Predictable: Olbermann smears Bellavia as racist over “Tiger Woods” comment

posted at 5:55 pm on April 9, 2008 by Allahpundit

How embarrassing — for me, that I didn’t predict this one as easily as the smear on Patrick McHenry. To atone, I checked my Tivo of last night’s show and forced myself to sit through the entire segment, as only the first half is excerpted below. Gluttony for punishment? Nope: Just wanted to confirm my hunch that Olby neglected to mention that Teamsters President James Hoffa also compared Obama to Tiger Woods yesterday on a campaign conference call. HuffPo and Hotline went after Bellavia over this too, but they at least had the basic decency to note Hoffa’s remark as context. The fact that Olby — who almost certainly picked this item up from one of those two sites — omitted that detail tells you everything you need to know about him. Imagine how partisan and unethical you have to be to make the Huffington Post appear down-the-middle by comparison.

Enjoy the comments from Michael Eric Dyson too, already warming up the strong-form racial demagoguery for the general campaign. My favorite part: Where he acknowledges that we can’t be sure if Bellavia’s intent was racist but that it certainly must have been racist unconsciously, from force of habit. Too bad Newsbusters didn’t cut a little more to show you how both of them then proceeded to wonder what’s so bad about comparing someone to popular, world-famous, staggeringly talented megastar Tiger Woods. Exactly. Click the image to watch.

Update: I can’t believe I forgot this. Belated exit question: Where does Bellavia’s comment stack up vis-a-vis Olby’s ode to chicken and waffles?

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Don’t worry anyone that votes for McCain, donates to McCain or goes to his rallies will be called a racist..

Liberals just just understand that people do not trust Obama, someone that is the MOST Liberal senator, and someone that has 0 experience at a time of war.

Chakra Hammer on April 9, 2008 at 6:02 PM

There is no need to claim racism where there is none. Even for liberals, like me, this kind of stuff is getting out of hand. Olbermann’s show is unwatchable, as it is normally a 60-minute Clinton bashfest, following much of the same in the preceding hour on Hardball.

Bellavia deserves the benefit of the doubt. Patrick McHenry is a weasel.

sandman on April 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Where does it end? Next thing you know, Olby will be smearing the whole country as homophobes over the comments that inevitably arise from his neckware of choice. (Or maybe he was born with that tie. I don’t remember which is the PC way to believe.)

boko fittleworth on April 9, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Ugh … I can’t stand Olbermann but Dyson just makes my skin crawl. He’s such an overrated pundit and whatever else he claims to be. Plus the fact that he can’t speak in short, concise sentences and fancies himself as some sort of supreme orator. In actuality, he sounds stupid and self absorbed.

Olbermann = Unhinged

Dyson = just another race hustler

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Here’s an idea, just ignore Olbermann like the mean spirited, low IQ, nonentity he truly is. When no one from the political right makes any more comments, all he has left are the nut bags and Truthers and no one pays any attention the THEM anyway.

SeniorD on April 9, 2008 at 6:08 PM

SeniorD, that is the same argument that the left makes for people like O’Reilly or Hannity–just ignore them and they’ll go away. Good luck; it never works, because people love to hate.

sandman on April 9, 2008 at 6:12 PM

If this is best he’s got…(chirp,chirp)

d1carter on April 9, 2008 at 6:12 PM

That’s pretty rich coming from Mr. “Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles” himself.

MadisonConservative on April 9, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Let’s try to come up with a list of what Olby has going for him!

1.

Pam on April 9, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Let’s try to come up with a list of what Olby has going for him!

1. He’s taller than Bob Costas.

2.

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Just wanted to confirm my hunch that Olby neglected to mention that Teamsters President James Hoffa also compared Obama to Tiger Woods yesterday on a campaign conference call.

Allah, I don’t think Bellavia was comparing Obama to Tiger Woods. If you listen to his entire comment he says that McCain is a hero to be admired more then Sports stars. True American heroes are not celebrities like Tiger Woods, but people like McCain. That’s all he was saying, his comment had nothing to do with race. This has to be stupidest controversy ever.

Complete7 on April 9, 2008 at 6:19 PM

McCain will get back on track with his apology tour early tomorrow AM.

