Video: Olbermann’s very “special” commentary

posted at 10:44 pm on August 30, 2006 by Allahpundit

As expected. And as expected, Olbermann Watch came to play. The barest taste:

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: My mistake. There are not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven separate threads going at DU for this lube job.

Update: By way of comparison, here’s how ChomskyChomsky — 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?


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Keith Olbermann has turned moral equivalency into an art form.

Just when you think the clown couldn’t get any more pathetic. But he’s ‘not a partisan’ of course …

SisterToldjah on August 30, 2006 at 10:53 PM

Good ol’ Kaaa-razy Keith.

Ian on August 30, 2006 at 11:04 PM

As long as you can affect that stalwart, righteous indignation expressed with barely controlled rage pose the fact that your truth to power speech is incoherent nonsense is really just a minor detail

B Moe on August 30, 2006 at 11:12 PM

I got news for ya Keith. It wasn’t “our government” that stood up to the Nazis, it was us. Our Fathers, our Grandfathers and Uncles. It was the American People who fought the Nazis, not just a government on a hill in D.C. And the kids and grandkids of those great Americans know that, and we don’t believe your slimy propaganda.

speed647 on August 30, 2006 at 11:16 PM

Olbermann is such a Putz.

If he could only see what he really looks like from this side of the camera.

Lawrence on August 30, 2006 at 11:25 PM

Bizarro world! My head is still spinning.

IrishEi on August 30, 2006 at 11:32 PM

C’mon. Its Keith Oberman, for Chrissake. Don’t act as if its anyone important.

Labamigo on August 30, 2006 at 11:46 PM

Ha.

That’s the best satire of liberals on television. Good stuff.

What do you mean it’s not satire?

Slublog on August 30, 2006 at 11:53 PM

Bush compared to Chamberlin? WTF? Is this Olberman’s version of the old dirty trick of mentioning something horrible in the same sentence as your oppenent hoping to create an association? I remember watching a debate on O’reilly’s show between Jay Nordlinger from NR and some democrat strategist; it was still fairly early in the campaign and the whole military service thing was flying around and she said something to the effect of ‘George Bush was a traitor; just flying around in the national guard while John Kerry was dodging bullets.’ The look on Nordlinger’s face was priceless. But it’s a cheap trick. I figured Olberman was too stupid to know who Neville Chamberlin was; I figured Hitler and Ben Affleck were the only two people from WWII that he might recognize.

austinnelly on August 31, 2006 at 12:12 AM

Olberman really needs to go back to sports reporting. Ya know, box scores and asking “What’s it going to take to win tonight, coach?” History is obviously several thousand miles above his head.

Bryan on August 31, 2006 at 12:38 AM

Yeah, his characterization of the Chamberlain government’s credulity was something else, wasn’t it? But why argue historical facts? Will it change even a single person’s mind?

This is spank material. Correcting it on the facts would be like critiquing the plot of a porn movie.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2006 at 12:43 AM

The whole rant seems to be going after Bush on taking away our rights. Can anyone tell me exactly what rights have been revoked by Bush? I know people were upset with the PATRIOT ACT, but similar people were upset with the original wiretapping laws. Now we take it for granted that law enforcement can invade people’s privacy. The NSA phone taping is not a good example. What do people think the NSA has been doing for all these years? I found it very interesting that it is lawful for international mail to be spied on. I rarely here that point brought up.

What, traditionally, has been the policy of finding a un-uniformed soldier behind enemy lines? If I recall, saboteurs and spies did not live long after discovery. If anything, we are extending rights beyond the citizens of the US to not only people that are not citizens, but people that are waring against us. If anything Bush has allowed the expansion of these protections.

thule on August 31, 2006 at 1:50 AM

Allah
I don’t know wtf this guy is given any attention at all. He’s in the freeking sewer as far as cable ratings. Why, Why Why—does anyone even bother to give this guy posts or print? He’s a nobody. A walking Zombie of the Leftards.

