Olby: Massachusetts suddenly turned racist!

posted at 12:15 pm on January 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Howard Fineman of Newsweek calls this “a good question.” Perhaps, only if you’re a blithering idiot, or if you’re shilling for the world’s worst news anchor of all time. Keith Olbermann’s question? It comes at the very beginning (via The College Politico):

OLBERMANN: The Republicans and the Tea Partiers will tell you what happens tonight with Scott Brown tonight, whether he wins or comes close, is a repudiation of Obama policies, and surely one of Obama’s policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is that it’s okay to have this sea change in American history, to have an African-American President. Is this vote to any degree just a euphemism the way state’s rights was in the 60s?

FINEMAN: Wow, that is a good question.

Yes, because the state that gave Barack Obama a 26-point win in November 2008 has suddenly discovered its inner Bull Connor.  That’s not “a good question,” it’s a baldfaced smear on the people of Massachusetts.  They elect one Republican, and suddenly in Keith Olbermann’s eyes, everyone there wears a hood and burns crosses. It’s absurd, and Fineman should have said so immediately instead of playing along with Olbermann’s vicious fantasy world in which 201o Massachusetts has become 1966 Mississippi.

Fineman himself goes off the rails with this, however:

FINEMAN: Maybe not in Massachusetts, but maybe in some places, there are codes, there are images, ah, you know, there are pickup trucks, uh, you could say there was a racial aspect to it one way or another.

OLBERMANN: What were the Scott Brown ads, though?  Every one of the Scott Brown ads had him in a pickup truck.

FINEMAN: That’s why I mentioned pickup trucks.  I mean, my mind goes back to Fred Thompson down in Tennessee.

Pickup trucks are now racist?  I’m curious; do the people who make trucks also qualify as racists?  How about the truck manufacturers that advertise on NBC and MS-NBC?  I wonder if they like the implication that pickup trucks and the people who buy them are really latent haters and bigots.    Maybe someone should let them know about it, huh?

Update: Jim Treacher notes that for a sportscaster, Olby’s not much of a sport.  He cut away for most of Brown’s acceptance speech.  Good thing no one expects actual news any more at MS-NBC.


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Olbermann is the proud owner of the world’s most limited mind.

Track-A-'Crat on January 20, 2010 at 12:17 PM

It’s really too bad the left has only one page in their playbook.

Juno77 on January 20, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Because, after all, the only REAL reason to oppose Obama’s agenda is because you’re a raaaaacist.

tgibson1962 on January 20, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Translation: Agree with us, no matter who you are, every time, all the time–or we throw you under the bus, we don’t care who you are. Friends today, under the bus tomorrow. Juxtapose what Olby said about Massachusetts any other time and politics. What a great lesson.

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Um, it’s not 1965 anymore, right?

Just checking.

I wonder what they would thin if he drove a 1965 pick-up? You can’t get any more racist than driving a ’65 pick-up.

forest on January 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Just once I want to hear some reality come from someone who is a strong partisan. Either side – don’t care – just want some true common speak to come forth.

poppieseeds on January 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The real racists are Olby & Fineman. They presume “white” voters will only vote for “white” candidates. They classify people based on their race.

I propose we change Keith Olbermann’s name to The Racist Keith Olbermann. Or in short, racist-Olby.

rbj on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Buses are racist, too! Ask Rev. Wright.

chunderroad on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Isn’t Scott Brown’s pickup a GM? As in the company that Obama now owns? Just askin’.

crazy_legs on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Pickup trucks are racist.

Scott Brown owns a pickup truck.

The pickup truck was made by General Motors (GM).

Obama bought GM last year.

Ergo, Obama is a racist.

catmman on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

All those people from Alabama moving to MA… who knew?

mankai on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

The day after MLK Day, no less. The shame of it all…

Fletch54 on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Its a bad day for more than just the dems…..

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Pickup trucks are now racist?

Umm doesn’t Biden own a truck for his family to go to home depot?

Fred Thompson is a racist! YAY! I own 4 trucks… I guess owning Ford never felt so racist!

upinak on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I love the fact that these fools don’t realize they have contributed, ever so slightly (since their ratings suck), to the victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

Keep it up, gasbags. Keep it up.

NebCon on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Olby drives a Yugo

PatriotRider on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

no words…this is appalling!

but not surprised coming from this piece of crapola

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Out with one white guy, in with another. Yep, that qualifies as racist.