Zetterson on April 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM

I haven’t a clue how to feel about this because I still don’t have the slightest idea what Bellavia was talking about. The analogy seems to have come out of left field. He could have as easily said “You can have your Hannah Montana, we’ve got John McCain.”

radjah shelduck on April 9, 2008 at 6:21 PM

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Yes but so was Dahmer..

Pam on April 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM

I’ve never seen Dyson NOT find racism. Like he learned his “craft” from those canadian Human Rights Commissions

snaggletoothie on April 9, 2008 at 6:23 PM

There is no doubt he has a very small penis.

SouthernGent on April 9, 2008 at 6:23 PM

I’m not sure what to think of the guy. He’s useful in the sense that there’s finally a left-leaning response to Fox, but he’s not very sincere, if at all. I can’t even bring myself to open the video, I’m sick of seeing him.

Typhonsentra on April 9, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Pam on April 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Hmmmmmm … you’re right. I’m stumped then.

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 6:26 PM

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Griz on April 9, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Whew, sure is a good thing nobody watches MSNBC….oh no, was that a racist comment?

SoCalInfidel on April 9, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Dyson: “African-American multi-racial person ”

What, pray tell professor Dyson, is an African-American multi racial person? Is it like Manbearpig?

VolMagic on April 9, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Uh, Olby could be accused of being a racist for not pronouncing Bellavia correctly but I know he’s just stoopid.
Bellaaaveeah sounds vaguely pornographic.
I agree with the intimation that Obama isn’t a real black man (if that’s what he meant) but Tiger is an exceptional American athlete and a gentleman, unlike Barry, the racist Wright lover. Sooo, I don’t think that this was the best comparison, but the reaction just underlines the insanity on the left.

Never fear, just give McCain 24 hours, no, 12, and he will apologize for the ‘racist’ comment that shook the world! Tiger should be the one they both apologize to, BTW.

Christine on April 9, 2008 at 6:33 PM

African-American pseudo-intellectual racial huckster + Keith Olberdouche = crazy delicious. As Don King would say: “Dis be a meeting of historic ramifiliations”.

Travis Bickle on April 9, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I wonder how much Dyson gets for being the ‘racist’ meter for MSNBC.
Southerngent, you slay me while you enlighten those who do not know about Olby’s ‘secret’ disability, (I think it’s a direct correlation to his puny brain); in any case, I am grateful to be in your midst.

Christine on April 9, 2008 at 6:41 PM

There will be a reckoning.

TBinSTL on April 9, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Sorry, can’t make myself watch this. Just looking at the two of them in the screen shot makes me ill.

Zaire67 on April 9, 2008 at 6:42 PM

That did not take long.

TroubledMonkey on April 9, 2008 at 6:43 PM

That’s pretty rich coming from Mr. “Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles” himself.

MadisonConservative on April 9, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Was that a reference to this?

Apologies for the appearance of Tim Robbins at the end.

Over30 on April 9, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Sorry but I am dumber for having listened that shear nincompoopery. It’s mind blowing how hypocritical these liberal douchebags are. How can they site that as racism and yet justify Wright’s comments? Olby’s stupidity is breathtaking.

Claypigeon on April 9, 2008 at 6:44 PM

DYSON:

Well, my pastor used to say, look, a mosquito’s intent is only to get blood from you, but the consequence, it could give you malaria. So at that level, the intent will never exhaust the consequence. The consequence here is huge. Now, we can’t discern the person’s intent, it may have been fine, but that’s even more problematic. If there was no specific and particular and conscious intent to do harm, that means that this grows out of a pattern of habit. That it’s just a natural reflex, and that one, you know, interchangeable African-American multi-racial person is as good as the other, or they’re indistinguishable…

I didn’t think it could pile so high.

mymanpotsandpans on April 9, 2008 at 6:48 PM

If it wasn’t for you people watching Olberdouche just to see what he spewed out next, he’d have NO ratings..

UncleOlaf on April 9, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Was that a reference to this?

Apologies for the appearance of Tim Robbins at the end.

Over30 on April 9, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Sort of…

MadisonConservative on April 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

He was a lousy sports reporter then.
He is a lousy sports reporter now.

corona on April 9, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Dyson: “interchangeable African-American multi-racial person is as good as the other, or they’re indistinguishable…”

Is that the same as “we need more white people!” ????

Someone fooled Dyson into thinking he knows something. I’ve never heard him make sense.