Just as bad as giving Cinders or any of the whole Lefty-ilk that has a handful of protestors national coverage. I know the DBM has their own agenda and template but does that mean
our side has to give them any time? Nothing has chnaged on the Left since 2000. They’re stuck in a time warp. It’s the same hum-drum drum they’ve been beating day after week after month after year. Danm. They need to be put out of their misery.

They have done more to injure and put this country at risk than all the flipping T/O’s out there. And by showing the old Hitler footage one need only to
insert “Left/Liberal/Democrat” and colorize it and welcome to 2006!

Your Fellow Warrior in the WoT
And Proud American Infidel,
LLoyd

“How do you tell a Muslim? Well its someone who reads the Koran and follows Mohamed. And how do you tell a anti-Muslim? Its someone who understands the Koran and Mohamed.” (my variation on Reagans Marx-Lenin quote)

auspatriotman on August 31, 2006 at 1:56 AM

Michelle’s lipgloss is brighter than Obly.

Identifying Bush as Chamberlin-esque is just bad faux-history. He’s trying so hard to clone-stamp reality into something he likes, but the result is just pathetically transparent.

Now if only the network would look at garbage like this and issues a “Program Kill” on his entire career.

John on August 31, 2006 at 3:55 AM

He’s Ted Baxter with a staff of blogtrolling interns.

Jim Treacher on August 31, 2006 at 5:42 AM

You can’t make this shit up… I’ll use this as a good example for my kids, as to what happens when you do drugs. Even at their age it’ll scare the crap out of them.

If this is the best the liberal left can deliver, then we may be saved after all…

I guess you could say he’s “Rather” insane!

Bob Mileti on August 31, 2006 at 5:58 AM

Hmmmm…..I wonder how many beers Olbermann had when he wrote that little speach. Much of what he moans about is a perfect description of the current Democrat Party and nutty Left, not Donald Rumsfeld.

GT on August 31, 2006 at 6:45 AM

The twisted and inverted logic he uses…..wow.

Bizzaro world.

coondawg on August 31, 2006 at 7:23 AM

Lol! that’s all….

Joe on August 31, 2006 at 7:30 AM

Keith Olbermann is a petulant pissant who rails against successful persons by awarding them his Worlds Worst award. As his ratings are in the toilet, I believe he can keep his awards due to his having earned those.

K.O. reportedly cried from the incessant reporting of the Cigarman debacle. Can you say Gurly Man?

DannoJyd on August 31, 2006 at 8:07 AM

who watches obly anyway? nobody….

robo on August 31, 2006 at 8:09 AM

More people will see this clip here, than watched it when originally aired. Comparing Rumsfeld to Chamberlan? What an ass. He and his ilk in the democrat party are the true Chamberlans of our time. Then, Nazis? What Nazis? Today, Terrorism? What terrorism? Who scraped this POS off their shoe anyway?

roninacreage on August 31, 2006 at 8:29 AM

who watches obly anyway? nobody….

the moonbats do. they salivate over the guy.

This is the prime reason why he is last in the ratings. Take a permanent vacation, dude.

pullingmyhairout on August 31, 2006 at 9:27 AM

This is the prime reason why he is last in the ratings. Take a permanent vacation, dude.

pullingmyhairout on August 31, 2006 at 9:27 AM

Actually he’s not. He is normally head to head with PAula Zahn. While O’R still handily wins the 8PM time slot, but the trend continues of Fox ratings eroding–lost 28% viewers compared to last August; CNN was up 21% (All this data is available from Neilson)

honora on August 31, 2006 at 9:49 AM

When are you people going to understand that product boycotts are needed? Who advertises on this idiot’s show?

Correcting facts and mocking these nutjobs does nothing.

CaptiousNut on August 31, 2006 at 9:57 AM

If Morten Downy Jr were still alive and on TV, would you be giving him this much digital ink? KO is nuttier than a jar of Peter Pan.