Great job Olby!

therightscoop on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

forest on January 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Nope, but 1984 seems to be running through the minds of many.

upinak on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Welcome to flyover country, Massachusetts!

cntrlfrk on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

It makes battles so much easier when the opponent refuses to alter strategy.
Trapped in their own insane cocoon. Thanks guys.

jjshaka on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Olbermann is the proud owner of the world’s most limited mind.

He’s too stupid to have a limited mind.

BigWyo on January 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

MAN! Are these people ever stupid. I actually hope there are more than a few people on the left with a brain but there are so many who are soooooooooooo stupid.

ORconservative on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

You know, every single time Olbermann opens his big fat loud mouth and says something this blatantly stupid and inflammatory, you really have to resist the overpowering urge to want to put your fist right through the TV screen.

pilamaye on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Mark Steyn made this point brilliantly (along with you, Ed) on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show last night.

“Formerly erudite Chardonnay drinking MA residents will now be smeared by leftists as racists”….something like that.

aquaviva on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Pickup trucks can’t be racist, my F 150 is black…tehe

d1carter on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

…and surely one of Obama’s policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is that it’s okay to have this sea change in American history, to have an African-American President.

That’s not a policy from any of our viewpoints, you worthless sack of congealed rat diarrhea. It’s a physical characteristic that was the reason 95% of Obama’s voters cast their ballot for him in 2008. We don’t give a damn about his skin color. We give a damn about socialized medicine. We give a damn about environmental extremism strangling the economy. We give a damn about the biggest spending increases in American history.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

The black family that lives across the street from me owns two pick-up trucks. I wonder if they know they’re raaaaacists.

These tools have overplayed the race card so many times now that it has lost all meaning.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Howard used to work in Kentucky? I lived there and would venture to say that 75% of the folks drive pick up trucks.

They must be racists too.

Knucklehead on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Bernard Baruch

To paraphrase: If you are at heart a Racist, everything looks like Racism

Chip on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

There are idiots and then there are blithering idiots. I will leave it to other posters to decide which kind Olberman is.

GreenBlade on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

3, 2, 1, racist! That didn’t take long.

On CNN today Yelsin blamed failure to bring home the pork goodies to Mass and a “vague” sense of dissatisfaction with the administration as the reason for Brown’s victory, LOL!

PattyJ on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

What’s up with all of the MSNBC links this morning? Did GE sign up as a sponsor of HotAir?

BPD on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Anyone who opposes the FAR LEFT is labeled a racist. There is no way to change that, that’s the FAR LEFT’s strategy, and Olbermann epitomizes that. All we can do is vote them out.

The People voted last night, and they voted against Obama and the Far left.

THE FAR LEFT’S DAYS OF CONTROL ARE NUMBERED

FOR THE FAR LEFT AND OBAMA,

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

http://www.churchill-society-london.org.uk/EndoBegn.html

NOV 2010 is THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE FAR LEFT AND OBAMA.

NOV 2012 is THE END FOR THE FAR LEFT AND OBAMA.

Go Team America!

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

It’s really fun watching the libtards unravel at the seams. Keep that microphone in Olberdouche’s face, wait, make that two microphones.

Hog Wild on January 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

We’re all racists now.

LibTired on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Wow. So Olbermann says that the state that elected Obama by 26 points a year ago, suddenly turned racist, because it can’t be about Honolulu Barry’s actual track record?

Olby, you just jumped the shark pal.

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Folks if Hillary would have won we would be hearing the same junk except it would be “sexist” instead of “racist”. It’s the only thing they have left. Pathetic.

Johnnyreb on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

you worthless sack of congealed rat diarrhea
MadisonConservative on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Tell me how you REALLY feel!

upinak on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Hmmmmm,can Brown help it if some of the black population will not bother to vote if the candidate doesn’t look like them and offer them the world? Wonder what the gop thinks about that?

ohiobabe on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Screw Olberman. Nobody watches that tool but Bloggers and moonbats. Why does anyone care what he says?

Mord on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Does anyone have the stats on black voters from last night? This information may prove the theory that many blacks in the 2008 election voted based on race instead of ideals.

fbcmusicman on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Saw this same ‘racist’ and ‘redneck’ spin on Defamer. The libs are completely unhinged.

LASue on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Olby, you just jumped the shark pal.

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Jumped the shark? I think the shark ate him about a dozen years ago.