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM

both of them then proceeded to wonder what’s so bad about comparing someone to popular, world-famous, staggeringly talented megastar Tiger Woods

Not to mention incredibly wealthy and married to a beautiful blonde lingerie model . . . uh oh, was I being “unconsciously” racist to mention those facts about Tiger? I’ll atone by reciting some of Rev. Wright’s greatest hits: white greed rules a world in need; white greed rules a world in need; white greed rules a world in need . . . .

AZCoyote on April 9, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Hey, here’s an idea: Olbermann, why not invite Mr. Bellavia on the show to explain his thinking? What did the line mean?

If not that, at least call his office or campaign up to get fuller details.

But no, that would be reporting. Y’know, collecting facts, talking to sources, going to people to get their comments.

It’s called JOURNALISM.

But to hack frauds like you, it’s not your style.

Let’s just call him a racist and be done with it. No chance to respond to the smear, no chance to defend himself.

You stay classy there Keith.

SteveMG on April 9, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Olby is a bomb-threower. What’s new? The Roscoe’s remark was not racist.

***
I don’t know what Bellavia was thinking when he made his comment, but it sure was stupid.

Tiger Woods is an essentially unstoppable force in golf and is the phenom that changed a very old sport. Everybody knows Tiger Woods. Everybody eventually loves Tiger Woods.

Even if it was meant as a funny-ha-ha type racial jab, it sucked.

We’d better hope that Tiger Woods is not actually endorsing Obama.

***

Dyson is just like multitudes of Northeast profs who speak to the world like it’s a lecture in their freshman lecture. It’s not a matter of race. It’s a matter of educational elitism.

He’d be just as pompous and annoying with any complexion.

The Race Card on April 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

don’t know what Bellavia was thinking when he made his comment, but it sure was stupid.

Well, he praised Woods. Then he said that even though Woods was a sports hero, that he (Bellavia) would still choose McCain over him.

It was an attempted joke.

Much ado about nothing.

SteveMG on April 9, 2008 at 7:44 PM

I love the picture, Olby pushin hard, looks constipated. Dyson has that smug satisfied look, “mannn I did that…wheew….thats bad!” Both pursuing their strengths…world class SHI% hawkers.

dmann on April 9, 2008 at 7:57 PM

That smug SOB Dyson.

I really hate that Hip Hop Perfesser.

CSPN had John McWhorter on a few weeks ago…and OF COURSE, during the MLK hagiography, they bring in that asshole. The Good REV DR Michael Eric Dyson.

Typical.

benrand on April 9, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I disagree with most folks here – I think Bellavia’s Tiger Woods remark was racist. I actually had an icky feeling watching the video in the earlier post. Has Bellavia “clarified” his remarks since yesterday? If so, I’ll take it back.

Bellavia saying “you can have your Tiger Woods” is clearly derisive, and I can’t understand why he would diss Tiger Woods like that. The only reason could be to draw a parallel with another hotshot young black guy doing well in a white guy’s game – Obama. The “oooh” laughter in the audience seems to indicate that’s how they took it. It’s the same as when Bill Clinton invoked Jesse Jackson’s name after Obama’s SC win. It’s cheap pandering to lingering racial resentment.

You can argue that Bellavia just meant that sports heros aren’t as important as U.S. military heros, and that’s a legit interpretation. But the “racist” interpretation is legit, too.

Bellavia could have said “Roger Clemens.” Why didn’t he? If his point was to impugn the false heroism of professional athletes, why pick on Tiger Woods?

Enrique on April 9, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Someone fooled Dyson into thinking he knows something. I’ve never heard him make sense.

Hey, I found out by watching CSPAN that he can recite Tupac Shakur “lyrics” from memory.

Gosh, he sure is a wonderful special person.

Amazing that that douchebag has so much influence and can get on the tube whenever he wants while McWhorter is marginalized.

The media is shit.

benrand on April 9, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Bellavia could have said “Roger Clemens.” Why didn’t he? If his point was to impugn the false heroism of professional athletes, why pick on Tiger Woods?

Because Obama was compared to Woods by a supporter of Obama’s (Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.) earlier.

Context is indeed everything.

Even if, for the sake of the argument, the Woods/Obama reference wasn’t made, what is racist by using Woods?

Racist?

How is it racist? How is it denigrating black people?

It may be racialist; but not racist.

SteveMG on April 9, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Sorry but I am dumber for having listened that shear nincompoopery.

