description by the protesters was always in terms of Tea “Party.”  They sent tea bags as a symbol.  it was David Shuster’s unbelievably obscene Countdown Segment on the eve of the April 15 protest that started the “tea-bagger” and “tea-bagging.”

Watch at the risk of your own stomach or blood pressure; and take care to wash your brain thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap after viewing: (Note that 2 minutes in, David Shuster falsely narrates the term into a Neil Cavuto quote in his read, though it is in brackets in the text—and that’s the LEAST sleazy part of the bit.)

Of course, Olbermann’s overstuffed ego can’t resist taking credit, so he immediately contradicts his just-uttered lie:

OLBERMANN:  “Tea bagger: as part of the political fabric.  I think “countdown” deserves a footnote of credit, if credit is the word for it, for that particular evolution of etymology, don‘t you?

WOLFFE:  I think my friends at Oxford may have a tea fixation, at least I hope it‘s that and not the other thing.

(LAUGHTER)  In any case, there is this tradition at the OUP, the Oxford University Press, that you can write in and claim usage, first usage, which you may or may not want to do.

OLBERMANN:  With all due respect to Oxford University Press, its definition has scrubbed away the prior meaning of the word, and in so doing, the attendant cluelessness of those who embraced this word in its new meaning, is this going to impede future historians both of the language and of the politics of our time?

WOLFFE:  Well, it‘s a family book.  I suppose there‘s that consideration out there. (LAUGHTER)

And on it went.

The after the Shuster scumfest, Anderson Cooper picked up on the phrase in his coverage of the April 15 Tea Party, and apparently the sage of political propriety David Gergen not only was familiar with the term, he found the smutty joke hilarious:

Of course, part of what makes this so revealing about these smug wannabe-elite media types, is that they are so sure that any sophisticated person would know the obscure parlance of  “teabagging.”  They think it reveals the people in the streets as rubes.

It tells us far more about the ugly side of the perfectly coiffed talking heads that want us to invite them into our homes every day.  There is only one justification for even these depraved individuals in thinking this is appropriate under the auspices– even a spinoff– of what was the home of the Huntley and Brinkley Report, and once one of America’s proudest news brand names.

That reason?  Pure blind hatred.

  1. JE Tabler permalink
    November 18, 2009 3:50 pm

    I liked Allahpundit’s tagline for the Olbermann video yesterday: “This is on national television.”

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    November 18, 2009 3:52 pm

    Well, almost, it’s on MSNBC…

    • themadjewess permalink
      November 18, 2009 6:27 pm

      ‘Keep telling yourself that, guys, and your smirky elitism is going to do wonders for your side, too’

      David; that is exactly what I was thinking.
      They have these smug, elite, nasty, demonic faces.. and poor people actually LIKE listening to these snotty creeps?

  3. Thomas Waters permalink
    November 18, 2009 4:28 pm

    People have a short memory. Less than six months ago, people were demanding that Anderson Cooper be fired from CNN for using the word “teabagging”. Now, all of a sudden it’s become acceptable.

  4. Thomas Waters permalink
    November 18, 2009 4:30 pm

    My bad. I see you already mentioned that. I only read the part about Olbermann. Sorry. 🙂

  5. November 18, 2009 4:55 pm

    Vindictive nicknames, when they come from the enemy, should be worn as badges of honor. Personally I would have preferred Devil Dogs, but I’ve learned to lower my expectations when it comes to attacks from the left.

  6. Louie723 permalink
    November 18, 2009 7:57 pm

    Arrested development. Olbermann, Shuster, Cooper are a bunch of goofy 9th graders.

  7. John Davidson permalink
    November 18, 2009 8:46 pm

    CNN’s blinker told them to turn right, but the idiots turned left. Is this America, folks?

  8. LKYPRL permalink
    November 18, 2009 11:29 pm

    I can’t believe that these guys have not been laughed off of the air yet. Watching them is like watching the “Onion”, it has to be satire! If you want real and serious news and commentary….FOX is it.

  9. Freeme permalink
    November 19, 2009 6:33 am

    The sleaze and slime of slithering snakes for commie propaganda indoctrination is their ‘game’. Only the degraded or insane would watch these vile vindictive vicious messengers of deception and chaos.

  10. gamma-ray 2009 permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:33 am

    the never-labeled corporate lobbyist Richard Wolffe.



    At 2:16 Olbermann announces Wolffe as a senior strategist at Public Strategies.

    Olbermann had enough integrity to disinvite Wolffe from his program for several months for not disclosing his work at this corporate firm and now announces it each time.

  11. David Forsmark permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:47 am

    He’s political analyst Richard Wolffe, but he’s not labeled a lobbyist for corporations whose interests may be affected by how issues and news stories are reported on MSNBC. That is something that a viewer would have to do their own research to find out.

    Also, Olbermann did not use Wolffe for a little while after Olbermann was called on the carpet for this, not because Wolffe hid it from him– unless Keith is pleading, “I was the last to know.”

  12. peachey permalink
    November 19, 2009 12:05 pm

    As a girl, I never ventured into the boys locker rooms in junior high school, but do believe that I now have a good idea of the gross, and sometimes vulgar and infantile conversations that took place. Rather like watching 9th graders compare their ability to spit the furthest. Olbermann and his choir of quasi-literate pathological liars must really feel the heat if they continue to berate and hate the average Americans. This is actually a good thing. One of these days, the down-load sent by the white house to Olbermann’s pea-brain will overload the only 2 neurons that are functioning. I for one will turn up the heat. Should I send a box of Earl Grey or stick to Green Tea, in view of the fact that he has slowed cerebral flow?

    • Steve R permalink
      November 19, 2009 12:41 pm

      Pick up the cheapest box of teabags you can find. Soak them all in water until they’re completely soggy. Press out the excess water. Mail to Olbermannchild with my compliments.

  13. November 19, 2009 4:41 pm

    LOL. Not a bad idea. But if you really want to deal with these media juveniles on their level, you can’t go wrong with the good old dog crap in the burning paper bag trick. I, however, being a mature and responsible adult, would never advocate such a hilarious stunt–er–childish prank.

    • peachey permalink
      November 19, 2009 4:55 pm

      You are so bad but funny. I did send a generic (LOL) box of green tea to Olbermann today. I even placed my real name and address on the wrapping to let him know I was not afraid to show my contempt for him.

  14. gamma-ray 2009 permalink
    November 19, 2009 5:02 pm

    David Forsmark said:

    …”Olbermann did not use Wolffe for a little while after Olbermann was called on the carpet for this, not because Wolffe hid it from him– unless Keith is pleading, “I was the last to know.”

    This was Keith Olbermann’s response to the Richard Wolffe situation from Aug. 4, 2009:

    …”I must confess I was caught flat-footed. I do not know what the truth is; my executive producer and I have spent the last two months dealing with other things (see above) but what appears to be the truth here is certainly not what Richard told us about his non-news job.”…

    …”I am confident his commentary to this point has not been compromised – he has been an insightful analyst and a great friend to this show – but until we can clarify what else he is doing, he will not be appearing with us. I apologize for not being able to prevent this unhappy set of circumstances from developing.”…

    ** Keith announces Wolffe’s corporate affiliation before every segment just as he did in the above at the 2:16 mark.

    • David Forsmark permalink
      November 19, 2009 8:01 pm

      Public Strategies could be anything. The audience has no clue.


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