That’s not the line that’s going to get him in trouble, though. This one is:
Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda — worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.
I question the timing. No, wait — I mean, I celebrate the timing. His pals at Think Progress spent this weekend affecting phony piety at the right’s willingness to note that Osama’s leftist rhetoric is, in fact, leftist rhetoric. “Considering bin Laden’s threat yesterday to ‘escalate the killing and fighting against’ America,” intoned TP, “Brooks and his fellow conservatives’ attempts at humor — and that’s a charitable reading of their words — are especially insulting…” Okay, grandma: if it’s unfair to compare killers to non-killers — which Brooks et al. weren’t doing morally, although Olbermann clearly is — let’s see you bring down that rolling pin of indignation on Olby for this one. They won’t, of course, and not just because they’re hypocrites who agree with him here. As Johnny Dollar has often noted at Olby Watch, Countdown relies heavily on TP and Media Matters for story ideas. They’re not about to alienate a jackass who helps promote them by calling him a jackass.
I already e-mailed J$ to remind him that we’re apt to get one of jerky’s patented faux-outraged harangues tonight on Countdown along these same lines. Gutfeld, it would seem, is a shoo-in for worst person unless Olby’s afraid to take him on and end up as a nightly punchline on Red Eye. The good news is, J$’s already working on the long, long list of beyond-the-pale Olby analogies between Fox News and Republicans on the one hand and Nazis and terrorists on the other, just to have it at hand for when the earth-shattering hypocrisy inevitably comes. This little Playboy shpiel is the cherry on his sundae. Stand by for the rolling-pin treatment tonight around nine-ish.
Update: J$ goes nuclear.