Video: GE/MSNBC political commentator pretty upset about political influence of corporations

posted at 7:22 pm on January 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

Irresistible as a follow-up to Stewart’s takedown, which I took to be a green light from one of the left’s arbiters of cool that it’s officially okay not to like this grandstanding bottom-feeder anymore. Hey, what’s wrong with punching a few holes in the First Amendment to stop Olby’s employers from directly influencing elections instead of funneling money to obnoxious goons like him? Matt Welch explains:

Citizens United, a conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofit that has funded a dozen political documentaries over the years, produced a critical documentary about Hillary Clinton in 2008 entitled “Hillary: The Movie.” By a decision of the federal government, which was enforcing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (known more broadly as McCain-Feingold), this piece of political speech was banned from television.

Let’s boil it down to the essential words: Political documentary, banned, government.

You don’t have to be a First Amendment purist to intuit that political speech was, if anything, the most urgent subcategory covered by the First Amendment’s “Congress shall pass no law” restrictions. And you don’t have to be a Hillary-hater to imagine the shoe on the other foot. What if’s 501(c)(4), Campaign to Defend America, had been blocked by George W. Bush’s Federal Elections Commission from broadcasting “McCain: The Movie”? Wouldn’t that stink, too?…

Even if you just can’t bring yourself to believe that people who take civil liberties seriously have long-held serious civil libertarian criticisms of campaign-finance laws, or if you simply think they’re all wrong, I’ll offer this last salve: It has never been easier for groups of citizens to swarm together and flow money through the Internet toward campaigns and candidates who excite them. Ask Ron Paul — or more relevantly, Barack Obama — what’s more powerful: $10 million from Dr. Evil Industries, or $10 each from 1 million people who can actually vote?

Taking the cue from Stewart, lefty Tommy Christopher lays into Olby for this latest bit of demagoguery, which included a charming comparison between First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams (who’s Jewish) to Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling. Don’t take it personally, Floyd: All of the modern-day Murrow’s enemies end up getting the Nazi treatment eventually. One question for Christopher, a self-described “longtime fan” of this idiot, though: When exactly was he was one of the “credible liberal voices” that America supposedly so sorely needs? Was it when he was saying crap like “Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda” — more than two years ago? Clue me in.

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These Olbermann clips are just train wrecks, I hate watching him but I am curios to see if he can keep lowering the bar. He never fails.

tommer74 on January 23, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Not seeing why the left is so up in arms about this SC decision. A few corporations owned most of the press and potentially could control the political views available before the decision. The Supreme Court only struck down some restrictions of when other corporations can rent those press to distribute their own views. Hearing the left pushing for a ‘public option’ I got the impression they were in favor of more competition.

agmartin on January 23, 2010 at 1:41 AM

He’s a f*cking sportscaster who reads Daily Kos. There’s nothing more to him than that.

jimmy the notable on January 23, 2010 at 2:19 AM

Keith Olberman = Ted Baxter with a giant chip on his shoulder.

Mallard T. Drake on January 23, 2010 at 2:28 AM

Yeah but that $10 million from Dr Evil Industries looks really cool on the campaign disclosure forms. Though as a stockholder you can bet I’m planning on bringing that issue up at the next shareholder’s meeting.

Pat Patterson on January 23, 2010 at 4:19 AM

umm…most politicians have been purchased already. by the unions, lobbyists, pharma companies, trial lawyers. geesh

becki51758 on January 23, 2010 at 7:51 AM

You’ve got to give Keith credit. Keeping this kind of anger up all the time must be really difficult.

I’m worried about him. Staying this enraged could send him off the deep end.

Squiggy on January 23, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Even the socialist / progressive suits at NBC have to be thinking of the damage being done to their network. Keith is full of pure hatred.

I refuse to watch the NBC lead in on Sunday night NFL because this leftist piece of shit is on the panel.

I also wonder what Tony Dungee thinks of Lucifer sitting to his right.

Cleveland Steamer on January 23, 2010 at 8:17 AM

The only credible explanation I can give for KO’s antics? He’s a Republican plant. Rove, you magnificent bastard!

alwyr on January 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

He has issues, he’s perennially angry. I think his parents must have punished him for smiling as a child.
Think about it, has he ever been seen smiling?

FireBlogger on January 23, 2010 at 10:42 AM

If what keith says is true and he means it, he must not be cashing his paychecks from Big GE. He is talking up stuff just like he wants others not to speak. .and taking money to talk/prattle.

seven on January 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM

That was unintentionally funny. I especially liked the part about the corporations who make all the bullets and the guns therefore being immune from “revolution.”

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I refuse to click and watch. If I wish to see fecal matter swirling in a porcelain bowl, I can view that elsewhere.

oldleprechaun on January 23, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Olbermann, The Man Who Stare at Goats

DSchoen on January 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

He’s a f*cking sportscaster who reads Daily Kos. There’s nothing more to him than that.

jimmy the notable on January 23, 2010 at 2:19 AM


spmat on January 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Funny he didn’t mention the big bucks the SEIU gave Obama or the ACORN voter registration fraud and their big bucks to Obama. Obie isn’t just falling into an abyss, he’s taking the fast rocket to the bottom.

elclynn on January 23, 2010 at 3:42 PM

What a fake jackass he is. Like the corporation he works for doesn’t buy and promote candidates and issues! The only difference now is everyone can comment and have a say. How terrible, the Constitution was upheld!!! Run, KO, run!!!!!

gina4 on January 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Too bad Marlin Perkins isn’t around. He could use a tranquilizer rifle on this joke. How sweet would that be? lol

oakpack on January 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Uber-Man? Upset ?? Wow !

Stop the freaking presses! What a newsflash!

cableguy615 on January 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Meltdown with Keith Uberdouchebag… Witness God’s Horrible Mistake, Nightly on MSDNC.

ronnyraygun on January 23, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Talking turd farts! Details on MSNBC

jgdp on January 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Let’s remind Ogerman that there is free speech and then there is slander. The minute Ogerman opens his mouth,(that is a mouth below his nose right?) he slanders everything and person who does not agree with his viewpoint.

His actions and speech prove he is so full of hate that those of U.S. who believe in the Constitution and God should be committed or shot to keep U.S. from exercising our right. Theretofore, if one were to look closely (please not me) they would find an SS tattoo somewhere on his person.

MSGTAS on January 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM

People are willing to throw away the first amendment because they are too lazy to participate and get informed.

How sad.

They will regret it someday. Probably won’t have a clue what hit them though.

I love the irony that GE/Microsoft have bought a propaganda network under the “old rules” to get around the system. Why are people so mad and ignorant about this Supreme Court ruling?

scotash on January 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM

It’s funny how this urethra can advocate violence and murder, and yet he’s not called on it. He advocates a ‘revolution’ against corporations, but is afraid to, because a minority of them are defense contractors that manufacture weapons. It’s also funny how Mark Levin has to keep parsing his words, since the left will pounce on any opportunity to accuse him of fomenting anti-government dissent the instant he mentions “rebellion” or “revolution” in any sentence. So what if Rush Limbaugh had advocated for some sort of violent ‘uprising’ against business (which is nonsensical, considering the businesses don’t oppress anyone; Obama does)?

Virus-X on January 24, 2010 at 11:38 PM