MCPO Airdale on August 31, 2006 at 10:12 AM

Gee, can anyone take this guy seriously? I’m sure the 5 people who actually watch his show loved it.

vcferlita on August 31, 2006 at 10:54 AM

Shouldn’t he be locked up in straight jacket in some pysch ward? And under heavy medication? Has he ever heard himself? What a raving loon. Good thing he’s on a less than second rate show on a less than second rate cable news channel. So, maybe five or six KosKids saw the program.

raz0r on August 31, 2006 at 10:55 AM

Still waiting for the day when Olbermann brings someone on his program with an opposing point of view to debate the issues of the day.

If and when he does, any conservative will make mince meat out of this braindead pretender posing as a news anchorman.

There’s a reason he doesn’t ya know.

fogw on August 31, 2006 at 11:07 AM

His contract is up in 181 days as of today. But that begs the question, what moonbat will replace him? Will that person be worse?

CrimsonFisted on August 31, 2006 at 11:14 AM

Actually he’s not. He is normally head to head with PAula Zahn. While O’R still handily wins the 8PM time slot, but the trend continues of Fox ratings eroding–lost 28% viewers compared to last August; CNN was up 21% (All this data is available from Neilson)

thanks for the clarification. maybe it’s just a dream of mine that he should be in last place.

I have a very serious question, though: how can these people who are sooooo intellectually dishonest, look themselves in the mirror? And how is it that they are soooooo transparent to us, and yet the majority of moonbats follow them around like dogs in heat? I don’t get it. I really don’t. Their dishonesty is PROVEN time and time again and yet they are STILL believed. Can someone help me out here?

Take the Valerie Plame incident. Moonbats were absolutely CONVINCED that it was some Rovian plot – all kinds of misinformation and all-out lies were reported. The liberals believed it. And now that it has been shown that Armitage (one of their sympathizers) was responsible, there is silence from their camp. No apologies, no nothing.

Then there’s Katrina: All Bush’s Fault. No matter what the evidence shows.

KO is a perpetrator of all this and yet his following is increasing??????????? explain it to me. please.

pullingmyhairout on August 31, 2006 at 12:01 PM

KO is a perpetrator of all this and yet his following is increasing??????????? explain it to me. please.

More moonbats out of work and nothing better to do?

GT on August 31, 2006 at 12:10 PM

Actually he’s not. He is normally head to head with PAula Zahn. While O’R still handily wins the 8PM time slot, but the trend continues of Fox ratings eroding–lost 28% viewers compared to last August; CNN was up 21% (All this data is available from Neilson)

You must have learned how to have fun with statistics. This is from MediaWeek:

Fox News Channel was down 28 percent in prime, averaging 1.51 million viewers versus 2.09 million during August 2005, a period marked by the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent destruction of New Orleans.

Karl Rove should have engineered another natural disaster for this August so that Fox’s ratings would have climbed to record heights.

Meanwhile with Fox’s ratings down, they still kick the butts of CNN and MSNBC on a nightly basis. Fox:1,511; CNN:902; and MSNBC:371.

And, on Tuesday night, 8/29, 8:00 pm, O’Reilly:476; Zahn:222; Olby:187. Looks like KO is still trailing the pack…..

BTW, all this data is available from Neilson.

Mallard T. Drake on August 31, 2006 at 12:12 PM

pullingmyhairout, it is easier to be Paul than Peter.

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 12:14 PM

pullingmyhairout,

It’s called “Losers Who Will Do Anything to Get Their Power Back Syndrome”.

There is no cure for this affliction. There is a treatment however to ease the pain, which renders the same temporary euphoria as a psychedelic drug …… watching Olbermann.

fogw on August 31, 2006 at 12:15 PM

The secret word for today is “omniscience.” Say the secret word and you will win a new tin foil hat.

Mallard T. Drake on August 31, 2006 at 12:33 PM

It was one of the guys on the Powerline Blog, commenting about Joe Biden’s “Bush-as-Emperor-Augustus” analogy, who presciently pegged Olbermann as well: [Like so many on the left] “An ignoramus pretending to be an intellectual.”