LibTired on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Tremors and aftershocks

The earthquake Governor elections in Liberal strongholds Jersey and Virginia. Now another aftershock. Our Presidential palace will also crumble.

seven on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

It’s irritating hearing these sorts of comments still being made, but really, the best thing for Republicans to win more seats in 2010 and win the White House in 2012 is for the other side not to have learned anything. We see now that they have no influence and the people of the country don’t consider them on their side. If they keep it up, it gets worse for them, and better for us. So, while it’s annoying, I’m a little happy Olbermann et. al. haven’t given it up.

birdman on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

whether he wins or comes close, is a repudiation of Obama policies, and surely one of Obama’s policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is that it’s okay to have this sea change in American history, to have an African-American President.

I didn’t realize until just now that one’s skin color was a policy. Thanks Keith.

Vashta.Nerada on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

GM is owned by Obama.

RobCon on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

This is going to end badly for Olby, eventually.

Fish on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

At least he’s not also predictable!

omriceren on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

For now, Brown deserves to savor a truly historic victory.

seven on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Let them have at it. The Dems never learn. Keep insulting voters, guys. These are votes we don’t have to buy with tax dollars!

Cody1991 on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

d1carter on January 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Nah, must be a Uncle Tom truck…

catmman on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I saw this last night and was waiting for these clowns to start making allusions to Deliverance, including background music from the dueling banjos.

The height of idiocy and completely irresponsible use of the TV airways.

BuckeyeSam on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

NBC had better get rid of this guy. He is taking them down the path to financial ruin and the lowest ratings in NBC history. He is brain damaged and a liability.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/fire-keith-olbermann

Here’s a place that NBC executives need to go to hear the people.

afotia on January 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

There must be something in his contract that insists he spout these non sequiturs.

tru2tx on January 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Pickup trucks are now racist?

If so… then… to follow the logic chain…

If those who make trucks are racist…

And General Motors makes lots of Trucks…

And the Fed Gov OWNS General Motors…

And the President is head of the Fed Gov…

Therefore, Obama is a Racist.

Romeo13 on January 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Olby, making crr6 look like a mensa member.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I was flipping between MSNBC and Fox last night. I’ve never paid any attention to Olbermann before; I was just watching to enjoy the funereal atmosphere when I caught this question.

The question itself is so inappropriate and unhinged as to defy belief. Combined with the rest of his commentary that I could stand to watch last night has confirmed for me, once and for all, why MSNBC’s ratings are so poor.

Revenant on January 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

If you want to see race behind everything you can do so.

But that also applies to unicorn, leprechauns and fairies.

Obama is losing moderates and independents, the same folks who helped get him elected and who strongly supported him during the early stages of his presidency.

Olbermann’s not just wrong, he’s silly.

SteveMG on January 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Maybe Obama should invite Massachusetts over for a beer.

flyoverland on January 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Oberbite and his ilk are beyond contempt. One should treat them as the imbeciles they are.

docdave on January 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Who knew that you could catch racism like swine flu…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Too stupid to even get mad at.

Seriously.

nickj116 on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

This is going to end badly for Olby, eventually.

Fish on January 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

not soon enough imo

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I saw this live. I felt bad for Fineman. He knew he would get this question at one point and would have to throw Keith a bone but all in all it was ridiculous.

The only racism in that whole campaign was Obama’s pathetic attempt to rouse the black vote and Marcia’s twisting of MLK’s Dream at a breakfast meant to honor him.

Rocks on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Prepare for much political sand thrown in our eyes.

RobCon on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

What Olbie forgets is that, without the Republicans, the 1964 Civil Rights Bill wouldn’t have passed. Could that, maybe, have influenced the 1966 pick-up (not a truck!) of 47 House seats for the Republicans?

We could have every elected official in the country being a person of color, put into office in totally bipartisan voting, and Olbie would still say Conservatives are racist.

About the only thing that might change his mind on that would be a misegnation law, whereby it’s illegal to marry and have children within your own race.

The guy’s obsessed!

Liam on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I wonder if Olby knows that of the 6 people who watch his show, 3 tune in just to laugh at his idiocy and the other 3 are reporters researching a story on his lunacy?

stvnscott on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Keefums is really losing it now. I’d take him seriously, but every time I see his face, I start laughing.

GarandFan on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Marcia Coakley is white too, right?

forest on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

All those people from Alabama moving to MA… who knew?

mankai on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Hey, now.