I won’t watch it then–I can’t afford to lose any brain cells at this time of my life and God knows that working in education kills them apace.

Thanks for the warning and especially taking one for the team. Appreciate it.

:)

Bob's Kid on April 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Let’s see… Tiger Woods and Barack Obama are both half black and half something else. Both have great smiles and are incredibly popular. Both are shining examples of what anyone can become in America if they work hard.

But Tiger has some serious skills. Barack is shallow, vapid and power hungry. If I were in Tiger’s relations group I’d be complaining about the insult of being compared to Obama. ;-)

cannonball on April 9, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Olby is not even worthy of being a skid mark in Bellavia’s underwear.

The Opinionator on April 9, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Let’s try to come up with a list of what Olby has going for him!
1. He’s taller than Bob Costas.

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

2. Olby is a bomb-thrower.

The Race Card on April 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

3. He burned my eyes last night an made me blind!

Wow, after about 47 comments we came up with three things!!! That’s pretty GOOD!!!

Vntnrse on April 9, 2008 at 8:42 PM

4. Olbermann’s sour mug and whiny tantrums on the TV gives me a chance to quickly check if the remote’s channel changer and mute buttons are working properly.

viking01 on April 9, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Supporting McCain doesn’t make you racist, it makes you informed.

Chakra Hammer on April 9, 2008 at 8:56 PM

5. He puts the ‘glasses’ in ‘smart glasses.’

(Seriously, though. Dude needs to change his diet. That pinched and pained expression on his face is fixed that way.)

Captain Scarlet on April 9, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Because Obama was compared to Woods by a supporter of Obama’s (Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.) earlier.

Well then, that seems reasonable.

Enrique on April 9, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Well then, that seems reasonable

.

That’s one interpretation.

Frankly, I’m not really sure what the point he was trying to make. Some sort of joke.

You’d think these guys would learn not to try any jokes that remotely involve race, sex, et cetera. Just too dangerous.

SteveMG on April 9, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Bob’s Kid on April 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Like your use of the word “apace”. :)

mikeyboss on April 10, 2008 at 1:33 AM

“the Republicans in broad-stroke, and Mr. McCain in particular, have a huge problem with black people…” Oh, sure that’s it. Great job with the detective work there, Dr. Dyson. Try reading his book, “House to House,” the chapter entitled “The Stay-puft Marshmallow Cock” (to best of my recollection; I lent it to my parents, to illustrate how exceptional the fight my Brigade went through was)does a pretty damn good job of illustrating just how few racial hang-ups SSG. Bellavia has. Eat s**t, a**hole. When you and your chump host, Olbermann, run your little mouths like that, it degrades what better men than you shall ever aspire to be have done. All in the name of the Nation whose many blessings and freedoms you take so blatantly for granted. One of the dearest friends I’ll ever have laid down his life, wearing the Big Red One, during the same deployment in which Bellavia and the men of 2-2 Inf fought through Fallujah. His name is in the list of 1st ID fallen at the front of the book: Spc. Martin W. Kondor, 29 April, 2004.
Sorry for lack of punctuation, etc. But this one really got under my skin. Godspeed, SSG Bell, and to all of the 3rd Bde brothers who are still in the fight. Maybe one day, all of the liberal pukes who are trying to betray this country will have their moment of clarity, and realize just what we have tried to accomplish.

Green 6 golf on April 10, 2008 at 2:41 AM

There is no doubt he has a very small penis.

SouthernGent on April 9, 2008 at 6:23 PM

My money’s on non-functioning…small only makes a guy bitter, but only non-functioning can make a guy like Doberman that mean spirited and crude.

SuperCool on April 10, 2008 at 2:51 AM

desperate to cover with liberal racism. nothing more.

allrsn on April 10, 2008 at 2:54 AM

This was not a joke. Bellavia simply truncated a speech he has given many times across the nation on the tour in which he has spoke about true heroism v. America’s idolization of golf, movie and music stars. he has alternately or simultaneously mentioned Tom Cruise, Britney Spears and, yes, Tiger Woods as examples of the names that people know when they don’t know men like Michael Murphy or Michael Mansoor who have given their all for their nation as true heroes.

After the Forest Lake debacle when the high school canceled their event, Bellavia was on the Mike Gallagher show on March 25 and talked about how the Vikings Football team would be allowed to come to the school and talk to the students, but veterans, real heroes, were not.