The beauty of Being George W. Bush, from the left’s perspective, is that like that salt-vampire shape shifter from the original “Star Trek” series, he’s can simultaneously be all things to all people – depending on who/what they’re thinking of at any given moment:

- He can be a moron incapable of matching the “superior intellect” of John Kerry; or Dr. Evil, fomenting intricate and dastardly conspiracies to “fool” the same John Kerry into voting for the Iraq war.

He can be Adolf Hitler, or Neville Chamberlain. Put him in a room by himself, and he can both threaten Czechoslovakia and sell it out at the same time!

He can be a crude cowboy with a rootin’-tootin’ saloon gunslinger approach to government and diplomacy; or the Emperor Augustus, cunningly undermining the foundations of the Republic to install himself as ruler-for-life.

No wonder the left fears and hates the man so much – he’s capable of anything!

Spurius Ligustinus on August 31, 2006 at 12:54 PM

You must have learned how to have fun with statistics. This is from MediaWeek:

Fox News Channel was down 28 percent in prime, averaging 1.51 million viewers versus 2.09 million during August 2005, a period marked by the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent destruction of New Orleans.

Karl Rove should have engineered another natural disaster for this August so that Fox’s ratings would have climbed to record heights.

Meanwhile with Fox’s ratings down, they still kick the butts of CNN and MSNBC on a nightly basis. Fox:1,511; CNN:902; and MSNBC:371.

And, on Tuesday night, 8/29, 8:00 pm, O’Reilly:476; Zahn:222; Olby:187. Looks like KO is still trailing the pack…..

BTW, all this data is available from Neilson.

Mallard T. Drake on August 31, 2006 at 12:12 PM

Please note: CNN’s were UP the same period by 21%, so the notion that all cable news took a head-dive because of a less dramatic August compared to last year. And I clearly stated that O’R still owned the 8PM slot.

I look forward to your apology.

honora on August 31, 2006 at 1:56 PM

What I enjoyed on NBC/MSNBC was the Brian W interview with Dubya, wherein he discussed his summer reading: he mentioned he had read :”…three Shakespeares” and that his reading tastes are “ecalectic”, which I assume is his version of eclectic. (I have heard people say they read 3 Grishams or 3 Danielle Steeles. Never heard “..three Shakespeares” before.)

honora on August 31, 2006 at 2:09 PM

If we’d judge people (and we can’t) by belonging to the literati, the literary intelligentsia of the world, here are the insignificant groups:

- a few in the European elite
- J. Kerry, A. Gore and another insignificant literatus
- Bill Clinton – of course Mr. Bush didn’t read or give Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” to his girlfriend. He’s a cowboy and not that elegant a gent.
- honora and myself (universal literature mandatory early in life – passionate love of reading, which is a good thing)
- a few others – good for them!

How Earth shattering is that?

In addition, all conservative presidents are morrons, from our Left’s and the European elitist perspective – no need to dwell too much on this subject.

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 2:58 PM

Please note: CNN’s were UP the same period by 21%, so the notion that all cable news took a head-dive because of a less dramatic August compared to last year. And I clearly stated that O’R still owned the 8PM slot.

So last August, people turned off CNN to watch Fox’s coverage of Katrina et al. After that “show” was over, the CNN viewers returned to their regular viewing habits. The result: Fox’s numbers go down and CNN’s go up. Fox is so far ahead of CNN that they can take a “28% hit” and still be 160 percent ahead of them in the ratings.

I look forward to your apology.

Keep waiting….

Mallard T. Drake on August 31, 2006 at 4:19 PM

MSN?what? Olberman—who? And they say that Ahminajad is crazy.

sharinlite on August 31, 2006 at 11:01 PM

If Europe thinks the Israeli response to Hezbollah in Lebanon was “disproportionate,” what must normal people think of our waste of time, enery and resources on this mind-numbing Keith Olbermann rant.

Someone said it: doesn’t he ever watch tape of his droning nonsense? If his ratings might be indicative of left vs right election results, then Bob Novak is an idiot, too.

Jaibones on August 31, 2006 at 11:07 PM

This could be a Video Daily Double on Jeopardy…

The question:

What happens when you give a monkey a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a head injury?

theholyhermit on September 1, 2006 at 1:29 AM