I don’t understand the reference to Fred Thompson, either. He’s racist now? Why? Because he’s from Tennessee?

bamaconservative on January 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

What’s up with all of the MSNBC links this morning? Did GE Comcast sign up as a sponsor of HotAir?

BPD on January 20, 2010 at 12:23

FIFY :)

WordsMatter on January 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

All those people from Alabama moving to MA… who knew?

mankai on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Insinuating that Alabama is redneck because of stereotypes you believe is equally as stupid, jackass.

Thunderstorm129 on January 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

NBC had better get rid of this guy
//
How about getting rid of the station totally?

ohiobabe on January 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

redneck or racists, as it were.

Thunderstorm129 on January 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I love it! Keef, y6ou gotta hold the chicken by it’s legs AND neck to keep it helpless as you have your way with it.

a capella on January 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I saw a white guy driving a black towtruck hauling a black dude’s white car. Racists!

hogfat on January 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Wow! So we’re back to codes again.

Also, I always knew Janet Reno was a racist driving around in her Ford pick up.

nolapol on January 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Olbermann stated that after the major civil rights legislation was passed in 1963 and ’64 that Republicans picked up 45 seats in the election.

Is there any truth to that?. My memory is that the ’64 election was a landslide victory for the Democrats and they added seats not lost them.

SteveMG on January 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I predict that Uberdouchebag’s career will end quietly, wrapped around a motel toilet with a stomach full of cheap vodka and pain meds.

ronnyraygun on January 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Beck’s impression of Olby always gets me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn9kvNFtDOU

RightWinged on January 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I wish just one of these individuals had any clue how ridiculous they are.

JEM on January 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Olby drives a Yugo

PatriotRider on January 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Wrong in 2 ways. Olberman doesn’t own a car and also is not a holder of a vaild driver’s liscense. He can’t drive a car.
He can’t pick up a girl using a car.

seven on January 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Olby should take it to the next level, Mass. Voters are sexist, because they have never had a woman senator.

Why voters? Why?????//

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Raise your hand if you thought losing was going to make Obama, Olbermann, Pelosi and the rest of the lib lunatics take their foot off the gas.

Yeah. Me, neither.

The next ten months, they’re all going to sound like Bush is in power all over again. In November comes the storm. Massachusetts is but a raindrop.

LibTired on January 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Olby’s painting with too broad a brush. GM and Chrysler trucks are racist. Fords are pure as the driven snow.

Bugler on January 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Related parody: New Black Panther Party Decries Indiscriminate “Racism” Charges; Says Abuse of Term “Diminishes Status of Real Racists Like Us” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/09/new-black-panther-party-decries.html

Mervis Winter on January 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

They’ve descended into self-parody now.

The Dean on January 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Keith and Howard sitting in a tree…….

FireBlogger on January 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Ya know when a lefty has nothing, and starts scraping the bottom of the barrel…when the “raaaaacist” card is pulled.

JetBoy on January 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Why is it that Beck lost his ads because of calling Obama racist but Keith can call this Brown guy racist and sexist and homophobic and a supporter of violence against women and keep all his ads?

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Olberdouche is a classic one trick pony. Every setback for the ONE is a result of the latent racism inherent in American society. Olberdouche sees racist boogeymen in every pickup truck that drives by. Every NASCAR fan has to be a Kluxer. Hey Olberdouche, Take your meds and SHUT THE HELL UP

Kuffar on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

How many of those 45 Republican pickups in 1966 ran against the civil rights legislation?

Almost all of the opposition to the legislation came from southern representatives and I’m pretty sure that very few if any Republicans won southern seats in ’66.

SteveMG on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Sounds like Keithy is overdue for his next enema. Gotta keep up with that colon cleansing Keithy boy or your heads gonna explode.

WordsMatter on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

How does Rush get fired by ESPN and banned by the NFL for NOTHING and this piece of filth still poisons Football Night in America no matter what bile he spews?

SittingDeadRed on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Race has nothing to do with it. As we all have known for years, “There’s something women like about a pickup man”.

Sexism, maybe??

Olberdork would have NO clue about what women like…or pickup trucks, for that matter.

GoldenEagle4444 on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

This kind of talk could fire up all 12 of Obby’s viewers.

The Reasonable Man on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Obviously Olbermann is the real racist behind the sheets. He’s just projecting his inner racist on the good people of Massachusetts because he’s lonely and owning a truck would hurt his image.

Barb Dwyer on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

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