With a straight, even grumpy, face, Olby sermonized:
“All voices count.”
One need only peruse The List above to see how fervently Keith Olbermann lives that philosophy.
You’ll have to follow the link to see which list they mean.
I’m sorry that I can’t show you the entire clip. Sincerely. It’s an instant classic of nutroots porn, second only to Colbert’s faux-dissident burlesque at the White House correspondents’ dinner. In fact, Olby goes further than Colby: we’re all used to the comparisons of Bush to Hitler and the Democrats to Neville Chamberlain, but never before have I heard someone compare Bush to Chamberlain — and to Hitler (or some generic “fascist,” if you prefer), both in the span of a few moments. Olbermann’s commentary here is thus the ne plus ultra of one of the fringe left’s favorite delusions, the notion that pretending the threat doesn’t exist is the bravest and most effective way of fighting it. In the Olberverse, Russ Feingold is Winston Churchill.
There were upwards of ten separate threads devoted to this clip at DU when I checked a half hour ago. I’m going to go back and count them all up. Watch for the update.
Update: By way of comparison, here’s how Chomsky — Chomsky — responded recently when asked his opinion of the Bushitler:
Would you describe the US as it is now as a fascist state?
T Summers, Cornwall
Far from it. In many respects it is the most free country in the world.
In the same Q&A, someone asked him why the cable news networks never have him on. Maybe because he’s too far to the right?
Update: You can watch the whole clip here. There’s a transcript in the sidebar.
Update: I’ve removed our copy of the video and added the YouTube version, which had the entire clip.
Update: Matt Sheffield of Newsbusters counts four separate threads at dKos devoted to Olby’s poor-man’s-Murrow shtick.
Update: Yeah, listen. Not to get into tu quoques here, but would it really be so hard for Teddy to tactfully decline comment when presented with Nazi analogies?