Others in the organization have noted similar comparisons. Pete Hegseth, in introducing the other heroes with the tour on the USS Midway said, “America needs heroes. They don’t need to know Britney Spears. They need to know Marcus Lutrell and David Bellavia…”

At the same event, Bellavia lists off his heroes (5 mins in) that include Rafael Peralta, next Medal of Honor recipient.

Page 308 of Bellavia’s book “House to House”:

“As for my youngest son, Aiden, he carries the iddle name of an unsung but still great American hero: Edward Iwan”

that’s 1Lt Edward Iwan, KIA Fallujah Nov 12, 2004. Leader of men who fought to the end. Japanese American. Pages 321 and 322, listed by date of death, every man who served with and gave the last full measure.

I would also note that, if you listen to the kick off speech on the USS Midway and several other videos at Vets For Freedom, Bellavia continually makes little zingers about “the audacity of…” hope, bravery, etc.

He does not agree with Obama because Obama wants to pull the troops back regardless and Bellavia thinks the ground has been “sanctified” by his brothers’ blood and should not be ceded back to the enemies of the United States.

this speech that he gave, was simply a shortened speech to make way for the many speakers and activities that were planned that day. The fact that Sam Stein or anyone else tries to conflate it to a subtle or subconscious act of racism is so ridiculous, it defies logic. They certainly cut out the view of the stage with black, white, hispanic, men and women standing with Bellavia. They never read his book where he expresses undying love and devotion for all the men he served with to the extent that he nearly gave up his life for them.

The only people who saw race matter in his speech were the people who never heard him speak before, read his book or those who define their own lives by race. to Bellavia, the men he served with were “brothers” nothing less, nothing more.

(I promised Allah I’d find the other speeches that specifically reference Tiger, but the connection is spotty due to a storm this evening. This is the best I could do with little time. You can email or leave a message over at Blackfive.net for a copy of the similar speech. I’m sure Jim has some video laying around that he can point you to better than I can.)

Kat_Mo on April 10, 2008 at 3:11 AM

Here’s a new ad – Olbermann’s face with the words ABSOLUT JACKA&&

nametaken on April 10, 2008 at 3:34 AM

According to the latest surveys, Olbermann’s total viewership has dropped down from four people to three. The fourth one reportedly went back on their medication.

pilamaye on April 10, 2008 at 7:45 AM

Sandman,

One significant difference, O’Reilly and Hannity have VERY LARGE numbers of viewers. Olbermann has what, maybe 10% of their numbers?

SeniorD on April 10, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Olbergoebbels runs “The ALL spin zone”. I stopped watching this retard(apologies to the retarded-excuse me, mentally handicapped, gotta be politically correct, ya know) a while back. I won’t give him one more viewer for ratings in keeping this Marxist in business. Fans of his have to be pretty brain dead in not figuring out it’s a slamfest to all things American. Same five opinions night after night, never a debate with a dissenting point of view, extremely skewed “facts”, etc…….The guy is simply an employee of George Soros..Retard………….

adamsmith on April 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM

The Dems are going to overplay their hand on race. It used to worry me that the R’s wouldn’t be able to criticize anything about Obama or his policies without it somehow being spun as racism, now I think it will work to our advantage. By November, the American People will have heard the Dems cry wolf over innocent crap like this so many times that they will simply ignore it. There may even be an electoral backlash.

Dudley Smith on April 10, 2008 at 10:05 AM

1. He’s taller than Bob Costas.

2.

darwin on April 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

I have to disqualify that answer because Costas is smarter, more talented and has better hair.

srhoades on April 10, 2008 at 11:40 AM

blockquote>Sandman,

One significant difference, O’Reilly and Hannity have VERY LARGE numbers of viewers. Olbermann has what, maybe 10% of their numbers?

SeniorD on April 10, 2008 at 9:27 AM

No longer 10% at all – he is catching up – from TV Newser.

There is no real difference between O’Reilly and Olbermann in delivery. Both tell the story with point A and C but always conveniently leave out point B. They are both guilty of megalomanical partisan chicanery nightly.

O’Reilly beats Reverend Wright and The Left into the ground and Olbermann goes after Patrick McHenry and everyone on The Right.

Same nut house, different inmates. And both seldom apologize for mistakes, especially O’Reilly the Fox News Lord of the Manor.

AprilOrit on April 10, 2008 at 7:40 PM